Promotion of the Profession

ASCLS 2016 Patient Safety Calendar

ASCLS high res logo-flattened6The ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee (PPC) and the Patient Safety Committee (PSC) have joined together to create the 2016 ASCLS Patient Safety Calendar.  This calendar features a safety topic each month while highlighting events relevant to the laboratory profession.  Help promote a culture of patient safety by downloading your copyClick here to download this FREE calendar (pdf).

Presentations for the Public

Video Presentations

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 - This career website features ASCLS and the laboratory profession.  The website also features interviews with laboratorians in various career paths. 

 ** Let us know about other videos; email

Powerpoint Presentations

"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

Patient Safety

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.

Childrens Books/Items

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

Laboratory professionals are often asked to give talks and/or presentations at career day or other recruitment events for elementary, middle, high school, or college-age students. The Clinical Laboratory Careers Tool Kit is a collection of recruitment materials, some of which are free, and activities that can be used to assist in giving a presentation. Other items found in the tool kit are information about the workforce shortage, education programs, certification agencies, and personnel licensure information.  Go to the Tool Kit.

ASCLS Gives Back with HOPE - Helping Other People Event

2016:  ASCLS to Provide HOPE in Philadelphia

PB Logo tag PMSIn collaboration with Philabundance, the ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee (PPC) will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations at the 2016 ASCLS Annual Meeting.   Philabundance seeks to drive hunger from local communities today and end hunger forever.  Philabundance serves nine counties, five in Pennsylvania and four in New Jersey, through direct distribution programs and approximately 350 agencies to get food into the hands of those that need it the most.  Through programs like Grocers Against Hunger, KidsBites and Fresh For All, Philabundance is providing fresh healthy food to those who need it and reducing waste at the same time!   Visit or follow Philabundance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Tag a picture of yourself donating using @Philabundance!

Donate online via the ASCLS Online Store.  Onsite donation information will be posted soon.

2015:  ASCLS Provided HOPE in Atlanta
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Photo taken by Tracy Matthews

Thank you to everyone who supported the year's ASCLS HOPE project during the annual meetingASCLS members donated $1515 and 5 boxes of hygiene kits for the homeless youth in Atlanta
StandUp For Kids  - Atlanta works toward this mission through volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless kids improve their lives. These volunteers walk the streets in the evening distributing food, clothing, hygiene products, resource information, referrals, and offering an 888 number where the kids can reach a StandUp For Kids counselor.  Thank you for helping us provide HOPE to those less fortunate.

2014:  ASCLS Provided HOPE in Chicago

ASCLS gave back to the 2014 host city by providing HOPE to the Gads Hill Center

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Photo taken by Tracy Matthews

Thank you to everyone who supported the year's ASCLS HOPE project during the annual meeting. ASCLS members donated $1600 and 8 bags of school supplies
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 Gads Hill’s Teen Connection program 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!

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.

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Thank you to everyone who supported the ASCLS HOPE project 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

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Read the monthly column on the ADVANCE for Laboratory website.  The column features various ASCLS activities and projects.

Provide the Face

There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Providing the Face of the clinical laboratory can take some creativity, but it can also take a community of colleagues who share that creativity in the hope of spreading the message.

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

If you wish to contact the name of the person who submitted the activity, contact Mary Ann McLane.

Template of Letters to the Media

Have you ever watched a TV show and been frustrated by the way in which a laboratory professional was portrayed? Did a story appear in your local paper about the shortage of healthcare professionals without a mention of laboratory shortages? Have you ever felt moved to write a letter to the editor about the importance of laboratorians, but you just couldn't find the words to express yourself?

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!

If you do use any of these, please let us know by emaling the Director of Professional Development and Project Management at  Your letter may be added to the list below!

Item Name

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

2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC
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The USA Science and Engineering Festival was held April 16 & 17, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  This year marks ASCLS 4th appearance at this important event.  Many thanks to Dr. Mary Ann McLane and her team of volunteers for representing ASCLS.  New in 2016, we joined forces with AACC and ASCP to host a combined booth.  The USA Science and Engineering Festival is the largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event in the United States.
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ASCLS volunteer team members
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More team members providing the "face" for our profession!
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Dr. McLane explaining clinical chemistry to future medical laboratory scientists.
2016 View from Above
View from above the exhibit floor
2016 booth
The ASCLS, AACC and ASCP booth
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Visitors to our booth.

Pictures from the USA Science and Engineering Festival held April 26 & 27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  

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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)

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The ASCLS Booth

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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!

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Our voluteers explaining our profession to students

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Our volunteers hard at work!

#Lab4Life 30 Day Challenge

Challenge your fellow laboratorians to 30 days of sharing about daily life as a laboratory professional.  Whether they are a student, new professional just starting their career or a veteran with 30 years as a medical laboratory scientist, invite them to take this opportunity to share with family and friends what it means to be a part of this profession.  Download the #Lab4Life 30 Day Challenge that ASCLS issued during MLPW 2016.