Medical laboratory professionals are part of your health care team. We work behind the scenes, but what we do has a direct impact on patient care.
Medical laboratory professionals process and analyze samples to provide information vital to patients’ health. We are behind every lab test result,
and our work provides answers to guide diagnosis, treatment and patient care.
Medical Laboratory Professionals
There are different roles and specializations within the profession. Medical laboratory professionals are trained to have the right knowledge and skills to perform duties specific to their roles.
Here are the four specialized roles of medical laboratory professionals.
Hover your cursor over each image below to learn more about each profession.
A Day in the Life
Being a medical laboratory professional isn’t easy. We never know what the day holds. One moment we could have to put everything aside to run a stat test — an urgent test someone’s life might depend on. In another moment, we could be called back to the lab — in the middle of the night, in a storm. Any moment of the day, life as a medical laboratory professional is demanding. But we love what we do because we know we make a difference in the lives of others.
Now that you know what we do, take a look at how we do it. Meet the medical laboratory professionals below to experience life in the lab.
Meet Sergeant Jeff Scott and Petty Officer 2nd Class Derick Dupuis, two medical laboratory technologists based at Garrison Petawawa
who have served in military medical facilities around the world. These med lab professionals provide life-saving service and expertise
in times of crisis.
Melanie Macasaet-Peralta is a medical laboratory technologist for the Pathology Research Program at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Ontario. Melanie and her team work on the cutting edge of research, working to develop brand new tests and procedures so the lab can find more answers and help more patients than ever before.
Lorraine Vlietstra, medical laboratory technologist for more than 25 years, and Linda Kilmer are the guardians. These med lab professionals work at Blood Services Canada, making sure that Canada’s blood supply is safe for every Canadian patient in need.
Meet Gwen Delos-Santos and Cynthia Lam, two medical laboratory assistants who connect with every patient. Working at Dynacare, they provide the first step of patient care, collecting samples from clients and using the right techniques and procedures to uphold the integrity of the lab tests.
Camerra Yuill Robar is amedical laboratory technologist at Listowel Memorial Hospital. Working in a small town, Camerra has a personal connection to each patient’s journey. She works with the health care team to give each patient the best care possible.
In the Lab
Your host Andrew Chapman illustrates the importance of the medical laboratory profession by giving you an inside look at the inner workings of a busy laboratory in both a hospital and private lab. We’ll go behind the laboratory doors at Toronto General Hospital at UHN and LifeLabs to speak with medical laboratory professionals who complete the health care picture.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) Test
Protein Electrophoresis Test
Cross Matching Test
The Lab and You
Medical laboratory professionals work to provide critical information that helps guide medical decisions about your health. They sort, prepare and analyze samples from virtually every part of your body - from head to toe.
Discover how medical laboratory professionals are involved in your health. Click on the points to learn about some of the testing done on that body part.
Did You Know?
Hundreds of millions of lab tests are performed every year in Canada. Medical laboratory professionals run these tests to provide critical information about your health. Get a deeper look at how these tests are performed, why they are done and how medical laboratory professionals get results.