This week, April 16-22, 2017, is National Medical Laboratory Week in Canada. This celebratory week provides an opportunity for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) and Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLAs) to celebrate their role in health care and to raise public awareness of the contributions they make as part of the health care team.
Often, the role of the lab professionals are hidden behind the closed doors of the lab, so the connection between the lab professional and patient care is not immediately apparent. But lab professionals are driven by an equal interest in science and caring for people so they put tremendous care into the work they do. MLTs are specially trained in educational programs for medical laboratory science. They may prepare specimens and conduct tests in a variety of disciplines such as Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry & Genetics, Transfusion Medicine and Pathology.
DSM’s lab professionals serve communities across the province, striving to provide all Manitobans, no matter where they live, with high quality laboratory tests and timely results – or what DSM calls the “Results That Matter.” These results are important because they form the basis upon which doctors make diagnoses and treatment decisions.
To learn more about the role of lab professionals in health care, visit We’re Here for You, an educational website created by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.