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

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Cara Bushmaker

ChatGPT: Death to Diversity?

Volume 38 Number 1 | February 2024 Cara Bushmaker, MLS(ASCP), ASCLS Today Volunteer Contributor Are you familiar with ChatGPT? I admit I know very little, but since my last encounter, I’ve been inspired to do a little more research. I’ve been aware of artificial intelligence (AI) to various degrees for quite some time. Many advancements…

Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity

Got Scholarships?

Volume 38 Number 1 | February 2024 Perry M. Scanlan, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity President How many professionals have discussed the need for more resources for students in laboratory science? Usually, professionals talk about how hidden the laboratories are from the public eye, or how there is limited funding for educational programs. Our…

Aymen Saihati

Transforming Organizational Culture in Medical Laboratories

Volume 38 Number 1 | February 2024 Elevating All Laboratory Professionals Aymen Saihati, MS, ASCLS Today Volunteer Contributor The importance of cultural transformation in medical laboratories cannot be underestimated within the ever-changing healthcare landscape. With a wealth of expertise spanning more than 10 years, we initiate a revolutionary endeavor with the objective of reinventing the…

Claude Rector

Every Day is Patient Safety Day

Volume 37 Number 6 | December 2023 Claude Rector, MA, MLS(ASCP), ASCLS President When I moved from education to management this past spring, I felt the reality of a heightened sense of awareness regarding patient safety. The laboratory results were live and in real time. I had been in the student education laboratory far too…

Catherine Otto

Ethical Clinical Laboratory Science Practice is Linked to Improving Patient Safety

Volume 37 Number 6 | December 2023 Catherine Otto, PhD, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, SHCMDLMCM, ASCLS Patient Safety Committee Member Ethical clinical laboratory science practice improves patient safety. Ensuring and improving patient safety requires following ethical principles of practice in order to provide safe clinical laboratory services. Although the term, “patient safety,” was not used when our…

Sarah Bergbower

STAT Crypto: Learning from Pre-Pre-Analytical Error

Volume 37 Number 6 | December 2023 Sarah Bergbower, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Today Volunteer Contributor As a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS), I am often interested in the medical laboratory science professional’s role in identifying and limiting pre-pre- and post-post-analytical errors. Defined by Laposata and Dighe, “pre-pre” analytical errors result from inappropriate test selection,…

Aditi Sarkar

The Ethical Imperative in Laboratory Testing: Through the Lens of a Novice Medical Laboratory Scientist

Volume 37 Number 6 | December 2023 Aditi Sarkar, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Developing Professionals Forum Chair In the realm of modern medicine, laboratory testing stands as a foundation for clinical decision making. These tests are potent tools guiding physicians in diagnoses, prognoses, and treatment strategies. While laboratory tests hold this pivotal role, they must be…

Beth Warning

Moral Distress: A Roadblock to Doing the Right Thing

Volume 37 Number 6 | December 2023 Beth Warning, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, AHI(AMT), ASCLS Board of Directors Moral distress is common in many health professions. It is well documented in nursing and among physicians and can be identified in nearly every healthcare profession. The fact that we can apply it to laboratory professionals doesn’t make us…

Lindsey Davenport-Landry

The Right Thing May Be the Hard Thing

Volume 37 Number 6 | December 2023 How Do We Make the Hard Thing Easier to Do? K. Lindsey Davenport-Landry, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Board of Directors In the clinical laboratory we are required to utilize critical thinking and decision-making skills every day. Looking through the microscope, examining an organism growing on a plate, or reviewing…