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The Objective Lens




This podcast is about life in the medical laboratory and discusses issues that are important to the people who work there. We also will give you tips and support for some of the unique challenges of working in the medical laboratory and in health care. Although each episode will have a laboratory slant to it, many people working in health care may find the information useful and relatable. We'll be talking to subject matter experts in their fields, such as lawyers, union representatives and physicians, using their expertise to help you. If you want to connect with us, ask questions or give suggestions for future episodes you can find us on Facebook and Twitter @csmls. The Objective Lens is the official podcast of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), the professional society for medical laboratory professionals in Canada.

42:51 2019-09-03
Career paths are not always linear. Curves and bumps along the way can take your career to unexpected places. In this episode, we drop into a discussion with three lab professionals who know what its like to wonder the career path to beyond the bench. The...
34:01 2019-08-27
Legally defending your medical lab’s work is no laughing matter. In this episode, we speak with a geneticist who has provided testimony in order to help medical laboratory professionals navigate the process. We also take a look at forensics in crime sce...
27:43 2019-08-20
The opioid epidemic is a complex and multi-layered problem. In this episode, we explore how various factors are contributing to this crisis. We also delve into how one novel drug testing methodology might just be one piece of the puzzle to combat the epid...
22:14:46 2019-08-13
Health care professionals have a responsibility to use correct gender information to respectfully and properly care for all patients. In this episode, we discuss how gender diversity impacts patient care with three panelists who bring their own expertise ...
29:28 2019-08-06
The medical laboratory is a female dominated profession; however, this isn’t the case for leadership roles. Why is that? In this episode, we delve deeper into the challenges and mindsets that might be holding women back from taking on such positions, an...
36:34 2019-07-30
When natural disasters, bioterrorism or public health epidemics strike, Canada has a national emergency system in place to protect its citizens. In this episode, we speak with directors who oversee different components of this system, and you might be sur...
36:08 2019-07-23
Are you new to the profession and thinking of working alone? Or are you contemplating accepting a job offer where you would have to work on call or at night, where other lab professionals are nowhere in sight? In this episode, we will help you navigate wo...
40:28 2019-07-16
Has the idea of taking a genetics test ever crossed your mind? Maybe you have limited access to lab services, or maybe you think these do-at-home tests are a harmless look into your ancestry. In this episode, we speak with a genetics counsellor and a gene...
35:47 2019-07-09
Do you ever wonder if artificial intelligence will replace medical laboratory professionals? Or maybe you’re curious as to what current advanced technology looks like in the lab context, and how it will affect your everyday work life. In this episode, w...
2:40 2019-07-02
We’re back and ready to deliver season three of The Objective Lens. Here’s a quick sneak peek into some of the big questions we will be tackling this year. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks to be sure you don’t miss the first episode.
15:05 2018-05-15
Season 2 is a wrap! In this season finale, your host, Cathy Bouwers, and co-producer, Michael Grant, reflect on their favourite episodes of the season, plan for future episodes and do a little humble bragging—The Objective Lens is officially an award-wi...
28:32 2018-05-08
With its many challenges and sacrifices, life in the military as an MLT might not be for everyone, but for the right person it is an extremely rewarding opportunity of a life time. In this episode, we speak with Sergeant Jeff Scott, an MLT in the Canadian...
28:36 2018-05-01
Health care in remote and indigenous communities poses unique challenges. In this episode, we speak with professionals who are on the front line of northern and indigenous health care to gain insight into the obstacles these communities face, and how the ...
33:07 2018-04-24
Blood transfusion medicine has come a long way since its early beginnings in 1492. In this week’s episode, we speak with industry experts across Canada to delve into exciting research in the field of blood and learn how innovation and communication in t...
31:00 2018-04-17
Science can learn a thing or two from art, especially when it comes to public education. In this episode, we speak with a biomedical artist and a microbiologist media entrepreneur to discuss alternative tools to improve science literacy and public outreac...
