Promotion of the Profession

Presentations for the Public

Video Presentations

A Life Saved: Laboratory Professionals Make a Difference -
designed to empower those working in the laboratory

Insights -
an overview of laboratorians roles in patient care; useful to educate others

Recruitment video -
geared toward high school students; created by ASCLS through a grant of the Abbott Fund

What is a MLS? -
an educational video explaining the role of a MLS in healthcare; created by Joanna Ellis, ASCLS Leadership Academy Graduate and Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX - This career website features ASCLS and the laboratory profession.  The website also features interviews with laboratorians in various career paths. 

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Powerpoint Presentations

"Take Away Talks" are provided as a resource to ASCLS members. Topics and materials linked below are designed for community talks to help the general public understand laboratory testing and how best to prepare for a blood draw.
These presentationscan be downloaded as is, edited to fit your need, or customized to add your specific information. Permission has been received from the original authors, but we do ask that no matter how much of the PowerPoint you use, credit is given to the original author.

Understanding Your Laboratory Tests PPT

Preparing for Your Blood Test
Top 10 Things You Should Know about Medical Laboratory Tests
Discover MLS - this presentation was initially presented at the Clinical Laboratory Educator Conference in February 2012, to a group of high school guidance counselors as a recruitment and informational session

Patient Safety

Download free resources to print and provide for your patients at the Patient Safety webpage.  Flyers and tools to help patients understand various laboratory tests and preparations.

Childrens Books/Items

The Laboratory Explorers help children to understand the role that laboratory professionals have in their health care.  Colorful and entertaining, these books were developed by medical laboratory scientist and ASCLS member, Deborah Brock. 

In addition to two books, character stickers, temporary tatoos and coloring sheets are available to supplement and engage young learners.

Go to the ASCLS Store to view and purchase these items.

Career Recruitment Tool Kit

Laboratory professionals are often asked to give talks and/or presentations at career day or other recruitment events for elementary, middle, high school, or college-age students. The Clinical Laboratory Careers Tool Kit is a collection of recruitment materials, some of which are free, and activities that can be used to assist in giving a presentation. Other items found in the tool kit are information about the workforce shortage, education programs, certification agencies, and personnel licensure information.  Go to the Tool Kit.

ASCLS Gives Back with HOPE - Helping Other People Event

2015:  ASCLS Provides HOPE in Atlanta

In collaboration with StandUp For Kids - Atlanta, the ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee (PPC) will be collecting donations of personal care items at the 2015 ASCLS Annual Meeting to support the efforts by StandUp For Kids to end youth homelessness in Atlanta. StandUp For Kids works toward this mission through volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless kids improve their lives. These volunteers walk the streets in the evening distributing food, clothing, hygiene products, resource information, referrals, and offering an 888 number where the kids can reach a StandUp For Kids counselor.

ASCLS will be helping to provide hygiene kits for StandUp For Kids which include the following: deodorant (male & female), disposable razors, shampoo, conditioner, soap, tissues, toothbrush, toothpaste, handi-wipes, and feminine products. All items should be travel sized and fit in a Zip-lock bag labeled either male or female.

Help ASCLS provide HOPE to those less fortunate.

Donation Times:
Tuesday, July 28 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 30 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 31 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

2014:  ASCLS Provided HOPE in Chicago

ASCLS gave back to the 2014 host city by providing HOPE to the Gads Hill Center

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Photo taken by Tracy Matthews

Thank you to everyone who supported the year's ASCLS HOPE project during the annual meeting. ASCLS members donated $1600 and 8 bags of school supplies
The Gads Hill Center serves low–income families, children, teens and adults in the Chicago area with programming for early childhood education, academic support, social-emotional development and family support. The Gads Hill’s Teen Connection program provides hand-on learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With strong peer support and mentorship, Teen Connection has helped more than 60 teens, who will be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, achieve their academic goals and resist external pressures, such as gang recruitment. This is a great program for future medical laboratory scientists!

