ASCLS 2016 Patient Safety Calendar
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.
** Let us know about other videos; email email@example.com
"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
In 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 www.Philabundance.org 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
Photo taken by Tracy Matthews
Thank you to everyone who supported the year's ASCLS HOPE project during the annual meeting. ASCLS 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
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.
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
Read the monthly column on the ADVANCE for Laboratory website. The column features various ASCLS activities and projects.
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
If you wish to contact the name of the person who submitted the activity, contact Mary Ann McLane.
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!
If you do use any of these, please let us know by emaling the Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your letter may be added to the list below!
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
Volunteers Needed for the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC.
When was the last time you participated in a “provide the face” activity that was absolutely superb? The 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival will be held April 15-17th in Washington DC, and ASCLS has committed to providing the face once more. The ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee invites you to volunteer one day or the whole weekend and do something that you can really call “superb” for our profession. The booth will be set up early on Friday April 15, followed by a “Sneak Peek Friday” where local school children and legislators will be the first to see and experience our story. April 16 and 17 will need staffing of the exhibit all day. ASCLS volunteer members from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota have already signed up to come and help. You can join us too! For more information, go to the Festival website, http://www.usasciencefestival.org/, and contact Mary Ann McLane, email@example.com, 302-740-3114.
New in 2016: Multi-Society Collaboration! ASCLS volunteers spoke with representatives from AACC and ASCP, who had their own booths at the 2014 Festival, brainstorming the idea of having one single booth for all three organizations in 2016. It was agreed by all parties, and plans are underway to make this be a joint effort.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival was held April 26 & 27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Many thanks to Dr. Mary Ann McLane and her team of volunteers for representing ASCLS at this important event. The USA Science and Engineering Festival is the largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event in the United States.
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!