Celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
April 19-25, 2020
ASM is a supporter of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW). MLPW provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel. There are approximately 300,000 practitioners of clinical laboratory science in the United States. Since the development of this career group in the 1920s, the clinical laboratory science professional has played an increasingly vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. Today, the clinical laboratorian is a key member of a health care team.
To help you celebrate and build awareness about the profession, here are some resources you can use:
- Access to gifts for your lab staff to create excitement about Lab Professionals Week.
- ASM’s Clinical and Public Health Microbiology section with a variety of resources.
- This Week in Microbiology's interview with Dr. Robin Patel in which she discusses the profession of clinical microbiology.
- ASM's Clinical Lab Scientist membership which includes 12 hours of CE accredited webinars at $5 each, case studies, listservs, practice guidelines and more.
- A new article about the profession and where it is headed.
- A two-minute video showing Clinical Microbiologists in a lab and the real life “who done it” scenarios they deal with every day:
As team members of one of the largest industries in the U.S., the dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals often go unnoticed by the general public, as well as by the very institutions employing their services. With the public now demanding the assurance of quality health care and professional accountability, organizations representing practitioners of this critical science have a responsibility to ensure that the public is well informed about clinical laboratory competency.
Caption ContestCongrats to Dr. Daniel Amsterdam (University of Buffalo) and Mr. Sijo Asokan (St. Berchmans College, Changanassery) for their winning captions!
Cartoons generously provided by Mikkiel V. Cheng, M(ASCP)CM, UCLA Health.