I agree with the last message. People do not have a clear understanding of medical technology. So let me shed some light on this issue. I have worked for the last three years as a clinical laboratory scientist (A.K.A medical technolist). I work the night shift in a 400 bed, inner-city hospital. I work in blood bank, heme, chem, micro, tox and coag departments.
Let me share a few stories with you from the control room of modern medicine (the lab). Last night, I received a call from an MD who had a patient bleeding out and had no idea what labs to order. So I told him to run plt count, hemoglobin, PT/INR, APTT, D-Dimer, and fibrinogen. Everything was normal except for the elevated PT/INR of 30.2 (0.9-1.2 norm). So I called the MD back and suggusted 2 units of Fresh Frozen Plasma along with a blood type and screen. After giving several units of FFP and vitiamin K the patient's bleeding was under control.
Two weeks ago, I was working blood bank and heme. Labor and delivery order a plt count and hgb. The plt count was 45,000 (norm is 140,000-440,000). This woman was in active labor and the MD wanted to give an epidral but couldn't due to the critially low plt count. (pt may bleed into the spinal cord ) So the MD called me and asked what else to order to ruleout a bleed. So I told the MD to order a bleeding time and I'll come up and do it. The bleeding time was 9.5mins (norm 2-8mins). After giving the RN the results, the MD called me in the lab to ask what I thought of a potential bleed. To make a long story short. I urged the MD not the give the epideral but to ruleout a plt antibody.
Well these are just a few stories of what it is like working as a med tech. The experience that I have received will put me miles ahead of other peolpe applying for med school. Also I agree with the previous message about science classes. As a med tech you have many more indepth classes which will help you in med school. For instance, during my 9 month internship, I took a parasitology/mycology class which was given by a lady that worked for the CDC. My class mates were other med tech interns, 2 PA s, and 3 residents from internal medicine. So if you are on the fence, deciding about medical technology and medicine, it will only make you a better doctor!!!!!!!!!!!!