Graduating from the Mayo Clinic MLS Program

It’s hard to believe graduation is tomorrow! Time has really flown by. In only 10-ish months, I have learned a lot and made some really great friends.

Although I’ll miss our student lab in the Stabile Building at Mayo Clinic, I’m looking forward to starting my working life. One of the exciting aspects of our program is the opportunity to work here at Mayo. The application process was very manageable because we were able to go through the “MLS match.”

In February, we submitted our resumes and cover letters, and we went through behavioral interviews. Upon passing our interviews, we were sent a spreadsheet with the available lab technologist postings at Mayo. We were given some time to rank our choices, and lab supervisors then ranked us.

We are in a unique position because our clinical rotations gave us firsthand experience with many of the labs, so when it was time to rank our choices, we had a good idea of where we wanted to work.

When all rankings were complete, an optimization tool developed at Mayo matched us to a laboratory. Although not all of us are staying with Mayo, we are all graduating with job offers. I’m excited to see my classmates in the hallways of the Hilton Building and wish them the best in their future careers.

Makenzie Fong

Makenzie Fong is a student in the Mayo Clinic Medical Laboratory Science program. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2017 with degrees in Biochemistry and Chinese. She is originally from California and is anxiously awaiting her first Minnesota winter.