Perspectives

In this sketchnote, Kulleni Gebreyes, M.D., discusses the role of race and cultivating a culture of being “color brave.” She calls on us to be reflective and curious about our interactions to build awareness of our own biases and assumptions.

By Theresa Malin • July 27, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case features a toe nail sample from an elderly female for fungal smear and culture. Fungus wasn’t seen using KOH Calcofluor staining, but instead something else was noted. What is the identification? 

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • July 25, 2018

Pat Hlavka, CSP, Safety Coordinator at Mayo Clinic, chatted with Shayne Brannman, Director of ASPR-TRACIE, and her team regarding clinical laboratories and how they plan for and respond to disasters. View this post for great resources that you can share to spread the word about laboratory preparedness and resilience.

By Pat Hlavka • July 19, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case features a patient with recurrent fevers. No further history is available, but the following were noted on Giemsa-stained thin blood films. What is the identification? What additional test would be helpful for confirming this diagnosis?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • July 18, 2018

In this sketchnote, Amit Sood, M.D., MSc, FACP discusses how we can fight brain overload and stress with altruism, uplifting emotions, and by practicing gratitude.

By Theresa Malin • July 13, 2018

Mike Baisch, Principal Systems Engineer at Mayo Clinic, discusses staffing to workload in phlebotomy areas with a focus on minimum-staffing levels, which can override the calculated staffing needs by adding staff to meet potential demands.

By Mike Baisch • July 12, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case features a zoonotic infection that can potentially involve humans. The patient is a sheep named Mr. Grumpy. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • July 11, 2018

Nicole Folken, Education Specialist at Mayo Medical Laboratories, discusses how to cut costs without cutting corners when planning a conference or meeting.

By Nicole Folken • July 5, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week, Dr. Pritt celebrates her 500th Parasite Case of the Week! Dr. Pritt asked for submissions of her readers’ parasite-related artwork and received some amazing entries. View the post to see the entries.

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • July 4, 2018

In this sketchnote, Bruce Thao discusses how historical trauma and resilience impact health equity and their effects on a community. He challenges health care to act and calls for education for providers and health care professionals to help recognize and eliminate these health inequities.

By Theresa Malin • June 29, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case highlights an elderly female patient presenting with hematemesis. She underwent upper endoscopy, and biopsies were taken from areas of erosion/inflammation. The biopsies were submitted for comprehensive vial culture, and the following were observed in the MRC-5 shell vials and traditional tube cultures. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • June 27, 2018

Dr. Bobbi Pritt is excited to announce she will post her 500th case to her “Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites” blog on July 2. To celebrate, she would like to recognize the creativity of her readers by displaying a photograph of their parasite-related artwork on her blog. She will then put the names of all of the individuals who submitted a photo of their art in a hat and pick three names to receive a special “parasite prize.” View this post for directions to submit your artwork.

By Kelley Luedke • June 22, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case presents some beautiful eggs from Dr. Pritt’s laboratory [images and video by Technical Specialist Heather Rose, MT(ASCP)]. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • June 20, 2018