Dr. Mendez practiced in the USA before moving to Canada. One of the best things about his practice in Alberta, is the level of collaboration he experiences daily due to a coordinated provincial system.
“My practice in Canada is the most satisfying it’s ever been because I feel like I’m working in a team environment,” says Dr. Mendez. “If I have a question or need support, I can get it from the right expert, no matter which center they work in, in a timely manner.”
Both Dr. Paulin and Dr. Mendez stress the importance of relationships in the work they do – putting a face on pathology and letting physicians know how lab support and resources are available for their patients.
“Talk to us. Use our knowledge. We’re here to help every patient,” exclaims Dr. Mendez.
Lab medicine key in Alberta’s COVID-19 response
Dr. Barbara Popma is an anatomical pathologist. She works out of Lethbridge, providing results for physicians in the southwest part of the province. In her 40 years of practice, she’s seen many changes to laboratory medicine and feels the Alberta lab system is doing its best work now – everything from procurement and quality control to policies and procedures.
“Alberta’s rapid response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic was the best in the country, which was possible because laboratory medicine in Alberta is a coordinated system,” explains Dr. Popma. “Alberta did not face the same challenges seen in provinces with more fractured lab systems.”
All three physicians are happy to share their expertise with their colleagues in laboratory medicine and other specialties. Helping other physicians diagnose and treat their patients matters to them, so they work hard to ensure the system supports best practices in testing, quality control and patient care.
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