My Experience within the MGB MLS program
The Mass General Brigham Medical Laboratory Science Program is an accelerated 10-month 4+1 post-baccalaureate program located on the Brigham and Women’s Hospital campus to provide schooling and laboratory training for Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS). MLS students enrolled in the MGB MLS program are educated on the theory and performance of procedures and tests each clinical laboratory utilizes. Students in the program will progress through 6 months of didactic training and then are assigned to different Mass General hospitals to undergo four months of clinical training. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the American Society of Pathology Board of Certification exam. My experience with the program has been wonderful, teaching me about the numerous machines utilized within the laboratory to test results and provide more information to properly diagnose patients based on the fluids within their bodies. I've been able to tour different sections of the laboratory at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, make connections with the various leaders and managers within that space, and even been exposed to their tutelage and minds when they lecture for us as guests to help understand the more difficult topics within laboratory routine. They understand the dedication it takes to become a generalist in all the specific areas of the laboratory and are patient with our understanding as a result, which makes things easier to absorb even in this accelerated course. This poster presentation will showcase my experience within the program thus far, going into detail about the four facets of the medical laboratory: Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology, and Blood Bank.