Cambrian creates digital slide bank to support MLT training

December 20, 2017

Thanks to a grant from the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science, Cambrian College is creating a digital slide bank that students can use to study and identify cells without ever using a microscope. “The inventory of digital slides we’re creating will help students gain experience with cell identification and counting, and it will help employers test students’ competencies before and after clinical placements,” said Cambrian Medical Laboratory Technology Professor Sheri Johnson Purdon. As 50% of the current medical laboratory technologist workforce reaches retirement age over the next decade, the CSMLS says that it is anticipating a nationwide shortage in workers and that innovative teaching and assessment tools will help train new technologists to fill the gap. Sudbury Star