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CLEC 2019

From Educational Coaching to the BOC to Meditation - CLEC 2019 Sessions Offer Variety and Inspiration

The Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) is chock-full of a wide variety of sessions that will enhance teaching skills, improve program management, and increase efficiencies. On Friday alone, you can choose from nearly 40 different topics!
Below is a sampling of sessions to inspire and energize you. Access the full program to learn more about the dozens of valuable learning opportunities at CLEC 2019.
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Clinical educators are required to do more than teach subject matter content. Educators must also train students to be competent professionals, which can be accomplished through professional coaching. Examples of teaching methods that encourage the development of critical thinking skills, build resilience, encourage self-reflection, and develop professionalism will be explored.
Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize pressures shifting educational paradigms.
  • Explain how coaching may lead to remediation of underdeveloped skills.
  • Describe one example of how coaching can be used in the classroom or the bench side educational arenas.
Speaker: Marianne Downes, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, West Virginia University School of Medicine Division of Medical Laboratory Science
When: Friday, February 22, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
This is the third session in the “A Closer Look at the BOC” series. Expanding on topics presented at CLEC in 2015 and 2017, the session is designed to explain the role of BOC certification exam committees and its exam development processes.
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe BOC examination committees.
  • Explain the BOC certification exam processes of practice analysis and standard setting.
  • Describe how to write and review effective exam questions.
Speakers: Susan Graham, MS, MT(ASCP)SH, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Kathleen Finnegan, MS, MT(ASCP)SH, Stony Brook University; and Patricia Tanabe, MPA, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCP
When: Friday, February 22, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Clinical laboratory students can use all the stress management skills they can get. One skill that can be introduced is mindfulness of breathing meditation. This session will discuss the science behind this “entry-level” form of meditation, its potential benefits for students, and an example of how to introduce the technique.
Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize the effects of meditation on the brain.
  • Discuss how meditation can improve focus.
  • Explain the stress reduction benefits of meditation.
Speaker: Tracey Graney, PhD, MT(ASCP), Monroe Community College
When: Friday, February 22, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (part of a Hot Topics session that includes Is Test Anxiety a Predictor of Workplace Phobia?)
We need variety in the way we provide educational services for CLS degrees. Hear from the Marist College program, which allows certain adult students to complete the process in a single year. Flexibility in delivery will attract more types of students to the field allowing us to address the need for more technologists.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the need for flexibility in educational programs to increase access to the field of CLS.
  • Recognize the type of nontraditional student who would benefit from a new learning plan.
  • Identify characteristics in your own programs that would allow the most flexibility for different types of students.
Speakers: Terrance Paskell, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, Marist College; and Brigid Shanley, MS, MT(ASCP), Marist College
When: Friday, February 22, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (part of a Hot Topics session that includes Incorporating Information Literacy (IL) into the MLS Curriculum: Lessons Learned)

Inner Harbor Eats

We know that trying out local restaurants is a big part of your CLEC experience. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and nearby neighborhoods will not disappoint. The following are some recommendations from local Baltimore media.

Grilled lamb rack chop, fresh pomegranate, grilled zucchini at Charleston Restaurant.

Miss Shirley’s Café serves breakfast and brunch with southern-influenced fare made with locally sourced Chesapeake Bay ingredients. Try the jammin’ bacon deviled eggs, strawberry and goat cheese biscuits, or the Chesapeake BBQ Bloody Mary.

Cava Mezze is a Mediterranean café that features shared plates and an expansive wine and beer list. Try the mushroom risotto, seared scallops, octopus, or lamb chops.

Charleston Restaurant describes itself as “rooted in French fundamentals and the Low Country cooking of South Carolina.” The menu changes daily and includes dishes such as house-cured salmon, lamb tenderloin, pan-roasted sea scallops, or grilled veal flatbread.

Roy’s Restaurant is an upscale Hawaiian fusion restaurant that features steak and sushi. Try the tempura-crusted ahi roll with butter sauce, seared rockfish with sweet corn, or the tender braised lamb steak with blackberry hoisin.

Rusty Scupper Restaurant & Bar rises three levels above the water and boasts a beautiful view from every table. The menu is a seafood lover’s dream and accommodates all tastes. You will find everything from authentic Maryland crab cakes to fresh oysters, shrimp, and lobster.

Little Italy

Nearby Eateries 

Little Italy offers dozens of dining options that range from casual to fine-dining. Some favorites are Germano’s Piattini, Da Mimmo’s, and Café Gia. Make sure you save room for the Cannoli Cake at Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop.

Walk to the Harbor East neighborhood where you can dine on the water at several restaurants, including three from James Beard Award Finalist Chef Cindy Wolf and two recent openings, The Loch Bar and Bar Vasquez. This neighborhood is also home to Charm City Cakes, site of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes.

Explore Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Nearby Neighborhoods

Inner Harbor Heritage WalkThe CLEC 2019 headquarters hotel is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor neighborhood, which has become one of the city’s major tourist destinations. Within walking distance of the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel you will find museums, shopping, world-class restaurants, history, and more.

