‘ The Production Team ‘
Doctors are important professionals in the treatment and diagnosis of patient’s disease, however as the picture suggests, doctors also relies heavily on specimen testing to increase the accuracy in patient diagnosis. So who does the team of doctors rely on to get results from specimen testing? Medical Laboratory Technologists.
Who are the Medical Laboratory Technologists?
Medical laboratory technologist or also known as clinical laboratory scientist are considered to be the hidden support team within the healthcare system. When a doctor ask for a blood test or specimen test to examine for any viruses or harmful bacteria, this means they are asking medical laboratory technologist and technicians to run a series of scientific testing to come up with accurate results.
To become an MLT, majority of technologists obtain a bachelor’s degree in science before continuing in an professional college to become a certified MLT.
Through school, MLT are trained into five disciplines:
Clinical & Diagnostic Microbiology
– the identification and classification of microorganisms that causes disease
– Identification of the method to control or treat infectious microorganism diseases
– Involved in the preparation and procurement of body tissues for microscopic examination
Transfusion Science/ Blood Bank
– Perform pre-transfusion testing to ensure accurate suitability for transfusion
Clinical Biochemistry/ Clinical Chemistry
– The study of bodily fluids (ex. blood, urine, glucose) to determine disease
– Investigation and study of blood cells and it’s related diseases
However, in the workforce often times MLT would concentrate or specialize into one or two disciplines.
Why are MLT less known to the general public?
MLT usually work in a laboratory environment and does not have any or close to any patient interactions. Therefore, the general public is less aware of who are the MLT and who run the tests.
Is MLT a fit career for you?
MLT are very well-rounded individuals, they have to have a strong knowledge in science but also have a strong application skills to apply knowledge into everyday diagnostic testing.
MLT demands individuals to have and practice these skills:
- detailed-orientated for strong accuracy
- passion for clinical science
- passion for the treatment and prevention of disease
- strong understanding in quality control and accuracy
- an independent worker but also a excellent team player
- a strong problem solver (when you run into problems in the lab – individual problem solving is important
I am currently pursuing an advanced diploma in Medical Laboratory Science to become a certified MLT. I will document more of my experiences later on as I go through this professional program. I hope to bring MLT into the forefront and educate people to understand and learn more about this profession. This is just a brief introduction into MLT but hopefully it provides YOU to consider MLT as your career in the future! -smahemtecks