ASCLS Today is the membership newsletter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

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Kevin McGuire

A Calling to the Laboratory Profession

Volume 36 Number 2 | April 2022 Kevin McGuire, MHPTT, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Virtual Learning Steering Committee, ASCLS-Nebraska Awards Chair Fabienne Frederickson once said, “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” Determining what you are passionate about is not always easy. A career in healthcare should be a calling to…

Judy Garic

A Different Approach

Volume 36 Number 2 | April 2022 Tangible, Doable Steps to Make a Difference Judy Garic, MT(ASCP)SC, LSCLS Government Affairs Committee Co-Chair I am a medical technologist with over 30 years of experience, and I was unaware that the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) existed, including its local chapter, the Louisiana Society for…

Cara Bushmaker

Focusing in on Invisibility

Volume 36 Number 2 | April 2022 Cara Bushmaker, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS-Montana Newsletter/Social Media Editor Invisibility. Did we do it to ourselves? Was labeling laboratorians as introverts a valid excuse? Who cares? Maybe we did, maybe we didn’t, maybe you do, maybe you don’t, but what are we doing about it now? Visibility is in the…

Rodney Rohde

Professional Visibility: Be the Expert!

Volume 36 Number 2 | April 2022 Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, SM(ASCP)CMSVCMMBCM, FACSc, ASCLS and TACLS Mentor Did you know that medical laboratory professionals provide roughly 13 billion laboratory tests each year? Laboratory testing is the single highest-volume medical activity affecting Americans, and it drives about two-thirds of all medical decisions made by doctors and…

2022 ASCLS Leadership Academy Class

Introducing the Leadership Academy Class of 2022

Volume 36 Number 2 | April 2022 Suzanne Butch, MLS(ASCP)CMSBB, DLMCM, ASCLS Leadership Academy Class Coordinator This year the 2021-22 ASCLS Leadership Academy Class began its activities at the ASCLS, AGT & SAFMLS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) in June of 2021 and had the opportunity to meet face-to-face again at the Laboratory Legislative Symposium in…

Heather Herrington

Professional Visibility Cannot Rely on Random Chance

Volume 36 Number 2 | April 2022 Heather Herrington, DVM, MLS(ASCP)CM, Ascending Professionals Forum Vice Chair The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh holds an annual event called SciTech Days. It’s an opportunity for students in junior high and high school to interact with STEM-focused companies and professionals. This year, they did things a bit differently,…

Georgia Vega

Pre-Analytic Systems Oversight

Volume 36 Number 2 | April 2022 Patient Safety Corner Georgia Vega, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Patient Safety Committee “Out of sight, out of mind.” Until recently, that phrase could easily describe laboratorians. As medical laboratory professionals work mainly in the background, a common source of career dissatisfaction is feeling overlooked by our patients and healthcare…