April 18-24, 2021

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.

MLPW, which takes place the last full week in April each year, is coordinated by a collaborative committee with representatives from 17 national clinical laboratory organizations, including ASCLS. Now in it’s 44th year, it is important to reflect on the important history of MLPW.

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, or NMLW, under the auspices of the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). In subsequent years, other organizations have served as cosponsors and campaign supporters.

2021 Events

Dynamic Discussion: Being an Ally

Tuesday, April 20, 8pm EDT

Join the Leaders of the ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council (DAC) as we begin the discussion on being an ally in both our professional and private circles. The concept of being an ally is multifaceted. It begins by listening and observing, but extends into so much more. We need to show up for our colleagues and friends and turn our words into action to speak for those not present or not able.

Additionally, the DAC will be unveiling the next book club book that we will have discussions on throughout the rest of 2021, culminating with an event during PRISM which is being held January 12-17 2022.

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ASCLS Town Hall on Professional Licensure

Thursday, April 22, at 8 pm EDT

ASCLS believes that state personnel licensure provides the best mechanism to assure that clinical laboratory services are performed with an adequate level of professional competence by requiring appropriate entry level qualifications for individuals engaged in the practice of clinical laboratory science in all settings.

We are pleased to have the following ASCLS members on this panel to share their experience, to address issues related to licensure, and to provide guidance on how ASCLS can supply tools and assistance to members in states that are advocating for licensure.

  • Judy Davis, Tennessee
  • Dr. Brandy Gunsolus, Georgia
  • Kathy Hansen, Minnesota
  • Dr. Rodney Rohde, Texas
  • Angela Tomei Robinson, New York
  • Nathan Rubien, Rhode Island
  • Stephanie Noblit, Moderator

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It’s almost time for the 6th Annual Lab Week Run! This event is sponsored by the ASCLS Ascending Professionals and Developing Professionals Forums!  Proceeds are used to support travel  grants, including the Education & Research Fund Cynthia L. Breen Memorial Scholarship.

Download the 2021 Lab Week Run flyer and help spread the word to colleagues, friends, and family.

 Thank you to our generous 2021 Platinum Sponsors!

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logo lab4lifeBeyond meeting this public need, the celebration of MLPW will help increase recognition for the profession as it improves the individual practitioner’s sense of self-worth. Further, as the various professional groups within laboratory practice work together on this project, the sense of unity and purpose necessary to further the goals of all laboratorians are reinforced.

Many members plan displays, open houses and various other activities in their institutions or local areas. Some have obtained proclamations by mayors or governors while others have been featured on local TV and radio stations. National MLPW has been successful in increasing the recognition of clinical laboratory science among the healthcare community and general public.

We encourage you to use our hashtag – #lab4life.  For laboratory professionals, this hashtag is a statement of our dedication to the profession.  To the general public, it illustrates how quality laboratory results can lead to a healthier life.  Use this hashtag to show others your pride in being a laboratory professional.

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An objective of MLPW is to educate healthcare professionals, the public, and others about the role of the laboratory professional in patient care. ASCLS has many items available that can be used for this effort.  See below.  This list is a free resource for all to use in planning their MLPW celebrations.

In the fall of 2005, NMLW was changed to National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) to emphasize the person whose expertise is needed in the performance of laboratory testing. Beginning in 2010 the organizers decided to “brand” the event by using the same theme each year: Laboratory Professionals Get Results.  In the summer of 2012 organizers deleted “National” from the title for brevity, and it became Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.

There are approximately 300,000 practitioners of clinical laboratory science in the United States. Since the development of this career group in the 1920s, the clinical laboratory science professional has played an increasingly vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. Today, the clinical laboratorian is a key member of a health care team.

As team members of one of the largest industries in the United States, the dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals often go unnoticed by the general public, as well as by the very institutions employing their services. With the public now demanding the assurance of quality health care and professional accountability, organizations representing practitioners of this critical science have a responsibility to ensure that the public is well informed about clinical laboratory competency.