14:44 2018-04-10
Did you know that April is World Autism Month? In this bonus mini episode, we speak with Louise Nagy, National Director of Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability at LifeLabs, about LifeLabs’ Serving Customers with Autism program. This pro...
38:55 2018-04-03
Do you ever find yourself wondering how you can foster top talent in your medical laboratory? Or are you looking to advance your career but need a little help? In this episode, we speak with industry leaders to learn effective strategies for all medical l...
33:13 2018-03-27
The game of baseball and the medical laboratory have more in common than you may think. They both need to communicate strategically with all members on their team to ensure they get the job done. In this episode, we talk with lab professionals and a comm...
33:10 2018-03-20
How are we meeting the training needs of medical laboratory students with less opportunity for hands-on experience? In this episode we discuss the use of simulation as a viable way for students to practice critical skills in a risk free environment. We t...
29:48 2018-03-13
Have you ever called in sick to work with a cold, when in reality you needed a mental health day? In this episode, we discuss the importance of having open dialogue about mental health issues. CSMLS Researcher Laura Zychla reports on the research she cond...
35:40 2018-03-06
Gwyneth Paltrow can sell an $85 bag of crystals that can treat infertility? Unfortunately the over 1.8 million monthly readers of her website are buying it up with a lack of full scientific disclosure. Jason Tetro, widely known as The Germ Guy, speaks abo...
4:49 2018-02-27
We’re back and ready for another season of the Objective Lens where we take a closer look at life in the medical laboratory. This sneak preview gives you a taste for the upcoming season. Join your host, Cathy Bouwers, together with co-producer Michael ...
17:46 2017-05-02
In this last episode of season 1 of the Objective Lens, we take a minute to reflect on the development of this podcast. In conversation with co-producer Michael Grant, we discuss highlights from previous episodes, chat about our creative process and pla...
23:30 2017-04-25
Do you consider yourself an advocate for the medical laboratory profession? You should. In this episode we discover how everyone can be an advocate and it doesn’t always include standing on a soap box. We speak with several CSMLS members who have used t...
22:00 2017-04-18
Leadership is not the same as authority. In this episode we explore the topic of leading without authority, which is really about the art of influence. Take a listen and you might find that you don’t need that title, in order to be a leader after all. ...
24:12 2017-04-11
Do you remember the feeling of starting a new job and getting frustrated by the unwritten rules of the workplace. In this episode we are discussing workplace culture, specifically in healthcare. We talk to a dispute resolution expert on the current state ...
7:27 2017-04-04
The CSMLS team is busy in Ottawa today advocating on behalf of medical laboratory professionals. Here's a quick behind the scenes look at lobby day. We're back with a new episode next week.
29:45 2017-03-28
Volunteering within your profession can be both personally and professionally enriching. Learn from several CSMLS volunteers and how their willingness to help have led them on a journey to unforgettable experiences, exotic places and lifetime friendships....
33:44 2017-03-21
In this episode we take you on the winding path towards leadership. We speak with two senior lab professionals who both took very different routes when they moved from the bench into leadership. We highlight some tools needed for success and the potential...
26:32 2017-03-14
Have you ever had to deliver negative feedback to a coworker? Or tell someone their behaviour needs to change? Have you had to speak to someone about their work performance? These are not pleasant conversations. In this episode, we tackle the process of h...
29:48 2017-03-07
This episode is the second part of our two-part discussion on bullying in the workplace. In this week’s episode we look at how to know if you are being bullied, delve into the complaint process and explore how improving workplace culture can curtail bu...
24:27 2017-02-28
PPE can’t protect us from the way we treat each other. In this episode, we will look at bullying in the workplace. We talk with experts to get a better understanding of how this issue is affecting health care professionals and why hospitals can be a br...
28:30 2017-02-21
In this episode, we take a look at workplace stress within the context of medical laboratories. We talk to a doctor specializing in stress management and give you some strategies for managing your own stress. We also look at what employers and managers ca...
1:54 2017-02-20
In this episode, we introduce you to the official podcast of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science -- The Objective Lens.