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Comments from Recent Graduates

What Do IU CLS Program Graduates Say About Their Career and Their Experience in the IU CLS Program?

Graduates of the IU CLS program often comment on their experience in the educational program and on their experience as new employees.  A few of the comments from recent graduates follow:

(From an IU CLS graduate currently attending medical school.)

We did a case study with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) today.  Thanks to you guys I already knew everything that we were supposed to learn today! I can't tell you guys enough how awesome your program is and how helpful it's been!

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We had an emergency with a new mother.  She was bleeding profusely after having her baby. She had an unusual blood type, so we didn’t have much blood on hand.  We worked throughout the day to get more blood for her and to prepare the units……  Before I left for the evening, we had already issued about 8 units of packed cells and 2 units of fresh frozen plasma.  The patient ended up in the ICU on a ventilator….a very scary and sad situation.  The next day I saw one of her nurses come to the lab to pick up more blood.  Her nurse said that the mother was now off the ventilator, and they were bringing the baby down to see her.  She was going to be just fine. What great news!  After having such a hectic and what I thought was such a horrible day, we helped save this young mother's life.  The doctor even called the lab personally to thank us for such an awesome job.

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I'm very glad that I was able to complete this program.  I have to admit that it was tough at times, but I just continued to push through and am very happy with the results.  I learned a lot during the program, and I am still learning new things, as well as refreshing my mind on things previously taught to me. 

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The instructors (of the IU CLS program), to me, were the most valuable part of my CLS education.  They were relentless in their quest to provide us with the information we would need to perform our job responsibilities properly.  At the time, the hours and hours of work seemed daunting.  In retrospect, however, I appreciate their relentlessness.  Their unwillingness to let a student fall behind should be highly commended.

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I believe what makes the CLS program so strong is the time and dedication that the educators give to the program.  Everyone puts so much time and effort into making sure that the students receive a vast amount of knowledge, which prepares them for passing the boards and doing their job. The education that one receives from the IU CLS program is so strong that it is a great stepping-stone for whatever else one decides to pursue.  It is very rare that you find a group of educators who care about their student as a whole.

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Finding a job was relatively easy to do.  I had three interviews………  It just depends on where you would want to go and how flexible you are with scheduling when you're first starting out. 

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When I began training for my first job, I felt very comfortable and prepared with the information I needed to know and the tasks I needed to perform.  I believe the wide range of knowledge you leave with is the best thing about the IU CLS program. I honestly can’t think of how I could have been better prepared for my job in the laboratory.  Classroom-wise, I learned more than I needed to know, and I was well prepared for the tasks that are performed in the laboratory.

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I feel that I was prepared academically for entering the job force.  I did not have trouble recognizing tests, instrumentation, or the protocols with which to perform assays. While nervous, I felt confident that I could research the solution to any problem that I might face in the clinical laboratory using the information/notes given to me in the IU CLS program. I also feel that the program afforded ample opportunities to see what life as a clinical laboratory scientist entails.

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(From an IU CLS graduate who recently graduated from medical school.)

The CLS program helped prepare me for both a career in medicine and medical school. In med school my first practice case was a patient who had anemia with low B12 levels. Immediately, words like megaloblastic anemia, nuclear-cytoplasmic asynchrony, and pernicious anemia ran through my head (the things I learned in the IU CLS program).  The rest of my classmates were stuck on what it meant to be anemic. What is hematocrit?  What is an MCV?  I definitely had a major upper hand because of my understanding of what lab values meant.  The IU CLS program was invaluable to me during medical school.

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The program does a wonderful job at teaching the students the principles the procedures and methods used for the various laboratory tests.  It was very beneficial to go to different laboratory sites around IU Health.  Overall, I feel the CLS is well rounded and thorough in its preparation of students.

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