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New Cytology Community [Sep. 6th, 2008|11:17 pm]
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Hi All!

I'm a cytotechnologist and was disappointed to search for a cytology community without success; so I started a community cytology. I have a feeling there are many CT's here (and hopefully others who are also interested in cytology), and it would be great to gain a few members! Of course, all are welcome.

(I'm not sure if this post is allowed or not. I was unable to ask as the moderator of this community is listed as deleted.)
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Oh, Eppendorf... [Sep. 3rd, 2008|09:52 pm]
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]

you have the best ads.

Someone posted this in lab_gripes and I just had to spread the love.
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2008|09:51 pm]
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anyone here a radiologist?
i have two questions for you (im considering going into this)
1. how was the schooling? boring? fun? hands on?
2. how is the field?

thanks :)
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new grad [May. 17th, 2008|04:13 pm]
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Hello all! I'm excited that I've found a message board like this. I just graduated from a 2 yr program (mlt). I have not take the acsp yet I wanted to know if theres any advice you can give me. As for jobs I was hoping on getting my foot in the door during clinicals but that did pan out b/c of politics :( other than that I'm happy to be graduating but worried in finding a career in this profession but I enjoy ie microbiology and hematology, and paying loans. I do find interest in cytology but thats another yr.
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You know you've worked too long in a lab when.... [May. 5th, 2008|09:42 pm]
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[Current Mood |sillysilly]
[Current Music |Saliva--Always]

Feel free to add your own :) I got these from a facebook group, so some of them may not apply specifically to med techs..but most do. Enjoy!

1. You wonder what absolute alcohol tastes like with orange juice

2. You can tell what cheap and expensive white coats look like

3. You can't watch CSI without cursing at least one scientific inaccuracy

4. You use acronyms for everything and never stop to elaborate

5. Liquid nitrogen is only about a 1/3 as dangerous as you thought

6. You always seem to use the microscope after the person with the impossible close together eyes

7. Accident reports are a badge of honor

8. You've wondered why you can't drink distilled water in the lab - It should be clean?

9. You give the lab equipment motivational pep talks "Work for me today or i'll reprogram you with a fire axe" is my favorite

10. You've worked out that a trained chimp could probably do 90% of your job

11. When a non-scientist asks you what you do for a living you roll your eyes and talk science at them until they've loss the will to live (mainly for fun)

12. You have to check the web to find out what the weather is outside

13. You realize that almost anything can be classed as background reading

14. People wearing shorts under a lab coat disturb you slightly as they look as though they might be naked underneath

15. Although all cooking is a glorified chemistry experiment you just still can't seem to get it right

16. Safety equipment is optional unless it makes you look cool

17. Warning labels invoke curiosity rather than caution

18. The Christmas nightout reveals scientists can't dance, although a formula for the movement of hands and feet combined with beats per min is found scrawled on a napkin by a waiter the next day

19. You know which part of the lab you can chill out undisturbed on friday afternoon

20. You decide the courses and conference you want to go on by the quality of the food served

21. You are strangely proud of the collection of junk you've stolen from vendors at trade shows

22. You've used dry ice to cool beer down

23. No matter what the timings in the experiment protocol there is always time for lunch in the middle

24. As has been pointed out to me on several occasions - You can no longer spell normal words but have no trouble with spelling things like immunohistochemistry or deoxyribonucleic acid.(Cheers Lesley)

25. Burning eyes, nose and throat indicate that you haven't actually turned on the fumehood/downdraft bench

26. Your slightly too fond of the smell of (pick one or many) Xylene/Agar/Ethanol/Undergraduates/Alcoholic handwash

27. You've left the lab wearing a piece of PPE (personal protective equipment) because you forgot you had it on

28. You bitch about not being able to pipette by mouth any more (Not me but i've worked with people who do!)

29. Security come round at 2 am wondering why the lights are still on only to find you with your arms up to your elbows in a glovebox - Cheers James

30. you have made some kind of puppet out of a nitrile glove and kept it as a pet (I know this isn't just me!) (Putting dry ice in makes for a rapidly expanding if short lived pet - DS) - Cheers Rachel

31. When at a Fall Out Boy gig you wonder why everyone is going round with Fecal Occult Blood (FOB) written on their head!!!! -Just for you Sarah

32. You have an irresistible urge to rip your shirt off superman stylie cos it has press stud fasteners just like your lab coat.....Most often occurring as you walk through a door just like exiting the lab.... (The worlds of strippers and lab workers collide, not pretty- DS) Thanks for that Carrie

33. You still get amusement out of "freezing" things in liquid nitrogen! - Not just you Tracey

34. Blinking real fast has saved your eyesight on more than one occasion.

35. You've removed your gloves to find a small hole which has left you with either - wrinkly old person hands, a brightly coloured finger (histologists especially) or a burning sensation and dermatitis and some point.

