logo jam color virtualThe JAM will keep you updated on new developments and interesting opportunities for the ASCLS-AGT Virtual Joint Annual Meeting, June 28-July 2, 2020

Joint Annual Meeting 2020

2020 Virtual Joint Annual Meeting a Success


ASCLS and the Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT) held a very successful 2020 Virtual Joint Annual Meeting (JAM), June 28-July 2. The online event included 828 registered attendees, which exceeded last year's attendance by nearly 150. We also had 10 industry partners, 60 educational sessions, five pre-conference workshops, and 39 poster presentations. In addition to valuable CE, attendees were able to socialize and have fun during virtual happy hours, Kazoom sessions, and yoga breaks.

Overall attendees were extremely happy with the Virtual JAM experience and found the online platform to be convenient and enjoyable.

  • "I LOVED the fact that I could 'attend' in real time or via a recording of a session. The flexibility was very much appreciated."
  • "While I missed in person networking, the quality and accessibility of this meeting was first rate."
  • "Ability to participate in excellent scientific lectures from the convenience of my home. Yet was able to view attendees during the virtual cocktail party."
  • "I am retired, and 77 years of age. I 'attended' this meeting because of the virtual access. I truly enjoyed all of the 12 sessions I participated in. I realized that I still know foundational things allowing me to add to my base. I also realized the extent to which I have always enjoyed medical laboratory science! Thank you for this affordable opportunity."

Additional Virtual JAM highlights include:

  • The Closing Keynote featured Dr. Leonard Egede of the Medical College of Wisconsin, who discussed Understanding Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health: A New Era for Health Care Professionals. As part of the Society's commitment to address social disparities in healthcare, the keynote was livestreamed for any interested laboratory professional to watch. The recorded session will be available free to anyone through June 30, 2021.
  • The ASCLS Education & Research Fund Silent Auction and related activities raised more than $10,000 for scholarships and grants that support students entering the profession and assist medical laboratory professionals conduct important research.
  • Region V won the PAC donation contest for the 2nd year in a row, raising $2,465! In total, ASCLS regions raised nearly $6,000 for the ASCLS Political Action Committee (PAC) during the Virtual JAM.

All educational sessions and pre-conference workshops were recorded and are available for individual purchase or as bundles through 2020 JAM On Demand.

Mobile App Resources

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The 2020 ASCLS & AGT Virtual Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) event app is now available for download, available exclusively to registered attendees.

The app is the hub for the Virtual JAM and has all the important information you'll need for the event, including the full schedule, the ability to create your personal schedule, opportunities to connect with fellow attendees, engage with Industry Partners, and more. The app is also where you'll find links to attend the educational sessions, June 28-July 2, and access the recordings through July 31.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The app was updated on June 11. If you previously downloaded the app for 2020 or for the 2019 JAM, please take the following steps:

  1. Delete the app from your device.
  2. Re-download and install the app.
  3. Follow the instructions to log in.

Are you using a desktop or laptop computer? You can use the web version to access all Virtual JAM information and sessions.

We encourage you to download the app and/or log into the web version today so you have time to explore before the event starts. And to ensure you have the best Virtual JAM experience possible, we've provided a series of tips on how to use the app.

In the app there are additional resources that can be found under More > Additional Information > Mobile App Resources.

Please Note: Only registered attendees have access to the event app and must log in to enter.

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Adding to Your Schedule

New Session on Insights from the ASCP Job Satisfaction, Well-Being, and Burnout Survey

Another new session has been added to the 2020 ASCLS & AGT Virtual Joint Annual Meeting educational program. The virtual event, held June 28-July 2, includes nearly 60 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved continuing education on a flexible schedule that you choose, either real-time or recorded sessions streaming up to 30 days after the meeting. Register by June 23!

EdnaGarcia200pxThe American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Job Satisfaction, Well-Being, and Burnout Survey of Laboratory Professionals

Tuesday, June 30, 3:15pm EDT

Edna Garcia, MPH, ASCP

Laboratory professionals are critical members of the healthcare team. Their work impacts almost all aspects of patient care, from diagnosis to prevention and primary care. They also play a vital role on improving patient outcomes, effective test utilization, ensuring laboratory quality, and public health.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) conducted a survey on job satisfaction, well-being, and burnout to inform the field about the challenges that laboratory professionals encounter working in the laboratory and offer solutions to alleviate job stress and burnout. Findings from the survey also provided insights on how healthcare institutions can address these challenges and encourage professional organizations and entities related to the laboratory field to promote well-being and prevent burnout.

More Sessions Added: Lab Safety Regulations and Coronavirus Impact on Higher Ed

We're excited to announce that two new sessions have been added to the 2020 ASCLS & AGT Virtual Joint Annual Meeting educational program. The virtual event, held June 28-July 2, includes nearly 60 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved continuing education on a flexible schedule that you choose, either real-time or recorded sessions streaming up to 30 days after the meeting. Register by June 23!

How the Coronavirus is Impacting Higher Education

Wednesday, July 1, 10:00 am EDT

  • Charity Accurso, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, University of Cincinnati
  • Julie Hall, MHS, MT(ASCP), Grand Valley State University
  • Peter Hu, PhD, FACSc, MLS(ASCP)CM, CG, MB, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Yasmen Simonian, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, FASAHP, Weber State University

This panel will discuss some of the impacts the coronavirus has had on higher education, including impacts on enrollment, budgets, clinical instruction and plans for the upcoming academic year.

The Mystery of Lab Safety Regulations

Wednesday, July 1, 11:15 am EDT

  • Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, CQA(ASQ)

Does OSHA really care about gum chewing in the lab? What PPE should I be wearing during this pandemic? Does my chemical waste need to be in my line of site? Getting buy-in from staff and having them follow safety regulations is difficult, and helping them to understand why the regulations exist can help with that. This session will help you understand the mystery of those strange regulations and even teach you how to dig deep to find those answers on your own.