On completion of the five years training in a recognised University, the graduate Medical Laboratory Scientist is expected to undergo a one year mandatory internship training in any MLSCN approved Hospital or Diagnostic Laboratory.
The intern shall rotate round the component departments (Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Blood Bank/Transfusion Service, Histopathology, Microbiology and Parasitology) that make up the Medical Laboratory Services and shall be signed out by the Most Senior Medical Laboratory Scientists to proceed to the next department only if the intern has satisfied the necessary requirements.
The internship training programme shall be domiciled in the Office of the Director of Medical Laboratory Services (DMLS) or the Most Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist (mSMLS) in the approved hospital or diagnostic laboratory.
The Director of Medical Laboratory Services (DMLS) or the Most Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist (mSMLS) or his/her designee in the approved hospital or diagnostic laboratory shall be the General Coordinator and shall be responsible for or oversee the day to day management/administration of the training.
The mSMLS of the various departments or their designees who shall be the Departmental Coordinators shall be responsible for coordinating the internship programmes (activities) in the departments and shall brief the General Coordinator on the activities of the Interns on regular bases.
The General Coordinator or his/her representative shall be part of the selection team/process for the interns appointment and shall forward the list of shortlisted interns to MLSCN for verification and confirmation of their status before resumption.
All qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists in good standing with MLSCN shall be part of the trainers.
The General Intern Coordinator shall ensure that the interns present at least one (1) general seminar. This is without prejudice to departmental seminars which shall be designed to showcase the bench/practical competencies gained by the interns in the various departments.
Assessment of knowledge gained during posting in any department shall be by similar methods for professional competency assessment which shall include but not limited to observation, presentation, questions and answers, written tests, etc. Poor performance (Score <50%) in competency assessment shall lead to extension of posting. An intern shall only be signed out for final licensure only if he/she scores at least 50% in all the departments.
Management of Internship Logbook
Internship logbooks are to be kept in the custody of the General Coordinator.
At the completion of posting in any department, the logbook for the intern shall be given to the Departmental Cordinator for assessment and endorsement and returned to the General Coordinator
The logbook shall be returned to MLSCN by the intern after final endorsement by the Chief Medical Director (CMD)/Medical Director (MD) of the Hospital or the Director of the diagnostic laboratory.
Interns are expected to take call duties only in their areas of specialization
The training period shall be twelve months during which the intern shall be entitled to one month leave.
Monitoring By MLSCN
MLSCN shall pay periodic scheduled and unscheduled monitoring visits to assess the interns and ascertain the level of compliance with the prescribed training guidelines. MLSCN shall be granted unfettered access to the Laboratories for this purpose.
Interns exhibiting non-conforming characters and or involved in unethical practices/professional misconduct shall be reported to MLSCN if the matter cannot be resolved at the Facility.
Any further clarification and or challenge about the internship training shall be referred to MLSCN for resolution.
Interns are Medical Laboratory Scientists in training to be equipped with skills and competencies to practice the profession and not to be reduced to orderlies or errand boys or girls used for running personal and domestic errands at official hours.
Whoever indulges in reducing interns on posting to personal orderlies shall be reported to MLSCN for unprofessional and unethical conduct.