In various lab units on the Mayo campus, Laboratory Genetic Counselors provide pretest and posttest consultation, technical support, and expertise to referring physicians and health-care professionals. These professionals also coordinate and track specimens, report results, and serve as educators and resources for other health-care professionals and the general public. A typical counselor will demonstrate excellent organizational skills, multitasking capabilities, and analytical comprehension. As the genetic field continues to evolve, being a "lifelong learner" is very important for staying abreast of the research and practice.
Individuals with proven competencies and experience in a clinical or research laboratory setting and demonstrated analytical and scientific competence with laboratory procedures are encouraged to consider a career as a development technologist. Development technologists develop, evaluate, and implement new tests or methodologies for the laboratory under the intellectual and scientific guidance of laboratory directors and development coordinators. The development technologist assumes responsibility for improvement of existing methods or implementation of new technology of proven validity; maintains complete and accurate documentation of data generated and work performed; organizes new method validation data, prepares data for publication and peer review, and participates in formal presentations within the institution; aids in the investigation, installation, and evaluation of laboratory equipment, instrumentation, computer software and hardware, new reagent systems, and other specialty items; and participates in the training of laboratory staff, residents, and students in principles of methods and applications within the laboratory. The technologist plays a major role in the development of molecular assays.
Pathology Assistants have a variety of roles in the Division of Anatomic Pathology. These include assisting with autopsies and examining tissue submitted to the division by surgeons and other physicians. They also photograph specimens, assist in research projects, and help teach residents and fellows. They may also be involved in coroner activities. The roles vary significantly depending on the primary work unit, but the career is very rewarding and patient-oriented.