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Joanne Leasure


Raised and mostly educated in N.Y. Have a B.S. in Medical Lab Sciences with (A.S.C.P.) certification in Clinical Microbiology. Went on to earn my Master's in Public Administration concentrating in Health Policy & Management (MPA) from New York University. I enjoy clinical microbiology very much, but haven't really taught it on a "professional" level. I have taught other co-workers, technologists who I supervised, Resident physicians who "rotated" through the lab as part of their training and lab technologists who specialized in non-microbiology sections of the lab, in addition to serving as a "mentor" to co-workers at a non-technical position I held in a medical device/instrument supply manufacturing company known for its supplies provided to hospital, clinics and doctors offices around the world. Here I served as a Technical Specialist in the Technical Service department where we answered customer calls into an "800" number. The technical specialist was trained to know the devices & instruments manufactured in the company's "Diagnostic's" division, or the division supplying hospital clinical labs, primarily clinical microbiology laboratories. I helped customers troubleshoot problems, answered microbiology-oriented questions especially as they related to product usage, documented product complaints, researched questions on the company Intranet or via the Internet, updated departmental procedural manuals and worked on groups responsible for revision of individual product inserts, led a monthly ID/AST Specialist team and worked on miscellaneous projects, including training new hires. I love microbiology because these bacteria have been around a very long time and consistently defy man's efforts to try and eliminate them. They are genetically prepared to fight whatever selective pressure man decides to place on them such as antibiotics. In fact, the initial use of antibiotics proved to be miraculous and cured many infectious diseases that until that time killed many children before they could reach young adulthood. Since the mid 1990's however, both physician and layman's abuse of antibiotics - prescribing too easily, using for viruses and not bacteria, not using the whole prescription, use of antibiotics in agriculture to improve the growth rate of animals - has increased the "selective pressure" placed upon the bacteria leading to increased rates of resistance to the same antibiotics we wish to be effective. They were here long before we were and will be he

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