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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.

[User Picture]From: tzigana
2009-07-05 01:16 pm (UTC)

I did a 3+1 program at a university, with 3 years at the school, followed by a 1 year hospital internship, leading to a Clinical Laboratory Science degree from my home university.

(Actually, the hospital I chose did a 9 month program, with a required extra course in urinalysis and basic blood banking the summer before.)

What we usually had was 4 days on bench and then 1 day of lecture per week, with exams throughout the week on the lecture material, plus exams on the bench work. So you could be in your chemistry rotation 4 days a week, with small exams for that, plus studying anemias on fridays, with exams for that tuesday morning and thursday morning. And lecture days could be anything from 8 hours on one subject to 8 one hour subjects, to a half a day of studying and then a tour of the crime lab.

But I'm sure a lot of that varies by hospital. ( I only researched the one program because of living situations as well. )

I do know we also have/had a school in the area that did more in depth lectures first, and then sent you out for 6-8 months of just clinicals, without the lecture.
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