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Sit down for an inspiring conversation with Elissa Passiment, EdM, MT(ASCP), about the general history of the medical laboratory science profession, the role of ASCLS in making positive change, and why medical laboratory professionals are so important to quality patient care.

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History of ASCLS PowerPoint by Elissa Passiment

ASCLS History

History of the Medical Laboratory Science Profession

In this Part 2 of First Lab Job Interviews, Sophia Chandrasekar, Galina Dronova, and Justin Hanenberg give tips and tricks on what to do during and after the interview, with story time—including an actual job interview answer that involves telling a man to take lingerie out of his pants!

Disclaimer: Based off of some feedback from First Lab Job Interviews Part 1, while the hosts may have used the terms, tech, lab tech, and med tech, what we meant to say was medical laboratory scientist. Moving forward, we will do our best to use more appropriate language to give recognition to our profession.

In this first of two podcasts, Galina, Justin, and Sophia talk about their first laboratory job interviews. The three hosts discuss some basic interview prep and tips, the need for perseverance through the first several interviews, the importance of trying to find a place that is a good fit for you, and how it all goes back to, “What do you want in your job?”

In this episode Kyle McCafferty, a medical laboratory scientist in Detroit, Michigan, speaks with Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, chair of the Texas State University Clinical Laboratory Science Program and Specialist in Virology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, about COVID-19, specifically monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, and the medical laboratory profession.

This episode is available for one hour of P.A.C.E.® credit. Visit Off the Bench Podcast: COVID19 Pandemic: Monoclonal Antibodies, Vaccines, and the Medical Laboratory Profession to participate in the self-study through Labucate.org and earn your credit. Free for ASCLS members ($10 for non-members).

For more instructions, read How to Obtain Podcast CE Credit.

In this episode, Galina Dronova talks with Dr. John McClure, a pathologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota, about Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), the lab testing necessary to identify AML, and where a medical technologist fits in the process.

This episode is available for one hour of P.A.C.E.® credit. Visit Off the Bench Podcast: Acute Myeloid Leukemia Workup, Management, and Prognosis with Dr. John McClure to participate in the self-study through Labucate.org and earn your credit. Free for ASCLS members ($10 for non-members).

For more instructions, read How to Obtain Podcast CE Credit.

This special minisode of Off the Bench features hosts Sophia Chandrasekar, Galina Dronova, and Justin Hanenberg with ASCLS President Maddie Josephs. They discuss the past “crazy, awesome week for ASCLS” that included three new events: PRISM: Pride · Respect · Inclusion · Support · Momentum; the Emerging Laboratory Managers Collaborative Conference (ELMC2); and a Mid-Year House of Delegates Meeting.

One major driving force to viral spillover from wildlife to humans is human behavior. Join ASCLS Leadership Academy graduate Jasmine Pante, MT(ASCP), of Monterey County, California, and Dr. Tracey Goldstein, PhD, of One Health Institute Laboratory at University of California-Davis, as they discuss emerging zoonotic diseases on a global scale and the One Health approach to prevent future outbreaks.

This episode is available for one hour of P.A.C.E.® credit. Visit Off the Bench Podcast: Understanding Emerging Zoonotic Diseases on a Global Scale with Dr. Tracey Goldstein to participate in the self-study through Labucate.org and earn your credit. Free for ASCLS members ($10 for non-members).

For more instructions, read How to Obtain Podcast CE Credit.

This episode focuses on the laboratory’s role in addressing gaps in healthcare quality for transgender patients. Romi Selzer, of Henry Ford Hospital Blood Bank in Detroit, interviews Dr. Gabrielle Winston-McPherson, associate director of chemistry, who oversees the core automation laboratory at Henry Ford Hospital.

Legislative awareness is important for laboratory professionals because what happens in legislation can affect our daily lives. Join ASCLS Leadership Academy graduates Billie Ketelsen, MLS(ASCP)CMMB(ASCP)CM, and Stephanie Noblit, JD, MLS(ASCP)CM, as they discuss two legislative efforts currently impacting laboratories, PAMA and the Laboratory Workforce Shortage.

This episode is available for one hour of P.A.C.E.® credit. Visit Off the Bench Podcast: Legislation Insights for the Laboratory with Stephanie Noblit to participate in the self-study through Labucate.org and earn your credit. Free for ASCLS members ($10 for non-members).

For more instructions, read How to Obtain Podcast CE Credit.

Episode Resources

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Carla’s urine saga

Gray’s Anatomy bad blood scene

General Hospital “Lab explosion”

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The Quick and Dirty on Sam and Lindsey

Podcast 3: Who are your hosts Samantha Treutel and Lindsey Davenport-Landry? Listen in to learn more about them.

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2018 Lab Week Run

Podcast 2: Hosts Samantha Treutel and Lindsey Davenport-Landry interview Ally Storla about the 2018 Lab Week Run.

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Why Choose the Laboratory Profession?

Podcast 1: Hosts Samantha Treutel and Lindsey Davenport-Landry discuss why they chose the laboratory profession.

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