I created this presentation last year while I was still working in a hospital lab. It was intended as an overview of a medical technologist’s daily routine, and my supervisors liked it enough that it was shared with the rest of the hospital staff over the hospital’s main intranet page. It’s not a fancy video with music and sound, because I’m not talented in those ways – I didn’t create this, or link to it here or on Facebook, with a goal of self-promotion. If it helps a single person better understand what medical technologists do, then I’m proud of my work and it has served its purpose. If it steers one curious student towards the profession, all the better.
Next week’s posts will be lab-related, in honor of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2012. I would love some reader input and suggestions for topics, because I want to educate folks about the lab, what goes on there, and what it’s like to be a part of the hidden side of medicine. So, please, ask me why the phlebotomist really needs all those tubes, and what the colors of the caps mean, or why sometimes they wrap the tubes in foil. Ask me why lab results take so long, and what in the world they’re doing with your cup of urine when you leave it behind the little door. I’m interested in all questions, comments, suggestions and ideas.