LIVING THE LAB LIFE
A BLOG FOR ASCLS REGION V
Here we are: the final day at the 2017 ASCLS Annual Meeting. The day kicked-off with the Member Awards Ceremony, were exemplary members of the organization were recognized for their achievements and service. A full role call will be posted to the Region V website as soon as I get a chance (there were many awardees from Region V, so it may take a while!)
After the Awards Ceremony, we had a couple of keynote presentations. The first was on "Recognizing and Counteracting Bias to Increase Diversity and Inclusion" given by Olivia Herriford, who started her career as a hardware engineer in the 1970s (a rare post, given that Ms. Herriford is a black woman). Her talk focused on how we all can use mindfulness and education to erase our own tendencies toward bias and stereotyping. Thank you for sharing your experiences and perspective with us all.
The second talk addressed the need for laboratorians to better promote our profession, for the good of patients and for our own benefit as well. This presentation was given by author and ASCLS member Dr. Alan Wu. Dr. Wu has published a series of science fiction books featuring stories of what can go grow when laboratory testing is not used as effectively as possible (wrong tests ordered, erroneous results, etc.). They are only considered fictional because the actual stories are embellished, but the science in real. Dr. Wu believes his books are his way of bringing recognition to our profession and the niche where we fit in healthcare, and he encourages us to find our own way to do the same. Not everyone can write and publish books, but everyone has a skill set, everyone has an audience, and it is time we make them listen.
After lunch, it was time for the ASCLS House of Delegates. At this event, the state-appointed delegates convene to discuss and vote on various amendment/issues relating to governing the organization. It is certainly a site to behold. After all was said and done, ASCLS had a new president in ASCLS-MN member Deb Rodahl. Congratulations Deb!
Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make this event happen.