Medical Technology Alumna is Recognized by National Professional Organization

At the 2019 ASCLS Awards Ceremony. Susan Pang was recognized by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) for her 50 Year Membership. This meant, she has been a continuous member since 1968. Susan and I sat down to reminisce about her past 50 years. Here are highlights.

She recalled that the University of Hawaii at Manoa Medical Technology Program Director, Pat Taylor encouraged all the students to join ASCLS. At this time, it was known as the American Society for Medical Technology (ASMT). Susan joined in 1968. There were activities to join in like local state meetings and Susan even went to several national meetings. She discovered that she liked continuing education and meeting colleagues from across the nation.

After graduation, Susan went to Colorado for seven years to work for a Catholic Hospital along with friends Sheila Ouchi and Shirley Nakamoto. Colorado is where these island girls first learned about snow, but after seven years of scraping ice off the car windshield, Susan decided to return to Hawaii.

When Susan returned to Hawaii, she worked at Straub under Grace Kagawa and Edith Maeda. Susan was attracted to the Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) while working at Straub. After Clinical Laboratory of Hawaii (CLH) acquired Straub Lab, Susan was instrumental in converting the Straub Lab database to the CLH lab database. She also helped to network automated lab instrumentation to the CLH network. After the Straub Lab was networked to the CLH server and the Straub server was shut down, Susan moved to the IT Department of CLH located in Ewa.

Susan is now retired and is currently planning a trip to Kenya to photograph wildebeest migration. She is looking forward to enjoying traveling adventures around the globe.

Susan has seen the profession evolve from semi-automated three-cell Coulter Counters to fully automated counters, manual requisitions to Laboratory Information System (LIS), flame photometry to ion specific electrodes, mouth pipettes, and spit strings used in Thoma pipet dilutions, and so much more. She counts 26 years as a Med Tech and 22 years as a Laboratory Information System specialist. The profession may change but her dedication to providing the best laboratory service possible is reflected in her 50 years as an ASCLS member. When you see Susan out and about, congratulate her for 50 years of hard work and dedication in the medical laboratory profession.

Pat Taylor Celebration of Life

First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu

Pat Taylor, previous Program Director and Chair of the Medical Technology Division, passed away March 30, 2019. She retired in 2004, after almost 40 years of service at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Pat suffered a massive stroke in 2008 after which she was placed in long term care. Sue Pang, a loving and devoted friend managed Pat’s affairs over ten years. Many students, faculty, staff, and church family attended and enjoyed fellowship after the service sharing their experiences of our consummate educator, Patricia Taylor.


First Cohort of Second Degree Students Earn Their Medical Technology Bachelor of Science

The Medical Technology Class of 2019 includes five Second Degree Students. Read the Tina Shelton interview of Charmaine Kuehne.

Class of 2019 at the 108th Annual University of Hawaii at Manoa Commencement Exercises

Stan Sheriff Center, Saturday, May 11, 2019

Twelve students earned the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. Seven students attended the 10th Annual UHM Commencement Exercises. In attendance were Khamer Banez, Kylie Haitsuka, Eric Ichinose, Erin Kawamoto, Charmaine Kuehne, Que Tram Le, and Elaine Zhao. Congratulations also go out to Amanda Duke, Michael Isidro, Charmaine Malong, John Onodera, and Camille Taguado who could not attend.

Medical Technology Class of 2019 Visit Blood Bank of Hawaii

On Monday, March 11, 2019 the University of Hawaii-Manoa Medical Technology seniors visited Blood Bank of Hawaii. BBH has a long history of providing blood components and immunohematology services to the medical institutions of Hawaii, the Pacific and beyond. While there, the students enrolled in Immunohematology viewed the component processing area, blood inventory, and learned about the many services offered by the team in the BBH reference lab. As future practitioners in medical labs, the students now have a better idea of what happens at the BBH lab on Dillingham. Due to rail construction, the lab will relocate to a facility in Kapolei. That will be the subject of a future news article.

