Perspectives

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is from a middle-aged man from West Africa who presented with a chief complaint of worms in his stool. Four tan-white objects were received in saline, and an egg was expressed from one of them. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • April 19, 2017

On-demand continuing medical education is growing in popularity among medical professionals as they need a required number of hours to maintain their professional licensures. Janet Bergquist, Education Specialist at Mayo Medical Laboratories, discusses the benefits of on-demand education.

By Janice Bergquist • April 13, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case presents an object that was passed in the stool of a teenage boy with recurrent fevers and constipation. His only travel outside of North America was Portugal and Hawaii. Treatment with an antihelminth was ineffective at alleviating his symptoms, and follow-up stool exams were negative. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • April 12, 2017

Justin Kreuter, M.D., reflects on the “ignorance” of laboratory medicine among clinical colleagues.

By Justin Kreuter, M.D. • April 6, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is from a young boy who had been unsuccessfully treated for pinworm infection. An apparent worm was submitted to the laboratory on a pinworm paddle (Swube®). Can you guess the parasite?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • April 5, 2017

Mike Baisch, Systems Engineer at Mayo Clinic, discusses the mechanics of performing a staffing-to-workload analysis in the testing laboratories. There are three primary areas of focus with staffing needs: direct effort, indirect effort, and operational needs. This post focuses on operational needs.

By Mike Baisch • March 30, 2017

To celebrate Dr. Bobbi Pritt’s 10-year anniversary of her blog, “Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites,” readers submitted their artistic parasite creations. View this post to see the submissions and winners.

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 29, 2017

Alex Harker, a student in Mayo Clinic’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) class of 2017, discusses his MLS clinical rotation in the Hematology Laboratory.

By Alex Harker • March 29, 2017

Andy Cousin, FACHE, Director of Product Management and Marketing for Mayo Medical Laboratories, is attending this year’s ACHE Congress on Health Care Leadership conference in Chicago. He will be sharing his thoughts and photos from the conference. Follow along his live blog.

By Andy Cousin • March 27, 2017

We sat down with Jane Hermansen, Network and Outreach Development Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota, and President-elect of Clinical Laboratory Management Association, to discuss the upcoming KnowledgeLab 2017, held March 26–29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

By Jane Hermansen, MBA, MT(ASCP) • March 24, 2017

We sat down with Pat Hlavka, CSP, Safety Coordinator in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, to kick off a new podcast series about safety in the laboratory. View this post to access the podcast.

By Pat Hlavka • March 23, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. In honor of Dr Pritt’s 10-year anniversary of her “Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites” blog, this week’s case highlights an excellent entry from Florida Fan–a parasite kite! Can you guess the parasite?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 22, 2017

Kate McKeown, a student in Mayo Clinic’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) class of 2017, spotlights her experience in Mayo Clinic’s Central Clinical Laboratory during MLS clinical rotations.

By Kate McKeown • March 16, 2017