Applying Lessons from Class in the Pathology Lab

If any other rotations in this track will be like my experience at the phlebotomy lab it will be by far my favorite track. To start off my rotation I was introduced to the pathologist on duty. Although there was no tumor infected uterus, I learned a lot of new and interesting information.

I was surprised when the pathologist was able to identify a picture of tissue to the corresponding organ; before my rotation I thought most tissue looked somewhat similar under a microscope, however that was not the case. It turns out that there are differences in the appearance of tissue in each organ. There are also certain abnormalities that can be diagnosed this way, as they appear differently from the normal tissue type.

Next, I was taken into where they store blood and do various tests like blood typing. It is similar to what I have done in my PLTW classes; however it tested for a couple more things. There was even an electronic micropipette that made transferring the blood a lot easier. It made me jealous as we have a manual micropipette in class that takes us double if not triple the time.

After blood was put in corresponding wells they are incubated at room temperature for 10 minutes then centrifuged for 5 minutes. Once they are done we can observe what their type whether or not a band is present in certain wells. With this a similar test is done to test for Rh factor.

Next, I observed a technician test for influenza and strep throat from a phlegm sample. The results were similar to a pregnancy test as it shows you on a strip if it is positive or negative.

After this I observed testing stool for blood by streaking a stool sample on a sheet and putting a solution on top and observe if it changes color. Color change to a blueish tint indicates blood in the stool, and no color change indicates no blood in the stool.

Finally, I ended my rotation with a gram stain. It was nothing new for me as I did it in my earlier PLTW years; however it was a great refresher and interesting to see it done in clinical practice.