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COVID-19: Do We Have Enough Lab Specialists for Mass Testing?


Segment Description:  Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, Chair & Professor of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Texas State University discusses the challenges our shortage of medical laboratory specialists creates for the COVID-19 response. Dr. Rohde also describes the unique careers available to medical lab specialists alongside the reasons few medical students are aware of the profession.

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