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Inside the Lab Laboratory management, Profession

The Evolution of a Lab Hero

At a Glance

  • Pathologists’ assistants play an integral role in the laboratory medicine team
  • Their backgrounds are often non-traditional, ranging from medical illustrators to mosquito supervisors
  • Such diversity brings with it versatility and a creative approach to problem-solving
  • Volunteering is a great outlet for laboratory medicine professionals, including PAs, and can lead to new opportunities for professional development

Medical laboratory professionals are at the heart of the laboratory and at the diagnostic crux of healthcare. I am a part of the medical laboratory professional team; I am a pathologists’ assistant (PA). It has been my honor and privilege to serve patients and fellow healthcare professionals alongside pathologists for over a decade. In that time, I have watched our profession become an integral role within the healthcare team as the “unsung heroes” of the lab (1).

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Jesse McCoy

Pathologists’ Assistant for Hampton Roads Pathology at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Chesapeake, Virginia.

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