[Microbiology] Re: machine/database used to find out bacteria/virus/drug tia sal2

Larry Farrell via microbio%40net.bio.net (by farrlarr from isu.edu)
Sun Jun 8 21:47:53 EST 2008

JEDilworth wrote:
> What Larry said is true. However, I must take issue with the word 
> "technician." A technologist has more training than a technician: MT's 
> (medical technologists) have a four year degree and/or a year of 
> laboratory internship that covers all areas of the clinical laboratory. 
> We then take a national registry examination. ASCP is the registry that 
> the majority of techs in the U.S. have, although there are others.
> http://tinyurl.com/5k4uky - This is the ASCP site that shows the 
> different levels of laboratory workers
> Most microbiology departments in the U.S. employ MT's as the work is 
> considered complex. The level of complexity of lab work requires 
> different levels of training.
> Physicians do NOT work in the lab, except on the TV series "House." Do 
> not confuse TV with real life :-(.
> Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)
> Microbiology
> "Larry Farrell" <farrlarr from isu.edu> wrote in message 
> news:8cd6f$484c637b$29693 from news.teranews.com...
>> A really basic issue, suggested by some of the other responses but not 
>> explicitly addressed, is that doctors do not do *any* of the 
>> identification, whether machinery is used or not.  The samples taken, 
>> usually not by the doctor, are sent to the lab where technicians 
>> trained in identification techniques specific to identification of the 
>> types of organisms suspected (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.) do the 
>> actual work of identification.  Doctors are trained to use that 
>> information for diagnosis, but they do not do identification.

Sorry, Judy, I should have paid more attention to what I was saying. 
Since I have just retired from 36 years of association with departments 
that have included Medical Technology programs (now a Clinical 
Laboratory Science program), I certainly know better!  Mea culpa, mea 
culpa, mea maxima culpa.

Larry D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Microbiology
Idaho State University
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