Bik Kafle | Clinical Laboratory Science Class of 2007
As a rising senior at the University of Houston, Bik Kafle had completed all the prerequisites he needed to advance to his senior year. He was not sure about the career he wanted to pursue, but one thing was certain: he enjoyed his laboratory courses more than any other classes.
His academic advisor knew this and suggested that Bik complete his degree by entering the senior year of the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program in The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions. Bik was accepted into the program, and a year later, in 2007, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. Bik describes how the CLS program prepared him and his fellow-students for the working world:
“The CLS curriculum covers a broad area of topics and techniques including Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Banking and Microbiology. To demonstrate our proficiency, we were required to develop a student project and present it to not only the CLS faculty but also to a broader audience who might be potential employers. This gave us the opportunity to make an impression by showing the work we were capable of and the effort we were willing to put into a project.”
Bik started his professional career at MD Anderson in the Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine working as a Laboratory Tech in 2006. Upon graduating and passing the American Society Clinical Pathology Board certification in 2007, Bik was employed by MD Anderson in a full-time role as a Medical Technologist in the same division.
He remained at MD Anderson until July 2013 in a series of progressive roles. During this time, he enjoyed serving as a Guest Lecturer for the SHP and taught a Flow Cytometry course in the SHP’s Clinical Laboratory Science and the Molecular Genetic Technology programs.
With the encouragement of his family and friends, he continued his education by earning a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Practice Management at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, a Certification in Public Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and a Certificate of Qualification in Immunohistochemistry from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Currently, Bik is the Supervisor of Operations, In-Vitro Diagnostics at the Houston branch of GE Healthcare, Life Sciences. In this role, he oversees the laboratory operations and support functions, and credits his long experience at MD Anderson with shaping his approach to management:
“At the SHP, we worked in groups and always helped each other. Now, in my role as supervisor of a large operation, I still see what we do in the lab as a team effort, and encourage my staff to maintain that point of view: what we achieve as a team is what matters!”