Learn more about Kristi Perez, BS, CT(ASCP), a Cytotechnologist Member of the ASC and our Member Spotlight of the month, from her conversation with Membership Committee member Steven Long, MD.

Kristi Perez, CT(ASCP)

Cytotechnologist
Stanford University Hospital

Interviewed by:  Steven Long, MD
Stanford University Hospital

 

 

  1. What drew you to pursuing a career in Cytotechnology?

Throughout school, I always liked science. When I was in high school, I took a health professions class and one of my teachers was a Clinical Lab Scientist (CLS). This experience guided me towards laboratory science. When I graduated from high school, I started looking into careers in health science, and that’s when I came across a school of Cytotechnology at MD Anderson that seemed interesting and was close to home.

  1. What aspects of your job do you enjoy?

I enjoy being a part of the patient diagnostic process.  It’s nice to be part of that and being part of the work up and treatment of patients.  It’s pretty neat.  A lot of people don’t know what’s involved in the work up of a patient’s disease and it’s nice to play a role in assisting with that process.

  1. What’s something surprising or unexpected you’ve learned while being a Cytotech?

How things can change and being part of a field that doesn’t stay the same.  For example, with all the new requests and use of molecular technology–just being along for the ride.  Another thing I think about is Pap smears and how they are now, compared with how they used to be.  A lot of the HPV stuff is interesting as we see new developments come up, and things are constantly changing.

  1. What are you looking forward to participating in at the upcoming ASC Meeting in November?

I’m going to be on my first panel, so that’ll be interesting.  I’m on the ROSE panel, so that’ll be cool to experience and be on the presenter’s side of the process.

  1. Have you been to the ASC Meeting before?

Yes, I’ve been to the meeting once or twice before, but it’s been a long time, so I’m looking forward to the experience and being on the other side of the panel experience.

  1. Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I enjoy being and working in a hospital setting and being part of the lab team.

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