Education & Training

Diagnostic Services, Shared Health, supports the continued professional development of our staff and encourages life-long learning.

In the dynamic field of diagnostics, continued learning is integral to staying on the leading edge in your area of practice. There are a variety of professional development opportunities available through Diagnostic Services, Shared Health.

Ongoing professional development is also a requirement of membership with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM). For information on CE requirements, please visit the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba website.

Some training opportunities that may be available to staff include:

Media Lab

Media Lab is an online learning management system available to all laboratory technical staff. Staff have access to more than 60 courses covering both general and specific laboratory topics. This is an easy way for you to refresh or upgrade your knowledge in topics of your choice as well as satisfy continued education requirements outlined by the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba.

Site-based Continuing Education Sessions

Many of the laboratory sites and discipline teams offer a variety of continuing education events that are available to staff. These include laboratory rounds, videoconferences, web-conferences, tele-medicine rounds, lunch and learn sessions, case-of–the-week reviews, etc. Look for these opportunities to be posted at your site and/or communicated to you by your supervisor or discipline Technical Director. These courses provide valuable information and serve to meet your educational needs.

Cross-training Programs in Laboratory or Imaging Procedures

Diagnostic Services, Shared Health, has worked with Red River College to develop cross-training programs in laboratory and imaging procedures. These programs provide the knowledge and skills needed to practice safely in a secondary diagnostic discipline and meet the challenges of rural practice. If you currently work in rural Manitoba and would like to be cross-trained, please approach your Regional Diagnostic Manager.

Manitoba Internationally Educated Medical Laboratory Technology (MIEMLT) Bridging Program

Diagnostic Services, Shared Health’s award-winning MIEMLT Bridging Program offers financial assistance for internationally educated MLTs to participate in a training program designed to prepare them for the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification examinations in general laboratory technology examinations and for professional practice in Manitoba. For more information on this program, please review the Bridging Program document.

Post-doctoral Training Program in Clinical Biochemistry

Diagnostic Services, Shared Health, offers a post-doctoral training program in Clinical Biochemistry. The program provides an excellent opportunity to learn Clinical Biochemistry and gain exposure to other laboratory medicine disciplines in preparation for pursuing a career as a Clinical Biochemist. Diagnostic Services, Shared Health, offers the program every three years; next call will occur in 2019.

   » Clinical Biochemistry Post Doctoral Program Handbook

For more information on careers in Clinical Biochemistry, see and follow links under Academy:

Lean / Six-Sigma Training

Diagnostic Services, Shared Health, has experienced success with several Lean and Six Sigma initiatives. The use of these process improvement methodologies are an important part of continued efforts to improve patient safety. Lean and Six Sigma training will better prepare staff to effectively participate on these projects, maximize resources, modify processes and maintain or improve quality. Six Sigma and Lean training is available for staff who lead or are involved in process improvement projects.


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