Laboratory medicine is indispensable in modern medical science. Laboratory medicine can present scientific data to verify or rule out a certain diagnosis, guide and monitor medical treatment, and evaluate the severity and prognosis of the diseased. It is also valuable in mass screening and discover the risk factors for early detection and treatment. The Department of Laboratory Medicine did not exist before World War II. Rather, various laboratories dispersed within each medical discipline and junior doctors were assigned to be in charge of the laboratory. The Department of Laboratory Diagnosis and the School of Medical Technology of the College of Medicine of National Taiwan University was established in August 1956, to provide the medical tests for patient care and student education.
The Department of Laboratory Medicine consists of the Divisions of Biochemistry, Hematology, Serology, Microbiology, Virology, Transfusion Medicine, Stat Lab, Clinical Microscopy, Clinical Cytology and Electrocardiography.
This department has highly qualified faculty and equipment to educate laboratory medicine personnel, and offer specialist consultation and information to clinicians and students.
In the future, we are looking forward to establishing the molecular laboratory, applying bioinformatics on data analysis, developing flow cytometry, promoting studies on enzyme analysis of RBC diseases and the stem cell system, correlate the relationship between HLA systems and diseases, and promote researches on the pathogeneses of microbio- pathogens.
Established in 1950's
3.Genetics of cardiovascular diseases
1. Internal Medicine
2. Endocrine and Metabolism
3. Clinical Chemistry
4. Clinical Pathology
3.Pulmonary function testing
Laboratories for Clinical Biochemistry, Hematology, Serology, Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Parasitology, Clinical Cytology, Clinical Microscopy, EKG, Coagulation and Thrombosis, and Blood Bank have been established in this department. Hi-Tech equipment such as automatic sample handling system, flow cytometer, as well as HLA-D typing using DNA PCR blots, laminar flow rooms for cell culture and virus culture and blood coagulation tests provide quite outstanding routine services. Research facilities including various high-speed centrifuges, cell cultures,
1. Laboratory Medicine: this is for the 4th year medical students, 2 credits including lecture and practice. The lectures emphasize the basic concept of laboratory diagnosis and its clinical correlation, which cover the fields of clinical biochemistry, clinical microbiology, clinical microscopy, electrocardiology, lung functions and hematology. The practices request the students to do bacterial staining, urinalysis, ECG examination, punctate tests and hematology examinations etc. The curriculum course is overall 58 hours.
2. Practice in Laboratory Medicine and Anatomical Pathology: This is the elective program for the 6th year medical students, 6 credits including each 3 weeks study period in Department of Laboratory Medicine and Anatomical Pathology. For the courses in laboratory medicine, students are required to rotate in department sections of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Blood Bank, Cytology and Clinical Microscopy, Hematology and Serology. In addition to lecture notes, students can learn from the onsite laboratory procedures of routine works.
3. The staffs of laboratory medicine also participate in the teaching programs of the School of Medical Technology and the Graduate Institute of Medical Technology of National Taiwan University. Most of the staffs also participate in the teaching programs of the Departments of Internal Medicine or Pediatrics.