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The World Health Organization (WHO) focuses on prioritizing 58 different diagnostic tests across the spectrum of health and disease. Medical...

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Beautiful to know
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Posted by Osinaya Oluwatobi, BMLS (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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I’d love to see a comparative study of our profession between USA and Canada. The biggest hurdle we face in USA is apathy and lack of advocates within our profession and I think it stems from the fact that we are under the wing of Pathologists. Thanks for letting the world know about about the work we do.
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Posted by Ivette A. (Discussions: 0, Comments: 5)
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Med Techs are invaluable. This field needs an across the board double in hourly wages.
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Posted by Beth Tapley (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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It’s long overdue. Thank you 36 years as CLS and I have a long ways to go.
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Posted by Elsa Ray (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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Yes, it's time of being recognized, in the quiet little corner of the Lab, were we spent long hours testing, given invaluable results to save life. Yes , I agree salary must double, by all means.
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Posted by carmen lemke (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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I agree, wages should increase to retain and attract new med techs. However, most systems see the lab as a production center, thus a commodity! Why should executives increase wages if seen simply as a production facility? Labs must, in collaboration with suppliers like Abbott, elevate themselves and leverage the power they have with data.
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Posted by Brendon Confer (Discussions: 1, Comments: 1)
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I’m proud of our profession and the dedicated staff who strives for perfection every day.
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Posted by Susan Corley (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Current paradigm is that automation will fix everything with an unparalleled synergy that the need for the human element will wane ( I have seen this mentality through two automations). Fact is, the human element is what brings a face to the amoral number. Human beings are what temper technology with a pathos that machines will never dream of or vitally experience. Data management is the wave that is permeating the industry for a qualitative approach to patient care. Laboratories need to harness this with powerful enthusiasm. As pharmacy is a separate school of thought from medicine in business, so the laboratory needs to exert itself with a manifest destiny of assertiveness relative to data management. Confer is right in the sense of collaboration with suppliers like Abbott.
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Posted by Donald Bishop (Discussions: 0, Comments: 4)
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We are sending your specimen to "the lab." We have you results back from "the lab." It always surprises me how many patients think of "the lab" as an inanimate object. We really are a group of educated, caring professionals working for their health and medical treatment.
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Posted by Dawn Perlotto (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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But WE need to find a way to toot our own horn to the rest of the medical field and educate the public so that recognition can finally given to all the hard working professions that give so much.
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Posted by Mary Gimenez (Discussions: 0, Comments: 7)
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Yes, salary should be double for what we do to saves patients life.
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Posted by jinal patel (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Talking about overworked and underpaid. No wonder kids these days don't want to get into the field anymore
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Posted by Catherine T. Nguyen (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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It's great deal but WHO must look into the salary scale.
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Posted by Kamayou Etienne (Discussions: 0, Comments: 13)
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There are so many factors that we have to account for patients samples. I pride myself in using my ability contribute in any way. Looking for opportunity by the way.
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Posted by Valery Taustsiakou (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Salary increase is important and should be considered to encourage Medical Laboratory staff. That's the same thing we have been camouring for in Nigeria. Currently, its 1:4 from what Drs take home.
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Posted by Chinedu Eze (Discussions: 0, Comments: 4)
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Great article. 70 percent of the diagnosis are based on lab results. People should realize the importance of laboratory profession.
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Posted by Drona Pandeya, M.S., MLS(ASCP) (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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I participated in several high school career fairs informing the students that there are more than just nurses and doctors that work in hospitals. The laboratory is also a great option. We are the heroes behind the scene. Training programs in CA are extremely hard to get into, I’ve been trying for the last two years so am aware of the struggle. But once you’re in...you’re in!! You just have to stay encouraged!!
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Posted by Kimico F. (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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I am encouraged tremendously by this development. Barack Obama highlighted the profession in 2016 and now WHO. We hope this is the pivatol point for the profession. The next big step is for someone who is an industry leader to run for office especially in the US.
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Posted by Raymond Walters (Discussions: 0, Comments: 3)
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I so agree
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Posted by Mary Gimenez (Discussions: 0, Comments: 7)
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Fantastic!
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Posted by Chinenyeike Daniel (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Proud to be one for over 20 years!
