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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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[User Picture]From: tzigana
2009-07-03 07:22 pm (UTC)
1. It really depends on the person. Lab does tend to get a lot more introverts, so it can take a little while for people to open up. That being said the majority of the people I've worked with were friendly, some just took longer to be obvious about it.

2. You will definitely be retrained when you start working. Every place will train you on an instrument or an area before you work there, and often will cue off of you and your comfort levels when deciding when to leave you on your own. (And people usually remember being new themselves and are open to questions, as long as you let them do their work as well.)

3. Turn around time vs. quality is an eternal debate. Basically everyone gets faster the longer they do something, so right away its better to concentrate on quality. That being said, its also important to notice where you waste time and work to cut that out. (I know someone who will stand and stare at the stainer in heme. . . It really doesn't run faster if you look at it, and you can get other stuff done in that time.)

4. Notes weren't enough for me. The best review books I had I ordered on-line, so I don't know if you have time for that. If you can afford it though, I recommend getting one. They'll touch on a few of the odder diseases that you might get a question on, and are very helpful with getting used to the style of questions.
This: http://www.amazon.com/SUCCESS-Clinical-Laboratory-Science-4th/dp/0135126487/ref=dp_ob_title_bk appears to be the updated version of my favorite study book. It explains the answers well, which is very good because sometimes they get the letter of the answer wrong in these books.
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