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.
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.
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