Meet the Editor
Hello fellow members. I am new to AMT and the New Jersey State Society. I appreciate the warm welcome I have received and am looking forward to meeting more of you in the upcoming year.
I first became interested in Medical Laboratory Science when I was a high school student. My favorite TV show was Quincy, M.E. But I didn’t want to be like Quincy. My favorite character was Sam, the lab technician. He had the best job and worked with the coolest instruments. And not a single crime could be solved without the results of the lab tests.
After high school, I attended Camden County College and obtained an Associates of Applied Sciences in Medical Laboratory Technology. The program was associated with the ASCP, so I took my certification exam immediately after graduating.
My first laboratory job was in a hospital microbiology lab as a specimen processor (plater). I returned to college and earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Sciences and sat for the NCA certification exam for Microbiology Technologist. From then, I moved through several positions in microbiology working my way up to the supervisor position. I spent all my clinical time in microbiology, specializing in sexually transmitted disease.
For six years, I worked for a national reference laboratory in sales and service. I used my clinical experience and knowledge to sell advanced testing and addressing service concerns.
About 9 years ago, I had the opportunity to work on a project that only comes along once in a lifetime. I was part of the development and opening of a Physician’s Office Laboratory. From conception to inception, I worked with the architect, laboratory test selection, software implementation, staffing, etc. The laboratory has been open for almost 7 years.
Last year, I opened a consulting business for clinical laboratories. I submitted a portfolio of the last 3 years of work, and earned my AMT certification as a Clinical Laboratory Consultant. With that certification, I joined the New Jersey State Society and am proudly serving as Editor for the next 2 years.
As I look back on my career, I am enormously proud of the contributions I have made to the health and welfare of thousands of patients. I am proud of the commitments I made to my employers and to my coworkers. And I am thrilled to bring all of that to you, my fellow AMT brothers and sisters.
Margaret E Blaetz, CLC(AMT)