Perspectives

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case features an arthropod removed from an elderly male living on the Pacific coast of the United States. He feels well and reports that he recently returned from a safari in Tanzania. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • August 15, 2018

Cindy Gosse, Education Specialist in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, discusses how to use active learning to better connect teachers and learners.

By Cindy Gosse • August 9, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case features a patient that presented with a non-healing back furuncle shortly after returning from a trip to Bolivia. The following was removed from the furuncle. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • August 8, 2018

Justin Kreuter, M.D., clinical pathologist and Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses the importance of daily critical reflection.

By Justin Kreuter, M.D. • August 2, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is a section of large bowel obtained at autopsy. The prosectors were surprised to see several small worm-like objects attached to the bowel mucosa and therefore submitted representative sections for processing and microscopic examination. Here is a representative view of what they found: What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • August 1, 2018

In this sketchnote, Kulleni Gebreyes, M.D., discusses the role of race and cultivating a culture of being “color brave.” She calls on us to be reflective and curious about our interactions to build awareness of our own biases and assumptions.

By Theresa Malin • July 27, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case features a toe nail sample from an elderly female for fungal smear and culture. Fungus wasn’t seen using KOH Calcofluor staining, but instead something else was noted. What is the identification? 

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • July 25, 2018

Pat Hlavka, CSP, Safety Coordinator at Mayo Clinic, chatted with Shayne Brannman, Director of ASPR-TRACIE, and her team regarding clinical laboratories and how they plan for and respond to disasters. View this post for great resources that you can share to spread the word about laboratory preparedness and resilience.

By Pat Hlavka • July 19, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case features a patient with recurrent fevers. No further history is available, but the following were noted on Giemsa-stained thin blood films. What is the identification? What additional test would be helpful for confirming this diagnosis?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • July 18, 2018

In this sketchnote, Amit Sood, M.D., MSc, FACP discusses how we can fight brain overload and stress with altruism, uplifting emotions, and by practicing gratitude.

By Theresa Malin • July 13, 2018

Mike Baisch, Principal Systems Engineer at Mayo Clinic, discusses staffing to workload in phlebotomy areas with a focus on minimum-staffing levels, which can override the calculated staffing needs by adding staff to meet potential demands.

By Mike Baisch • July 12, 2018

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case features a zoonotic infection that can potentially involve humans. The patient is a sheep named Mr. Grumpy. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • July 11, 2018

Nicole Folken, Education Specialist at Mayo Medical Laboratories, discusses how to cut costs without cutting corners when planning a conference or meeting.

By Nicole Folken • July 5, 2018