Today, the Colorado Children’s Hospital, located in Aurora, Colorado is one of the most prestigious pediatric hospitals in the Rocky Mountain region of United States. The Children’s Hospital serves pediatric patients of all ages, and in some cases, such as organ transplants, serving their patients through adulthood.
As a prerequisite to writing my final course deliverable, I shadowed Anthony Smith, who is currently employed as the Lead Medical Laboratory Technologist in the Laboratory Client Services Department at Colorado Children’s Hospital. Anthony began his education at Western Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota, where he received his Associates in Applied Sciences as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Soon after, the American Society of Clin...
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...tance of laboratory management, as the medical laboratory is the department that provides clinicians with the data pertaining to the health, treatment, and the ultimate diagnosis of a patient. I truly feel this experience made me realize how important precision and accuracy is in all departments of the hospital.
In conclusion, having the opportunity to shadow Mr. Smith at the Children’s Hospital Colorado has been an extremely fulfilling educational and professional opportunity. Prior to this experience, my knowledge of health care professionalism was limited to classroom instruction, and I truly believe that this has helped me obtain a first-hand experience of professionalism in a health care setting. If I could make a recommendation to my academic department, it would be to encourage more students to participate in a shadowing experience with a health professional.
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