Perspectives Archives - Insights

We sat down with Jane Hermansen, Network and Outreach Development Manager at Mayo Clinic Medical Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota, and President-elect of Clinical Laboratory Management Association, to discuss the upcoming KnowledgeLab 2017, held March 26–29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

By Jane Hermansen, MBA, MT(ASCP) • March 24, 2017

We sat down with Pat Hlavka, CSP, Safety Coordinator in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, to kick off a new podcast series about safety in the laboratory. View this post to access the podcast.

By Pat Hlavka • March 23, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. In honor of Dr Pritt’s 10-year anniversary of her “Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites” blog, this week’s case highlights an excellent entry from Florida Fan–a parasite kite! Can you guess the parasite?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 22, 2017

Kate McKeown, a student in Mayo Clinic’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) class of 2017, spotlights her experience in Mayo Clinic’s Central Clinical Laboratory during MLS clinical rotations.

By Kate McKeown • March 16, 2017

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, is celebrating 10 years of her “Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites” blog. To celebrate, Dr. Pritt wants you to submit your parasite works of art to be entered in a drawing.

By Kelley Schreiber • March 15, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case presents a structure that was coughed up by a 70-year-old woman with advanced stage lymphoma. She had recently received chemotherapy consisting of rituximab, ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide (R-ICE). At the time, she was quite ill and in the intensive care unit. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 15, 2017

We have all been in the position of starting something new: a new class, new hobby, or a new job. Imagine yourself arriving for a new endeavor, entering a vacant room with a set of instructions on the chalkboard to complete some paperwork, signing some forms, and then leaving them in a bin when finished with no additional direction on where to go or what to do next . . . . How would that make you feel? Jeffry Harden, Program Manager in Mayo’s Staff Development for Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, discusses best practices for orientation and onboarding.

By Jeffry Harden • March 9, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case presents a trichrome-stained stool specimen. While the diagnosis may seem straightforward, there is a question in what to call this organism based on some new proposed nomenclature changes. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 8, 2017

Mike Baisch, Systems Engineer at Mayo Clinic, discusses the mechanics of performing a staffing-to-workload analysis in the testing laboratories. There are three primary areas of focus with staffing needs: direct effort, indirect effort, and operational needs. This post focuses on indirect effort.

By Mike Baisch • March 2, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case presents a young male patient with a two-week history of epigastric pain and vomiting. Physical examination was normal, and a complete blood count showed only a mild anemia (hemoglobin of 9.8 g/dL). An ultrasound of the abdomen was normal, and so an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 1, 2017

Montana Smith, a student in Mayo Clinic’s Medical Laboratory Science class of 2017, discusses her transition from classroom learning to working in the laboratory.

By Montana Smith • March 1, 2017

Andy Cousin, FACHE, Director of Product Management and Marketing, and Tammy Fletcher, Administrator of Value-Based Services, for Mayo Mayo Medical Laboratories, discuss learnings that helped Mayo’s laboratories build a sound utilization management program aimed at reducing total cost of care.

By Andy Cousin • February 23, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. In this week’s case, a previously healthy toddler began acting unusually fussy and refused to ambulate. Examination reviewed a thin black object under the skin of her right foot. What is the identification?

By Kelley Schreiber • February 22, 2017