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

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"Larry Farrell" <farrlarr from isu.edu> wrote in message 
news:6f1e2$484c99da$17542 from news.teranews.com...
> 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
> ** Posted from http://www.teranews.com **

Congratulations on your retirement Dr Farrell. I hope it s a long and 
healthy one. I cant wait for mine  :)


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