HOSA Biomedical Laboratory Science Competitive Event 2019

Three judges from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Medical Technology Department volunteered for the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Thousands of high school and college students gathered at the Hawaii Convention Center to attend educational sessions and participate in competitive events. Some events are knowledge focused so the students compete to see who gets the best score in Medical Terminology, Medical Math, and a multitude of other subject matter. There are skills events like CPR.First Aide or Biomedical Laboratory Science.

The Biomedical Laboratory Science competitive event is chosen from many possible topics. Past events involved proper use of a microscope, streaking for isolation, or making a dilution. This year’s event was Gram Staining a prepared slide. Norma Ebisu (Med Tech retired faculty), Christine Svrcina (junior in the Med Tech program), and Sheri Gon (Med Tech faculty) organized and managed this skills event. Every part of the procedure must be done according to competition guidelines so careful observation is important.

In the afternoon, educational sessions are held to feature different health professions. The local chapter of American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS-HI) participated in this career fair. In one of the photos, Susan Naka (current ASCLS-HI President) demonstrates ABO typing using mock blood. Many students were surprised to learn there is a profession dedicated to diagnostic laboratory testing.

Faculty and alumni of the UHM Medical Technology Department support activities that develop interest in the medical laboratory. Because this profession is not easily visible, we must actively promote the profession to the public. We look forward to these students finding their way into the medical laboratory.



KCC MLT and UHM Med Tech Mixer, October 2018

On Sunday, October 14, the students of both the KCC Medical Laboratory Technician and UHM Medical Technology programs gathered together at Magic Island on the grounds of Ala Moana Beach Park. We were fortunate to experience clear skies and cool breezes since the previous day was overcast and rainy. About ten students participated in this first MLT/MT mixer. A lot of good food was shared and camaraderie was developed. The students learned more about each other as well as the two programs. We hope to have more social gatherings to build stronger relationship between KCC and UHM.

Hawaii Clinical Laboratory Conference 2018

The 2018 annual Hawaii Clinical Laboratory Conference was held at Honolulu Country Club on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17. There were over 30 exhibitors and 35 educational sessions. The annual conference provides an opportunity for laboratory professionals to accumulate continuing education and to reconnect with other laboratory professionals from across Hawaii. Also in attendance were KCC MLT and UHM Medical Technology students. They provided many volunteer hours helping at registration, assisting moderators, and speakers. A big mahalo to our students, future laboratory professionals.

Commencement 2018

The 107th Annual Commencement for University of Hawaii Manoa students occurred on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Four students graduated and three participated in the ceremony held in the Stan Sheriff Center, Glorisa Blanco, Leah Choi, and Paul Nam. The Department of Medical Technology is proud to see our students receive their bachelor’s degree. Now on to clinical training and certification exam afterwards.

Niigata University of Health and Welfare Spring 2018 Visit

I had an amazing time visiting NUHW. This exchange program allowed me to embrace Japanese culture while learning about Medical Technology practices in Japan. I was able to view the campus and participate in different labs and demonstrations with the Niigata students. The program in Japan is a bit different from ours. They are able to operate machines that medical assistants or radiologists would normally use in the US. Ikegami-sensei gave us a tour around Niigata. We visited historical and modern sites, such as the Northern Culture Museum and Befco Observatory. Also, I got to learn a bit more about my family history as well, since my grandma’s family was originally from Niigata and Sado Island.

I wish there was an actual semester long type of exchange or more student participation because it’s good to be opened-minded about differences in how things are done in different countries. Their teachers mentioned that they want their students to be open-minded to the rest of the world and encourage exchange programs. Prior to our visit, some NUHW students and faculty visited Taiwan to learn about the MT program there.

Here is a video that features highlights of our visit to Niigata and Tokyo.

-Kylie Haitsuka, Class of 2019

Clinical Laboratory of Hawaii Moves to New Aiea Lab

Clinical Laboratory of Hawaii (CLH) moved their reference lab to a new location in Aiea. Shepherd Maingano, program director of the Kapiolani Community College (KCC) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program, Dick Teshima, program director of the University of Hawaii Medical Technology program, Ray Yamaguchi and Sheri Gon were invited to visit on Tuesday, March 27. We were impressed with their spacious, well-lit, and well equipped laboratory. While Loren Pabila, CLH Human Resources showed us around, we ran into many of our KCC and UHM graduates. It was rewarding to see these familiar faces again and to see them thriving in their new location.

