Presentations for the Public
A Life Saved: Laboratory Professionals Make a Difference - designed to empower those working in the laboratory
Insights - an overview of laboratorians roles in patient care; useful to educate others
Recruitment video - geared toward high school students; created by ASCLS through a grant of the Abbott Fund
What is a MLS? - an educational video explaining the role of a MLS in healthcare; created by Joanna Ellis, ASCLS Leadership Academy Graduate and Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX
Uwannadu.com - This career website features ASCLS and the laboratory profession. The website also features interviews with laboratorians in various career paths.
"Take Away Talks" are provided as a resource to ASCLS members. Topics and materials linked below are designed for community talks to help the general public understand laboratory testing and how best to prepare for a blood draw.
These presentationscan be downloaded as is, edited to fit your need, or customized to add your specific information. Permission has been received from the original authors, but we do ask that no matter how much of the PowerPoint you use, credit is given to the original author.
Understanding Your Laboratory Tests PPT
Preparing for Your Blood Test
Top 10 Things You Should Know about Medical Laboratory Tests
Discover MLS - this presentation was initially presented at the Clinical Laboratory Educator Conference in February 2012, to a group of high school guidance counselors as a recruitment and informational session
Download free resources to print and provide for your patients at the Patient Safety webpage. Flyers and tools to help patients understand various laboratory tests and preparations.
The Laboratory Explorers help children to understand the role that laboratory professionals have in their health care. Colorful and entertaining, these books were developed by medical laboratory scientist and ASCLS member, Deborah Brock.
In addition to two books, character stickers, temporary tatoos and coloring sheets are available to supplement and engage young learners.
Go to the ASCLS Store to view and purchase these items.
Career Recruitment Tool Kit
ASCLS Gives Back with HOPE - Helping Other People Event
2014: ASCLS Provides HOPE in Chicago
ASCLS is once again giving back to the Annual Meeting host city with ASCLS Provides HOPE – Helping Other People Event. In collaboration with the Gads Hill Center, the ASCLS Promotion of the Profession committee (PPC) will be holding a donation drive at the ASCLS 2014 Annual Meeting to provide school supplies in support of Gads Hill’s many education programs. The Gads Hill Center serves low–income families, children, teens and adults in the Chicago area with programming for early childhood education, academic support, social-emotional development and family support. The PPC will also be collecting laboratory supplies for Gads Hill’s Teen Connection program which provides hand-on learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With strong peer support and mentorship, Teen Connection has helped more than 60 teens, who will be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, achieve their academic goals and resist external pressures, such as gang recruitment. This is a great program for future medical laboratory scientists! Help ASCLS provide HOPE to those less fortunate.
Monetary donations are being accepted online via the ASCLS Online Store. Or order your donation online through Dove Medical Supply.
When ordering online, use the following information:
1. User Name: 100103
2. Password: ASCLS1234
3. Click on the MY CUSTOM ITEMS tab
The ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee (PPC) will have a donation barrel for donated supplies near the ASCLS meeting registration area of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel.
See Wish List below. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Donation times are listed below and coincide with events at the hotel. Please help ASCLS provide HOPE to others!
Tuesday, July 29 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 31 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 1 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
School supplies, such as paper, scotch tape, folders, scissors, rulers, calculators, dictionaries, pencils, markers, crayons are just a few of the items requested.
Laboratory supplies are also part of their wish list. To help with the donation of laboratory supplies, Dove Medical Supply has graciously offered ASCLS members the opportunity to order lab supplies directly through them at a reasonable cost. These items will be shipped directly to Gads Hill Center. Download the order form created specifically from the Gads Hill Center's wish list and purchase your donation through Dove Medical Supply. Items highlighted in yellow indicate special pricing.
2013: ASCLS provided HOPE in Houston
ASCLS once again gave back to the 2013 Annual Meeting host city to benefit Camp for All in the Houston area.
Thank you to everyone who supported ASCLS Provides HOPE during the annual meeting. ASCLS members donated $1958 and 1 barrel of camper supplies, such as board games, markers, and more. Camp for All provides camps for children and adults with chronic illnesses such as sickle cell anemia, cancer, and metabolic disorders and also offers sibling camps so that the brothers and sisters of patients may enjoy the same experience.
ASCLS Voice - Link to Articles
Provide the Face
During the 2009-10 year, many ASCLS members sent their "provide the face" activities to then President, Mary Ann McLane, to show that it is happening all the time around the country, and to encourage all ASCLS members to do the same in their own communities.
Sample list of Provide the Face activities
PPC Reports to the ASCLS Board of Directors
Template of Letters to the Media
The Promotion of the Profession Committee (PPC) has a collection of templates (sample letters) to aid in expressing yourself on behalf of the profession. You are welcome to cut and paste these documents to customize your own letter!
Response to news story - 1 DOC (24 KB) - Response to news stories (or non-fictional programming) portraying laboratory medicine in an incorect/incomplete manner
|Response to news story - 12 DOC (24.5 KB)|
Response to TV show - 2 DOC (23.5 KB) - Response to television shows or other fiction stories that portray the laboratory profession incorrectly/incompletely.
|Response to TV show - 3 DOC (24 KB)|
|Response to TV Show - 4 DOC (28 KB)|
Response to media story - 5 DOC (24 KB) - Response to media stories about other health care professionals that have not included the laboratory profession
|Response to media story - 6 DOC (27.5 KB)|
|Response to media story - 11 DOC (27.5 KB)|
|Letter to the editor - 7 DOC (24 KB) - Open-ended letter to the editor that describes what laboratory medicine is|
|Response to media article about home testing DOC (24 KB)|
|Response to AARP article about sepsis testing (PDF)|
|Letter to the editor - 8 DOC (26.5 KB)|
|Letter to the editor - 9 DOC (29.5 KB)|
|Letter to the editor - 10 - Labs Are Vital Link|
|Short informational piece for newsletters - 13 DOC (25 KB) - Short informational pieces about the laboratory tha could be inseted into newsletters, hospital publications, etc.|
The Laboratory in the News
USA Science and Engineering Festival
The Volunteer Team
L to R: Sally Cortez (NJ), Elaine Pappamihiel (VA), Mary Ann McLane (DE), Shelby Currier (NC), Cynthia Dixey (NJ), Mary Gourley (PA), Jean Bauer (MN), and Joann Rittersbach (NJ)
The ASCLS Booth
View from above of the Expo Floor. Look in the middle for the blue signs that say "Meet a Med Lab Pro." That is our booth!
Our voluteers explaining our profession to students
Our volunteers hard at work!