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

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I CAN’T HEAR YOU … LOUDER!

THE ART OF COLLABORATION AND ACTIVE LISTENING Toula Castillo, MLS(ASCP)CM, 2018-19 ASCLS-IL President Modern day healthcare is a hailstorm of change, and it can be overwhelming not only to the novice, but to the seasoned professional as well. In these times of change, it is important to build trust and value each other to provide…

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF ASCLS CONNECT

Terese Abreu, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Region IX Director The other morning, I drove down a street I’ve driven down every week for 10 years and noticed a new bakery and deli. I stopped in to check it out and discovered it had been there for two years. I had a similar experience recently with connect.ascls.org. Connections…

ASCLS EDUCATION & RESEARCH FUND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Barbara Snyderman, MLS(ASCP)CM, DLM, ASCLS E&R Fund, Inc., Vice Chair What student couldn’t use some additional cash to fund their education, graduate studies, or research? The ASCLS Education & Research (E&R) Fund, Inc., provides scholarships and grants for students enrolled in programs in medical laboratory technology, medical laboratory science, and graduate degrees related to our…

PROMOTION OF THE PROFESSION HOPE PROJECT PROVIDES SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO NEEDY CHICAGO CHILDREN

Michelle Moy, MAdEd, MT(ASCP)SC, 2017-18 ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee Chair Chicago Public School children received the school supplies donated by ASCLS members during 2018 Annual Meeting. At the 2018 ASCLS Annual Meeting in Chicago, the Society collected school supplies and donations for the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP). They are the charitable…

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SUSTAINING THE ASCLS STRATEGIC MAP

Roslyn McQueen, PhD, CCRC, ASCLS President The theme for the 2018-19 ASCLS program year is “Exemplifying Sustainable Excellence in Laboratory Medicine” with ASCEND as the acronym that represents six key target areas. Each ASCLS Today column will be devoted to discussing each of the six target areas. The focus of this month’s column is S…

WELCOME TO THE THREE-RING CIRCUS

TIPS ON MANAGING YOUR LIFE LIKE A SUCCESSFUL RINGMASTER Kristen Croom, MLS(ASCP)CMMBCM, ASCLS Region X Director Do you ever get the feeling that you are the ill-prepared ringmaster in your very own three-ring circus? Lions and clowns are running around, and the spectators have no idea what is going on. The ringmaster is trying her,…

NIGHT SHIFT: CONSIDER THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Ivan Sanchez, MLS(ASCP)CM After countless hours of reading, studying, and preparing for your Board of Certification (BOC) exam you finally pass and get your MLS certification. Phew! Now you begin the process of getting your first MLS job. Time to work on your resume, fill out applications, and brush up on your interview skills. This…

MIXED MATCH

THE STRUGGLE TO FIND BONE MARROW DONORS FOR MULTIRACIAL PATIENTS Amanda Fulton, MB(ASCP)CM This past year I began a new position in the Histocompatibility Laboratory (HLA) at City of Hope. In this new role I search the national and worldwide bone marrow registry for patients in need of bone marrow transplants from matched unrelated donors.…

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND LEARNING

Paula L. Griswold, PhD, MT(ASCP), and Stacy Starks, PhD In today’s world and academic environment, keeping classroom content stimulating while promoting student engagement are challenges faced by professors throughout academia. Classroom interactions need to be engaging and thought-provoking to allow students better comprehension of subject matter leading to a more focused career path. For students…