CLEC 2019 presenters

CLEC 2019 attendeesThe 2022 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) will offer more than 40 educational sessions focused on educational theory, program management, meeting the needs of students, and much more. The program is designed to give you tools and take-aways that you can bring home and implement in your program.

Below is a sampling of sessions that will address some of the issues you deal with in your program. Access the full list of educational sessions to learn more about the dozens of valuable learning opportunities.


From Clinical Lab to Education—Bringing in New Faculty the Right Way

Rebecca Bird, MT(ASCP), University of Arkansas

Cherika Robertson, MEd, MLS(ASCP)CM, University of Arkansas

Often times lab professionals transition from clinical practice to education with minimal educational background. Usually, the new faculty is expected to be the expert and begin teaching immediately. This session will discuss implementation of a new faculty mentorship system, including junior faculty challenges, the mentor-mentee relationship, program structure, and model incorporation outcomes.


Professionalism, Practitioners, and Patient Care: Teaching Students to Put Patients First

Michelle Butina, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, West Virginia University

Kathy Doig, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCM, Michigan State University

Catherine Otto, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Linda Smith, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, UT Health San Antonio

Do you believe the best patient care is provided by individuals who view their work as a profession and not merely a job? Educators begin the process of helping students develop professionalism, which extends into their career. Learn practical methods to help students develop a professional mindset.


Incorporating Digital Design and Communication Strategy in the Clinical Laboratory Curriculum

Shawn Luby, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, University of North Carolina

This session will introduce digital design and communication strategy and explore multiple digital design and content creation platforms. Examples of student projects will highlight the power of design strategy for both internal (laboratory facing) and external (public facing) communications. Participants will discuss potential topic ideas and activities that may benefit from a digital design and communication strategy approach.


Program Director Survival Strategies 101

Marisa James, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, North Kansas City School of Medical Laboratory Science

Program directors have an overwhelming to-do list. There are students to shepherd, faculty to guide, and *GASP* accreditation standards to meet, not to mention trying to manage your own work-life balance. This session will provide attendees with road-tested survival strategies to help maximize your limited amount of time, both personally and professionally, so you can reach your program goals and maintain your sanity.


Go Go Molecular Gadgets!

Katie Bennett, PhD, MB(ASCP)CM, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

In the expensive and fast-paced world of molecular diagnostics, new and cost-effective molecular instruments are now available to teach and demonstrate molecular techniques and applications. The use of a portable PCR and electrophoresis apparatus and a DNA sequencing instrument that fits in the palm of your hand will be discussed, along with an overview of how we integrated them into our curriculum for hands-on and remote molecular laboratory skill development.


Bonus: Training the Clinical Preceptor—How Can We Do It?

Pre-Conference Workshop, March 14, 9-11:30 am Mountain Time

Clinical preceptors—we need them, love them, and want them to be able to provide an exceptional clinical experience for students. Come prepared to share, learn, and brainstorm practical ways to provide unique training for your technically competent clinical preceptor to be empowered as a training educator. This workshop can also apply to training new employees and is applicable for both the novice and experienced participant.

Presented by Louise Ferrell, MT(ASCP), Sr. Technical Education Specialist at Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona.

Available to in-person attendees only and must be purchased separately. Cost: $75 for ASCLS members/$95 for non-members. Participants can earn 2.0 hours of P.A.C.E.® credit.


CLEC 2022 will be held March 14-16 in Denver, Colorado. Registrants have the option to attend in-person or virtually. Register by January 16 to get the early bird rate and save $100 off the final registration rate.