Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Behind every outcome is a world of data acquired by our Lab Professionals.

Hear Her Story NATALIE Laboratory Technologist, Transfusion Medicine

Our clinical laboratory professionals are proud to be on the vanguard of their professions. A commitment to getting it right the first time, every time, defines their achievements. Altogether, we conduct more than 10 million tests and procedures every year.

NewYork-Presbyterian’s sustained success is founded in evidence-based practice, and a great deal of that raw evidence is provided by clinical laboratory professionals. It’s estimated that 70% of all patient chart information is related to lab data. In addition, NYP is a “destination hospital,” a tertiary referral center that attracts a variety of rare and uncommon cases. Our environment is fast-paced and logistically intense. From our information-rich data, physicians and healthcare providers make life-altering choices in care.

Absorbing Environment
Entering our facilities means engaging with some of the most sophisticated equipment in the world. Some of these systems go beyond the “never-been-seen” in other hospitals. We are true pacesetters. As professionals in this arena, we are relied upon for guidance and expertise. Our managers and techs are represented at local, regional and national conferences. Every day, we are consulted by physicians to understand lab results (because the data is constantly evolving). We work with clinicians to advise what tests to order and guide interpretation of the results. Our highly skilled professionals position us as a leader in the fields of molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, transfusion medicine, clinical laboratory testing services and more.

Incredible Technology
Our Core Laboratory is proud of its advanced “islands of automation.” We adopt the most modern approaches to quality improvement, including the reduction of error rate through effective automation. Our primary labs are fully roboticized.

In fact, some of our labs are in their third generation of robotics. All labs are overseen by highly dedicated scientists, who take an active role in team development and membership in professional organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Pathology. We also have a history of professional firsts, including the invention of the Pap smear at the cytopathology lab of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Join us to collaborate with the most talented workforce and deliver critical test information.

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Prerequisites for Clinical Laboratory Professional
Bachelor’s degree from a Clinical Laboratory or Medical Technologist Program
ASCP, NCA, ASMT certification preferred
NYS Clinical Laboratory License or Candidacy for Licensure required

More Laboratory Careers:

As one of the largest and busiest anatomic pathology labs in New York, we set the pace for our field. In preparing and processing tissue for examination, our fully-automated Histology Lab enables expedited, large-volume processing of diversified specimens.

Prerequisites for Histotechnologist
New York State License or Candidacy for Licensure
ASCP certification preferred

We set the highest standards in cytotechnology. In our extensive laboratories, technologists are exposed to the widest array of testing. We perform high-complexity procedures required for diagnosis and treatment of cancers and other diseases—within highly-automated settings.

Some of our highly experienced specialists advance to perform in such areas as fine needle aspiration (FNA)—a rapid biopsy method for the evaluation of suspected neoplasms as well as non-neoplastic reactive or infectious diseases.

Prerequisites for Cytotechnologist
New York State License or Candidacy for Licensure
One year postgraduate study in an ASC approved school of Cytotechnology
ASCP certification

Our clinical laboratory technicians assist clinical laboratory professionals in drawing and processing specimens, procuring fundamental laboratory testing, processing patients and carrying out technical duties. As critical support members, our clinical lab technicians qualify to perform various kinds of laboratory work.

Prerequisites for Clinical Laboratory Technician
In general, clinical laboratory technicians enter the field through an Associate’s degree program.

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Latest Laboratory Technology:

We’re building a new core laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center that will offer not just total automation but also the removal of the specimen from human hands. Just drop it in, and wait for the result. This process will improve accuracy and, essentially, eliminates all chances of misleading or contaminated samples. Our laboratory professionals will then be freed to more actively collaborate with physicians, nurses and beyond. Scheduled to open in 2015, this lab will improve turnaround time and get decision-making results back to patients without delay.

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Other Unique Factors:

Settings include our transfusion services, core lab (providing 24/7 testing in the areas of hematology, coagulation and chemistry), clinical genetics lab, clinical microbiology lab (including virology, parasitology, mycobacteriology and molecular diagnostics), specialty lab and cytology. We’re also home to surgical pathology, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry units.

Our leadership is dedicated to the highest and best use of technologist time, eliminating many of the routine and mundane aspects of lab work. That means we take the initiative by providing our technologists two tracks to advance and specialize: a technical track (emphasizing advanced study) and a leadership track (emphasizing supervisory/managerial specialization along with advanced study).

Our work in molecular diagnostics is particularly revolutionary. Instead of waiting to grow cultures that yield results, we are able to rapidly identify infectious diseases by testing down to the base of the organism at its molecular genetic level. For example, our team has found that DNA analysis could boost the accuracy of testing for H1N1 from approximately 40% to >99%, as well as increase the accuracy of thyroid tests.

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Extraordinary Patient Story
The NYP Clinical Laboratory team recently won the “QPStar” Award for performing a massive, emergency blood transfusion for a patient in a life-threatening situation. We relate this story to illustrate our department’s remarkable teamwork and Transfusion Medicine’s role in Putting Patients First.

The OR bustled with activity, and time was of the essence. A massive transfusion protocol had just been activated for a patient with an aorto duodenal fistula. This patient’s estimated blood loss was 61,000 milliliters—a daunting amount. Within seconds, transfusions began. Over then next 8 hours, our team transfused an incredible 59,000 milliliters of blood products. Throughout the process, blood bank physicians and fellows actively communicated with anesthesiology—to ensure comfort and safety of the patient. Thanks to these extraordinary efforts, the OR never ran out of blood.

Without the professionalism of the blood bank team, this patient wouldn’t have made it out of the room. For their courageous work, NYP awarded this team with the “QPStar Award” for quality and patient safety, which recognizes people across all disciplines who improve outcomes and prevent patient harm.

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Research & News

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