Who runs those tests your doctor orders on you? We're medical laboratory professionals, AUA!
The third week of April is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the US and Canada. Medical laboratory professionals are responsible for the collection, processing, and analysis of blood and body fluids. It is estimated that 70-80% of clinical decisions made by physicians are made based on results that we produce.
Medical laboratory professionals work in hospitals, physician offices, rural clinics, and even huge reference laboratories. We range from phlebotomists and lab assistants, who may be trained on the job, to medical laboratory scientists who have bachelors and sometimes masters degrees. We typically work under the auspices of an MD pathologist, but operate with significant autonomy.
The field is not well known and there is a significant shortage of qualified technologists. Many medical laboratory science schools and programs are closing due to lack of interest. With this AMA, we hope to bring attention to this vital and often overlooked clinical discipline.
Here are some great links for learning more about the field:
We are a diverse group of medical laboratory professionals, representing many different specializations and including students and lab administration. We're here to answer all your questions, so ask us anything!
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note: we were supposed to have flair, but it not set up yet. If someone is responding to your questions, it's probably one of us. Sorry for the confusion!!
Here are the flairs I submitted so you can see who we are and what we do!
Teristella | BS | Blood Bank
yellowsquare | BS | Hematology
rachmeister | BS | Point of Care
worldcanwait | BS | Generalist
xMRxWHITEx | Military | Generalist
BuerredeTortue | BS | Generalist
EeSpoot | Military | Generalist
mo_bio_guy | BS | Microbiology
Katie1127 | MS | Management
inias_knayvid | BS | Histocompatability
saraithegeek | Student
xploeris | Student
YoureNotAGenius | BS | Transplant Scientist
jessicaqpublik | AAS | Generalist
antinumerical | Student
medlabmaven | BS | Generalist
convolute | AAS | Laboratory Information Systems
bikesnob | BS | Generalist
shirrok | BS | Management