n Medical Technology SA - The education and training of medical technologists in molecular genetics : a challenge for the profession

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-5528



Molecular techniques such as the polymerase chain reaction have become an integral part of the scope of techniques used in the diagnostic medical technology field. This suggests an increased demand for medical technologists with molecular genetic background. Qualifying and qualified medical technologists are currently inadequately equipped to meet the demand. Educational institutions and employers are challenged to provide sufficient opportunities for training and education in molecular genetics. It is necessary to provide molecular modules from the first year onward in the undergraduate diploma course and appropriate short courses and focussed post-graduate studies. These can equip a medical technologist with the ability to excel in the emerging field of molecular genetics.

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