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

To submit an article for ASCLS Today, contact Editor Debra Rodahl.

THE VALUE OF THE CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE PRECEPTOR

Floyd Josephat, EdD, MT(ASCP) The clinical education practicum serves as an intricate connector in our journey from the classroom curriculum to real work responsibilities. It has become a key component in both hospital and university-based clinical laboratory science programs. This key component in the curriculum of our profession is sometimes overlooked. However, it is becoming…

THE NEW AND IMPROVED LABORATORYSCIENCECAREERS.COM

Joshua J. Cannon, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS-PA President This redesigned website serves as a resource for students or recent graduates who are interested in, but know very little about, careers in the laboratory sciences. Have you visited the new and improved LaboratoryScienceCareers.com? Beginning in March of 2018, I had the pleasure of working with two ASCLS…

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ASCLS REGION I

Maddie Josephs, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President-Elect and Past Region I Director New England ASCLS History At the 2019 ASCLS-AGT Joint Annual Meeting in Charlotte this June, I spoke with several new leaders who asked a variety of questions about the history of ASCLS. I explained that there was a very concise and well-written history, by…

OUR JOURNEY THROUGH ASCLS

Raedean Hiebert, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS-Minnesota 2018-19 President One of the most interesting things about being a member of ASCLS is the people you meet and the stories they tell of their journeys in the profession. Each one of us has a unique story and yet at the same time our stories have a lot in…

ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Mary Ann McLane, PhD, ASCLS Past President Back in 2017, when I received the ASCLS Lifetime Achievement Award, I commented that, “Retirement does not mean that I am dead. You haven’t seen anything yet!” Retirement became a true reality in January 2019, with no more paychecks, joining Medicare, and moving to a retirement community in…

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WHAT 50 YEARS OF ACTIVE ASCLS MEMBERSHIP LOOKS LIKE

At the 2019 Joint Annual Meeting, ASCLS recognized 22 members who achieved the 50 Years of ASCLS Membership Milestone. This impressive list includes Susan Leclair and Cheryl Caskey, two members who personify the meaning of #Lab4Life. Susan was a founder of and currently directs the Consumer Information Response Team, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary.…

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N = NETWORKING

Roslyn McQueen, PhD, CCRC, ASCLS President Throughout the year, my ASCLS Today articles have focused on the theme of ASCEND – Exemplifying Sustainable Excellence in Laboratory Medicine. ASCEND represents the call to action for an organization experiencing change and transformation. Each letter in the word ASCEND represents a component of six target areas. This month’s…

POINT OF CARE TESTING: EMBRACE IT OR BE LEFT BEHIND

Stephanie Mihane, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Region VIII Director As healthcare becomes more consumer focused, the need for immediate results continues to drive the ever-increasing demand for point of care testing. Photo credit: Philips Communications I have been a point of care coordinator for Kaiser Permanente for over 12 years, and a lot has changed since I…

PROMOTING THE PROFESSION: A PARTNERSHIP WITH AHEC

Beth Warning, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Region IV Director The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) organizes the Health Careers Showcase (top) and Health Career Explorer program (bottom) to recruit high school students into healthcare careers, including medical laboratory science. We are often asked to share our story of how we became a medical laboratory professional. For…