Memorizing the Cranial Nerves

Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel A Great Victory is Such Happiness. Hmm, wondering what I meant? This was how I memorized the 12 Cranial Nerves, during my college years. I used mnemonics. We were taught that way to facilitate the memorization process.

Oh = CN I Olfactory
Oh= CN II Optic
Oh = CN III Oculomotor
To= CN IV Trochlear
Touch = CN V Trigeminal
And = CN VI Abducens
Feel = CN VII Facial
A = CN VIII Auditory
Great = CN IX Glossopharyngeal
Victory = CN X Vagus
Such = CN XI Spinal Accessory
Happiness = CN XII Hypoglossal

Fortunately, until now, I can still remember them with the help of mnemonics.

Related Topic: Health (Skin Safety Campaign)

Where Art Thou Medical Technologists

I went to my hometown the other day to meet up with someone. And I have learned that most hospitals and clinics there are in need of medical technologists. There is no doubt about that because most registered medical technologists now are either working abroad or studying nursing.

It's so sad that the institution allowed this to happen. Hospitals cannot, somehow, operate without medical technologists. But I cannot blame them for leaving the country.

I just hope that our government would seriously look into this situation and would take appropriate action. If not, sooner or later, our country would significantly experience a scarcity of medical technologists.
Related Topic: Medical Technologist

Skin Safety Campaign

I have seen a lot of skin care clinics promising to make someone's skin softer and smoother at a lower price. But are they safe? Do they have certified professionals to perform certain procedure? I doubt it.

The Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) came up with the Skin Safety Campaign with the goal of informing or educating individuals on how to choose a dermatologist.

A real dermatologist is a licensed medical doctor who underwent training for 3 years in a hospital or an institution that is approved by the PDS and passed the board examinations of the PDS.

A PDS Skin Safety Campaign logo should appear in one's skin care clinic and the physician's/dermatologist's prescription pad should show that he or she is a Fellow (FPDS), Diplomate (DPDS), PDS Associate or Affiliate.

For further information, visit PDS:

Tropical Disease Foundation

The Tropical Disease Foundation, a "non-stock, non-profit Scientific Charitable institution," is in need of a medical technologist with one year working experience in the related field.

Tropical Disease Foundation, Inc is located at 2nd floor, 136 APMC building, Amorsolo corner Gamboa and Adelantado Sts., Legaspi Village, Makati City. Tel. No.: 840-0714/817-0489/812-9183.

And by the way, they welcome fresh graduates or entry level applicants.

Related Topic: Medical Technologist

Phlebotomy - Who Performs It?

In the Philippines, one of the jobs of a medical technologist is to perform phlebotomy. It is an art that involves drawing of blood from the patient for laboratory examination and other procedures. In other countries, like the US and the UK, nurses are the ones who commonly perform such task.
  • However, you do not have to be a nurse, a radiology technician, or a medical technologist to become a phlebotomist. As long as you have graduated from high school or finished college, you can take a vocational course to learn the art of phlebotomy.
  • As mentioned earlier, phlebotomy is an art. Because of that, you need to master it through experience. This means that you have to perform it a hundred of times before you can be an expert in it. In the Philippines and other countries, medical technologists or laboratory scientists are experts in this field because they draw blood from several patients each day.
If you are not a graduate of nursing, medical technology or other medical courses, you may need to undergo training for six to twelve months to learn the art. A refresher course is also needed to keep your skills current. This will also help you know more about phlebotomy.
  • If you become a phlebotomist, you can earn an average of $18,700. Although it is not that high, you will be considered as an essential member of a medical team. To improve your salary, you need to improve your skills by undergoing training.
  • Keep in mind that doctors and nurses were trained as a phlebotomist before they can practice their profession.
  • Becoming a phlebotomist is an ideal way for you to try whether or not a medical profession is the right one for you. You can find phlebotomy jobs in various hospitals, clinics and health offices.
In phlebotomy, it is essential to use the right size tube that goes with a particular needle. For instance, if you are using a 10-ml tube, you need smaller gauge needle to avoid blowing out the vein.
It is a term used by the phlebotomy department in finding the vein in order to draw blood. You must avoid it as it could be very painful for patients while the needle is moving the patient’s body.
If you miss the vein, you must try again by withdrawing the needle and replacing with a new one. Re-sticking with the same needle can lead to infection.
Withdrawing blood can be painful and cause patients to be agitated. It is, therefore, your responsibility to make them calm by approaching them in a self-assured attitude. Do not rush just to show them that you are good at it. You must always take your time before drawing blood to avoid missing and damaging the vein and spending more time in this procedure.
Clinics and hospitals are hiring phlebotomists. Careers in phlebotomy are usually considered as the first step in getting a job in radiology, nursing and other medical areas.

  • Medical technologist is a healthcare professional who performs laboratory examination, experiments and analyses of body fluids such blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, synovial and other specimens in order to aid the physician in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
  • Medical doctors almost always rely on laboratory results before making a diagnosis. Unfortunately, some are oblivious of the relevance of a medical technologist in patient's health care.

Janey Danes started her career as a part-time article writer, editor and proofreader in 2008. She specializes in topics related to health, travel, technology, family, and spiritual life. Janey is a licensed medical technologist and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology.      

About Medical Technology Avenue

This is my new blog. Medical Technology Avenue is a blog about medical technology as a branch of laboratory medicine. This will serve as my online notebook for me to write down stuff about this field. I may be able to post job opportunities for medical technologists.

I hope you will enjoy your stay here.

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