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CLEC 2020

Have a Magical Experience at CLEC 2020

Disney Springs® offers an eclectic mix of unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and surprising entertainment. As to Disney properties/artwork: ©Disney 
Fairytale dreams come true for guests of all ages at Magic Kingdom® Park. As to Disney properties/artwork: ©Disney 

The headquarters hotel for the 2020 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC)Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista—is an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel and is located within easy walking distance (or free shuttle ride) to Disney Springs®. It offers a great opportunity to take in some Disney magic during your free time at CLEC—whether that’s an evening, an afternoon, or extra days before or after the conference.

ASCLS is excited to offer CLEC attendees specially priced Disney tickets, good for use from February 20-March 7.

  • If you're extending your stay in Orlando, take advantage of 1-day or multi-day discounted tickets.
  • If you plan to visit on Friday evening, there is a Twilight Park Ticket for $69.
  • If you want to go on Saturday after CLEC ends, choose the After 1 PM Park Ticket for $99 or $159 with the Park Hopper Option.
  • Discounted Value Season prices are available February 20-27 and March 3-5; Regular Season prices are in effect Feb 28-March 2. See the Seasonal Ticket Calendar for more details.

You should purchase your discounted tickets through the CLEC Disney Ticket Site. The site also provides helpful information for planning your visit to Walt Disney World® Resort. Tickets must be purchased by February 19 to receive the discounted rates.

ASCLS Secretary-Treasurer, Orlando resident, and Disney aficionado Kyle Riding put together a very helpful guide to planning your visit. He provides advice and insider tips for:

  1. If you’re not planning to purchase Disney tickets
  2. If you’re planning to go to Walt Disney World Resort for one evening
  3. If you’re planning to extend the magic and stay extra days in Orlando.

Check out the many options to create magical memories at this year’s CLEC. And be sure to register by December 28 and save $100 off the onsite rate.

CLEC 2020 Sessions Will Address the Challenges Educators Face Every Day

The Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) will offer a wide variety of sessions to enhance teaching skills, improve program management, and increase efficiencies. The program was designed to provide you with tips and tools that you can bring home and implement in your program, as well as to stimulate dialogue about your most pressing issues.
Below is a sampling of sessions that will address the challenges you face every day. Access the full program online to learn more about the dozens of valuable learning opportunities.

Innovative Learning Strategies and Activities

Clinical Rotation Experiences and Enhancements

Meeting the Needs of Your Students

Professional Advancement and Growth

CLEC 2020 will be held February 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. Register by December 28 to get the early bird rate and save $100 off onsite registration.

What’s Your Favorite Part about CLEC?

CLEC attendees networking
Floyd Josephat presents at CLEC
CLEC attendees speak with exhibitors
CLEC attendees inspired by sessions

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 last year’s CLEC attendees who shared the most positive aspects of the CLEC 2019 program.

Networking, Networking, Networking

  • “Good thought-provoking sessions, a variety of educational topics related to challenges in the field, the best networking event for educators of MLS in the United States.”
  • “Although I have been an educator for over 30 years, I always find something new to bring back. And as a new hospital-based educator, the networking was very important.”
  • “The ability to talk to others and see what issues they have and how they have dealt with them.”
  • “The networking and the information gathering. I have a lot to learn but feel like I have an idea of what I need to get there!”
  • “I realized that everybody there was struggling with the same issues with their students as my program.”

Professional Education Designed for Educators

  • “It is just for educators, so the topics are all related to my current job.”
  • “Lots of diversity in the program presentations—I could find topics I was interested in in every time slot."

Insights from Industry Partners

  • “The most positive take-aways were probably the contacts made with vendors for possible purchases for the program.”

Energy and Inspiration

  • “Meeting so many educators in my profession was exciting. Learning a few good teaching strategies was important.”
  • “The buy-in that attendees have! So many educators that love what they do, fighting through the challenges, and working hard to use the resources they have to train solid laboratorians!”
  • “There was a forward-thinking vibe, a sense that change is happening, movement into interprofessional thinking. It was great!!”

Registration for CLEC 2020 will open November 1. Stay tuned for more information and make plans now to join us in Orlando next February 27-29!

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.

CLEC 2020 will be held in Orlando, Florida, February 27-29, 2020. Join us!

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