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This Week We Feature Young Professional Jodi M. M. Samuel

Young Professional Jodi M. M. Samuel is a Medical Technologist employed at Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, a family owned business located on Lower Main Street, Tortola. Photo: Provided
Jodi M. M. Samuel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. Photo: Provided
Jodi M. M. Samuel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. Photo: Provided
Forget about the big money for now, “do something you enjoy. Passion always wins,” is the sound advice to young people by our Young Professional this week, Jodi Megan Mari Samuel, who is following her passion and “inquisitive nature” as a Medical Technologist.

Jodi is the Manager and Lab Technologist at Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, a family owned business located on Lower Main Street, Tortola.

As a Medical Technologist, Jodi performs phlebotomy to obtain blood specimens from patients. “Patients and physicians also submit swabs, urine and fecal specimens for testing/screening. Once a specimen is received, based on what the physician requests, there are various analyses that are performed on the specimens to provide the physician with an idea of what is going on with a patient.”

It runs in the family!

Jodi said she was first introduced to the field she is currently in by her mother, who is a medical technologist by profession, and [Jodi] has not a shadow of a doubt that she is in the line of work that she always desired. “I am inquisitive by nature so the best part of being a medical technologist for me is correlating results with clinical findings. I enjoy working with physicians to ‘solve the puzzle’ of what is causing or contributing to the illness or ailments that their patients are experiencing.”

Our young professional takes her responsibilities with the utmost care and seriousness, knowing that physicians and patients depend on her. Always on her agenda is staying abreast of new testing methods, new technology and staying up to date with changes in the medical field. Completing online continuing education case studies as well as subscriptions to various medical laboratory newsletters and journals increase her awareness of what is going on in the field.

“This allows me to efficiently communicate with physicians with the end result being better and more focused patient care. I truly enjoy what I do. I have found that this makes it easy to stay focused and up-to-date with changes in the field. When you have found your passion, you do not need to be motivated you just do what you have to do, to be the best at what you do.”

Goals

One of Jodi’s goals in her current profession is to use the exposure and experience she has gained to contribute to the advancement of laboratory services provided within the territory.

“I would like to own my own business one day.”

 In order to be properly equipped for that venture, Jodi is currently working towards a Professional Credential in Entrepreneurship Certificate online from Missouri Southern State University. The certificate covers entrepreneurial planning, finance, accounting, management and marketing.

Schooling

Our Young Professional, from since primary school days displayed a keen, conscientious and intelligent character. She graduated as Valedictorian from the Joyce Samuel Primary School in 2006 and Salutatorian from St George’s Secondary School in 2011.

Jodi, like most Virgin Islanders, did her stint at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and graduated in 2013 with an Associate of Science Degree in Natural Sciences (Cum Laude).

She then obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri (Magna Cum Laude) before attending a one year programme at Cox Medical Center School of Medical Technology in Springfield, Missouri.

“During the programme, I trained in various departments of the clinical laboratory at Cox Medical Center South Campus. Cox Medical Center South Campus is a part of CoxHealth, a five-hospital health system with over 900 beds.”

Following the completion of that programme, Jodi sat her board exam and became certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), a professional membership organisation for pathologists and laboratory professionals that provides certification, continuing education and advocacy for members.

Inspiration

Jodi gives much credit to her parents— John and Rosetta Samuel— for what she has been able to achieve so far. “They believed in me when I did not believe in myself. I would not be where I am today without their endless support and motivation. My parents are selfless and they have made many sacrifices to ensure that I had everything I needed to succeed.

“My sisters— Jonese and Jada— although they are younger than me, also inspire me. My yearning for them to become strong and successful young women compels me to be one myself.”

Hobbies/Interests

In her spare time, Jodi enjoys travelling, swimming, sailing and baking.

Advice to young people

“Many young people want a career that pays well and that is understandable. My advice to them; however, is to do something you enjoy. Passion always wins. Find something you are truly passionate about. Once you find it, long nights and early mornings are not a bother or an inconvenience. Instead, they become the times where your ideas and dreams are coming to life and start to take form.”

16 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Jodi M. M. Samuel”

  • #1 Fan (02/06/2017, 08:36) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    CONGRATS, way to go, Jodi!!
  • ccc (02/06/2017, 08:44) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another great pick vino she comes from good stock
  • Great Choice (02/06/2017, 09:04) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a lovely and well grounded young lady. God bless you as you strive towards your future goals.
  • Nice (02/06/2017, 09:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Always well mannered and ready to help! Wonderful young woman.
  • Excellent Selection (02/06/2017, 11:40) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Ms. Samuel. Ms. Samuel is a true professional. Her age does not prevent her from being professional and confidential. She truly knows her stuff and treats people with respect. The BVI will do well with a few more young professionals like her. Her parents definitely did a good job. Congrats again and I look forward to hearing more great things about this lovely young lady.
  • Fam (02/06/2017, 13:36) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    She is going places big ups girl
  • One of your customers (02/06/2017, 14:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms Samuel does a great job!
  • one eye (02/06/2017, 14:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    she looks some much like her mother . congratulations jodi
  • Pony (02/06/2017, 14:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Proud of you jodi ,the sky is the limit.
  • janet (02/06/2017, 20:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    she is very sophisticated also; you go girl!
  • Wendy (03/06/2017, 07:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You do you Jodi. You know granny (Joyce Samuel) is so proud of her first grand child.
  • Hail (03/06/2017, 09:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations young lady
  • Xxx (03/06/2017, 11:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yea yea jodi
  • Marva (03/06/2017, 18:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    True saying,: Apple don't fall far from the tree. Jodi I'm so proud of you. Follow your passion and with God and your family's encouragement you will continue to achieve all your goals in life. Congrats to you hon.
    Rosie I know that you are extremely proud of your first born.... She has done big things. Praise God.
  • (04/06/2017, 12:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    God Bless You Always.


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