Jenn Whitmer, CLEC 2023 Closing Keynote

Explore the Upside of Conflict at CLEC 2023

The 2023 CLEC Steering Committee is excited to announce the 2023 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) Closing Keynote will feature Jenn Whitmer’s presentation, Imagine the Opportunity in Conflict, on Saturday, March 4, at 11:30 am Central. Your success as a leader will rise and fall with your ability to manage conflict. Conflict avoided creates unhealthy…

Jackson Square in New Orleans

Plan Your Visit to New Orleans

Whether you plan to spend a few extra days sightseeing, or you hope to get out during your free time at CLEC, the Crescent City has world-class opportunities close to the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The CLEC Host Committee has put together two guides to help you plan your time: New Orleans Attractions Recommended New…

Kim Von Ahsen

Mindedness in the Pursuit of DEIB and ASCLS

Volume 37 Number 1 | February 2023 Kim Von Ahsen, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM,SLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President The subject of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) is one that gives me pause. Pause because I am not an expert, and this topic is so critically important to ASCLS, the profession, and to our patients. I want to make…

Kasey Edwardson

Ungrading: Increasing Equity, Access, and Inclusion in Medical Laboratory Education Programs

Volume 37 Number 1 | February 2023 Kasey Edwardson, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMSCCM Becoming a medical laboratory professional requires knowledge and competence that is typically proven by passing a Board of Certification (BOC) exam. While there are a few certification options, the most popular and recognized are the medical laboratory technician (MLT) and medical laboratory scientist (MLS)…

Stacy Walz and Courtney Shrader

Providing Care to Indigenous Peoples

Volume 37 Number 1 | February 2023 Stacy Walz, PhD, MLS(ASCP), ASCLS Patient Safety Committee Courtney Shrader, MSHS, MLS(ASCP)CM, CPHQ, ASCLS Patient Safety Committee The U.S. Census in 2020 estimated that approximately 11.3 million citizens are Indigenous Peoples1. Of those, 9.7 million are American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) and 1.6 million are Native Hawaiian…

Emilia Marrero-Greene

Love, In Any Language

Volume 37 Number 1 | February 2023 Emilia Marrero-Greene, MEd, MT(AAB), M(ASCP), ASCLS-Florida President, ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council Secretary In June of 2022, I had the privilege of speaking at the ASCLS, AGT & SAFMLS Joint Annual Meeting as part of a panel presented by the ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council (DAC). The theme of this…

Mixed Match

What’s Race Got to Do with It?

Volume 37 Number 1 | February 2023 Ogechi Ohaeto, MLS(ASCP), ASCLS Ascending Professionals Forum Secretary and ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council Councilor-at-Large In September the ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council (DAC) held a movie night/matinee featuring a movie called Mixed Match. This documentary featured stories told from the perspective of mixed-race blood cancer patients struggling with the…

Ali Nussbaum

Is it My Fault I Procrastinate?

Volume 37 Number 1 | February 2023 Ali Nussbaum, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM Procrastination is a recognizable trait in most people. It is so easy to do. Just put off some task until you absolutely must do it. Procrastination is instilled in us from a very young age, and it is a hard behavior to overcome. This…

Carlo Ledesma

Cultural Humility in Laboratory Medicine Education

Volume 37 Number 1 | February 2023 Carlo Ledesma, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCMDLMCM,QLSCM, MLS(AMT), ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council Councilor-at-Large Increased awareness in medicine through research activities and multidisciplinary approach in care has led to increased understanding of the physiological changes seen in patients with gender dysphoria undergoing gender affirmation hormone treatments. While there is more information that…