Allen College

Darcy Dochterman
Allen College Class of 2016 – Medical Laboratory Science

Employment & Employment History

I currently work as a Medical Technologist and Education Coordinator with VA Healthcare Iowa City, IA.

Since graduation I have worked a variety of positions. I worked as a generalist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I then took a chemistry position at the VA and began working in the toxicology department performing drug confirmation testing by means of liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. I currently hold the position of education coordinator while still working in the toxicology reference laboratory. Often when referring to the medical technologist position, bench work is the typical job duties one thinks of. However, this job offers so much more. There are medical technologists that specialize in computer software, education coordinators, safety officers, quality control specialists, and more.

What led you to pursue your education at Allen College?

During college I worked as a phlebotomist which introduced me to the laboratory. I attended the University of Iowa which had a partnership with Allen for the Medical Laboratory Science program.

Share any hobbies or interests

I spend my free time outdoors. I enjoy riding my bike, kayaking, swimming, and running. I often compete in races. During the winter months I spend my time at the gym. When I am not being active, you can find me riding my motorcycle or cuddled up on the couch watching Netflix or Hulu.

Advice for current Allen College students?

If you haven’t found a fitting position, there are plenty out there in different areas of the lab.