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Our Lady of Fatima Hospital Graduates Medical Technology Students

Seven students graduated from the School of Medical Technology at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, completing an intensive year-long clinical laboratory internship program. This is the first year the school has graduated seven students. All have new jobs to start their careers with three of them remaining here at Our Lady of Fatima.

The graduates are: James Adenekan of Wakefield, RI, Alyssa Brissette of Cumberland, RI, Kassondra Choquet of Pawtucket, RI, Raquel Denizard of Narragansett, RI, Geidy Guzman of Providence, RI, Brett Hughes of North Kingstown, RI, and Melanie Mejia of Pawtucket, R.I.

The school is a member of the Board of Rhode Island Schools of Allied Health, a consortium of two university Medical Laboratory Science programs – the University of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University and Rhode Island College.  Our Lady of Fatima Hospital’s school is one of two schools of Medical Technology remaining in this state. The purpose of this consortium is to integrate individual teaching programs into a coordinated didactic experience through the School of Medical Technology.

Medical Laboratory Scientists play a critical role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients. This is accomplished through extensive examination and analysis of various body fluids, cells, and direct stains from patient specimens. They look for microorganisms, analyze chemical content of body fluids, match blood for patient transfusions, perform cell count, look for abnormal cells, and test for drug levels in the blood to find out how a patient may be responding to different treatments and/or antibiotics.

This year, all seven of the graduating students came from the University of Rhode Island. Our Lady of Fatima’s School of Medical Technology is part of the Department of Pathology and is under the direction of Daniel Schaffer, M.D. as Medical Advisor and Theresa Castellone MPH, MLS (ASCP) as the program director.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and is recognized by the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island Department of Health as an accredited clinical program under specifications provided in the “RI Clinical Laboratory Science Practice Act”.  The school underwent re-accreditation this year and was awarded continuing accreditation for the next seven years (maximum accreditation award).