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Posted by Patti Brink (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Medical Laboratory Assistant with Siksika Health And Wellness Services. 9.5 years now. Currently working on getting into Combined Laboratory and X-ray Program At NAIT.
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Posted by Jocelyn Duck Chief (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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I love my profession, it's so versatile. My mom was a medical technologist and I've been one for 25 years
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Posted by Mary Ann Riter (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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I love my profession even after 32 years i still enjoy my work
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Posted by Joyce Hangandu-Sommar (Discussions: 1, Comments: 23)
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This was an awesome read, it brought so much joy to my heart. It is about time that the world knows who we are and how we contribute in a major way to diagnosis and treatment.
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Posted by Ghenet Gebreyesus (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Good read. Thank you for sharing this post.
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Posted by Adebayo Olaoluwa Adisa (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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True
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Posted by abdul hassan mohamed (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Graduated and licensed in 1984 when we were thought to be a dying breed. Thank you for sharing this article. It was an affirmation and testament to the fact that in this day and age where computers seem to take over, this profession still requires the human element which most (patients) don't even realize that we exist! An unsung hero or a wingman(wingwoman), nevertheless, it's always gratifying to know that we make a difference in people's lives everyday. It also gives me an opportunity to pray for each patient that comes across my eyes..."Let the whisper of their names be a prayer for their healing and most of all, for their salvation."
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Posted by Michele Vito Inigo (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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Proudly Med. lab. scientist
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Wonderful.....
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Posted by Abukari Yussif (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Apt. We are like defenders in the Health sector.
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Posted by Nonye Umahi (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Still a proud Lab tech and lab scientist but I still want more...
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You can not treat what you can not see...
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Posted by Jennifer Bailey (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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Great article. I have been a med tech since 1990 and still going strong
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Posted by Cassandra Hinton (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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We know the job we do is beyond relevant. We just have to convince employers and Pathologists that keep us in the dark that what we do, does make a difference. Medical technologists should regulate their own profession. ASCP should be strictly for Pathologists and Medical Technologists should be able to have their own equivalent: American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists (ASCLS).
We need committed leaders to make that a reality to change the way the industry views our profession and the way we view ourselves.
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Posted by Ivette A. (Discussions: 0, Comments: 5)
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Very true and we need to work towards giving these facts to more people. In my teaching always emphasised to young minds about labs producing evidence of disease and ruling out.
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Posted by Rukenya Ngare (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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Great article to illustrate our roles as Medical Laboratory Technologists/Scientists. We need to create more exposure and step out of the darkness...
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Posted by Chris Hikuam (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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We play a vital role in bringing the picture of a patient’s into clearer focus. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to bring nursing and physicians into our world to help better promote the profession and the role we play in healthcare.
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Posted by Robin Rollins (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Very Nice !
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Posted by Klary E Niezen-Koning (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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that is beautiful
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Posted by ezondu emeka (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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All over the world we know that we are all exploited by the owners of the hospital or labs we are the bread and butter of any income generating hospital or centers but the respect and compensation they are giving to us is below any other paramedical professions.Its high time to upgrade our profession in terms of how they treat us and pay us.
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Posted by arnold agoy (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Check out some of my similar articles on the VALUE of the #MedicalLaboratory! #WeSaveLivesEveryday
https://www.elsevier.com/connect/the-hidden-profession-that-saves-lives
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Posted by Dr. Rodney E Rohde, SV, SM, MB (ASCP), FACSc, Global Fellow (Discussions: 1, Comments: 4)
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Posted by Dr. Rodney E Rohde, SV, SM, MB (ASCP), FACSc, Global Fellow (Discussions: 1, Comments: 4)
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Mr. Arnold Agoy, my sentiments exactly!! We ARE the foundation of all medical professions but we’re paid pennies. We are required to have education above and beyond that of many others but we are not respected as a highly educated group of professionals. If the MLS’s and others boycotted, the other medical professionals couldn’t really do their jobs. Obviously this is not something that has entered the minds of those who so graciously disregard our expertise and our contributions.
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Posted by Dorcas Burnside (Discussions: 0, Comments: 3)
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Yes we are valuable but we are not compensated as such.
