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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: samcurlz
2009-07-07 11:20 pm (UTC)
I graduated my med tech program last year and I must say, the education is a lot harder than the work. I questioned my decision for this field as well, but now that I'm working I think I made the right choice.

Depending on the job you get, you will definitely get more experience in the places you need it. I work at an 800 bed hospital that does a few thousand outpatient requisitions a day so I've more or less specialized in hematology and chemistry. We have whole different departments for immunology, blood bank and micro. So I've never officially issued blood. But if you get a job at a smaller hospital with no outpatient work coming in, you may have to learn every department and of course they will train you. The first place I worked at after my boards didn't train me well because I didn't let them know what I needed to know. I basically just sat and watched; I was still in student mode. So definitely communicate what you want to learn and what you feel you know already.

I think my lab is a pretty friendly environment. I work midnights but I was trained on days. In general, in my lab, the off-shifters are more friendly than the dayshifters, but that may be associated with age. There are more young people working our offshift and our dayshift has a bad case of not being morning people. Plus there are less bosses to spy on you...

I studied my little ARSE off for the boards. After I took it I found I was way over prepared for the test. I used three different review books, all of which were helpful. I'm sure any one that you pick up will be of good use. Especially if you pick up one that was written by the organization of the test you're taking. I took it through ASCP, so I got an ASCP book.

Anyway, good luck! don't pull out too much hair. On almost every notebook I kept for my clinicals I wrote "This too shall pass". Anything to get you through the day!
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