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. Register today!
 
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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)