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Posted by Brittany Stanley (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Personally, I absolutely loved working in the lab. However, we were overworked and underpaid. We were not only testing for infectious diseases, but we were responsible for troubleshooting when equipment went down, multitasking on a whole other level, and were responsible for things that weren’t necessary our jobs, but for some of us we did it anyway. I learned A LOT because we were extremely busy, so I had to teach myself due to the lack of employees. However, I gained so much knowledge & experience very quickly! Let’s just say us “lab rats” are pretty quick on our feet! 🔬🐀❤️
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Posted by Crystal Jade Bustamante (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Yes I am proud to be a medical laboratory scientist
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Posted by Osarieme Donbraye-Emmanuel (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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Proudly Medical Laboratory Scientist! I agree with others that Medical Lab Scientists are overworked and under paid. Even the Medical Pathologist that qualifies yesterday want to head of be the Head of Department of Medical Laboratory where Medical Laboratory Scientist with PhD has being working for more than 10 years before the pathologist entered into 100level MBBS. It is very unfair.
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Posted by Theo Faruna (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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In India, the scenario is more worst now.. Health department is not recognising M.Sc / Ph.D who were there in the system since ever. A
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Posted by Dr. Rishabh Rajput (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Medical Laboratory Scientists are the backbone of modern medicine and medical researches. We should not relent in projecting our noble profession. Let us remain focused in our profession. Note scientist rule the World. One day , the world will announce us for good.
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Posted by Charles Chikodi Ekeke MSc, MHPM,MLS, AMLSCN,BSc,HSE,DMI. (Discussions: 0, Comments: 3)
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Proud to be one
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Proud to be one
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Posted by akinbola bunmi (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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I definitely enjoyed my time in the lab! Do I miss it? Absolutely not! The field underpays in my opinion, especially in contrast to the amount and quality of work demanded! If lab scientists are so valuable pay them as such!
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Posted by Kingsley Bawuah (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Proud to be medical laboratory scientist.
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Posted by Tasawwar Iqbal (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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I really enjoy when I am in my lab.I love my job. I wish each person to have an amazing job like mine. It has dinamic and futuristic charecters.
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Posted by Pınar Eker (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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To all my colleques and friends who are part of this “little know profession”, and save life’s everyday through their knowledge and understanding of laboratory medicine.
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Posted by Barb Pumphrey (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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medical laboratory scientists are not really appreciated in most part of Africa including Nigeria
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The medical laboratory fields of labor examines are shared into practical aims and scientific researches. There are different pathways of aims and researches of these assays in problems of Health care.
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Posted by Michail R. Ponizovskiy (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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✅ proud to be one of them
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Proud to be an certified MLT and MT,
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Posted by Valerie Sinkam (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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Medical Lab Scientist in the making!!
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Posted by Melanie M. (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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I am proud to be Medical laboratory scientist, been in the field for 32 years, worked at Clinical Chemistry 13 years, 19 years at Clinical genetics and now working at Bakt serologi depaartment.
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Posted by Joyce Hangandu-Sommar (Discussions: 1, Comments: 23)
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I love the recognition of the profession that is always behind the scènes. We don't see the patiënt and they don't see us but we are there always doing our best to provide the results their doctors need to help them. Love my job ❤
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Posted by Davy Adriaens (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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The Medical Laboratory Science is involved in both Preventive, Promotive, Diagnostic and Curative medicine hence referred as the Oracle of Modern Medicine and I diametrically agree!
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Posted by Chris Elemuwa (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
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“Without laboratory testing, doctors would be unable to provide accurate diagnoses...”
-Such an important field that is so often overlooked
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Posted by Stacey DeBlasio (Discussions: 0, Comments: 1)
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We are a noble profession behind the scene that is invisible.
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Nosotros proporcionamos datos objetivos , cuantificables y con control de calidad, para el manejo adecuado de enfermo o para la prevención o fomento de la salud. Nosotros le damos el respaldo científico a la medicina
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Posted by Dr. Rodney E Rohde, SV, SM, MB (ASCP), FACSc, Global Fellow (Discussions: 1, Comments: 4)
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As a consultant haematologist once said at a seminar " the medical scientists make us look great". I will never forget that appreciation. That was some 30 years ago too.
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