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Scholarships In The Spring
Spring semester of 2009 has been full of events for the Faculty of the Medical Laboratory Science program. 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 MLS Faculty played an active role in encouraging professionals by presenting at various venues.
In late February, Michelle Butina headed to Denver for the Clinical Laboratory Educator's Conference. She attended sessions that introduced new ideas and technologies for teaching in clinical laboratory science. Butina was the program's chair for the conference.
ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals launched a new column on its Web site, titled "Lab Leaders." Hassan Aziz was selected to be the first laboratory professional to be featured in this column. The entire interview can be found at this link: http://laboratorian.advanceweb.com/Editorial/Content/Editorial.aspx?CC=193579
On March 11, 2009 Armstrong partnered with Memorial University Medical Center to offer high school students interested in careers in healthcare an opportunity to explore medical technology and other health related professions. Chad Guilliams represent the Medical Technology Program in this event.
Next, all members of the faculty attended the 61st Annual ASCLS-GA meeting which was held on March 12-13 in Clarkston. At this meeting Butina, Lisa Anderson and Aziz presented a Registry Exam Review sessions for students. Prior to her arrival at the meeting, Anderson concluded an AABB Assessment of a healthcare facility. The new ASCLS-GA Board of Directors will include Charlotte Bates as a secretary and Guilliams as the treasurer elect. Bates and Guilliams received the Keys to the Future Award for distinguished service to the profession while attending the meeting. At the meeting, Sasha Isaacs-Gaye was elected to be the President of the Student Forum.
A few days later, Butina and Aziz went to Washington DC for the 2009 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 representing 38 states were present to advocate for the profession.
On March 25-27, Aziz was invited to the Carolina Clinical Connection Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC. He presented two papers: Compliance in Microbiology Lab and Effective Leadership.