36. You've bent down to pick something up off the floor only to scatter the contents of your top pocket under the largest machine in the lab - Common problem i believe

37.When you rejoice when grabbing a handfull of eppendorfs/bijous/anything and it turns outs to be the exact number you needed (always strangly good andy)

38.You can`t wait for lab clean-up coz you get to do random pointless "experiments" to figure out whats in all the dodgy unlabeled bottels (Sniff test is a bit of a gamble Nadia)

39. You hate having to change your lab coat to a new one because 'it just won't fit right' and because the wrist bits are way too tight (They never get my 'cut' just right either Tom)

40. You know you have worked in a lab too long when you actually threaten your cells whilst waving a bottle of virkon (All been there)

41.Your nose invariably itches when you're doing mucky stuff with your hands so you develop the habit of scratching it on your upper arm. Unfortunately you sometimes carry this habit over to real life, where it looks like you're sniffing your armpits (Trying to find a clean bit of lab coat can be fun as well, cheers)

42. When as the senior of morphology you threaten each new registrar on their first day that oil and x10 dry objectives do not mix and will result in violence (Cheers)

43. when you say goodnight to your microscope on a friday night and tearfully hug it goodbye as you won't see it all weekend (Cheers again)

44. When you start making patterns in your pipette tip box as you take the tips out. I made a beautiful spiral today (Could have been an art student)

45. When you wonder how much it will hurt if I pour just a smidge of this phenol:chloroform/trichloroacetic acid/any random chemical on myself

46. You've seen how far away you can hit a target with a squirty water bottle or seeing how far away from the bin i can fire pipette tips. (Pinging gloves is also fun)

47. The fire alarm ceases to bug you. You only evacuate when you see the fire. (Hand on the floor to check for heat is a good indicator)

48. You know when you've been in a lab too long when you make 6 litres of medium, but wonder why no one makes "high" or "low".(Cheers)

49. When you organise your kitchen cupboard contents the way you would your chemicals..all labeled in alphabetical order (Cheers)

50. When you've got that callus on the side of your thumb from opening PCR tubes (Cheers)

51. When as a student, you have track marks but aren't a drug user. (thanks Kayleen!)

52. When as a student, you determine what you're going to wear for the day depending on if you need access to your anticubital fossa.

53. You know what an anticubital fossa IS.

Some of my own....

54. You speak in letters only.. like RBC, WBC, FIA, RID, PT, aPTT, Hg, HCT, and your non-science friends think you were once abducted by aliens because you never stop to elaborate.

55. You speak to bacteria like disobedient children. Example: "I feed you, keep you warm and THIS is how you repay me!!"

56. You give lab equipment human names.

57. You say things like "Wow, come look at my yeast! It's growing out of control!" and feel perfectly normal.

58. You answer the lab telephone with sayings like "You contract it, we extract it" or "Micro. We love to streak!"

59. You realize a red blood cell isn't JUST a red blood cell. It has to be labeled as microcytic, normocytic, macrocytic, hypochromic, normochromic, spherocyte, shistocyte, acanthocyte, ecinocyte, poikilocyte, target cell, or some other term.

60. Your friends will not watch shows like House or C.S.I. with you, because you always end up yelling at the tv over some scientific inaccuracy.
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(no subject) [Apr. 23rd, 2008|11:43 am]
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Hi all!

I have a question for all you medical technicians!

I'm currently studying in a very different stream from medicine (art) but I'm looking to go to college straight after for possibly radiology or pharamacy tech

so my question to you is, what in your opinion would be the best and most interesting medical technician field?

i was also looking into blood/lab technicians but i'm really trying to find something that will be exciting and rewarding but not too dull and monotone. any ideas? any help or advice would be awesome.

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It's that time again! [Apr. 21st, 2008|08:50 am]
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Happy Lab Week!!!!!!!!!!!
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Question: Registry Exam [Apr. 17th, 2008|07:17 pm]
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Alright, so I'm into the last 8 weeks of my clinical internship and it's getting to be time to plan to take the Board of Registry exam. My question for the lot of you is: WHICH ONE TO TAKE? It seems that most hospitals hold the CLS(NCA) and MT(ASCP) to be equivalent. However, the NCA exam is $145 as opposed to the ASCP's $200. Are there any particular advantages of one certification over the other? Is one exam more difficult than the other? Thanks for any help you guys can give me.
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A day in my life (another silly poem) [Apr. 17th, 2008|12:26 pm]
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[Current Mood |sillysilly]

urinalysis, CSF analysis, acid fast test
lab coat and gloves to be properly dressed
fecal fat, streptolysin O, sperm counts too
just a sample of what I do 

standard curves and standard deviations 
sources of error, and disease complications
having good accuracy and precision
hematology, immunology and cellular division 

D-dimers, PT's, and coagulation 
bone marrow, platelets and blood donations
trichomonas, chlamydia and candida albicans

Oh, and don't forget to wash your hands 

blast cells, neutrophils, acute leukemia
thalassemia, uremia,  pernicious anemia
yeast, bacteria, clue cells,gonorrhea
glucose, creatinine, and urea

MCV, HCT, Ab and Ag
WBC, RBC, ESR, and Hg
ANA, FIA, ELISA, and let's see....

Am I forgetting anything, anything at all?
If you can understand this
Then you're a lab SUPA-STAR!! 



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New to site [Apr. 15th, 2008|11:13 pm]
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 I am very glad that I have finally find a medical technologist forum that seems to get a lot of entries.  I am a registered nurse and there is a forum for nurses called allnurses.com that is very entertaining and informative.  This form seems very similar to allnurses.com but for med techs.

I will start the professional phase of clinical laboratory science program in the fall of 2008 and I can not wait.  Nursing has really burned me out and I want to go back to the work environment I had before I became a nurse.  I was a lab assistant for 2 years while I was going to nurse school.
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