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ASCLS GA Annual Meeting
On March 12, 2011, Charlotte Bates, Chad Guilliams, Floyd Josephat, Hassan Aziz (Medical Technology) attended the 2011 Annual Meeting for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Georgia in Atlanta. Guilliams presented a session entitled “Microbiology is Fundamental” while the topic of Josephat’s presentation was “Predicting Pass/Fail Outcomes on the MT-ASCP Exam”.
Floyd Josephat (Medical Technology) successfully completed the defense of his dissertation, Predicting Pass/Fail Outcomes in Tennessee on the Medical Technologist, at Union University. This completes the requirements for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Dr. Josephat. Congratulations!
Hassan Aziz (Medical Technology) presented a session entitled "Successful Strategies for a New Program Director" at the 27th Annual Clinical Laboratory Educators' Conference. The meeting was held at Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 17 -21, 2011.
The Medical Technology Program is scheduled for an accreditation site visit on March 30 -31, 2011. The program received continuing accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for three consecutive periods of seven years (1990-1997, 1997-2004, and 2004-2011).
You and your clinical team are invited to attend the 6th Annual Medical Technology Senior Symposium. It is on 11/16/10 from 1 to 4 pm at The Med Ed Auditorium at Memorial University Medical Center. The Senior Symposium is an event to recognize the work of the graduating MT class. Throughout their clinical practicum rotations, students have been collecting information about particular patient cases. Now they are ready to present those cases. Registration information and schedule can be found in the attached brochure. /images/Symposium Brochure_F10(2).pdf
Hassan Aziz, Medical Technology, was invited by the popular publication, Advance for Medical Laboratory Personnel, to be the writer of an electronic educational blog. The blog “From Classroom to Bench: A Lab Educator’s Perspective” will offer educational insights to professionals in the field and can be viewed at www.advanceformlp.com.
Hassan Aziz and Chad Guilliams, medical technology, attended the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) 78th Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. Aziz serves on the ASCLS Board of Directors and Guilliams is the treasurer of ASCLS-Georgia. Aziz was invited to speak at the meeting. The title of his presentation was Effective Leadership in the Laboratory.
Hassan Aziz (Medical Technology) was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity. Alpha Mu Tau is a national fraternity whose purpose is the advancement of professionals in the clinical laboratory sciences. One of the prime activities of the fraternity is the granting of graduate and undergraduate scholarships for clinical laboratory science students.
Aziz, in collaboration with a 2009 Medical Technology graduate, Erin Adams published an article "Coughing up a Caterpillar". The article appeared in the 2010 June/July issue of ASCLS Today.
Lab Week 2010The National Medical Laboratory Week is fast approaching. It is an annual event where we are recognized for our role in the health care arena. On April 18 - 24, the dedication and expertise of medical technologists will be brought out from behind the walls of the lab and into the spotlight with the theme Laboratory Professionals: Laboratory Professionals Get Result.
We are exceptionally honored and pleased to communicate to you that Governor Perdue has proclaimed the week of April 18 — 24 as Medical Laboratory Week. It serves as a testament on our vital role in health care. Please follow the link to see the proclamation. Proclamation_2010.pdf . In addition, the Department received a letter from Mayor Otis Johnson of Savannah recognizing the diligent work of the laboratory community in the city. Mayor_Johnson.pdf.
Aziz Published a BookHassan Aziz, Department Head and Associate professor of medical technology at Armstrong Atlantic State University, wrote three book chapters in the recently published textbook "Clinical Laboratory Microbiology: A Practical Approach" published by Pearson Education.
Faculty Scholarship in February and March 2010In late February, Michelle Butina, Charlotte Bates, Hassan Aziz and Chad Guilliams attended the Clinical Laboratory Educator's Conference in Biloxi, MS. Butina presented a session entitled "Skills for Classroom and Meeting Presentations".
Aziz was invited to present at the Florida Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Annual Meeting in Orlando. The topic of his presentation was "Introduction to Biofilms".
A few days later, Guilliams and Aziz went to Washington DC for the 2010 Legislative Symposium which is held once a year so that clinical laboratory professional can meet their legislators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of the clinical laboratory science profession. This year over 150 clinical laboratory professionals were present to advocate for the profession.
Last, all members of the faculty attended the 62nd Annual ASCLS-GA meeting which was held on March 26 in Savannah. At this meeting Butina and Guilliams presented a Certification Exam Review sessions for students. The meeting was organized by Guilliams.
Article Published, Faulty-Alumni CollaborationAziz, in collaboration with a 2008 Medical Technology graduate, Randi Taylor, published an article "Strongyloides stercoralis: a case study". The article appeared in the 2009 November issue of Medical Laboratory Observer. (November 2009)
Read full article: http://www.mlo-online.com/features/2009_november/1109_strongyloids.aspx
Light the Night, 2009The Medical Technology department raised $2,364.75 for the light the night campaign to bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers, thanks to the leadership of Michele Butina, Chad Guilliams, and Katrina Jackson. During the fall semester, the medical technology club held numerous light the night fundraising events and was instrumental in the success of this years light the night campaign. The Armstrong Atlantic State campus was able to raise a total of $14,429 for the leukemia and lymphoma society with the helpf of Michele Butina's hard work and dedication. (November 2009)
Read the story and watch a movie about the event.
Blood DriveOn Wednesday September 30, 2009, the College of Health Professions hosted a blood drive with Savannah Community Blood Bank. We ended up with 52 donors registering and 35 donations. (November 2009)
Faculty ScholarshipAziz, in collaboration with a 2008 Medical Technology graduate, Tareese Martin, published an article "Bacteroides fragilis: A Case Study of Bacteremia and Septic Arthritis". The article appeared in the 2009 Summer issue of Clinical Laboratory Science.
Aziz was also invited to speak at the 2010 Annual American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The title of his presentation is Effective Leadership in the Laboratory. Aziz serves on the ASCLS Board of Directors.
New Officers for Med Tech ClubThe Medical Technology Club at AASU meets on a monthly basis and discusses state and national meetings held by the Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, as well as other issues including current events, professional concerns and community involvement. This organization is designed to encourage participation outside the immediate work/study environment and draw attention to the importance of professional and national awareness. The Club elected its new officers for 2009-2010. The following students were elected by their peers to serve as the Club Officers: President: Katrina Jackson, Vice President: Xochitl Diaz, Treasurer: Natasha, Conyers, Secretary: Elisabeth Reese. (September 2009)
Aziz to Serve on ASCLS BODHassan Aziz was elected to serve on the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Board of Directors.
Scholarship in the Spring
Spring semester of 2009 has been full of events for the Faculty of the Med Tech Department. As spring is the season of renewing and refreshing, it is also the time for many of the professional societies to have their annual meetings to enrich, enthuse and enliven clinical laboratory professionals. The MT Faculty played an active role in encouraging professionals by presenting at various venues.