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Medical Lab TechnicianMedical Edge Health Inc.
“Lisa Lock in El Centro’s Medical Lab Technician program told me
about the dual associate degree with Biotechnology when she was
explaining the health programs core curriculum. I really didn’t know
anything about biotechnology, but I thought it sounded interesting, so I applied and I got accepted.
“I always wanted to be a scientist when I was a kid, so working in a
lab has kind of fulfilled that dream. The faculty in both programs were
great, really up-to-date with their information and very knowledgeable
in their field of work. Dr. Kaur would bring in journals and all kinds of information about what was going on the real world of biotechnology today.
“I’m using all of the techniques I learned on the job. You have to
use an aseptic technique in the lab setting so that your samples don’t
get contaminated. I learned how to work with pipettes, run experiments
and read slides — all techniques I use every day on the job. You have to
keep your mind on what you’re doing and do the process right each time
so you don’t get erroneous results.
“The laboratory setting is a complex place and involves
the use of multi-tasking to the highest extent. The
Medical Laboratory Technician program at El Centro, under the guidance of Lisa
Lock, truly prepared me to be successful in this career. Med techs have a
great responsibility to test and report accurate measurement of patient
samples in order to provide the best possible quality of health care for every patient.
“I finished my associate degrees and then took about three months to study for the medical clinical pathology boards. After I passed the exam, I interviewed for several jobs and picked the one that was right for me.
“I’d love to do research someday that would help cure cancer
or tell us new things about cloning. The biotechnology field is only
about 30 years old, so there’s a lot of research going on about genetic
diseases. The industry so far is mostly based in Europe and Asia and is
just now making it to the U.S.
“After gradation from El Centro and
being certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology, it
was like most people beginning a new career in the health care field:
long hours, weekends and third shifts, but with hard and determination, it pays off. I am now currently the
laboratory supervisor at my job, and my goal is to continue to move up
and become the director of laboratory services.” Gabriel
Aguilar is a medical lab technician for Medical Edge Health Inc., a
physician-owned lab that does general chemistry, immunology, hematology
and urinalysis. He earned dual associate degrees in Biotechnology and
Medical Lab Technology from El Centro College and is working on a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of North Texas.