ASCP Career Ambassador Thrives on Being a Scientific Investigator
Monday, June 18, 2012
Kristen Stoltz, MLS(ASCP)CM, graduated from college with a degree in biology and an interest in the medical field but was not sure where that would lead her. She loved the laboratory aspect of her biology studies and had spent considerable time volunteering in hospitals, and ultimately decided to look for a job in a hospital laboratory.
“I really love what I do. It’s almost like being an investigator, and there is always something different. We are always exposed to new tests and constantly having to educate ourselves.”
—Kristen Stoltz, MLS(ASCP)CM
When she first secured a position at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), she was ordering tests and receiving samples in the hematology department.
“I realized there was a professional on the other side processing labs and analyzing samples,” Ms. Stoltz said. With new found interest and direction, she enrolled in a fast-track program for medical laboratory scientists and upon completion earned a new position in the chemical and hematology laboratory at MUSC.
“I really love what I do,” Ms. Stoltz explained. “It’s almost like being an investigator, and there is always something different. We are always exposed to new tests and constantly having to educate ourselves.”
Passionate about her field and the ability to help others, Ms. Stoltz became an ASCP Career Ambassador to help promote the medical laboratory profession to middle and high school students.
“I realized how much I enjoyed training and teaching students in the laboratory and I thought the ASCP Career Ambassador program would be a way to build on that, “ she said. “I also remember how frustrated I was after college initially looking for direction. I like building awareness of the field and opening young students’ eyes to new possibilities.
“We might be behind the scenes, but what we do is so important for diagnosing and treating patients.” Ms. Stoltz emphasizes this point in her presentations to students.
“I love the idea of helping people. I am always talking with other pathologists and clinical staff and trying to share as much information as possible and learn more,” she said. “I try and convey to the students how we really make an impact on patient care and outcomes.”
Ms. Stoltz also believes that the medical laboratory profession offers a career full of possibilities. “I don’t think there’s a capping off point,” she said. “There’s always room for growth and improvement.”
To learn more about laboratory careers or to search jobs, visit ASCP's Career Center.