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Greetings from Lab Medicine.

My name is Jolene Summer Bolster and I am one of two placement coordinators for the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP). I, along with Karen Fields, lead the DLMP's Laboratory Recruitment Program.

This program involves visiting laboratory programs nationwide and presenting employment opportunities available at Mayo Clinic. We primarily target clinical lab science and medical technology majors, however, we are also interested in human-based biology and chemistry majors as well. In addition to recruiting, we screen applicants for laboratory technologist and laboratory assistant positions, identify candidates to be scheduled, place employees into appropriate laboratories, direct the Summer Lab Science Program, as well as a variety of other tasks and duties related to personnel in DLMP.

I started my career at Mayo Clinic in 2000 and have been in DLMP ever since. During my eight years with Mayo, I've been in the role of clinical laboratory technologist, assistant supervisor, business analyst and now, placement coordinator. I've been fortunate to gain a global perspective of the department through my various roles so I'm hoping my posts here will be rather lively with different facets of the department being highlighted on a monthly basis.

My main goal for participating on this site is to shed some light on the career of the professional laboratorian as a vital member of the health care team. For those interested in Laboratory medicine as a potential career, my intention is to enlighten you with the culture of the laboratories at Mayo.

I will have a monthly post on this site that will touch on a variety of topics such as: daily happenings in my office, a day in the life of a clinical lab technologist, memorable moments in the laboratory, an introduction to professions in the lab and highlights of the specialty labs. I would encourage you to let me know what piques your interest in regards to the laboratory.

Before closing, I'd like to leave you with this statistic regarding laboratory professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2000 census, 12,200 new laboratory professionals will be needed annually to meet the critical need across the nation. However, only 4,000 to 6,000 graduates will join the workforce each year. This translates to an immense need for laboratory professionals and job outlook for interested persons is excellent.

Jolene Summer Bolster is a Placement Coordinator for the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.

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