Biology 389 - Clinical Observation
This class will give you an opportunity to work in several of the local diagnostic laboratories. These labs have generously volunteered their time so that you will have a chance to experience what it's like to work in the fields of clinical laboratory science (CLS) and public health microbiology. You will be observing and working along side these professionals. Your obligations to this course are as follows:
1. During the first week of the semester you should turn in a schedule of your classes so that I can set up a schedule for you which will not interfere with your classes.
2. Once a schedule has been set up, you are responsible for punctual attendance and maintaining a journal of your observations. If you are unable to attend on a day you are scheduled, you should contact the laboratory and give them the courtesy of knowing you will be absent --- otherwise, they will be expecting you.
3. In order to receive credit you must turn in your journal and a short paper comparing each of the labs you visited. The paper should be a 1 - 2 page typed report comparing the three work situations with respect to duties and responsibilities, education and training requirements, and job opportunities. Both of these assignments must be turned by the last Friday of classes, otherwise you will receive No-Credit. You may pick up journals and reports the Monday of finals week.
Important Phone Numbers
Biology 389 Coordinator - Larry Hanne 898-6298
Enloe Hospital Lab - Jay Chang (David Fercho, Lab Director) 891-7360
Student Health Center Lab - Mike Musgrave 898-6064
Butte County Public Health Lab - Danielle 891-2747
North Valley Blood Bank - Maggie John or Betina Bauer 893-5433
Don't be a passive participant while observing techniques, strategies, and the type of environment you may work in some day. Many of the labs will have you doing some of the work for them. If you have questions about what it's like working as a clinical laboratory scientist or public health microbiologist, job opportunities, traineeships, techniques,...............these are the people to ask!
Appropriate Dress: Please remember you are a guest in a professional diagnostic laboratory. Please dress and interact with these professionals in an appropriate manner. Shirts must have collars and shoes must be close-toed. Denim is not acceptable dress for a professional environment.
Orientation and Safety Issues: Before you begin your rotation, you will be required to read several handouts on safety and protocol, and pass a short quiz on the contents.