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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.

From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-16 05:53 am (UTC)
Unfortunately it sounds like you did not choose a very good CLS training program. I just finished the program at a very large university medical center, and for the most part I had a positive experience. The teaching coordinators, bench techs, lecturers, etc. were all very supportive. Yes, sometimes techs are busy, because they do have their own work to do in addition to teaching you, so be understanding of that. We were paid an educational stipend and were not considered employees. However, we have affiliates who hire and pay their students as lab assistants. That might be the difference in whether you are treated as a student or as a lab assistant.
It is true that some bench work does not correlate well with theory--that is the nature of some of the bench work. It is up to you to connect what you learn in lecture with what is going on in the analyzer, etc.

As for lab professionals being "unfriendly people"...why would you believe a sweeping generalization such as that? Don't judge an entire workforce based on what somebody told you once. Do you believe everything other people tell you or do you get your own experience and form your own opinions? For example, how would you like it if someone judged you based on your poor English skills?

Reality check: you ARE already in the "real world." I am assuming you were training on the bench with techs who were doing their jobs--that is what the job will be like for you (at least at that hospital, if you choose to work there after your training). If that hospital has such a negative and unhappy environment, I would work someplace else after your training.
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From: gto_72
2009-09-16 09:51 pm (UTC)

@ anonymous

Dear anonymous:
Unfortunately I did choose a bad program, however I did my best and complete it and also passed my board. Now as a MT (ASCP) I still see the program as a deficient one and the employees (at that specific hospital)as unfriendly. I was not generalizing when I made my comments. I stated my experience and then asked the visitors of this forum for their opinions. Sorry if I hit a nerve with my comments, that was not the intention.
Thank you, but I don't need your reality check. I know where I stand and I know what I want.
One more thing, I don't worry too much about generalizations about my poor english skills, afterall English is my third language.
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