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The area of Clinical Biochemistry applies chemical and biological laboratory methods for the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, prevention and research of diseases, and is comprised of experts from the Clinical Laboratory with a variety of professional experience, from primary care to the high level of specialization in a tertiary hospital. Our challenge is to maintain the high level of automation of the Central Laboratory, designed to allow us to develop highly specialised areas of knowledge in a leading centre such as Vall d’Hebron.
Biochemistry training itinerary
Residents in clinical biochemistry have different objectives and specialised tasks according to which rotation phase they are in.
During their training period, resident doctors prepare to be on duty in the Accident and Emergency Department laboratories, where they calibrate, control and troubleshoot minor failures of analytical instruments. They also collect and extract samples from adult patients admitted to hospital, outpatients and paediatric patients.
During their first rotations they work with instrument warning signals and solutions, analysis and verification of calibrations, and the results of control and differentiation in different patients, outpatients, critical care patients, patients from paediatrics, and those who have had transplants, etc. Specialists subsequently learn about basic haematology, erythropathology, and the use of tumoural markers in the laboratory. Specialists undertake rotations while progressively increasing their level of specialisation and variety, from the areas of Quality, Lipids, Enzymes and Special Techniques, to Allergies, and Molecular Genetics and Hormones, among others.
Lastly, they must work in laboratory management and they have the option to work in the primary care laboratory.
The laboratory encourages residents to take part in research through collaboration during rotations and specific projects in the final phase of their fourth year.
We foster the writing of scientific articles, the design of clinical trials, data analysis, attendance at congresses in the specialisation and potential collaboration with the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute.
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