Ellen Pizarek

Ellen Pizarek

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Dell Seton Medical Center (Ascension Health)

The fact is, no one is defined by their career. Choosing a career doesn't make you a stereotype, and it doesn't give other people the right to stereotype you, either.


Medical Laboratory Scientist

I test blood, urine, and other specimens using manual and automated procedures to aid physicians in diagnosing disease.

Career Roadmap

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Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

In the hospital, I start each shift receiving a hand-off of information from the scientist who is leaving. I will then perform Quality Control specimens for various tests, instrument maintenance if needed, and take over the testing bench. The rest of the shift is resulting tests, calling critical results, and keeping the pending tests list updated. The lab is split into 'benches' and each MLS will work one bench per shift. Benches in our lab are hematology, urinalysis, chemistry, and blood bank.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Oh, I could never do that. I'm not that smart. I much prefer to work with people. "