Stephen Wiesner, PhD, MT(ASCP)

Associate Professor, Medical Laboratory Sciences

Stephen Wiesner

Contact Info

wiesn003@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-625-6465

Office Address:
Phillips-Wangensteen Building, Room 15-175

Associate Professor, Medical Laboratory Sciences


PhD, Leukemia Genetics, University of Minnesota

BS, Medical Technology, University of Minnesota

Research

Research Summary/Interests

I oversee the selection of specimens for scanning to our digital slide database and the organization and maintenance of the database.I am currently facilitating the expansion of digital microscopy in laboratory education to include mycology, parasitology, body fluids and microscopic examination of urine sediments.

I developed a digital learning environment to teach critical thinking. I deployed the SaBLE system during the fall semester of 2013 in immunology and a manuscript describing the SaBLE framework and results is accepted for publication. I continue to investigate the use of SaBLE as a tool development of clinical reasoning and critical thinking.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

With the rapidity of change in medical laboratory testing, laboratory scientists must be able to apply and extrapolate their knowledge to new assays and testing situations to keep pace with changes in technology. Practitioners need the foundational knowledge that supports understanding, and more importantly, the critical thinking and reasoning skills that enable utilization of current knowledge in new situations. My primary responsibility is addressing student learning and developmental outcomes required for conferral of a baccalaureate degree. I believe my role in the fulfillment of this responsibility is to design an instructional process through which students develop independent learning and critical thinking skills. I seek to develop these cognitive skills through a deliberate instructional approach that emphasizes the students’ responsibility for learning coupled with situations that stretch their ability to apply new knowledge.

Courses

Fundamentals of Hematology and Hemostasis, Application of Hematology and Hemostasis Principles, Diagnostic Hematology, Advanced Hematology Morphology, Immunobiology