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 […]Read more "They Didn’t Know That?!?"
Those of us in healthcare, and even those not in healthcare, and at one time or another have witnessed a business practice that could be constituted as questionable fraud. Fraud could be defined a couple of different ways: a) the wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain, and b) a […]Read more "Fraud and Truth"
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 […]Read more "This, Too, Shall Pass"
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 […]Read more "Reflection"
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 […]Read more "All That is Left is to Walk"
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 […]Read more "What Do They Ask?"
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 […]Read more "A Case & A Question"