Why I Chose the Medical Laboratory Profession

I am always thankful to be working as a medical laboratory technologist, a career I am very passionate about. I remember my journey towards discovering my ideal career, and let me tell you, it was not an easy one. I was in a similar situation as many other students in high school, not fully aware of the full range of career options available to us. And since this crucial decision is made during the second half of high school, many students feel stuck, undecided, and anxious on their career choices prior to entering further studies. Students often choose an educational path during high school without making an informed decision of all the career options available. As a result, there are many new graduates who have trouble finding a job within their field and pursue additional programs in order to acquire more qualifications. I believe a thorough search of the vast number of career options available will help students make an informed decision.

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Clinical Perspectives: Multiple Myeloma and Serum Protein Electrophoresis

As a physician, a patient comes to you presenting with bone pain, weight loss, nausea and vomiting. Ordered tests come back abnormal: the complete blood count (CBC) shows low cell counts with abnormal cells, calcium, urea and creatinine levels are elevated, and the X-ray demonstrates bone lesions. All these signs point towards multiple myeloma, a type of cancer in which plasma cells form multiple masses in the bone marrow. Therefore, a serum protein electrophoresis is ordered to confirm your suspicion. Continue reading

Titration Tutorials

For the past two years, I have worked as a tutor at my university mainly in undergraduate courses, mainly tutoring chemistry. I have recently made a YouTube channel on chemistry lessons in which past students that have come to me have had trouble with.

For my first set of videos, I have made a four part series on Titrations.

The first part explains Strong Acid-Strong Base Titrations:

The second part explains Weak Acid-Strong Base Titrations:

The third part explains Weak Base-Strong Acid Titrations:

Finally, the fourth part explains Polyprotic Acid-Strong Base Titrations:

In this last tutorial, I have a special guest joining me midway through. You can hear some purring at around 15 minutes in and this is my cat Thomas, joining me and learning about Titrations! He is the true chemistry cat!

Anyway, hope these tutorials are helpful. 🙂