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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89-93

Attitudes of medical laboratory technology graduates towards the internship training period at King Faisal university

College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Layla A.M. Bashawri
Consultant Hematopathologist, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Associate Professor, College of Applied Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 2208, Al-Khobar 31952,
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23012111

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Objectives: The objective of this present survey was to look into the attitudes of medical laboratory technology (MLT) graduates towards the internship training period of the MLT Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Faisal University. Material and Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was designed and distributed for this purpose. The study period was from December 1 st 2002 - 31 st December 2004. Two-hundred questionnaires were distributed to recent graduates, and 115 were returned completed. Results: All respondents agreed with the importance and necessity of the internship period, and felt it should not be reduced or eliminated. The most favorite laboratory where they liked to work was microbiology (70%). They all agreed that evaluation report with hospital staff and laboratory set up were vital in achieving the goals of the internship period. The majority stressed the significance of safety precautions and the application of theoretical knowledge before performing technical assignments. Conclusion: The respondents had very positive attitudes towards the internship-training period stressing its importance. The most favorite laboratory rotations were in rank order: Microbiology, Serology followed by Histotechnology, Hematology, Blood Banking and finally Clinical Chemistry. The majority of graduates had a very positive attitude also towards medical laboratory technology as a profession.

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