2013:  ASCLS provided HOPE in Houston

ASCLS once again gave back to the 2013 Annual Meeting host city to benefit Camp for All in the Houston area.

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Thank you to everyone who supported the ASCLS HOPE project during the annual meeting. ASCLS members donated $1958 and 1 barrel of camper supplies, such as board games, markers, and more. 
Camp for All provides camps for children and adults with chronic illnesses such as sickle cell anemia, cancer, and metabolic disorders and also offers sibling camps so that the brothers and sisters of patients may enjoy the same experience.

ASCLS Voice - Link to Articles

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Read the monthly column on the ADVANCE for Laboratory website.  The column features various ASCLS activities and projects.

Provide the Face

There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Providing the Face of the clinical laboratory can take some creativity, but it can also take a community of colleagues who share that creativity in the hope of spreading the message.

During the 2009-10 year, many ASCLS members sent their "provide the face" activities to then President, Mary Ann McLane, to show that it is happening all the time around the country, and to encourage all ASCLS members to do the same in their own communities.

Sample list of Provide the Face activities

If you wish to contact the name of the person who submitted the activity, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PPC Reports to the ASCLS Board of Directors

Template of Letters to the Media

Have you ever watched a TV show and been frustrated by the way in which a laboratory professional was portrayed? Did a story appear in your local paper about the shortage of healthcare professionals without a mention of laboratory shortages? Have you ever felt moved to write a letter to the editor about the importance of laboratorians, but you just couldn't find the words to express yourself?

The Promotion of the Profession Committee (PPC) has a collection of templates (sample letters) to aid in expressing yourself on behalf of the profession. You are welcome to cut and paste these documents to customize your own letter!

If you do use any of these, please let us know by emaling the Director of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your letter may be added to the list below!

Item Name

Response to news story - 1 DOC (24 KB) - Response to news stories (or non-fictional programming) portraying laboratory medicine in an incorect/incomplete manner

Response to news story - 12 DOC (24.5 KB)

Response to TV show - 2 DOC (23.5 KB) - Response to television shows or other fiction stories that portray the laboratory profession incorrectly/incompletely.

Response to TV show - 3 DOC (24 KB)
Response to TV Show - 4 DOC (28 KB)

Response to media story - 5 DOC (24 KB) -  Response to media stories about other health care professionals that have not included the laboratory profession

Response to media story - 6 DOC (27.5 KB)
Response to media story - 11 DOC (27.5 KB)
Letter to the editor - 7 DOC (24 KB) - Open-ended letter to the editor that describes what laboratory medicine is
Response to media article about home testing DOC (24 KB)
Response to AARP article about sepsis testing (PDF)
Letter to the editor - 8 DOC (26.5 KB)
Letter to the editor - 9 DOC (29.5 KB)
Letter to the editor - 10 - Labs Are Vital Link
Short informational piece for newsletters - 13 DOC (25 KB) - Short informational pieces about the laboratory tha could be inseted into newsletters, hospital publications, etc.

The Laboratory in the News

"The Hidden Profession that Saves Lives" article - an excellent article written by Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, describing how vital laboratorians are to the healthcare team.

USA Science and Engineering Festival

The USA Science and Engineering Festival was held April 26 & 27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Many thanks to Dr. Mary Ann McLane and her team of volunteers for representing ASCLS at this important event.  The USA Science and Engineering Festival is the largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event in the United States.

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The Volunteer Team
L to R: Sally Cortez (NJ), Elaine Pappamihiel (VA), Mary Ann McLane (DE), Shelby Currier (NC), Cynthia Dixey (NJ), Mary Gourley (PA), Jean Bauer (MN), and Joann Rittersbach (NJ)

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The ASCLS Booth

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View from above of the Expo Floor.  Look in the middle for the blue signs that say "Meet a Med Lab Pro."  That is our booth!

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Our voluteers explaining our profession to students

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Our volunteers hard at work!