These are the books that I studied for the exam.
***Clinical Laboratory Science Review: A Bottom Line Approach by Patsy Jarreau (it is summarized but I find lacking in Blood bank and Clinical chem)
For Blood bank transfusion and Clinical chemistry, I supplemented it with:
*** Success! Clinical Laboratory science by Ciulla
***Concise Review of Clinical Laboratory science by Hubbard
I did not read the whole Ciulla and Hubbard book, just the sections on Clinical chemistry and Blood transfusion. As for the histology part, I just searched the internet about the basics on histology and what you need to know as a med lab scientist.
1. Clinical Laboratory Science Review: A Bottom Line Approach - Patsy Jarreau (Author)http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Laboratory-Science-Review-Approach/dp/0967043425/ref=pd_sim_b_2
2. Quick Review Cards for Clinical Laboratory Science Examinations [Cards] Valerie Dietz Polansky MEd MLS (ASCP)http://www.amazon.com/Review-Clinical-Laboratory-Science-Examinations/dp/0803604599/ref=pd_sim_b_2
The few that I can remember.
- Calculate the anion gap (formula not given)
- what is dry chemistry?
- define esbl, mdr-tb, mrsa
- what to do when automated analyzer gives platelet result of 30?
- stain used to demonstrate following; mucin; fungi; elastin fibres
External QC and purpose
Tests for coeliac disease
Anion gap calculation
Causes of increased potassium preanalytical
Causes of hypercalcemia
Steps or studies taken before a new assay is introduced in the lab - 4 freaking points
Interpretation of swear electrolytes
Types of hemolytic anemia
Interpretation of indices
Retticulocyte ct and purpose
Erroneous CBC result from analyzer
Conditions seen with burr cells stomatocyte elliptocyte target cells
Hemolysis of bacteria
Color of colony in different media
Causative agents of diseases
Betalactamase meaning and purpose inbacterioa
Temperature requirements of bacteria
Types of connective tissues and epithelial tissues
Stain for myelin melanin iron glycogen
Other cytological stain
Giemsa stain coomponents
Storage temp of red cells
Selection of donor blood for cross matching - given yung census ng blood na pagpipilian
Factors affecting at ab reaction
Labeling of sample for crossmatch
Explain kung piano magkakaroon ng offspring na o hung parents na a
1. major & minor physiological variations in chemistry
2. tubes for glucose including timings
3. myeloproliferative diseases
4. Anti a1 vs Anti A2
5. Vit B12 def vs others
7. bromcresyl green-chem
8. AGAP formula
11.meaning of crossmatch and keep
13. synthetic dyes
14. cell lines the esophagus
15. fixatives for cervical smears
16. sensitivity and specificity
17. stains for M tb
18. Gram stain of G. vaginalis
19. optochin, bacitracin, novobiocin
20. universal recipient
21. sample for xmatching labelling
22. sweat chloride
23. d dimer
24. morphological abnormalities w ass dses
25. microorganisms growth colors in the plates
[TD=class: alt2]Originally Posted by mmsmallick
Thank you for your reply,
My bachelor in Microbiology and Maters in Biomedical Laboratory sceinces from UK. I would appreciate if you could mention some names of books that are good for preperation for exam! What about Medical laboratory Sceince review by Robert R. Harr?
**Harr, R.R. (2006). Clinical Laboratory Science Review (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
**Hubbard, J.D. (2009). A Concise Review of Clinical Laboratory Science (2nd ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 978-0781782029
**Jarreau, P. (2011). Clinical Laboratory Science Review: A Bottom Line Approach. (4th ed.) Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) Foundation.ISBN: 978-096704342510
**McPherson, R.A., & Pincus, M.R. (Eds.). (2011). Henry=s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods (22nd ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier. ISBN: 978-1437709742
** Wu, A. (2006). Tietz Clinical Guide
Mostly Harr book and my review notes from School
I feel your pain! It is so frustrating knowing you have the relevant qualifications and experience but it is not good enough.
Firstly, the exam is not as bad as you think but it is tough. With regards to Biochem, in the exam there was emphasis on practical aspects. What tubes for glucose aside from the obvious fluoride and certain circumstances e.g serum unseparated, if a specimen was left uncentrifuged what would you not test and why, anion gap question came up, biological variation, difference between wet and dry chemistry. Micro learn strains and identification tests and types of disc diffusion. Blood transfusion was complicated. They gave a question about what blood you would give a particular blood type which was worth a few marks. Haem learn the different red cells and when they arise. There was one question which asked about 5 different cells. Cyto and Histo was actually ok and doesn't differ much from the questions. Know the stains which seems impossible, colours and the process involved in both, different fixatives etc.
I found the IBMS books of great help and writing down brief notes on cards which i could look at on train journeys etc or quiet periods in work.
It is very frustrating as the topics are so wide and varied. I studied so much, felt my life was non existant and alot doesn't come up but you don't know what will come up. I work in Genetics and worked in Biochem over 5 years ago and felt it was Biochem that let me down. I should be getting my results in the next few weeks and don't think i've done well. My friend resat it with me so I will ask her for some advise too.
I am new to this forum.
Thanks for sharing your experience, it is very helpful. I hope to sit the exam in September and feel I have limited time to prepare- less than three months. You mentioned using IBMS books. Are they sufficient and which ones did you find very useful. I am a Biomedical Scientist, with Haematology and Clinical Chemistry background. Does that mean I don"t have to buy the recommended books?
Please help specific strategies/ tips on how you are able to pull together the different courses together..
Your help and support will be very much appreciated.