The Filter Paper
Hello fellow NCSCLS members and Colleagues!
Finally, cooler weather! It seems that Fall has finally arrived and hopefully here to stay. As we begin to prepare for the holiday season, we want to take a few moments to reflect upon NCSCLS in 2017.
Over the past year, the Society has been actively working to engage and motivate the lab community through the promotion and delivery of two statewide conferences, participation in the the ASCLS National Meeting and Legislative Symposium, fund raising through innovative and unique CLS-based products, and much more. There is one thing missing - You! In order for NCSCLS to be a successful organization, promoting the Clinical Lab Science profession, we need your voice and your participation.
How can you get involved? Glad that you asked! We would love to see you at our quarterly board meetings and have you serve as an officer or Board Member. If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to me, and I will be happy to help get you plugged in. We live in a state that is home to many internationally recognized research institutes, world-renowned health care organizations, and highly esteemed academic institutions, which puts us at an advantage with connections to notable colleagues and amazingly successful professionals in our field. Get plugged into this wealth of resources and be an innovator in CLS! Showcase your talents and help us continue to promote an amazing health care career, powered by some of the best minds and hearts in health care! - Candice Freeman
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Winter Board Meeting: January 20, 10am
My name is Lisa Cremeans and I serve as both the Secretary and Career Recruitment Committee Chair for NCSCLS. As most of us are probably aware there appears to be a current or looming shortage of highly skilled clinical laboratory professionals in many areas of the country. This will likely worsen because there are currently not enough medical laboratory technologist and technician graduates to fill the demand. ASCLS has formed a Workforce Shortage Task Force Committee that will critically evaluate the current state of the workforce. The committee is charged with drafting a position paper highlighting the impact of a workforce shortage for clinical laboratory settings, patient access, and educational facilities. More information on career recruitment can be found within this newsletter.
A Message from the president
A special thank you to the Davidson County Community College MLT Program for hosting Fall Focus 2017. Through the organization and guidance of Mrs. Jennifer Jones, the conference was a huge success.
What is a conference without presenters? Thank you to the CLS professionals and colleagues who shared their area of expertise and insights in the clinical lab. Without their dedication, there would be no Fall Focus.
Looking ahead, we would like to begin planning for Fall Focus 2018. If you would consider hosting and/or organizing the event, please contact Candice Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fall Focus 2017 - DCCC
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Please keep NCSCLS in mind during your holiday shopping!
Our coloring book makes a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer for the CLS professional or soon to be lab tech!
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The Lab Notebook
North Carolina Society For Clinical Laboratory Science Student Scholarship
Back to school is upon us, which means that many local MLT and MLS programs are enrolling new college students, future CLS professionals. NCSCLS is committed to supporting our CLS students, and we offer an annual scholarship for deserving, actively enrolled MLT and MLS students. Current academic year awards will be presented in October at Fall Focus, but you can start preparing for the 2018-2019 year. For more information about this scholarship find it on the NCSCLS website or access the application using the link below.
NCSCLS Scholarship Application
ASCLS Student Forum
NCSCLS is still in search of a Student Forum Chair for the 2017-2018 year. If you are currently enrolled in either an MLT or MLS accredited program and interested in becoming an active, integral member of NCSCLS, please submit an application of interest. Duties include: quarterly meeting attendance, conference committee participation, student forum fund raising, and state and national student representation for NCSCLS. For more information, email Candice Freeman at email@example.com
NCSCLS Scholarship recipients
North Carolina Society For Clinical Laboratory Science Student Scholarship
NCSCLS is honored to support students pursuing degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science - both MLT and MLS curricula. This year Lauren Bayse, MLT student at Alamance Community College, and Kaitlin Cruz, MLS student at UNC, were recipients of this scholarship.
Additionally, we would like to congratulate Ms. Jena Seddon, as recipient of the Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity Scholarship, provided by ASCLS.
Hi! My name is Jena Seddon. I was a student in the CLS program at UNC Chapel Hill up until my recent graduation in May 2017. In the spring semester of my senior year, I knew that the unfortunate task of paying off my student loans was fast approaching. I looked for various scholarships that would help with this burden that is common among many undergraduate students. In my search, I came across the ASCLS website that informed me about the Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity Scholarships. Alpha Mu Tau is a national fraternity that has the purpose of advancing professionals in the clinical laboratory sciences. They offer scholarships to undergraduate students that are entering their last year of study in the calendar year in which the award is made. Approximately 20-25 graduate and undergraduate scholarships are awarded each year in amounts from $1000 to $3000.
I applied for the scholarship this past spring never thinking that I would be fortunate enough to be one of the 20-25 recipients. Luckily, my thinking was wrong! I won one of the scholarships and was able to decrease my student debt significantly. This scholarship allowed me to focus on enjoying my new job in Transfusion Services at Duke Medical Center, rather than worrying about how I would start to pay off my student loans. I strongly encourage all CLS students to do their research on which scholarships are available to them. Apply for these opportunities even if the odds seem small because you never know what could happen!
As you know we work in an under recognized profession. Each one of us can help promote our profession by sharing what we do each day with others and by encouraging younger generations to consider careers in the medical laboratory profession. I would encourage each of you to get involved locally by reaching out to middle and high schools in your area. Schools often welcome guest speakers in the classroom or help with STEM and career fairs. Reach out to the career counselors and science teachers in your local schools!
Each spring there are two annual events that you can be involved with. The North Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference will be held March 21- 24, 2018. NCSCLS for a number of years has offered speakers and has staffed a table at the Career Expo event held during the meeting. This is an excellent way to reach out to approximately 2500 high school students and teachers from across NC. These students are all interested in healthcare-related careers. We will be looking for volunteers interested in speaking or that would like to help at the Expo event held on Friday of the meeting. The full meeting schedule is still being determined. The event will be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons and Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. MLS/MLT professionals and students are welcomed as volunteers. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org you are interested.
Another annual event is the North Carolina Science Festival, which will take place statewide from April 1- April 30, 2018. It is an excellent way for MLS/MLT programs, laboratories, and CLS professionals to share information about our profession with students of all ages. They are looking for scientists to volunteer at the festival and a variety of other events. This may include visiting classrooms, helping with the festival, or assistance with other outreach activities. Institutions are also invited to host an event at their own site and they even provide a toolkit to assist you with the planning. See the NC Science Festival website for more information:https://www.ncsciencefestival.org/
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Clinical Lab Educators Conference 2018
February 22-24, 2018 - Houston, TX
Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
Legislative Symposium 2018
March 19-20, 2018 - Washington, DC
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Stay tuned for more NCSCLS hosted events !
Winter Board Meeting – all members welcome!
Date January 20, 2017 at The Co-Working Station in Holly Springs.
Carolinas Clinical Connection 2018
The CCC 2018 is scheduled for March 22-24, 2018 at the Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport hotel. The planning committee is still looking for vendors and presenters.
Please contact Georgia McCauley at email@example.com if you are interested in presenting, have a suggestion for a speaker and topic, or can offer contact information for vendors you know that would be interested in participating.
Stay tuned for more NCSCLS specific benefits of membership!
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New rules for renewing membership
We will assess a "late renewal fee" to renewing members that have not renewed before July 31, 2017.
Currently we are charging $33 for PF1 and $25 for PF2 members for late fees.
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