Perspectives

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

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, is celebrating 10 years of her "Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites" blog. To celebrate, Dr. Pritt wants you to submit your parasite works of art to be entered in a drawing.

By Kelley Luedke • March 15, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week's case presents a structure that was coughed up by a 70-year-old woman with advanced stage lymphoma. She had recently received chemotherapy consisting of rituximab, ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide (R-ICE). At the time, she was quite ill and in the intensive care unit. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 15, 2017

We have all been in the position of starting something new: a new class, new hobby, or a new job. Imagine yourself arriving for a new endeavor, entering a vacant room with a set of instructions on the chalkboard to complete some paperwork, signing some forms, and then leaving them in a bin when finished with no additional direction on where to go or what to do next . . . . How would that make you feel? Jeffry Harden, Program Manager in Mayo's Staff Development for Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, discusses best practices for orientation and onboarding.

By Jeffry Harden • March 9, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week's case presents a trichrome-stained stool specimen. While the diagnosis may seem straightforward, there is a question in what to call this organism based on some new proposed nomenclature changes. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 8, 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 indirect effort.

By Mike Baisch • March 2, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week's case presents a young male patient with a two-week history of epigastric pain and vomiting. Physical examination was normal, and a complete blood count showed only a mild anemia (hemoglobin of 9.8 g/dL). An ultrasound of the abdomen was normal, and so an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 1, 2017

Montana Smith, a student in Mayo Clinic’s Medical Laboratory Science class of 2017, discusses her transition from classroom learning to working in the laboratory.

By Montana Smith • March 1, 2017

Andy Cousin, FACHE, Director of Product Management and Marketing, and Tammy Fletcher, Administrator of Value-Based Services, for Mayo Mayo Medical Laboratories, discuss learnings that helped Mayo's laboratories build a sound utilization management program aimed at reducing total cost of care.

By Andy Cousin • February 23, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. In this week's case, a previously healthy toddler began acting unusually fussy and refused to ambulate. Examination reviewed a thin black object under the skin of her right foot. What is the identification?

By Kelley Luedke • February 22, 2017

Justin Kreuter, M.D., discusses continuing medical education and why it is important in his laboratory medicine practice.

By Justin Kreuter • February 16, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. In this week's case, structures were seen in the stool of a young child. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • February 15, 2017

Ali Addesso, a student in Mayo Clinic's Medical Laboratory Science program, discusses her experience in presenting the program to local high school students through Mayo's Exploring Program.

By Ali Addesso • February 15, 2017