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Mary Drosnock
Degree: Masters (MA or MS)
Employer: Olympus America, Inc.
Center Valley, Pennsylvania  18034


Primary Employer: Pharmaceuticals/Chemicals; Other N/A
Scientific Specialty: Pharmaceutical/Medical Device; Other N/A
Job Title: Manager of Infection Control and Microbiology
Years in position: 4
Presentation Type: N/A
Video Call Type:N/A
Day to day responsibilities:
Lead or support the development of Olympus North American and Latin American position statements and policies regarding compatibility information, and health and safety information related to device utilization and reprocessing

Develop and implement microbiological techniques as it applies to validation strategies for Global products

Technical expert for device labeling, validation testing, microbiological issues, quality control/assurance initiatives and GLP/GMP issues.

Reviews and approves all labeling, technical documentation, regulatory submissions, and investigation reports related to microbiology and reprocessing of medical devices

Participant in 13 AAMI standards committees representing interests of the global corporation in the development of medical device and reprocessing standards
• Co-chairs AAMI working group ST/WG 84 for Endoscope Reprocessing

Presents educational seminars at national and regional professional society conferences

Interact directly with internal staff (sales reps) and customers on microbiological quality and medical device reprocessing issues.

What do you love about your job?
I love that I have a direct impact on patient care and infection prevention. Through my work in training and customer interactions I help to ensure that medical devices are utilized and reprocessed correctly so that patients do not develop complications/infections due to the device. It is a very rewarding career.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
Certification as a Registered Microbiologist(RM), National Registrered Certified Microbiologist, ASM,June 2013

Certification Board for Sterile Processing (CFER),Certification in Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing, Aug 2012

Certification Board of Infection Control, Inc. (CIC),Certification in Infection Control, June 2011

Temple University, Master of Science Degree, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, June 2006

Temple University, Certification in Drug Development, May 2004

Albright College, Bachelor of Science, Biology, May, 1999

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
My greatest advice is to distinguish yourself from your peers. This can be accomplished through performing undergraduate research while in college, completing interships during breaks, volunteering at organizations affiliated with your major, and work-study programs.

These skills are what employers are looking for in order to hire you as an entry-level position.