Medical Laboratory Assistant
Fred Lamont, originally from Pilot Station, became interested in the health field when he worked as a sub for the St. Mary’s sub-regional clinic. He enjoyed the hands on work and eventually applied for a position with the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel, where he is currently employed as a Medical Laboratory Assistant. Fred enjoys working in a career where he can make a difference in people’s lives.
In his spare time, Fred enjoys snowmobiling and four-wheeling around the Yukon delta area, as well as working out at the gym. His 9 days on/5 days off work schedule also gives him the opportunity to travel back to St. Mary’s twice a month, where he likes to play basketball with friends and participate in subsistence activities like fishing, hunting and collecting firewood
Fred’s typical work day starts at 7 am at the hospital. He usually spends the first hour of the day drawing blood from patients that are already in the hospital. He then processes the blood samples for laboratory analysis and, at times, assists the medical lab technicians with analyzing the blood samples. The rest of the day is spent drawing blood, filling out paperwork, and collecting, receiving and processing blood samples that are flown in from clinics across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region.
Fred likes the fact that he is able to work with patients directly and with all ages: from 2 day old babies to elders. He finds drawing blood from babies can sometimes be the most challenging part of his job. Fred likes the fact that he is always learning something new everyday. He says the pay is a big plus, too!
Advice to students…
Fred completed the University of Alaska Anchorage’s on-line Phlebotomy program in 2003. He is currently working towards his Clinical Laboratory Certificate. Fred likes the flexibility of the on-line program and recommends it for students who live in more isolated communities. His advice to students is to “set your sights on a goal and go for it….the whole way! That works no matter what the situation.”
This page was last updated by janice on November 20, 2006