Clinical Laboratory Education
- Innovative educational techniques
- Simulation laboratories
- Student admission process and tracking success
- Student retention
- Research in student learning
- Changes in MLS undergraduate or graduate education
- Faculty development
- Investigation of laboratory practices that improve patient safety.
- Assessment of pre-analytical and post-analytical errors and their impact on patient outcomes.
Value of Laboratory Services
- Impact of test results in diagnosis and treatment.
- Development and assessment of test applications.
- Value of appropriate test utilization in clinical decision-making.
- Assessment of point-of-care testing validity and clinical efficacy.
- New test development and modifications, validation, and clinical efficacy.
- Correlation of proficiency testing, personnel standards, internal quality control, and quality assessment on the validity and clinical efficacy of test results.
Value of Educated Personnel
- Correlate level of education and clinical training to validity and quality of test results.
- Strategies to increase the number of, address retention of, and improve the public image of clinical laboratory professionals.
- Investigation of the role of the Clinical (Medical) Laboratory Scientist, Clinical (Medical) Laboratory Technician, or professional with a doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science in test utilization.
- Applications that reduce disease incidence, morbidity, and mortality.
Limit to three single-sided typewritten pages. Include all material essential to the application.
- Background and rationale: Identify how the project addresses the E&R designated research purposes and the profession’s needs, demonstrate familiarity with existing research and personal expertise, identify pertinent issues and state the problem clearly and concisely.
- Objectives: Appropriate, clear, and linked to the problem stated in the rationale.
- Methods/Design: The methods/design should be described clearly; agree with objectives; be specific and detailed; identify strengths and limitations; describe the sampling population, recruitment of subjects, data collection procedures, methods used to minimize sample bias; identify staff qualifications; indicate recording and reporting procedures; list appropriate deadlines; and guarantee confidentiality.
- Analysis Procedures: The analysis section should include identification of instruments, relate to the purpose/objectives, describe extent and detail of analysis, list time frame, and describe written and/or verbal reporting procedures.
- Budget: The budget section should include itemization and justification of cost and relate to the objectives and protocol.
- Appendices: The appendices should include supplemental information, biographical expertise, support letters, and contracts.