Stacy Adams believes medical lab technicians have one of the most important jobs in medicine.
As NECC’s medical laboratory technology program coordinator she is effusive about the impact medical lab technicians have on patient care from behind the scenes.
Medical laboratory technicians, she points out, perform and report laboratory testing on blood as well as other bodily fluids. A successful medical lab technician should have a love of science, be detailed oriented, be technically inclined, and be able to follow established procedures.
In addition to learning how to draw blood, students in the program learn to recognize and interpret normal and abnormal lab results, resolve abnormal results, and troubleshoot quality control and analyzer problems.
Professor Adams discovered the field by accident.
A fan of biology and anatomy and physiology from a young age, she was perusing college catalogues when she stumbled upon a description for a medical technology program. It had her at microscopes and body fluids.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Anna Maria College -completing a 12-month internship at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. She became a certified medical technologist (MT).
Professor Adams has worked as a medical technologist for 19 years. She has worked at Exeter Hospital for the past 5 years.
“You get to see something different in the laboratory each day,” she says. “Technology and science are embedded in every task…One day I may be getting blood ready for an emergency blood transfusion in the blood bank, looking for parasites on a blood smear in hematology, identifying the bacteria causing an infection in microbiology, or performing a basic lipid panel in the chemistry department.”
After 10 years in the laboratory, Professor Adams started thinking about taking her skills into the classroom so she earned a master’s degree in education from Lesley University.
“I always wanted the opportunity to teach clinical laboratory science courses,” she said. “So, the Medical Laboratory Technology Program Coordinator was a perfect fit. I get to share my passion for clinical laboratory science with students who are excited about entering the field of medical laboratory technology.”