UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on May 15, 2012
Want to lead the fight against cancer and disease? Then arm yourself with a master’s degree in Cytology. Come learn more about the program in an information session on May 22 from 4-6 p.m. at Hill University Center in Room 325.
Using microscopes, cytologists evaluate cells from patient samples in order to diagnose and manage certain medical diseases.
“The field of Cytology has become very dynamic because of new molecular tests and technologies that assist us in patient diagnoses and disease management,” said Vivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., director of the Cytology program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences.
Cytologists work behind the scenes analyzing Pap smears, fine needle biopsies, body fluids and cell samples obtained from any body site. If a disease is present, cytologists work like medical detectives, putting together information from cell samples, patient history and any related medical tests to provide an interpretation which is used by the pathologists to make the final diagnoses.
“Through detailed microscopic analysis, cytologists are the ones that can make a difference in patient’s lives by providing early detection of pre-cancerous conditions and cancer in the cervix, breast, lung, thyroid and other sites which can lead to greater survival rates,” said Pijuan-Thompson.
Though biology precedes cytology in its development, cytologists are responsible for our modern view of biology and all other life sciences. That’s why an undergraduate degree in a science background is a natural fit for a master’s degree in Cytology.
UAB Cytology program graduates can expect to find work after receiving a master’s degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects cytologists will see an increase of 37 percent, nearly 26,700 jobs, added in the next decade. Many find leadership roles in private and hospital laboratories, government and industrial facilities or in academia.
To reserve your space for the information session, call 205-934-3209. Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2012 semester. To learn more about the Cytology program, go to www.uab.edu/msct.