When Will I Know My Results? Medical Diagnosis

Katrina Moreau and Koala Ray
UVM Medical Center
VTeen 4-H Pathways Café


Cool Café Written by Ellie Ramirez, Teen Leader

A presenter talks to teens about her work in medical diagnostics

At this October café, held at the University of Vermont, teens in the VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Café learned about the work that happens in medical labs around diagnosing patients with a disease or sickness. We had two main presenters, Katrina Moreau and Koala Ray.

We learned about the 4 categories and labs that our presenters work in. Katrina Moreau, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UVM Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences and teaches in the graduate and undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science programs, as well as, the undergraduate Health Sciences program. She is an ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathology) certified medical laboratory scientist and previously worked in the clinical laboratory at the UVM Medical Center as a clinical chemist, point of care specialist, and educator. Koela Ray is a PhD candidate at the Clinical and Translational Science program and is working with Dr. Elizabeth Bonney in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, on Biomarkers of Preterm Delivery as her research focus. She is also a Medical Laboratory Specialist and faculty member in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the UVM Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Some participants got to do a follow up tour of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Medical Labs – it was awesome! See our photos on the November 25 Facebook post. https://www.facebook.com/VTeen4HScienceCafe/

A teen looks through a microscope to help determine a medical diagnosis.

Hands on Activity

There were 4 stations with a hands-on activity that mimicked the 4 categories. First, we were given a scenario with symptoms and we had to do our best to come up with a possible diagnosis. The hands-on stations allowed us to do some tests and help us get a better sense of what to look for that might be symptoms. There was a blood typing station and a urine testing station. Another station was looking at damaged, or infected, cells under a microscope. The last station was microbiology looking at the bacteria of Mono. The hands-on activities were very engaging and real.

See what we did by watching this video: https://www.facebook.com/VTeen4HScienceCafe/videos/1676467989155314/