Derich Romero Class of 2015
Derich Romero started as an EMT, but he missed doing more hands-on laboratory science.
“I prefer a field that melds science and patient care,” he explained. “I wanted to help others.”
Romero researched the options, and discovered clinical laboratory sciences, which combines patient care and scientific testing of samples. It seemed perfect.
“It's a field where not many people get to experience it,” he said of the behind-the-scenes aspect of his new career. “It is a fulfilling job. We are the middlemen between the doctor and their patients. We have to be efficient to get the tests done.”
At the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Romero discovered the Clinical Laboratory Sciences department’s program would give him hands-on opportunities to learn.
For example, during his chemistry clinical rotation, he tested and processed larger numbers of patient samples, as fast as possible. He’d screen for HIV and hepatitis. The results would then be passed on to the physicians. He spent time in clinicals in a variety of hospitals.
“The hospital staff where I worked helped me grow so much,” he said.