​​​​Carson Chan, Medical Laboratory Technologist and Derrick Edwards, Technician, Laboratory Medicine Program
(From left to right) - Carson Chan, Medical Laboratory Technologist and Derrick Edwards, Technician, Laboratory Medicine Program. (Photo: Laboratory Medicine Program)​​

Do you know someone who has received a transplant, survived a heart attack, manages diabetes, or received a blood transfusion?

Chances are they are with us today because of the results generated by a medical laboratory professional. UHN's Laboratory Medicine Program plays a critical role in patient care and driving every day health care decisions ​​.

This week is National Med Lab Week (NMLW) – and there is no better time than NMLW to give everyone in UHN's Laboratory Medicine Program a high-five and thank them for their hard work and commitment to quality patient care!

With over 500 of us, spread between all UHN sites, high-fiving everyone might take a bit of time. In fact, the Laboratory Medicine Program at UHN is the largest diagnostic lab in Canada and is a global leader as a provider of complex, speciality laboratory medicine.​

Every day our technologists and other laboratory professionals work alongside our programs, departments and clinical areas to achieve best practices and act as nation-wide leaders in research and education. The medical activities and advancements undertaken by the Laboratory Medicine Program help us reach our common strategic goals of being a global leader in healthcare.

Please visit one of the information booths travelling across our hospital sites and take some time to high-five these dedicated professionals and thank them for the valuable role they play in the delivery of quality patient care.

Did you know:

  • Medical Laboratory Technologists are the third largest regulated health care profession.
  • In order to practice, members must be in good standing with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario.
  • Up to 85 per cent of decisions about diagnosis and treatment are based on laboratory test results.​
  • The professionals employed within the division have expertise in Anatomic Pathology, Biochemistry, Hematology, Flow Cytometry, BioBanking, Point of Care Testing, Information Services, Histocompatibility, Blood Transfusion, Molecular Genetics, Cytology, Microbiology and Phlebotomy – and more!
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