Introductions: What, So What, and Now What?
Introductions: Who is the blog author?
My name is Dr. Justin Kreuter, and I’m a clinical pathologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. My practice consists of both general and subspecialty aspects of clinical pathology. At the Federal Medical Center in Rochester (a U.S. federal detention facility for male inmates who require medical or mental health care), I run the general laboratory that supports the local in-patient population and does a large amount of reference work. At Mayo Clinic, my time is split between the transfusion medicine service and transplant laboratory. In addition to clinical activities, my academic interests include several aspects of medical education (e.g., teaching clinical judgment, frameworks for feedback, and reflection in the medical practice).
Purpose: What do I want to do with this blog?
I want to use this space for reflecting on my experiences in laboratory medicine. In doing so, I will:
- Cultivate awareness of the personally meaningful.
- Explore professional and personal values.
- Deconstruct pathologist-physician and pathologist-patient relationships.
- Recognize ways in which my professional and personal lives interact.
I also hope to use this blog as a "maker space" to explore various technology tools and understand how I may or may not want to integrate them in my practice.
Impact: So what does this mean for you?
I’m writing this blog with the experiences of pathologists, medical laboratory scientists, and students in mind. By taking a second look (i.e., a deliberate reflective practice) at certain aspects of our profession, I hope to help readers (and me) realize some additional value in our daily lives.
Call to action: Now, what should you do?
- Add this blog to your list of bookmarks and make a practice of checking it monthly.
- Interact with this blog (e.g., ponder, reflect, and comment).
I offer my professional gratitude to those who comment on these blog posts. Thanks in advance for joining me on this journey!