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Teaching Medical Students Basic Principles of Laboratory Medicine

Authors
Journal
Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
0272-2712
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.cll.2007.03.011
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Laboratory medicine is a distinct medical discipline and a tool for patient care that is used in all specialties. It is based on underlying concepts that govern the proper use and interpretation of laboratory tests. This article suggests how to educate medical students about important preanalytic, analytic, and postanalytic variables that affect laboratory results. The authors postulate that laboratory medicine training requires a combination of focused lectures and a constant reinforcement of its principles throughout clinical rotations.

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