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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: m0nkeygrl
2009-07-03 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'll second "Clinical Laboratory Science Review: A Bottom Line Approach". That is an awesome book! I did that and the simulation of the computer tests that came with the BOR study guide. I remember they were on 3.5" floppy disks. Holy shit am I that old...?

To the OP: It sounds like you're just running into a high concentration of unfriendly people. Most of the people I've worked with when I've first started a lab job have been nice and helpful. Still there will always be one or two assholes, but that's everywhere in life, not just labs. :) Don't worry too much about your "weak areas", you won't be cut loose to do anything until you're fully trained and competent (at least you shouldn't be). No one will expect you to jump in and perform like someone who's been there for years. The S.O.P. manual will be your bible.

Good luck on your test and with finding a job!
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[User Picture]From: apotropaic
2009-07-04 10:10 pm (UTC)

re: the floppy disks

Pshaw - I'm older than you! Mine was on CD though, because I didn't do the med tech program until I was nearly 30!
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