Manoa Experience 2018

Manoa Experience is a campus-wide event offered each spring. University of Hawaii Manoa invites potential students, their parents, and the community to visit the flagship campus. Academic programs, student support services, financial aid, housing, and other programs lined McCarthy Mall on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Medical Technology, School of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Public Health, and Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center staffed tables in adjacent tents and met with students from around Oahu.

Girl Scouts of Hawaii STEM Fest 2017

Girl Scouts of Hawaii hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fest at the Pacific Air Museum on Ford Island. The goal of STEM Fest is to encourage girls to choose careers that use STEM. The age groups for STEM Fest ranged from grade school to high school girls. American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Hawaii Chapter partnered with the University of Hawaii at Manoa Medical Technology Program. Lynne Ramirez (current ASCLS-HI President) and Lynn Nakahara (current ASCLS-HI secretary) provided extra hands to keep the Girl Scouts actively engaged as they pipetted quickly into tubes lined in a rack or helped them to view slides on the microscope. Although these girls may be too young to make sense of what they did, they now know there are laboratory professionals who work hard to analyze samples to help people get better or to stay well.

 Joint Health Opportunities Conference (JHOC)

On Saturday, September 30, John A. Burns School of Medicine hosted a half-day of activities to encourage middle and high school students to consider health professions as a career. Students were enthralled by performing many hands-on activities. Some of the health professionals in attendance were respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and medical laboratory professionals. American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Hawaii Chapter, partnered with University of Hawaii at Manoa Medical Technology Program. Several stations were set up. At one station, students could practice streaking agar plates, another station featured microscopy, and at another, students could practice occult blood with mock stool. Students also learned the academic preparation it takes to become a lab professional.

Mahalo to Leslie Auyong, Susan Naka, Lynn Nakahara, Lynne Ramirez, and Ray Yamaguchi for volunteering.

2017 Niigata University Health and Welfare Visit to UHM Medical Technology

Ten students and two faculty from Niigata University of Health and Welfare visited the University of Hawaii Manoa campus in September 2017. Their visit included a walking tour of Manoa campus, participation in a Medical Technology class, visit to Diagnostic Laboratory Services Reference Lab in Halawa, The Queen’s Medical Center laboratory, Blood Bank of Hawaii Young Street Donor Center, and Blood Bank of Hawaii Dillingham laboratory. There was time for a Happy Hour at Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower in Downtown Honolulu. We look forward to future visits to Hawaii and making new memories with Niigata faculty and students.


Second Degree Route

A new second degree route will start in 2017 for candidates who already have a non-MLS bachelor’s degree. Contact a Department academic advisor (808-956-8557) if you are interested. Details under ADMISSION.

Niigata University of Health and Welfare Visit UHM Medical Technology

September 2016. Dr. Takashi Oite, Dr. Kikuo Ikegami and Dr. Yoshimitsu Takahashi from the Niigata University of Health and Welfare visit JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges and Dr. Satoru Izutsu. The annual student exchange continues.

Medical Technology Students at JABSOM Biomedical Sciences Poster Presentation

April 2016. Students presented a poster the the annual JABSOM Biomedical Sciences Symposium. This project compared the specific gravity readings between the refractometer and the reagent strip methods.

Biomedical Sciences Symposium

April 2015. Students present a poster at the annual John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Biomedical Sciences Symposium. This year, JABSOM celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Japan visit Hawai’i

March 2014. Seniors from Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Japan, visited Hawai’i to conduct research. UH Manoa Medical Students also participated in data collection. Here is the JABSOM BLOG site for this event.


NAACLS Accreditation

March 2013. We were granted a full 7-year accreditation from NAACLS! Thanks to everyone’s continued support.


Niigata University of Health and Welfare Student Visit

September 10-14, 2012. Second class of international exchange students visited us from Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Japan.