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NEWS | April 19, 2021

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week at the Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

By Maj. Melissa Baltazar, METC Medical Laboratory Technician Program METC

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is from 18 to 24 April 2021. This is an annual recognition of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who serve a critical role in health care and patient advocacy! 
This year's theme is "We Believe in Heroes: Avengers of the Laboratory!”
Lab Week is a great time to create awareness, appreciation, and excitement about the laboratory medicine profession and to honor your colleagues who are vital members and significant contributors to the readiness of the United States Armed Forces.
Students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technician Course at the Medical Education and Training Campus are receiving training on the major disciplines of the clinical laboratory. This 52 week consolidated program is a two-phase rigorous field of study. The didactic portion of the program consists of clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, urinalysis, blood donor center operations, specimen collection and processing, and laboratory operations/management.  The clinical phase is conducted at a military or civilian MTF. Graduates of the program are entry-level MLTs who serve in fixed and deployable medical facilities worldwide.  
Medial Laboratory clinicians possess a wealth of knowledge and have an enormous impact on the delivery of quality patient care. Celebrate our passion, dedication, and commitment to patient care with the power behind diagnostic medicine.
“When you need us, we’ve always been there. Not always seen, but on the front lines, applying science to health. Medical Laboratory Professional: Once hidden heroes shielding our communities from invisible threats (American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, 2020).”