Christine Lewis-anderson Bronx, NY, USA
I think that we all have specialized knowledge. That is, we all have strengths and needs. I specialized in Blood Banking for twenty-two years. Meanwhile, many of my colleagues worked as Generalists.
The Generalists could cover all three areas in one shift. This was usually in the evening, night or on weekends. The smaller the lab, the better it was. The Specialist, on the other hand, focused on the one area, usually,
on the day or busier shift.
Usually, the Blood Bank Specialist supervised or managed their own lab. Others went to work at their local Blood Centers.
As for the Generalist, they remained in the hospital or large testing laboratory. They could also manage the entire lab.
Whenever, the Technologist got burned out in a particular area, they might branch out to another area. Some other options were: Cytology; Histology or Microbiology.
Where as these aforementioned areas operated mostly on weekdays. The Blood Bank , Chemistry and Hematology labs opened 24/7 days per week.
I started my specialty because I was in the right place at the right time. After college, I interned in that area and got a job. Fortunately, there are students who major in Medical Technology. Upon graduating, they
take the Generalist exams.
In the final analysis, I feel that specialized knowledge enables one to do her job with confidence. She can also coach, teach or train others with ease. If anyone asks a question, she has no problem answering them.
Thank you Linda and Michael Dlouhy. Thank you MFF family.