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Potential in a Pandemic By: Cheyenne Reyes                 COVID-19 has hit the United States like a brick. While many do not understand the importance of the laboratory in times like these, all of us in the laboratory profession cannot help but think about the struggle that many of our peers are facing. SARS-CoV-2 has created a whirlwind of confusion, fear, and general malaise. However, it has also blown open many doors to opportunity.               As a new graduate, I expected to be working full-time as a generalist for at least 2 years, but when the pandemic started to hit home, I realized I wanted to be more directly involved in the fight against ...
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I Like To Move It, Move It   By Jessica Lawless MLS(ASCP) CM Many students and new professionals find themselves stuck in one place and feeling restless. Wanderlust can contribute to burnout. Students are only allowed to travel when they aren’t in classes, and new professionals sometimes find themselves with limited vacation time or only small spurts of time off. How can we combat the natural curiosity of young people in our industry without losing them to something more mobile? There are a couple of ways to remain a laboratory professional and still scratch the itch of the travel bug. First, after you have gotten a little experience in the laboratory, ...
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Celebrate Involvement By Katherine Thompson LaFiandra-McCall It is finally Lab Week! It is a week to celebrate and be celebrated for all of the hard work that all of the individuals in hospital laboratories around the country do on a daily basis. Lab week is a great way to spread the word about our profession and help start forming those special professional relationships that get each of us through the busy times. It is the week for getting involved, getting conversational, and getting excited about MLS professionals and the lab! The first step to celebrate lab week is to get involved with your coworkers. But let’s face it – laboratory professionals ...
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Resume Tips and Tricks LaFindra-McCall, Katherine Thompson Applying for jobs is a long and arduous process that can be frustrating, especially when you spend four consecutive hours trying to get the ‘Indent’ function to work. Beyond the eccentricities of editing a document, there is no “right” way to put together a resume. It seems that every prospective interviewer looks for different styles, formats, and details. Our field is no exception, but with these tips for resumes concentrated for the laboratory field, you can surely put yourself on the path to employment!  Know the difference between a resume and CV . Let’s start with the basics. ...
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Advocacy. What does it mean to advocate? The Webster Dictionary states an advocate is one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group.  People think most advocates are those with formal positions, but everyone has the potential to be an advocate. There are many ways that you can be a voice for the laboratory. Your words can help others by giving them a glimpse into the laboratory professional’s role in the medical field. Your voice can explain our importance, value and why we love what we do. The best and easiest place to start is close to home. You can start being an advocate in your lab or place of employment. Encourage your peers to know ...
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Why you should become a program director Mallory Janquart, Program Director of Medical Technology and Radiologic Science at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Why did you want to become a program director? I wanted to become a program director because I really enjoyed teaching. When I was little, I wanted to be a teacher.  As I got older and started thinking about college, becoming a teacher just didn't make as much sense to me because I liked science so much.  As a Program Director, I get to teach Medical Laboratory Science which is the best of both worlds.  I like seeing students catch on to complex topics and develop into competent ...
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​Organization(website) Origin: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Topic Brief: On December 20,2019 CDC released four reports on the ongoing EVALI outbreak. One key findings was published in Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report and further confirmed by the New England Journal of Medicine about the declining cases related to EVALI.The new findings also reinforced the link between Vitamin E acetate and EVALI and described risk factors for EVALI rehospitalizations and death after hospital discharge, as such,CDC recommended that healthcare providers treating EVALI patients should provide follow-up testing soon after hospital discharged. Full article ...
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​ Topic Brief: The Institute of Healthcare Improvement announces its upcoming Educational Program for Patient Safety Education on March 12-18,2020 in Boston,MA. You can download the program brochure to share with colleagues. DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM BROCHURE ​  Download the program brochure URL:http://www.ihi.org/Topics/PatientSafety/Pages/default.aspx Organization (Website) Origin:Institute for Healthcare Improvement ​​
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As we begin our lapsed member contact campaign, I wanted to share with you all some notes from Region X Membership Chair Michael Leiberman.  See his insights below, and you can also download them here:   ASCLS_Membership_Committee_Activities_article-v2.docx Membership Committee Activities: A view from the Aloha State             Many, many, many years ago when I was a young student in Chicago, my professor took a vacation to Hawaii.  When he returned he said “Hawaii is so beautiful.  But you can’t do science there.  Nobody would want to work inside of a lab all day long!”  Well, that just goes to prove, even professors can be wrong!  Yes, the Aloha State ...
