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

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NEW AND IMPROVED ASCLS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

ASCLS is rolling out a new and improved Mentorship Program for the 2020-21 Society year. The program pairs up mentors and mentees for one year to create a supportive environment that fosters a feeling of belonging and value as a member of the ASCLS community. Participants will develop meaningful relationships with mentors to promote personal…

FROM ESTIMATES TO EASE

Ian Wallace, MLS(ASCP)CM Throughout our schooling, laboratory professionals are taught the importance of utilizing platelet and white blood cell (WBC) estimates to verify a potential analyzer error or an issue with the specimen tested. However, with how efficient analyzers have become, I have recognized that we repeatedly forget that estimates remain important—even if the analyzer…

QUALITY AIMS INTERSECT WITH THE PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Stacy E. Walz, PhD, MT(ASCP), ASCLS Patient Safety Committee Chair Way back in the late 1990s, patient safety and medical errors were highlighted in a groundbreaking report entitled, “To Err Is Human,” followed quickly by another report entitled, “Crossing the Quality Chasm,” suggesting six aims for high quality healthcare. Those six aims—safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness,…

2020 VIRTUAL NORTHWEST MEDICAL LABORATORY SYMPOSIUM

Maja Chloupkova, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMSCCM, ASCLS-Oregon Brenda Kochis, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS-Washington Our journey of the 2020 Virtual Northwest Medical Laboratory Symposium (NWMLS) began early this year with the certainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team quickly recognized that we could not realistically plan on a four-day physical event in October. Initially, we were uncertain of what we…

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THE WINDS OF CHANGE—AND THE GRIT LEFT BEHIND

Beth Warning, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, AHI, ASCLS Region IV Director Meighan Sharp, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS-Michigan Government Affairs Committee Co-chair Most often we hear about resistance to change, where people fear it, run from it, and drag their heels to avoid it. We fear the loss of control over what we know and are comfortable with. We fear…

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THE MORE YOU KNOW

BE AN INFORMED VOTER IN 2020 Stephanie Noblit, Esp., MLS(ASCP)CM, Jessica Lawless, MLS(ASCP)CM Photo credit: Tom Arthur 2020 brought forth numerous challenges. Whether you consider dealing with challenges to be fun and exciting, or nerve racking and stressful, this year has not been dull, to say the least. Additionally, during this tumultuous time, it is…