Clinical Rotation Component

Lab microscopeThe clinical rotation component of the program is divided into specific rotation periods in each division of the laboratory. Each clinical rotation emphasizes quality assurance, quality control and safety procedures as they pertain to that specific laboratory area. Study questions, case studies, slides and audio-visual and computer programs enhance laboratory experiences. Each rotation is structured to provide the intern with a scheduled amount of time in order to:

  • Demonstrate expected laboratory skills and techniques
  • Supervise practice of the expected laboratory skills and techniques
  • Provide the “real world” environment and conditions under which the laboratory skills and techniques may be practiced
  • Provide sufficient quantity and variety of specimens and procedures in order to prove competence
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical standards of conduct
  • Demonstrate the laboratory's role in patient care through an understanding of critical pathway guidelines.

Each intern spends the same number of weeks in each rotation, but not necessarily in the same sequence or at the same laboratory facility. Clinical rotations are assigned in laboratories located at difference Ascension Southeast Michigan Health System facilities, including:

  • Ascension St. John Hospital
  • Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital (Warren and Madison Heights)
  • Ascension Providence Hospital

Rotations assignments are as follows:

  • Phlebotomy (1 week)
  • Microbiology (9 weeks) - includes bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, virology
  • Immunohematology (6 weeks)
  • Rapid Response Laboratory (16 weeks) - includes chemistry, urinalysis, body fluids, hematology, coagulation, PM shift, ER stat lab
  • Enrichment Assignments (4 weeks) - Includes clinical research project, case studies, and special assignments
  • Specialized Testing (6 weeks) - Includes immunology, molecular diagnostics, flow cytometry, electrophoresis, and internal medicine research