This week the Q&A BUG paid a visit to Toronto General Hospital’s Diagnostic Test Centre and ‘infected’ Marie Casimir, Medical Laboratory Technician, Specimen Management . The nomination came from our previous Q&A BUG ‘victim,’ Allison Ming-Freckleton. You can check out Allison’s photo Q&A HERE.
As a laboratory technician in Specimen Management, Marie Casimir is one of the few members of LMP that works directly with patients on a regular basis. She’ll sometimes work with hundreds of patients over the course of a week when scheduled in inpatient areas, or outpatient blood labs.
The inpatient areas are where Marie and other laboratory technicians go directly to patients to draw blood, but in the outpatient blood labs patients come in for whatever the treating clinician ordered. She will perform ECG (electrocardiogram) tests, acquire specimen samples, and of course draw blood.
The next stage for acquired samples is generally the core lab for testing, where Marie also works from time-to-time. Here she will sort different samples from different sites and ensure they get directed to the right place for timely results.
It takes special people to work directly with patients, and it’s clear Marie has what it takes. When asked the most rewarding aspect of her role, Marie responded, “It’s following patients through their hospital journey, seeing them get better, and getting to be a part of it.”
To learn more about Marie, check out her photo Q&A below!
Whereabouts do you live and how do you commute to work?
What was your first job/ worst job?
How would you describe your ideal vacation?
Where was your last road trip to?
What’s your favorite meal to make at home?
What was your first live concert?
If you could bring one thing on a weekend camping trip, what would it be?
What do you do for fun?
What’s your favourite animal? (Draw it!)
Favourite sports team or athlete?
If you had to describe working with LMP in one word, what would it be?
If your friends were to describe you in one word, what would it be?
Because Marie completed the photo series Q&A she was given the opportunity to pass the bug onto someone else… Make sure to check in next week to find out which LMP staff member Marie nominated – It could be you!
Have a common interest with Marie? – Share it in the comments section!
- That Stevie Wonder is an awesome first concert!
- How you could go for some pan fried snapper for dinner.
- That you wouldn’t mess with Marie if she was working Security.
- That the Blue Jays season starts this Sunday… Don’t miss it!