National Med Lab Week is April 22 – April 25, LMP always takes part in National Medical Laboratory Week – the annual celebration of our medical laboratory professionals who play a critical role in every aspect of health care.
From Tuesday through Friday this week we’ll be profiling a few of the different types of laboratory professionals that make up the Laboratory Medicine Program team. We’ve already met Jennifer, Pow Lee and Shabnam Salehi-Rad and today we get to talk with Deepa Binu from molecular genetics.
Read about Deepa’s role in the laboratory and the value she brings to patient care at UHN:
What is your position? Medical Laboratory Technician in Molecular Genetics
What do you do here? I receive, accession and process samples including blood, bone marrow, tissues and other body fluids for RNA and DNA based testings.
Why did you get into lab medicine? The medical profession is a noble profession as it is directly responsible for saving lives of people, which gives me lot of honor. It was my childhood dream to do something beneficial to mankind.
How did you get started at UHN? I started as a Volunteer in the Pathology Slide library, and later hired to work in the Pathology Research Program.
What is your favourite part of the job? I get to learn something new everyday and the work enviornment where I am surrounded by pleasant and intelligent people.
What is the most challenging part of the job? Handling the huge volume of specimens daily and prioritizing the work load.
What value would you say you add to patient care? Laboratory professionals provide services contribute to maximize the effective delivery of care by assuring that correct test is done on the right person at the right time.
National Med Lab Week is all about promoting the work of laboratory professionals – what do you wish people knew about the work that goes on inside the lab? People mostly get to see what the front line nursing and medical staff do for them. I wish they could know more about what clinical laboratory staff do in providing the diagnostic information necessary to assist physicians in making the best decisions for a patients course of treatment. This allows the patient to be treated at the most appropriate level of care for the most appropriate period of time. Without laboratory information, these decisions would be compromised at best.