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Representing all laboratorians as “lab techs” hurts the profession
May 30, 2016 9:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago I went to the doctor with a friend. The nice young lady taking my friend’s vitals and medical history introduced herself as “Dr. O’s nurse”. I noticed her name badge read “RMA”- registered medical assistant. She was professional, competent Read More...
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New Laboratorian Excited About Profession
March 26, 2016 5:09 PM by Glen McDaniel
As our profession ages and many of us lumber towards retirement, it is often hard to be optimistic. Many are burnt out and never miss an opportunity to tell those just entering the profession what a mistake they are making. I monitor social media quite Read More...
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Laboratorians DO Influence How We are Perceived
March 20, 2016 7:19 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago the physician group American Osteopathic Association (AOA) which represents osteopathic physicians (they use the credential DO instead of MD) embarked on a branding campaign for their profession. Some clever marketer decided to use the Read More...
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Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 2.
February 21, 2016 4:00 PM by Glen McDaniel
Clinical laboratorians sometimes complain, “Well, they didn’t ask the lab!” As someone who has held administrative positions outside the laboratory, I noticed very quickly that the lab was not present at the table for many decisions. Having come from Read More...
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Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 1.
January 31, 2016 4:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
Well today is my birthday and it's making me a little retrospective. As you all know I am not about making big resolutions based on the day or date; such as New Year's. However I did think back over my professional life today: what I have done, what impact Read More...
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What's Your One Word Resolution for the New Year?
December 31, 2015 6:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
It's that time of year again. I could hardly believe it when I was leaving work today and someone made the inevitable never-stale comment, "Well, I wont see you until next year." Today is really the last day of a very interesting and eventful year. Starting Read More...
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Roche Launches Website for Lab Leaders
October 31, 2015 10:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
Like other professionals and interest groups medical laboratorians like to network and share challenges and wisdom with their colleagues. Social media has made sharing easier by developing professional websites and discussion groups. Very often the emphasis Read More...
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Miss America and Nurses and Medical Lab Scientists
September 19, 2015 3:29 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few days ago during the Miss America televised pageant one of the contestants, Kelley Johnson representing Colorado, presented a somewhat unique “talent.” Instead of singing or dancing or twirling a baton, Johnson, a registered nurse, came on stage Read More...
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AACC Issues Position Statement on Personalized Medicine
August 8, 2015 10:14 PM by Glen McDaniel
The AACC recently issued a position statement on personalized medicine(PM). Much has been written about the emergence of a more individualized approach to medicine. Patients often present with a variety of symptoms for the same disease and react differently Read More...
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Take Yourself to Summer School
August 2, 2015 7:09 PM by Glen McDaniel
I was speaking to a friend who was complaining about how busy and tired she was this summer. In addition to working full time on the evening shift she has been shuttling kids to activities and summer camp. She has a seriously packed schedule which starts Read More...
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Celebrating Differences
July 26, 2015 3:56 PM by Glen McDaniel
There are differences all around us: at work, in society, and even in our own family or circle of friends. We tend to focus on the differences a lot. Just look at the news and see how all of societal ills are being blamed on those who are different from Read More...
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The Laboratory’s Expanded Role in Managing Kidney Disease
February 22, 2015 4:30 PM by Glen McDaniel
Kidney disease is one of the most significant chronic ailments affecting Americans. Renal disease is often a sequela of one of several maladies that plague Americans: diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, autoimmune disease, polycystic kidney disease Read More...
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Know the Difference Between Cost and Value
December 31, 2014 2:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
In casual conversation we use the terms cost, price and value almost interchangeably. That might seem to be just semantics, but I think we send mixed messages or act inappropriately when we start believing these concepts are identical. Anyone who has Read More...
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Expand Your Network by Bridging Structural Holes
December 28, 2014 3:30 PM by Glen McDaniel
Think about the people you know professionally; and most likely the majority are also laboratorians. That seems logical because you interact with colleagues at work. Maybe you belong to a local professional group or even a national membership organization. Read More...
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You Work for Yourself, No One Else
November 9, 2014 7:39 PM by Glen McDaniel
My dad was so proud of the fact that he worked for the same employer for 40+ years. He was never late, was rarely sick and sometimes went to work despite the fact he was under the weather. He thought he was indispensable and that his employer really valued Read More...
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