VA Services

The service is organized into a Laboratory Medicine section and a Pathology section.  The Laboratory Medicine Section has 8 subsections:  Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Mycobacteriology, Virology, and Specimen Acquisition and Processing.  The Mycobacteriology, Virology, and Molecular Diagnostics laboratories perform testing for the New England Veteran's Integrated Service Network (VISN) and other VA facilities nationwide. 

The Chemistry, Hematology, and Blood Bank are all open 24/7, though some testing services have limited availability on nights, weekends, and holidays.  Microbiology is staffed during the day, 7 days a week.  The Molecular Diagnostics, Virology, and Mycobacteriology laboratories are open during the day, M-F. 

Four attending faculty cover the Laboratory Medicine Section.  Faculty are available 24/7 for consultations and questions via the Laboratory Medicine resident on-service. 

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Two clinical laboratory specialists in the molecular diagnostics laboratory are shown preparing specimens for analysis
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The centrifuge shown is used to separate the cells from the liquid parts of the blood for laboratory analysis
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Patient specimens are loaded onto an instrument for purification of RNA.  The samples will be tested for Hepatitis C virus.