Create a “buzz” for the medical technology program during the open house

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Med Tech students and graduates at the open house.

Nestled in the biomedical building of the University of Hawaii on the Mānoa campus is the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Department. On August 17, the public was invited to an open day to discover the only MLS program in the state and the only bachelor’s program in the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

The MLS The department trains and develops medical laboratory technicians and scientists. These students then play a crucial role in generating the data needed to help healthcare providers make diagnostic and treatment decisions for patients.

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A guest of the open day participates in one of the activities of the laboratory.

Medical technology students and alumni gave demonstrations and provided visitors with a hands-on opportunity to learn about microbiology, parasitology, hematology, urinalysis and blood bank stations. Faculty and staff members were also available to answer questions and provide information.

“The importance of clinical testing, especially in the age of COVID, cannot be understated. Yet these professionals do their work quietly, often without the recognition of the public, who largely benefit from their efforts,” said Violet Nxedhlanawhich started as MLS program director in March.

Many affiliated clinical laboratories, which train uh‘s medical technology students during their clinical rotations. Some attendees met the faculty and staff for the first time, while others had been with the department for years but had not seen the instructors and medical technical staff since the onset of the pandemic.

Nxedhlana expressed satisfaction with the turnout. “We put our department there and this event created a buzz about the department afterwards.”

MLS faculty member Sheri Gon added, “That was the whole point of the event, to connect with students, alumni and the community.”

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—by Marybeth Kotrodimos

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