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My Relatio nship with Clinical Pathology; A Love Story In the spirit of February’s Valentine’s Day celebrations, the ASCLS February discussion questions posed by Stephanie Noblit were: “What do you love about our profession and ASCLS? Every relationship has things it needs to work on; what aspects of our profession and ASCLC do we need to work on ?” My response follows. I know it’s not February anymore and Valentine’s Day has passed, but I will still, in the spirit of love, go beyond just the holiday. What I love about the Clinical Pathology Laboratory profession is the many facets that it encompasses! Many people, as most Laboratory ...
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Is anyone arriving in Charlotte around 4pm and would like to share a ride to the hotel with me? Also, I was thinking we can maybe meet for dinner on Friday and start to get to know each other in person. Let me know if you’re interested :-) Romy
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Hi everyone - I look forward to a great weekend with you! Currently working with the pre-work assignments...hopefully I finish on t
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Intro video-Romy

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Hi there, I'm having some internet problems and some file size issues. I'll try to load my video again tomorrow., Otherwise, it's nice to meet you all and I'll see you in a week.
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​Organization (Website) Origin:www.CDC.org Topic Brief:Since the release of the Global Health Security Strategy (GHSS) on May 9 reaffirming a a continued and coordinated US Government(USG) approach to strengthening the world's capacity to prevent,detect, and respond to infectious disease threats,whether natural,accidental or deliberate. GHSS has been implemented in 2014 and CDC has been the lead implementing partner. Article URL:https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s-0509-launch-ghss.html
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Organization Origin: Implementation of the 2019 Annual Adjustment Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015(www.OSHA.gov) Topic Brief: A memorandum dated January 23,2019 from the Acting director of Enforcement Programs addressed to Regional Administrators stating that effective immediately, the said memorandum revises the guidance in the Field Operations Manual(FOM),specifically Chapter 6,Penalties and Debt Collection to address penalty changes. The increase of fine is due to inflation and based on the Consumer price Index for all urban consumers(CPI-U)for the month of October 2018. You can read the full ...
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Organization (Website) Origin:  Annals of Translational Medicine 2018/ Column from Laboratory Medicine http://atm.amegroups.com Topic Brief: In the laboratory, clinical decisions are made every day that affect thousands of lives in both inpatient and outpatient settings. These decisions help clinicians diagnose disease states correctly and directly improve patient care. Thus, the critical role of the laboratory cannot be understated: it should report correct and appropriate results to the best of its ability so that right course of treatment can be decided later on. It is here that error reducing practices can best be implemented, many of which have come ...
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​Organization Origin(website):http://www.jointcommission.org Topic Brief:  Safety lapses can be prevented before they occur when fully addressed and resolved in a timely manner between staff and leadership.Staff needs to be responsible for their actions and report right away safety issues occurs.Once the incident is determined,the leading officer should listen and act appropriately to prevent harm to patients. The Joint Commision's complimentary publication, Sentinel Event Alert#60.Developing A Reporting Culture:Learning from Close Calls and Hazardous Conditions ,addresses this issue at the Heart Reliability Healthcare. Four essential Measures in Developing ...
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​ Organization (Website) Origin : Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) ( www.ahrq.gov ) Topic Brief : Project RedDE is a catchy acronym for “Reducing Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care Pediatrics”. It is a Toolkit for practice teams in pediatric primary care, endorsed by the American Association of Pediatrics, and funded by AHRQ. There are several subtopics within the RedDE Toolkit, “Labs” being one of them! Specifically, missed or delayed actionable labs are the target of this tool within the Toolkit. The “Labs” tool identifies five “frequent, sub-critical, actionable” laboratory test results on which pediatric primary care teams should ...
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Greetings.....we are just a month away from the National Meeting in Chicago and I would like to take this opportunity to invite all ASCLS members interested in Point of Care to attend the Point of Care Scientific Assembly on Monday, July 30th 10:00 to 11:15 am.  I am the current Chair, serving my second year, we are looking for a 2018-19 Chair and VIce -Chair.  We would really like to get this SA more active this year and we need your help.  We will be discussing potential program topics and speakers for the 2019 National Meeting in Charlotte, NC.  With your involvement we can make this a dynamic SA as we will not have access to the fine programs provided by ...
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​ Organization(Website)Origin: Centers For Disease Control And Prevention(CDC)(www.cdc.train.org) Topic Brief:       The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting a free online learning course on safety issues. The course is entitled   Fundamentals of Working Safely in a Biological cabinet . This online course is designed for clinical laboratory staff, safety professionals and person interested in safe use of biological safety cabinets  readily available at www.CDC.TRAIN.org. One objective is to describe the practices for working safely in a Biological Safety Cabinet.It is approved for 1.0 contact hours by ASCLS P.A.C.E Program.The course number ...
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