Accurate and timely laboratory tests are a critical part of healthcare diagnosis and treatment of disease.
With an aging population putting strain on the healthcare system, Canada is facing a shortage of medical laboratory technologists. To help bridge this gap, Sue O’Dwyer brings extensive clinical experience and expertise in microbiology, parasitology and infection control to UOIT. A Senior Lecturer, Laboratory Instructor and Clinical Practicum Assistant in the Faculty of Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science program, she teaches Clinical Theory and Project l and ll, Professional Practice in the Clinical Laboratory l and ll, and the lab component of Clinical Microbiology I and II. O’Dwyer enthusiastically logs plenty of hours in the lab teaching students to identify and understand a wide body of pathogens. She has played an important role in program development, and continues to build simulation aspects into lab work for students.
Before joining UOIT in 2007, O’Dwyer spent more than a decade working as a medical laboratory technologist specializing in microbiology at Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital). Her clinical experience helps students understand the kinds of opportunities and challenges awaiting them in the field. O’Dwyer works actively with clinical site co-ordinators across the province to ensure practicum placements deliver the highest-quality, real-world teaching and learning environments for students.
Blending her aptitude for science and keen interest in diagnostic health care, O’Dwyer earned her Medical Laboratory Technology Diploma from the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences in Toronto. To propel herself to the top of her field, she completed her Advanced Registration Technologist (ART) Designation in Microbiology from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2006, she earned her Infection Prevention and Control Certificate from Centennial College in Scarborough, and in 2015, she received her Bachelor of Allied Health Science from UOIT.
O’Dwyer is a member of the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science, the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario, and the Canadian Association of Medical Laboratory Educators.
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University of Ontario Institute of Technology: BAHSc, Allied Health Sciences 2015
Centennial College: Certificate, Infection Prevention and Control 2006
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science: ART, Advanced Registration Technologist (Microbiology) 1991
Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences: Diploma, Medical Laboratory Technology 1985
- Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
- College of Medical Laboratory Technology of Ontario
- Canadian Association of Medical Laboratory Educators
Clinical Microbiology I
MLSC 2131U, 2nd Year Undergraduate Course
Clinical Microbiology II
MLSC 3131U, 3rd Year Undergraduate Course
Clinical Theory and Project l and ll
MLSC 4401U, 4th Year Undergraduate Course
Professional Practice in the Clinical Laboratory l and ll
MLSC 4210U, 4th Year Undergraduate Course