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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

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National Medical Laboratory Week Events At Florida Gulf Coast University

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Department of Environmental Health, Molecular and Clinical Sciences plans activities for National Medical Laboratory Week, April 15 to 21, 2001.

"Laboratory Professionals Solving Today's Medical Mysteries" is the theme for the week-long celebration. The public is invited to learn more about the profession and to recognize the work that a Lab professional does. High school students exploring career choices are encouraged to attend.

Currently, there is a nation-wide shortage of lab professionals. There are openings at all the hospitals in southwest Florida and many of them offer sign-on bonuses. Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians perform most of these tests.

The clinical laboratory technology concentration at FGCU prepares the student to work in the clinical laboratory areas of chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology, hematology, and immunology. Career opportunities continue to expand and include such diverse areas as biotechnology research, pharmaceutical sales, product development, laboratory information systems, and education.

Events planned on campus include:

A display in Ben Hill Griffin Hall with information about the educational program at FGCU.
Daily raffles and prizes - Forms available at the Display Booth.
A blood drive with Naples Community Blood Bank Center on April 19.
The game of "Clue" played during the week with prizes awarded on Friday. Information available at Display Booth.
Students, faculty, and staff as well as interested community visitors are invited to attend. Commemorative items from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences will be awarded to the lucky winners of the raffles and "Clue".

For more information contact Julie Hammerling, Department of Clinical Sciences, 590-7484.

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