LIVING THE LAB LIFE
A BLOG FOR ASCLS REGION V
The 2017 Annual Meeting may have just come to an end, but ASCLS is already looking ahead to 2018. Chicago will be the host city of next year's event. But it is going to take a little effort for us to get there.
The Promotion of the Profession Committee (PPC) is kicking off a yearlong campaign aimed toward highlighting the role of the laboratory in providing safe, quality care to patients. As laboratorians, we are all very aware of the role that we play, but do other healthcare professionals recognize our role? Do they know all that we can do for them? Are we having those crucial conversations with doctors, nurses, etc. that will lead to the best use of laboratory testing? Well, ASCLS wants to know.
If you have a story about a time in your career where you were able to provide better patient care by educating a fellow healthcare professional on laboratory science, please share it with us. Each story shared will bring us one mile close to Chicago from San Diego. This will take a lot of effort, as it is a 2,080 mile journey from San Diego to Chicago.
So join us on the road to understanding.
Have you heard of the new blog by the ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee, "The Bench Connection?" Well if not, let be the first to share with you about this new communication. "The Bench Connection" will feature posts about tying together or efforts in ASCLS with our efforts within our workplace. The first few articles are already available online, and cover an array of topics including mentorship, time management, and legislative efforts.
Check out "The Bench Connection" today.
Don't delay! The membership year for 2017-2018 starts tomorrow. If you haven't renewed, today is the day to do it. Don't miss out on all the continuing education, networking, and career development opportunities available thru ASCLS. Click here to renew today.
Today we kicked off the 2017 ASCLS Annual Meeting. It is 79 degrees and sunny here in San Diego, CA. The day started with an assortments of meeting, with everyone coming together at 10AM to give the membership an update of what has been going on at the national level over the last year.
For lunch, we broke up into our Region caucuses, led by Region V Director Pat Tille. Region V is very well-represented at the meeting this year, with attendees coming from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. We even had the added benefit of having incoming national president Deb Rodahl and current national secretary/treasurer Cindy Johnson in the caucus.
After lunch, I had the please of attending a couple of great breakout sessions. The first was given by Susan Johnson of the Blood Centers of Wisconsin in which she discussed the utility of using molecular techniques for genotyping in patients who type serologically as weak D. As someone who works in a blood bank that has started to utilize genotyping which some of our prenatal patients, it was great to get a full explanation of why this is now recommended. The second talk that I went to was given by Tara Henning, PhD with the CDC and ASCLS-MN's own Paula Vagnone, who is a supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Health. In their talk, they discussed the recently established Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN). The ARLN aims to provide additional infrastructure and support to clinical laboratories with the aim to help curb the spread of antibiotic resistance bugs. It was great to hear about such a comprehensive effort being made in the public health area to help laboratories and infection prevention teams address emerging resistant pathogens before they are able to spread throughout communities. Thank you to all who shared their expertise today.
The day wrapped up with a meet-and-great with the candidates for various national offices, further fundraising for SAY San Diego, and a silent auction for the New Professional New Member forum.
Now, off to happy hour!
For all of those who will be voting delegates at the ASCLS National Meeting this year, have you taken the time to learn about the candidates? We have many excellent members who are running for offices this year. For more information, visit the ASCLS National website, or click below.
Confused about how to log your continuing education credits? Allow me to explain.
First, click here to navigate to the ASCLS CE Organizer page.
The site has been updated in the last year, and I am reallly liking the updates.