Teaching allows me to share my knowledge and inspire students in the field of medical laboratory science which prepares them to become clinical/medical laboratory professionals. There are basic and complex principles and skills that need to be understood and developed in order to enter the workforce as part of a health care team. The field of clinical laboratory science is challenging, exciting, rewarding, ever-changing, and very important; and I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for it and my knowledge of it. I not only want to give students the theoretical background for the common laboratory procedures and disease states they relate to, but also to relate this information to actual clinical experiences to make it relevant and demonstrate the importance of the profession.
I have several objectives as an instructor in addition to sharing my knowledge and excitement for the profession. Students should understand the relevance of theoretical concepts they learn. By relating these concepts to real case scenarios, it makes it easier for students to understand and retain the information. Mastery of information is also an essential objective. Various teaching methods are trialed in order to establish the best method for mastering required concepts.
Another objective is to foster a desire for continuous learning throughout one's career. There are continually new developments in health care in general, and also those specific to the clinical laboratory. It is imperative that one stay abreast of all new developments.
A third objective is to encourage critical thinking and competency skills. I instill in students that laboratory procedures must be properly performed without errors. It is important to know and recognize complications that can arise which might affect the test results, and how to resolve or troubleshoot those issues.
A fourth objective is to model a sense of professionalism. Students are taught the importance of integrity, responsibility, and accountability. They are encouraged to demonstrate these qualities during labs and clinicals, become members of their professional organizations, and interact with students in other medical laboratory programs..
The Medical Laboratory Technology program is a hybrid online program with the didactic information being online for all of the courses. Because of this, I incorporate a variety of means to present the materials online (PowerPoints, videos of lab procedures, and podcasts summarizing chapter topics). Assessments of students' comprehension of the material are done using weekly assignments, group discussions, short research papers, and exams which are all submitted online. The course labs and clinicals are hands-on and allow the lab skills to be taught.
I continuously strive to improve my teaching skills and develop new ones by attending educators' conferences/workshops and faculty in-services. I seriously take into consideration comments made by students on my evaluations to see if there are areas where improvements can be made.