Perspectives

Alex Harker, a student in Mayo Clinic’s medical laboratory science class of 2017, discusses the unique learning style in Mayo’s medical laboratory science program.

By Alex Harker • February 1, 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 direct effort.

By Mike Baisch • January 26, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is an arthropod, which was found on a sandy beach in South America. It is approximately 1 mm in greatest dimension. What is the identification?

By Kelley Luedke • January 25, 2017

Justin Kreuter, M.D., a clinical pathologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, will be blogging monthly about his experiences in laboratory medicine. This post provides an introduction to Dr. Kreuter, his work, and his blog.

By Justin Kreuter, M.D. • January 19, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is from an elderly institutionalized patient with diffuse thickened skin on her arms and back. A crust from her skin was submitted for examination, and scrapings showed the following images. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • January 18, 2017

Interested in science and helping people? Kate McKeown, a student in Mayo Clinic’s medical laboratory science class of 2017, discusses how medical laboratory science might be the career option for you.

By Kate McKeown • January 18, 2017

Rising health care costs and the direct financial burden of these costs on the average U.S. citizen—left unabated—threaten to collapse the country’s economy by 2028. Laboratory medicine and pathology has a role, both positive and negative, in influencing this health care economic crisis.

By Andy Cousin • January 12, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case was donated by Dan Rhoads at the Cleveland Clinic. The following video and images were taken from a corneal culture. What are the objects seen here?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • January 11, 2017

If you are a physician, chances are, you are familiar with the term “maintenance of certification” or “MOC.” MOC is a recurring system used to assess physician professional development and improvement.

By Sharon Preuss • January 5, 2017

Are you interested in a career in medical laboratory science? Montana Smith, a student in Mayo Clinic’s medical laboratory science class of 2017, provides a comprehensive overview of the profession.

By Montana Smith • January 4, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s object was identified in a concentrate stool specimen. The photograph was taken at 400x, and the object measures just over 150 micrometers in length. No further history is available. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • January 4, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s specimen is concentrated stool from a young child. What is the identification of the two worms shown?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • December 28, 2016

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is celebrating the holiday season. Can you guess who the happy couple is below the mistletoe?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • December 21, 2016