Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Practicum Intensive Week Pilot

PI: Judith Clukey, University of Maine at Augusta

Collaborators:  Leigh Belair, University of Maine at Presque Isle; MaineGeneral Medical Center, Nordx Labs, ALI Labs, Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo General Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Medical Center

This project proposes using RRF funds for the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) of Maine program, which was created as a collaborative effort between UMPI and UMA. The program is challenged by limited clinical sites that have the capacity to train students in microbiology and blood banking. This issue combined with staff shortages has led to less participation from hospitals in lab training. Judith Clukey plans to address this by establishing intensive week-long trainings for MLT students that will minimize clinical time and technical instruction commitment from affiliate sites while continuing to develop well-trained lab professionals.