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Advice? [Oct. 23rd, 2013|03:27 am]
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No one's really posted in here for a few years, but I have my fingers crossed someone might see this.

I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in a field related to MT, but not MT specifically. I came to the conclusion late in my college career that I'd like to pursue MT as a career-- however, I don't really have the time nor the finances to allow me to go through an accredited MT program (at the moment, anyways).

I noticed on the ASCP website that you could become eligible for certification if you work a given period of time in a specific laboratory setting.

I guess the meat of my question is: Has anyone gone the non-traditional way to become certified? Or know someone who has? And if so, how did they manage to get into a lab. without a certification?

Any suggestions, comments, or advice would be really helpful. :)
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Anyone attend the George Washington University Clinical Lab Sciences program? [Feb. 11th, 2011|11:02 am]
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Please chat with me?  thanks!
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New Grad MT Can't Find Work [Aug. 31st, 2010|11:32 am]
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[Current Mood |frustratedfrustrated]

I graduated in May but I'm having trouble finding a job. I've applied to dozens of openings but no offers. My program was accredited, I have laboratory experience and yet no one will give me a chance. I don't get it!

I'm scheduled to take the ASCP exam in November. Could that be affecting my chances even though the jobs I'm applying to only require you to be eligible? Any other new grads out there struggling to find work? Am I missing something? I'm in central Maryland if that makes a difference.
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MT Jobs: Are you on your feet all day? [Jun. 4th, 2010|05:26 pm]
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I have a background in microbiology but have been working in an unrelated field for several years. I am now exploring clinical laboratory sciences as a second career. One catch though: I experienced a foot injury a few years ago that means I can no longer stay standing for long stretches at a time all day. 

Are there jobs in this field that would allow me to perform a majority of tasks while sitting? I am perfectly capable of walking and standing, just not for hours at a time.

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Doctorate in CLS [Jan. 15th, 2010|02:16 pm]
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What's your opinion on the Clinical Doctorate programs in CLS that will be opening up in a few institutions across the country?  Would you be interested in pursuing this degree?  What do you think will the job prospects be after getting this degree, and how will it change the current professional landscape?

I'm currently a CLS student expecting to graduate in August 2010.  I plan on pursuing graduate studies, and DCLS seems to be a promising career path.  But at this point there seems to no market for it, other than the obvious laboratory director route.

Any opinion would be greatly appreciated, especially from experienced laboratorians and those who hold advanced degrees.  Thanks!
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Med. Tech. school enviroment vs Lab. working enviroment. [Jul. 3rd, 2009|01:16 pm]
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I'm glad to have found this site, I though there was no place out there for Med. Techs to exchange experiences.
Now, this is my issue.
I'm 4 weeks away from finishing a Med. Tech. program and about 6 weeks from taking my board exam, but during the past school year my classmates and I had been exchanging feelings of discontent about our schools' training techniques and how they will affect us once we hit the real world.
Our school schedule run lectures and rotations simultaneusly. We we're in lab in the morning for about 4 hours and lecture in the afternoon for about 3 hours. Due to the obvious time constrictions, our lab rotations are more focused on execution and production than correlating lectures with clinical work (at least that's how we fell them). This make everybody think  that we were training just to work as a "line production worker".  Also, in the rotation areas, we were treated as if we were uncompetent workers rather than sudents. Our questions were mostly anwered with the likes of: " you don't you know that"? or "you should know that already", moreover, with an attitude of humiliation.  Is this a common practice in Med. Tech. schools or do we just happen to be in a bad school?
Right now, I'm feeling that it was a big mistake switching from Pharmacy to Medical Technologist; I'm just hoping that everything will be different once I dive completely into the field.  

Here are some questions:
I was told before that Lab. professionals were not friendly people, but I was not expecting that to be true (sadly in our school program it is true). Is it every lab working enviroment  as uncomfortable and unprofessional as ours? 
Am I going to have the opportunity to "re-train"some of my weak areas once I start working? I mean, I never got to issue any blood product from blood bank (go figure), or am I expected to start producing  20 test per minute right away? 
Are turn around times more important than the quality of the tests? Or is it just in our hospital? It seems to be a conflicting issue to me.
Lastly, I'm studying for the board, but my lecture notes do not covered everything asked on the practice questions. Does anybody knows any good review-book or website that could help me with my studying?
I am very much thank full for any reply.
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Clinical Chemistry [Jun. 17th, 2009|05:33 am]
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Interesting site.  Let's see how well this works for current lab questions...

For those of you who work in Clinical Chemistry, do you perform QC on your therapeutic drugs every day, or on an "as-needed" basis?  Also, if you respond, would you also let me know what size hospital you are in?  Thanks.

It would seem a waste to run QC every day on an assay that you only run 3 or 4 times a month.

Thanks for your responses.
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board exam results? [Jan. 31st, 2009|12:39 am]
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[Current Mood |confusedconfused]

i'm a little confused...

in the board registry study book, it says that we won't find out whether we have passed or failed the board exam until 10 business days after the test.

my professor told the class that we will find out whether we have passed or failed the board exam immediately after taking the computerized exam.

so for anyone out there who has actually taken the board exam, how soon do you find out whether or not you passed the board exam? 10 business days or right after taking the exam?

thanks in advance!
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(no subject) [Sep. 27th, 2008|08:33 am]
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Was there anything in particular that helped you study best for Immunology?

I'm having a horrible time wrapping my head around the material and I've just never struggled with a course like I have with this one. I think it might have to do with how my professor presents the concepts because I've heard a lot of complaints from his previous students that he loves to jump around a lot and doesn't really follow the order they're given in the book.

He has even said himself that he enjoys being vague and watching his students struggle because it's for our benefit. Which...I can kind of understand, but is this pretty typical?

Any advice would be much appreciated. XD
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