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CLEC 2019

CLEC 2019 Breaks Records

HallwaySmallThe 2019 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) concluded in Baltimore on February 23. We saw 521 registered attendees, which breaks the registration record for the fourth straight year. In addition, we had 46 industry representatives, which is also a record. And the ASCLS Education & Research Fund raised nearly $2,000 for scholarships with its Silent Auction.

Here are a some comments from attendees about the most positive aspects of CLEC 2019:

  • "Meeting so many educators in my profession was exciting. Learning a few good teaching strategies was important."
  • "The most positive take-aways were probably the contacts made with vendors for possible purchases for the program."
  • "Learning how others are innovating ways to solve the issue of lack of blood bank and micro rotations."
  • "Great educational experience for first-time instructors. It really gave me valuable material to bring back to my classroom."
  • "The people that come to the CLEC conference are laboratory professionals that are passionate about their career and interested in making it grow "

You can view the photos taken during the conference on Friday, February 22.

We've already begun plans for CLEC 2020, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, February 27-29, 2020. Details on the venue will be announced later this spring.

You can submit program ideas and proposals for the 2020 meeting by May 10. All confirmed speakers will receive a registration discount, so send in your ideas and plan to join us in Orlando next February!

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Tips for First-Time CLEC Attendees

If this is your first Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC), you probably have several of questions about what to expect and how to maximize your time in Baltimore. We are very grateful to our experienced CLEC attendees who volunteered these helpful tips to ensure you have a great first experience.

Thanks to Angela Baxter, MLS program director at Emory University Hospital Midtown; Marianne Downes, assistant professor at West Virginia University; Candice Grayson, program director at Community College of Baltimore County; DeAnne Maxwell, CLS program director at Franciscan Health Indianapolis; and Pat Tille, associate professor at University of Cincinnati, for their thoughtful advice.

Before CLEC, Phan Ahead

  1. app 2View the handouts (or download/print) that accompany sessions you plan to attend so you can already form questions you'd like to have answered. Or you may decide to attend a different session during that time slot.

  2. Download the ASCLS Events app before coming to the conference hotel and start creating your personal schedule. The app can be found on Google Play and on the Apple App Store. The app allows you to view session descriptions and handouts, reference maps of the hotel, and get alerts about important meeting news. You can also connect with fellow CLEC attendees by sending messages to other app users, uploading photos to the timeline, and more.

  3. Check out the list of exhibitors, and plan to seek out answers to important questions from particular vendors (set a goal of one or two questions to answer while at CLEC). For instance: 

    Looking for lab supply discounts? Plan to look for the vendors who supply those items and get contact info. 
    Looking for a new Urinalysis textbook? Plan to visit all the publisher tables and ask what they have available for UA.

  4. Bring a supply of business cards, or ensure you have a quick means of giving your contact information to others. Your name badge can be a handy place to keep extra business cards.

  5. Plan to ship items home, if you are travelling by air, so you don't have to worry about transporting larger souvenirs, posters, or textbooks back home. There is a Business Center located within the CLEC Headquarters Hotel that is a convenient option.

  6. Do your site-seeing before or after the conference, if you can swing an extra day before or after CLEC. The Host Committee has suggestions for you

    BTW: The National Aquarium requires planning your admission time because they stagger groups entering the aquarium.

  7. Take advantage of the Thursday and Friday evening receptions to connect and network. This way you can maximize your "networking" time during the conference and still have time to accomplish your goals.

During CLEC, Connect

  1. NetworkingTake advantage of every opportunity to meet others and network! This is especially important if you are relatively new to teaching. Attend as many sessions as possible and engage in conversations with individuals on either side of you. This is by far the most popular piece of advice!

    “I came to my first CLEC alone (I was not with a program yet) and I made some very important connections with people. When traveling with a group, it is too easy to become inclusive, but when traveling alone, you are nearly forced (if you don't get out your phone), to talk to others ... connecting with other educators, and educators from programs that are different than mine is a major value of the program and therefore worth the effort to do the pre-post work necessary so that you can get the most out of the meeting.”

    “Two years ago, I was a first-time attendee to CLEC. Although I was nervous and didn't know anyone; I quickly became comfortable and engaged with fellow laboratorians.”

    “My best suggestion is to not be afraid to ask questions and interact with others. Whether or not you know someone, we are there to help each other. CLEC is a think tank! Many of us openly share resources to help each other!”

    “If you are coming with a group that you already know, try to push yourselves to separate and meet and hang with others. You can always meet back up with your original group to share, but sitting together and moving together as a group doesn't allow you to interact and meet those new people. Try to sit in a different spot each time you walk into one of the rooms and sit with someone new in each session.”

    “I have made lifelong friends at CLEC—people who have identical programs in structure to mine that I still use as a resource all the time.”

    “[CLEC has] wonderful speakers, but I have also learned so much from talking to the person next to me or the person at my lunch table, etc.”

  2. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing; the dress code is business casual. Currently the weather forecast calls for a chance of rain and high temperatures in the 40s, so be sure to pack an umbrella and warm outerwear.

  3. Write notes when gathering contact info from others about why that contact is important; write on the back of their business card or keep a supply of small post-it notes to jot down contact info and important details, e.g. request desk copy of textbook, contact for example case studies, or build connection for program cooperation.

  4. Bring a notebook containing session documents, such as handouts, to take notes on. CLEC is an exciting time to network, learn, and validate that you are where you need and want to be.

