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Gail McFarland

Health & Wellness, BAS Full-Time Faculty

Biography:

I am a Washington State native and long-time Nuclear Medicine technologist. I started my education at the University of Washington and received a BS degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. While in college, I worked summers and part time as a CNA and discovered my love for patients and for the health of the people of my community. Upon graduation from the UW, I enrolled in the Bellevue College Nuclear Medicine Technology program, which was in its earliest iteration. When finished, I held several technologist positions around the Seattle area and also spent a bit of time helping my husband start a small business. Most recently, I worked at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue (my home base for more than thirteen years). During this time my two children became young adults and I learned to do Computed Tomography and broadened my horizons by earning a Master of Public Health degree. At Overlake, I wore many different hats, but one of my very important roles was Student Coordinator for BC Nuclear Medicine students. I have had the good fortune to help mentor countless other students, many of whom were launching various types of health-related careers. My master’s thesis project involved gathering data on factors involved in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) using electronic medical records and creating data analysis instruments.

About the time I completed my MPH degree, I learned of teaching opportunities here at BC. I often say that I love school so much that I decided to stay permanently and teach (well, it is true). The eighth Essential Service in Public Health is to ensure a competent health care workforce, so I am fulfilling an important role that I trained for with my master’s degree. My aim is to share my knowledge and expertise with many others who will benefit from it personally, and who will work to improve health in their communities and the health care systems.

On the personal side, I have an awesome husband as well as a big black cuddly dog who keeps me healthy by taking me on runs in the woods most days. I consider my two young adult children to be among my greatest accomplishments. My younger child has an AAS degree in Baking Arts and has extensive training in Auto Body and Collision. She does auto body work, restoration, and estimation for many types of cars and looks to be busy breaking important gender barriers. My son is working on a PhD in Chemistry in Portland, OR. His technical skills include several types of Electron Microscopy (imaging techniques on a micro level) and NMR spectroscopy (using magnetic resonance to look at chemical spectra).