LIVING THE LAB LIFE
A BLOG FOR ASCLS REGION V
Last month I had the pleasure of attending this year's Clinical Laboratory Collaborative, hosted at the Earl Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. For those of you who have never attended the CLC, I highly recommend you do attend sometime in your lab career. This event is unique in that is not solely an ASCLS event, but rather a collaborative effort of multiple laboratory professional organizations. This year's CLC brought together the efforts of ASCLS-MN, ASCP, CLMA-MN, MIMA, AACC-Midwest Section, AMT, MnABB, AGT, and MN AMT... and all of those acronyms add up to a diversified learning and networking opportunity.
Many unique topics were presented at this year's CLC, including emergency preparedness, newborn screening, discussion of the gut biome and its potential application in personalized medicine, the latest in blood substitutes, and much more. Additionally, this year's event featured a new offering: half-day long workshops. Rather than the normal one hour long talks that dominate most continuing education events, these workshops spanned about three hours and went far more in-depth into their respective topics. I personally thought this was a great addition to the CLC program and hope to see it again in the future.
Curious minds can visit the ASCLS-MN website for presentations handouts from most of the speakers-see the link below.
Tuesday was Student Day, and we had well over one-hundred students from local MLS/MLT programs in attendance. For me, this day is the most fun. It is enjoyable to watch students navigate their way through the event. So many of the best questions are asked by student attendees, things that I never would have even thought about; the fresh perspective they bring really enhances the experience for us all.
It is always a pleasure to attend this event. I learned some new information, helped raise money for scholarships and the PAC, and networked with some of my fellow laboratory professionals. Plus the food was good.
I hope to see all of you there next year!
Check out the latest edition of eLABorate, the newsletter for ASCLS-MN.
Hello and welcome to "Living the Lab Life," an effort of the 2015-2016 class of the ASCLS Region V Leadership Academy. Our goal with this blog is to promote the profession of Medical Laboratory Science by creating a platform for discussion of all things Laboratory within the ASCLS Region V network.
First, I would like to talk a bit about the ASCLS Region V Leadership Academy.The ASCLS Region V Leadership Academy is a year-long program available to current ASCLS members residing in MN, SD, ND, and WI. The program brings together a class of up to two participants from each state. Each class first comes together at the Region V Symposium in October to meet and watch the previous class graduate. During the year, students will engage in professional development activities lead by laboratory managers, program directors, and other highly experienced members of the laboratory community. Focus topics include essential skills such as time management, conflict resolution, and communication styles.
Participants then channel all this newfound knowledge into the completion of a master group project of their choosing, which is presented at the Region V Symposium immediately prior to graduating from the Leadership Academy. "Living the Lab Life" is part of the 2015-2016 Class' master project.
For me, Leadership Academy has been an excellent opportunity to develop and grow as both a professional and as a laboratory scientist in ways that just aren't available in a normal workplace setting.
I encourage all interested members to consider applying for Leadership Academy. Regardless of where you are in your career, the skills you will develop will help you to reach the next level. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work with wonderful people who will take a personal interest in your growth and success.
For more information on Leadership Academy, please see the ASCLS Region V Leadership Academy information on the Region V website. Applications for the 2016-2017 year will be accepted until June 1st, 2016. Please feel free to post questions in the comment section below.
I hope you all get something out of this project.
Thank you to everyone who came out the Boom Island in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 24th, to participate in ASCLS' 1st Annual Virtual 5K -- and a special thanks to Beckman Coulter for providing the funding for the food and refreshments. It was so fun to get a group together to go out, enjoy the beautiful weather, and promote our profession. We even had a few lab students join us!
Overall, the event was a great success. All of the registration packets were sold out by the time of the start of Lab Week. Great!
For those of you who participated in the Virtual 5K who didn't make it out the Boom Island, where did you run your 5K?