SLU Medical Laboratory Sciences Student Earns Summer Opportunity with Mayo Clinic
Saint Louis University Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) junior Logan Stahl was recently chosen to work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in its clinical laboratory alongside the Mayo Clinic laboratory professionals in the summer of 2019.
More than an internship, this position is a highly sought-after opportunity for students to work with Mayo Clinic professionals as they interact with blood, tissue and bodily fluid specimens and perform a wide range of tests using both manual techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. The work being done by the professionals and the students can directly affect a patient’s diagnosis.
As soon as he received the news that he had earned the position with the Mayo Clinic, Stahl thrilled to find out what his summer would have in store.
“When I found out that I was chosen for the position, I was elated! I truly could not believe it,” Stahl said. “The recruitment employee asked if I needed to take some time to think about it before deciding if I would accept – I did not have to think about it at all and I took the position immediately.”
Stahl is eager to expand his knowledge and skill set while working with such a high-profile and impactful organization.
“I am really looking forward to the clinical experience I will get while at the Mayo Clinic because it is such a prestigious and state-of-the-art institution,” Stahl said. “I got a position in the Cell Kinetic Laboratory working with Flow Cytometry, which is a technique that I would not get a lot of exposure to in many other labs.”
MLS Program Director Amanda Reed, MAE, MLS(ASCP)CM, was not surprised at all to learn Stahl had been chosen for this highly desirable position.
“Logan is one of our hardest working students and he always comes to class prepared and he is not afraid to ask questions,” Reed said. “Logan is always eager to participate in classroom discussions and answer tough questions, which are all traits that will serve him well at the Mayo Clinic.”
Reed went on to discuss the impact she believes working at the Mayo Clinic could have on Stahl.
“I believe this experience will only increase Logan’s passion for Medical Laboratory Science. He will have the opportunity to experience an area of the clinical laboratory that other students will not get to see,” Reed said. “I believe that this experience will challenge him, but also inspire him to explore less traditional areas of the clinical laboratory as possible career paths.”
The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research. The clinic provides expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. Operating in five states, the Mayo Clinic cares for more than one million people a year and their location in Minnesota has been recognized as the best hospital in the nation by US News and World Report.
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.