Take in breathtaking views from the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center, the world’s tallest pentagonal building. The observation level is managed by Baltimore’s Office of Promotion & the Arts, which supports artists, arts programs, and organizations across the city to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

See the world from below the surface at the National Aquarium. Baltimore’s most popular attraction, the aquarium includes a walk-through rain forest, a 4-D Immersion Theater, the Living Seashore touch pool, and an Australian exhibit featuring a 35-foot waterfall.

Step back in time and board historic ships that line the Inner Harbor. Enjoy “hands-on encounters with history,” demonstrations, activities, and tours. History buffs can also venture beyond the Inner Harbor to learn about the Battle of Baltimore and the birth of the "Star Spangled Banner" at Fort McHenry; visit the Civil War Museum; or tour the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

Tip: Every afternoon the USS Constellation pays homage to its historic past by staging a live firing demonstration. If you’re nearby, stop by her berth on Pier 1 (of the Inner Harbor’s West Wall) to see and hear the National Historic Landmark’s firing of the Parrot rifle firsthand.

Explore the Inner Harbor by water with the Baltimore Water Taxi. Purchase one- or two-day passes and get unlimited on-off service to more than 30 attractions and neighborhoods.

Shop ‘til you drop at Harborplace or The Gallery, which feature a mix of unique shops, restaurants, and diverse eateries. For high-end stores and local boutiques, venture a little further to the Harbor East neighborhood.

Discover adventures for all ages at the Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Take a short stroll to the Harbor East neighborhood, home to great locally-owned boutiques like South Moon Under and Arhaus that feature hand-crafted jewelry, unique home accessories, and more.

Grab a drink with friends at nearby Power Plant Live!, a dining and entertainment destination. The complex consists of various bars, clubs, restaurants, and event venues.

Near Inner Harbor

A short ride from the Inner Harbor brings you to a number of opportunities to experience more Baltimore neighborhoods and history.

Fells Point is a waterfront community known for its 18th- and 19th-century homes and storefronts, mixed among modern boutiques, stores, and eateries. The historic neighborhood features a variety of year-round tours, including Baltimore National Heritage Area’s Historic Fell’s Point Trail Tour, Haunted Pub Walk, and Wicked History Tours and Pub Crawls.

Climb to the top of Federal Hill for the best views of the city. Tour Fort McHenry, the birthplace of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And visit the American Visionary Art Museum—not your typical art museum. It was designated by Congress as America’s national museum for self-taught art. While there, grab a bite in Mr. Rain’s Fun House and stop in the amazing gift shop, Sideshow, packed with original art, books, jewelry, toys, and accessories.

Sports fans should check out the Stadiums Area to see M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Ravens, and Camden Yards, homefield for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Two blocks from Camden Yards is the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, which features rare artifacts, photos, videos, and more. If trains are more your thing, take a trip to the B&O Railroad Museum to see, touch, hear, and explore the most important railroad collection in America..

In the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District you will find Broadway plays at the legendary Hippodrome Theatre; Lexington Market, home to Baltimore’s “best crabcake”; and the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, where you can see his writing desk and other artifacts.

The CLEC 2019 schedule includes Friday evening free to explore Baltimore with your clinical laboratory educator friends. We hope you have fun getting to know the Charm City.

Photos courtesy of Visit Baltimore.

4 Reasons to Attend CLEC 2019

The Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) is the premier educational conference for faculty, administrators, directors, advisers, and others in clinical laboratory science education. Take it from CLEC 2018 attendees and their favorite takeaways from the conference. There are at least four great reasons why you should register for CLEC 2019, which will be held February 21-23 in Baltimore.

1. Learn from 500 other Educators Face to Face

“I valued hearing about other professionals’ ways of handling students and meeting some of the people I email with but never met face to face.” 

“Getting to hear from others about what is working for them, and being able to either say ‘yes, I can incorporate that’ or ‘I was thinking of doing that but now realize it wouldn’t work for my situation.’”

“Reassuring that I’m not alone! It is great to speak with others who are in the same boat.”

2. Improve Your Program and Teaching

“Great information to improve my delivery of material in the classroom as well as great introduction to new material techniques used in the clinical realm.”

“There was a high percentage of exceptional presentations that were very applicable to the current needs of my program.” 

“As usual, there was much to bring home to my colleagues that will improve our teaching and the program overall.”

3. Prepare New Program Directors and Faculty

“I am starting a new MLT program and I found the conference to be very helpful in networking, finding textbooks, ideas for clinical rotations and many other very helpful ideas and products.” 

“Some of the sessions calmed my anxiety of starting a new program.”

“I got a very good overall feeling for what is involved with running an MLS program.”

“As a new faculty member, it allowed me to network with many great people. And network I did!”

4. Be Inspired

“A renewed sense of direction and purpose for clinical lab education. There were challenges placed out there for us to expand beyond our borders.”

“The empowering nature of most of the sessions encouraging us to push the envelope of our expertise.”

“I left wanting to take the reins on self-improvement.”


Registration for CLEC 2019 will open in November. Stay tuned for more information, and make plans now to join us in Baltimore next February 21-23.