As I have just finished a phenomenal week at this years #ASCLS2018 national meeting, I am reminded of the intense and critical need to educate others. I was humbled and honored to have the many accolades given to me this week, including the Board of Directors Award, and to have so many individuals, both seasoned […]
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As a medical laboratory professional, I am all too familiar with the incessant phone calls from nurses and physicians asking a variety of medical questions. What tube do I draw? How much volume do need? Can I add a test on to a specimen? Often times, those scientists working “the bench” are already overburdened with […]
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Below is a copy of a post that has been circulating two different message forums: the studentdoctor.net forum and the AACC forum. Given the traffic that these posts have received and the notices/messages I have received from them, I only feel it is necessary to respond. This response is for both the original poster and […]
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As I take a brief break from non-stop writing, to write this blog post, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a couple of things prior to my graduation in a few days. First, I thought it would only be fitting to share excerpts from my thesis acknowledgements page. It very much summarizes […]
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As I have now completed all requirements for graduation, all that I have left to do is walk across the stage. I am honored that I was chosen to receive the Dean’s award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and will also be a featured graduate in the university’s journal (will link to it when it is […]
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A question I commonly receive in my messages and emails is: “What types of questions do physicians ask?” It would be unreasonable to list every question I was asked by a physician because it would be boring after the first 50 or so, but I can certainly list a few of them. I will break […]
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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a case … so here you go: A 53 year old female with a past medical history of hypertension, GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease), and depression presented to the emergency room with chest pains. Standard laboratory work-up including CBC, BMP, and troponin was ordered and all were completely normal. The […]
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Yesterday I presented and defended my doctoral research and if you’ve never had to go through an experience of conducting, analyzing, writing, and then defending research at this level … well you just really need to experience it yourself to completely understand. I won’t go into the nitty gritty details of my research, as it […]
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I am trying to keep my head above water in all of the work required, so I apologize for not being able to post as often as we would all like. As those of us in teaching facilities know, July 1st brought in a new wave of babies … aka freshly born MD residents. With […]
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While I have been feverishly writing what seems to be the miniature book called a doctorate thesis research proposal, I came across some curious statistics in the literature that I thought my readership would be interested in. From a study reviewing malpractice claims: “The most common breakdowns in the diagnostic process were failure to order […]
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