St. Jude Pathology celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Photography by Justin Veneman

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual recognition for medical laboratory professionals and board-certified pathologists who perform and interpret medical laboratory tests. The Pathology department arranged a week full of events around the observance from April 25-29.

Members of the Pathology lab and the St. Jude Blood Donor Center filled the hospital’s auditorium midweek to compete in Lab Week Jeopardy. Three teams of five players each took turns answering lab-related and general knowledge trivia questions.

Patients and siblings learned more about the five major blood cells that Pathology staff view through a microscope by assembling puzzles of neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, basophils and eosinophils. The activity allowed employees to interact with patients and families and to provide education about laboratory testing. The department gathered for a luncheon on the final day of the week.