The JAM

The JAM will keep you updated on new developments and interesting opportunities for the ASCLS-AGT Joint Annual Meeting, June 23-27, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Annual Meeting 2019

Opening Keynote to Discuss How Laboratory Professionals Can Drive Healthcare Innovations with Clinical Lab 2.0

The ASCLS-AGT 2019 Joint Annual Meeting Opening Keynote, The Future of the Laboratory Profession: How Important is Clinical Lab 2.0?, will examine how the strengths of laboratory professionals empower us to provide innovative new solutions for effective delivery of healthcare; how such opportunities can be identified: and how we can be recognized for our contributions.

James Crawford Portrait 2013 croppedKeynote speaker James Crawford, MD, PhD, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, is a founding member of Project Santa Fe, the originators of the concept of Clinical Lab 2.0. He is a leading advocate for the programmatic leadership that laboratory can provide in the next era of American healthcare, to achieve improved population outcomes and better utilization of healthcare resources.

“Clinical Lab 2.0 is about leadership, not followship.” – Dr. James Crawford

The world of healthcare is changing – the clinical laboratory is changing with it. According to Dr. Crawford, traditional Lab 1.0 is a transactional lab model which provides sick care. However, the emerging Clinical Lab 2.0 is an integrative lab, which leverages longitudinal laboratory data to produce actionable, clinical insight, driving better outcomes for patients, providers, and financial stakeholders. In short, Clinical Lab 2.0 places labs at the forefront of better healthcare delivery.

Dr. Crawford’s presentation will

  • identify specific strengths that enable laboratory professionals to contribute to better healthcare;
  • enumerate the medical and economic valuation of the clinical data generated by the laboratory; and
  • map the critical path for generating value from laboratory services and getting attribution for doing so.

In the white paper, "Improving American Healthcare Through ‘Clinical Lab 2.0’: A Project Santa Fe Report," first published in Academic Pathology in April 2017, the authors, including Dr. Crawford, argue that “something is lost by separating the laboratory from data analysis and interpretation. The basis for such argument is that laboratory professionals have unique expertise. For the technical professionals of the laboratory workforce, their expertise lies in maximizing the accuracy of laboratory diagnostics, optimizing the efficiency of their delivery and helping to ensure that innovations from medical science are successfully deployed at this front line of health care delivery.”

Join us in Charlotte on June 23-27 to learn more from Dr. Crawford about how you, as a medical laboratory professional, can drive innovations in the effective delivery of healthcare. Early bird registration ends Friday, April 26 – register today and save!

For more about Dr. Crawford's vision for Clinical Lab 2.0, watch his 2017 presentation, "Getting From Here to There: Clinical Lab 2.0 in the Value-Based Era," from the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Get to Know the Queen City

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Medical laboratory professionals from across the country will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, June 23-27, for the ASCLS-AGT 2019 Joint Annual Meeting. Known as the Queen City, Charlotte was founded in 1768 when we were still a British colony and named after the wife of King George III. Today it is North Carolina's largest city and home to Fortune 500 companies, the NFL Panthers, NBA Hornets, NASCAR, museums, theatre, outdoor concerts, and even the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

While steeped in history and southern hospitality, Charlotte is growing and changing. It's the perfect venue to host the new Annual Meeting experience and will give you many excuses to explore the city.

Haven for Foodies. Thanks to three local culinary institutes, Charlotte is home to some inventive dining options that range from authentic fried chicken to Carolina barbeque to farm-to-table creations. 

Craft Beer Kingdom. The craft beer scene has exploded in Charlotte, too, and now includes 30 breweries (and counting). From pilsners and blondes to stouts and IPAs, you're sure to check a few off your beer bucket list.

The Need for Speed. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located a few short blocks away from our host hotel. Celebrating the history and heritage of NASCAR, the high-tech, interactive attraction is designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike.

Art for All. Along with world-class musems, Charlotte is known for its public art displays that everyone can enjoy. Stroll through Uptown and you might be surprised to come across sparkling statues, literary-inspired whimsical direction signs, or impressive sculptures celebrating Charlotte's history.

Fun fact: Charlotte calls its downtown “Uptown,” because it is literally up hill. Head to Independence Square at the heart of the Center City; no matter which way you approach it, you’ll be moving gently upward.

Join us in Charlotte this June and experience both the pride in our history and the excitement in our future. Register by April 26 and save $100 off the onsite rate.

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Four Ways You'll Get More from the ASCLS-AGT Joint Annual Meeting

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The Annual Meeting is more than a conference, it's an experience. The event brings together colleagues from all facets of the laboratory—from higher education, to the bench, to the administrative suite. The educational sessions span Chemistry/Urinalysis to Microbiology/Public Health, Hematology/Hemostasis to Molecular and Cytogenetic Diagnostics, Phlebotomy to Generalist/Interdisciplinary, and much more. The social events and networking breaks give you the chance to connect, share experiences, and make life-long friendships.

“2018 ASCLS Annual Meeting was something that I had been looking forward to since I found out it was in a location close to where I am currently living. After having experienced it, I can’t wait to keep returning not just for the PACE® sessions but being able to see all my new friends and help learn new ways to advance my profession.”

Here are just a few of the reasons you should make plans now to join us in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 23-27.

ASCLS & AGT is More than a Partnership — It's Expanded Opportunity

For the first time, ASCLS and AGT are holding a joint Annual Meeting with an integrated educational program, abstracts and poster presentations, and new ways to connect with industry partners. This new Annual Meeting experience gives ASCLS members expanded educational programming in molecular biology/genetics topics and access to a wider range of industry partners, all under one roof.

Exhibitors will be integrated throughout the conference venue, with exhibit tables and demonstration theaters among the session rooms. You can also schedule one-on-one meetings with exhibitors to engage in deeper, more meaningful conversations.

The Educational Program is More than CE Credit — It's Career Growth

The educational program will include 70 sessions and eligibility for up to 15 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved education.

Six pre-conference workshops give you deep dives into molecular biology/genetics topics, such as next-generation sequencing and deciphering the language of cytogenetics.

Session topics will address every stage in a laboratorian's career path — from students looking for their first jobs, to a day in the life of lab leadership.

A Career Symposium will feature three topics related to advancing your career, including distance learning opportunities for clinical laboratorians; how to acquire your "dream job"; and DIY mentoring.

Medical Laboratory Science is More than a Job — It's Your Profession

Learn about what's ahead for medical laboratory science with sessions about the Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS), Clinical Lab 2.0, and total lab automation.

Take an active role in advancing the profession by learning how to promote yourself, your field, and your Society.

Be a part of the solution to today's challenges by getting involved in ASCLS efforts to improve the workforce shortage and goverment regulations.

ASCLS is More than a Soceity — It's Your Family

Build your professional network and meet other people people who are just as passionate about medical laboratory science as you are.

Learn from your colleagues who can give you a fresh new perspective and help you to succeed. Many of the people you meet at the Annual Meeting will become your friends for life.

Register for the Joint Annual Meeting by April 26 and save $100 off the onsite registration.