National Med Lab Week 2014 – Week in Review

Hard to believe that National Med Lab Week 2014 has already come to a close! (That’s #NMLW2014 for those following along on twitter!). The four day work week likely helped it seem “extra” short, but at the Laboratory Medicine Program at the University Health Network, we still had a solid week of education, networking and promotional opportunities throughout the hospital.

DSC03757National Medical Laboratory Week is a great time to reflect on the value of the laboratory professional and celebrate the hard work they do, every day – some of them all year-round, and 24 hours a day, and the critical role in every aspect of health care.

Staff Profiles!

Did you get a chance to read the interviews with some of the members of the Laboratory Medicine Program team?

DSC03713It’s not too late! Check out Jeannette who works in Specimen Management in our Core Lab. She’s been at UHN for over 25 years and has always known that she wanted to get into lab medicine.

DSC03730Read our interview with Shawn, from cytogenetics, and hear about some of the different technical aspects of his job, including karyotyping and Her2/neu amplification.

DSC03743We also spoke with Georgette from surgical pathology. Georgette spoke about her insistence on providing nothing best the best care for teh speciemens that she sees. She knows there is a patient who is depending on her and “the balance of someone’s life depends” on her work.

DSC03755We also interviewed Shelley from blood transfusion. Shelley told us about how she knew she wanted to get into healthcare from a young age and through a variety of volunteer work, she found her calling the world of laboratory medicine.

We have over 500 laboratory professional in our laboratory – so these interviews are only a glimpse into the exciting and dynamic world of lab medicine. Definitely worth a look!

Education Sessions!

DSC03754Every day this week we held education sessions for our Laboratory Medicine Program team. This year had what is easily described as our best attendance yet, with most of the rooms overflowing into the adjoining hallways. It’s great to see how eager the lab team to learn more about their profession. The talks included:

“What’s New at Stago” Gordon Odrowski, Stago

“Laboratory Medicine – Winds of Change” Tom Clancy

Student Testimonials – Adedoyin Banjoko & Shadi Huladar, UOIT

“Near Patient CD4 Testing” Lori Apoll, BD Sciences

DSC03719“Patient Safety During Blood Collection” Suzanne King, BD Sciences

“Transplant – A Case Study” Dr. Kathryn Tinckam

“OSOM Rapid Test” Jay Palmar, Fisher Scientific

“Learning About, From and With Each Other in Laboratory Medicine” Debbie Rolfe & Tracy Paulenko

“NGAL – A Novel Biomarker for Acute Liver Injury” Dean Nixon, Alere

“Facing Change” Peter Woo

Ontario Society of Medical Technologists, Karim Bhaloo

What a great week!

DSC03764Thank you to our sponsors!


Fisher Scientific


BD Biosciences



Life Technologies


Laboratory Medicine Program

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