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Hosted ByLona Small, Stephanie Whitehead, & Tywauna Wilson

Leadership and Technical Strategies for Medical Laboratory Professionals to excel inside and outside of the lab.

Episode 62: “Leading As A Medical Technologist In The Philippines”-Olibrian Mallari

Co-host Lona Small interviews Olibrian Mallari about his journey journey in the Phillippines and how he has been able to have success inside and outside of the lab. 

Pilipino Medical Lab Scientist Olibrian Mallari shared his journey from a Phlebotomist to Medical Lab Scientist, faculty member and now head of Hematology, Phlebotomy and involvement in many other roles. Olibrian also gave the audience a glimpse into some of the challenges and workings of medical lab professionals in the Philippines.

Olibrian discussed challenges of the medical lab professionals, as lack of visibility and little understanding about what medical lab professionals do, by the public and other healthcare professionals. There is the concept that the Medical lab Science is just a stepping stone or a Pre- Med program on the way to being a physician. Oli spoke about the challenges of wearing full personal protective gears in a humid climate, the challenges of online training for medical lab professional students, and the challenges of interns coming into the on a limited basis for face- to face training.

Olibrian discussed how he is using his background as an educator and his passion for the profession to bring visibility and education regarding the medical lab profession. Oli has a Facebook fan page to share information to the public, to educate them about the profession. He uses the opportunity when collecting lab specimens such as HIV, which requires coaching to teach patients more about medical lab professionals.

You can connect with Olibrian on Facebook as Olibrian Mallari and on Instagram as Slides and Lenses.

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