After CLEC, Keep Connecting

Set aside a day to organize and follow up on all your contacts; send emails to those you connected with and catalog your meeting notes.

“Most importantly, remember that it is not just an event that you attend and forget. It is an ongoing event. You will want to follow-up with people after and then year after year.”

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold at the CLEC Silent Auction

At this year’s Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) you can raise money for educators, have fun, and come away with some truly unique items—all at the same time. The ASCLS Education & Research Fund trustees invite you to participate in a Silent Auction during Thursday evening’s reception and help raise funds for grants for clinical laboratory educators.

SilentAuctionCropped2ASCLS members and industry partners have donated about 40 items already, including:

  • Remote peer teaching evaluations from Mary Ann McLane and Rachel Morris
  • A quilted bag
  • Handmade greeting card sets
  • Antique Clinical Diagnosis manuals (7th and 10th editions)
  • Bottles of wine (to use when grading 😊)
  • Sets of coloring books, pencils, and markers, including "Lab Colors" coloring books from NCSCLS
  • P.A.C.E.® self-study review textbooks

Attendees and exhibitors are welcome to submit additional items to be included in the bidding. Be mindful that winning bidders will have to pack their items for travel home, so no large pieces of instrumentation, please. 😊

Donated items should be dropped off at the CLEC Registration Desk when you check in. The Silent Auction will take place in the Maryland Ballroom foyer on Thursday, February 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Contact Mary Ann McLane for more information or to donate an item.

Established in 1953, the 501(c)3 non-profit ASCLS Education & Research Fund Inc provides scholarships, research grants, and professional awards that grow the medical laboratory science profession and enhance the essential services provided by laboratory professionals. Your support for the Silent Auction helps to build a strong future for our profession.

All Work and No Play ... Not at CLEC 2019!

Skyline nighttimeThe 2019 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) experience includes more than 50 empowering and informative educational sessions to improve and strengthen your MLS or MLT program. Yet it also offers time to mix and mingle with your fellow medical laboratory educators, relax, and see some of our host city. On Friday evening you’re invited to join your friends and colleagues for a happy hour immediately following the afternoon general session. Then you have the rest of the evening free to head out on the town and explore Baltimore.

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is centrally located within walking distance (or a short car ride) to the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Harbor East, and Fells Point and includes some fabulous dining options. To help you plan your night out, the CLEC Host Committee has put together a CLEC 2019: Guide to Baltimore featuring a variety of activities, including tours, The King and I at the Hippodrome Theater, and historical sites of interest. There are even a few discounts available for select attractions.

img haunted crawl thumbIf you’d rather have someone else plan your evening, the CLEC Host Committee has also arranged a Haunted Pub Crawl of Fells Point  for interested attendees. Learn local history and sample some Baltimore brews on a two-hour pub crawl (visting three bars) with ghosts: a nurse who still cares for her patients even after her own demise; the street-wandering specter of one of Fells Point's founders and namesake; some of the many "working girls" still plying their trade; or a bootmaker still stomping around one of America's oldest saloons.

This tour is limited to adults (21+) only. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $22 for CLEC attendees. Space is limited so sign up now. The tour is operated by Baltimore Tours & Crawls.

It’s not too early to start making plans for Friday night. CLEC 2019 will be here in a few short weeks!

Learn about New Products and Services for Clinical Laboratory Education

Back by popular demand, the Commercial Symposia will be held on Thursday, February 21, before the 2019 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) program begins. 

Five exhibitors will present their information and/or products in 20-minute sessions. Learn how their products and services can be useful in laboratory education. Following is this year’s schedule.

9:00 a.m. - Siemens Healthineers
Learn how a virtual education experience can enhance a medical laboratory science curriculum providing 24/7 access to web-based trainings, performance support videos, and knowledge assessments. Additionally, hear about an administrative function integrated with the educational experience to create a total interactive solution for both educators and students.

9:30 a.m. - Trajecsys Centralized Clinical Recordkeeping
Discover Trajecsys solutions for all your student clinical experience tracking needs. Trajecsys Centralized Clinical Recordkeeping™ supports all medical lab programs to include CLS, MLT, MLS, Phlebotomy, and others. Trajecsys is an innovative, mobile-friendly system that allows medical laboratory programs to track student skills check lists, monitor clinical time and attendance with optional GEO location, and manage evaluation submissions all online. Trajecsys provides real-time, customizable reports for program directors and clinical coordinators from any device. Learn why more than 1,400 Allied Health and Nursing Programs in over 50 modalities nationwide trust Trajecsys.

10:00 a.m. - Bio-Rad Laboratories
Disease can spread like wildfire through populations. In this hands-on lab workshop, wield your skills as an epidemiologist and use a real ELISA assay to track the spread of viruses like HIV, Ebola, Zika, and Zombies! Can you find patient zero?

10:30 a.m. - AlfaWassermann Diagnostic Technologies, Inc.
Get an overview of the ACE Alera as an affordable moderately complex clinical chemistry system for teaching institutions. The ACE Alera can be utilized as an instructional tool for all steps of general chemistry, everything from running calibrations and quality control to resulting patient tests.

11:00 a.m. - MediaLab
MediaLab will present a selection of education modules in their presentation, “Education and Simulation from MediaLab, Inc.”

These sessions are not accredited by P.A.C.E.® Content is at the discretion of the presenting organization, institution, or company.

Additionally, 25 exhibiting companies and organizations will be available throughout the conference to discuss their products and services.