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Med. Tech. school enviroment vs Lab. working enviroment. [Jul. 3rd, 2009|01:16 pm]
Medical Technologists
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: apotropaic
2009-07-04 10:07 pm (UTC)
And now I feel like I need to clarify again! I did a post-grad program, so my degree is actually in psychology. The med tech program was a 1 year program, in which I have a certification and which made me eligible to take the ASCP certification exam for med techs.

There aren't very many 4-year med tech programs left in the US, most are either a single year after a degree has already been rewarded, or it's the last year of a 4-year degree program, with the students often being sent away to schools like the one I attended to complete that last year, but earning their degree from their home university. (whew - forgive the run-on sentence!)
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[User Picture]From: kejlina
2009-07-04 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ohhh okay. We have one-year programs too for technicians :) the three and four year programs are for the technologists.
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[User Picture]From: apotropaic
2009-07-04 10:32 pm (UTC)
And here, you can do a MLT at at community college that does not require a bachelor's, although I believe they're usually 2 year programs, and you get your associate degree at the end.
OR you can do the "4+1" or "3+1" to be a technologist.
The "4+1" is when you get a bachelors in whatever subject you major in, then take the one year med tech program afterwards.
The "3+1" is when you do the med tech program as your last year of your bachelors, so that you degree is actually in med tech.
And then there are traditional 4 year programs, but it's rare for schools to offer them anymore, it seems.

And I'm sure there are other variations!

What sort of certification exam do you have to take? Is it still ASCP or NCCLS, or is it something different? Or do you have to take a certification exam at all?

(btw: icon love!)

Edited at 2009-07-04 10:35 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kejlina
2009-07-05 04:25 am (UTC)
I'll have to take an exam from the CSMLS - the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. The technicians also take an exam from them but it's my understanding that their exam covers less material than the exam for technologists.
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