Department of Clinical Laboratory Science
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"I graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Investigative and Medical Sciences (IMS) in 2011. I spent my first two years at SLU bouncing from one major to another, unsure of how I wanted to spend my pre-med years, until l I discovered the Clinical Laboratory Science department within the Doisy College of Health Sciences. I quickly realized the IMS curriculum provided everything I wanted for my undergraduate education: a rigorous, medically-based curriculum with relevant clinical information taught by knowledgeable, approachable, and highly-invested faculty, along with the opportunity to explore other areas of academic interest.
I am currently a first-year medical student (or M1) at the University of Illinois. As I communicate in medical context with my colleagues, I have come to realize the basic science background I received from my time as an IMS major at SLU far exceeds that of many other M1s. While most M1 students were struggling to learn such things as the coagulation cascade, appearance of various cell types under light microscopy, bacterial growth characteristics, countless metabolic pathways, and diversity of immune responses (just to name a few), I simply had to recall them. Even the level of detail of these topics between the IMS curriculum and my medical school courses was similar. My choice to follow the IMS curriculum provided by the Clinical Laboratory department at SLU was one of the best decisions I made during my college years." - M.D. Candidate, (IMS '11)
"I have just completed my first week of medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia and it went really well! I was very surprised at how much more knowledgeable and qualified my IMS degree made me in comparison to the rest of my peers!! This week (as is the case for most weeks) our case study involved interpretation of hematology, urinalysis, and serum chemistry results in order to diagnose our patient's condition -- concepts which have not been taught in our med school lectures yet, so it is my advantage that I am already highly knowledgeable about how to accurately and rapidly interpret all of these different laboratory tests!
I have had an effortless transition from undergraduate classes to medical school education because of how well SLU prepared me. While I am enjoying this new phase in my education at Mizzou, I do miss SLU and the CLS department!" - Lila Wahidi (IMS '12)
"Second year was tough, but very rewarding. I will l say, if it wasn't for you (SLU Clinical Lab Science Department) I would have struggled more on that very difficult exam. My classes from SLU helped me out a ton! I feel like I am well on my way to be a great Osteopathic physician. It was nice to see how to relate the basic sciences of biochemistry, physiology and anatomy from the first year to pharmacology, internal medicine and pathology of the second year.
I still have a ton of learning to go but it's going to be great! My favorite events were being "student doctor" to the rodeo events. Working rodeo events was great OMT (Osteopathic Manual Manipulation) practice as the cowboys needed all the help they could get! I love living in the Wild West!!!
Attached is a picture of me as "student doctor" standing "behind the chutes" looking very official in my Western gear - I love rodeo!!! :) (If you are familiar with bull riding you might recognize the famous Cody Campbell, Ned Cross and Beau Hill behind me!" - Megan Sorich (CLS Alumni)
My Clinical Laboratory Science education at Saint Louis University has be an invaluable asset thus far in my medical education, and will continue to be in the future in my career as a physician. Through the hands-on clinical experience, opportunities to conduct research independently with the guidance of a faculty mentor, and the one-on-one teaching and attention from CLS faculty, I was able to develop into a student that was motivated and challenged to truly understand all aspects of the clinical laboratory.
By having a background in CLS, I am able to provide an important perspective on clinical problem solving and contribute to the education and understanding of my fellow medical school peers. During a recent class, I was given the opportunity to present and discuss a Hematology case to my colleagues. It was very rewarding to be able to feel comfortable in discussing a Hematology case-thanks to everything that Tim Randolph and the dedicated CLS faculty taught me! Having a solid understanding of the clinical laboratory diagnosis of disease has allowed me to pursue greater depth in my understanding of other aspects of medicine, solidifying those concepts as well. It has been great to know much more about diagnostic laboratory medicine than what is being taught for my medical school courses. When final grades were calculated for the Hematology/Oncology course, I earned Honors in the course (top 10% of the class grades)! I came within 1% of Honors in Infectious Disease, but fell just a little short. This definitely would not have been possible without the CLS background!
In addition to a strong background in academics, the SLU and CLS faculty encouraged, supported, and facilitated my development as a well-rounded person and pursuit of becoming a "woman for others". I would never trade my CLS education at SLU for anything else, and am proud to be a "Daughter of Saint Louis University, Forever". - Sarah Henn (CLS Alumni)
"Here I have exciting news to share with my dearest teachers: I passed my M (ASCP) exam and I was certified as M (ASCP)CM by ASCP on this weekend. I'm so excited and wanted to tell you all how much I appreciate your help over the years. Your knowledge, expertise and patience have made the difference on me. I enjoyed studying in your department. I will try my best to apply what I have learned into my future work. Once again, thanks a million to all of you. - Feng Cao (CLS Microbiology Certificate '12)
"I just wanted to share with you something kind of exciting that happened yesterday! I am currently shadowing in OBGYN at St. Mary's Hospital, and the physician was looking at a swab underneath a microscope. She started talking about trichomonas vaginalis, and I said, "Can't you occasionally see that fall into urine?" She was so impressed and it made me so happy! It just reaffirmed my decision to be an IMS major; I feel like I am learning so much that my pre-med peers are not." - Amanda Drapac-Novotny (current IMS Student '14)
"I just finished my first semester of Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA) school at Nova Southeastern University yesterday. Overall, the semester went great. It took me awhile to become adjusted to life in Florida but SLU has really prepared me academically. Specifically, graduating with a degree in Investigative and Medical Sciences has provided an OUTSTANDING foundation for the AA curriculum, I believe. Numerous topics I have seen in my first semester at graduate school I was was exposed to from undergraduate CLS courses. Whereas, some of my classmates have only began to see these topics for the first time.
The first semester consisted of 21 credits in which I have a GPA of 3.5. I do not say this to boast about myself. Rather, I believe this is a sole testament to how well the professors and staff in the CLS department have prepared me for my professional career. Without your rigorous and challenging curriculum, I would not have been prepared to succeed. So please know that I am very thankful for all the hard work and effort that the CLS department, as a whole, gives to its students. From all the behind the scenes paperwork that is conducted on a daily basis, to the challenging yet interesting lesson plans delivered. I am truly happy with my decision to choose SLU. No other University could have prepared me as well for graduate school, and cared so much about me, as a person, along the way. - Tim Klusman (IMS '12)
"I'm almost done with my first year of dental school. Time is flying by so fast! My classes are going great. You and the CLS department prepared me very, very well. I made the dean's list first semester with a 3.8 GPA and my Microbiology and Immunology instructors call me an expert and always ask me about laboratory applications." - Page Collymore (IMS '10)