Alison Rossdeutscher, MLS(ASCP)cm, ASCLS-OK President-Elect
ASCLS National Meeting 2018 Report
July 29-August 2, 2018
The 2018 ASCLS National Meeting held in Chicago was my first experience at a national meeting, and was phenomenal. I want to thank the society for nominating me as a delegate, and assisting me with the registration and travel expenses so that I could attend.
I arrived at Swissotel Chicago on Sunday, just in time to attend the Constituent Leaders Symposium. This was an informative meeting that discussed the responsibilities of constituent society leaders and some suggestions on how to improve member involvement and retention. Rick Panning gave a presentation on the work of the Root Cause Task Force, which was formed to determine the cause of the lack of leadership in constituent societies in the form of vacancies or recycling of members involved in leadership. Some of these causes include lack of communication among members, a lack of perceived value in volunteering time to serve the society, lack of time, cost of membership, and lack of mentorship. All of these concerns were echoed in another session I attended later in the week: “Strategies for Making Effective Appointments That Grow Your Constituent Society”. This session discussed the importance of “filling the pipeline” of the constituent society with future leaders. These two sessions gave many good suggestions on how to make our society more active, and bring value to our membership.
In my excitement to be there, I attended every possible session that I could, which provided me with some excellent continuing education that broadened my view of our profession. Brandy Gonsolus, the first graduated DCLS, led a session called “Clinical Laboratorian Consultation: Improving Diagnosis and Reducing Cost”. She shared her experiences as a practicing DCLS and the benefits to patient care. She has also proved the value of a DCLS on the financial side with a documented $628,493 cost savings in her 9.5 months of clinical internship! She really has proved to be a trailblazer in this budding field, and I am excited to see how the DCLS profession will continue to grow and impact patient care.
I attended both the Microbiology and Molecular Scientific Assembly meetings, and volunteered to write a microbiology article for ASCLS Today, our national society newsletter. I spent some time at the AACC/ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Expo, and was able to see all the varieties of instrumentation that are available to diagnostic laboratories, including the total automation that will soon be taking over microbiology laboratories. These sophisticated technologies made me realize that the future really is now, and it emphasized the importance of being flexible to learn new technologies and adapt to what the future of the clinical laboratory will bring.
I was very honored to be nominated for a couple of awards: The Key to the Future award as well as Constituent Society Member of the Year. It may seem small, but a little recognition goes a long way. I am very proud to be a part of the leadership of ASCLS-OK, and I am excited to see what the next few years will bring. This experience has been incredible. I was able to meet so many new people from all over the country, and I learned so much that I hope I can bring back to improve not only my function as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, but also to our society of ASCLS.
Thank you for your support,
ASCLS-OKLAHOMA is a member society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). It is one of the state and district societies in ASCLS Region VII, which also includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas. The leadership of ASCLS-OK is elected by the state members at the annual business meeting held each spring. ASCLS-Oklahoma leaders and members are dedicated to advocating for the profession of Medical laboratory science in the state of Oklahoma. Activities include offering and promoting continuing education, voicing an opinion about key legislation to state representatives, providing scholarhips to Medical Laboratory Science (MLS & MLT) students and recruiting the next generation of professionals. There are many ways that you can be involved and contribute to ASCLS-Oklahoma! If you are not a member, click hereJOIN
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Message from ASCLS-OK
President: Miles Tompkins, ASCLS DAC Chair-Elect
ASCLS 2018 Annual Meeting Report 8/26/2018
Once again, I have had the great honor of representing Oklahoma as a delegate to the ASCLS National meeting, this year held in Chicago, Illinois. As much as I have enjoyed attending past meetings, this one was special to me as I have spent a lot of time during my childhood in the Chicago area and was able to connect with family and friends before the meeting began. The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, the Sears (Willis) Tower, the River Walk, Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier are just a sample of the plethora of sights that I got to take in during the week I was there.
My attendance at the meeting started on Sunday with the National governance meetings. I was elected to serve again with the Diversity Advocacy Council (DAC); this time as Chair-Elect. This position will run for three years that will include my serving as Chair and then Past-Chair in the upcoming term. I am very excited and proud that ASCLS has recently addressed diversity and inclusion in our Mission Vision Statement. I invite you to read it at: http://www.ascls.org/about-us/mission-vision-statement. Along with DAC, I was able to sit in on part of the Constituent Leaders Symposium. This has been referred to in the past as the “Incoming Presidents Meeting”, but this year ASCLS wanted to open it up to all leadership in order to develop a better support structure within our society and address the issues we face today. Also in governance, I attended the Region VII meeting where I was able to present our new President-Elect, Alison Rossduetscher, with the “Key to the Future” award. I was also surprised by being presented with a Regional Omicron Sigma award. The governance culminated with a Regional dinner at Giordano’s for Chicago deep dish pizza which is one of my all-time favorites!
The opening Keynote speaker this year was Heather Hurley from The Joint Commission. Her presentation on the laboratory’s role in leading the way to zero harm in the healthcare setting was interesting and informative. I also attend the Clinical Laboratory Expo this year where I was again asked to judge the ASCLS undergraduate poster presentations. Another highlight of the week has always been the Alpha Mu Tau Foundation dinner and this year did not disappoint. The evening, part fundraiser-part formal, was held on Navy Pier and ended with a fireworks display over the water of Lake Michigan. The closing Keynote for the week was Kamran Mirza, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Loyola University Chicago, who led a very educational presentation on the current and future role of social media in the laboratory science field and the uses it has to promote the profession.
Finally, I attended the House of Delegates meeting where there were some great changes to the membership levels. If you have not already renewed your membership for this year, please take the time to go check out the latest membership possibilities at: http://www.ascls.org/membership/join. Along with the membership changes, ASCLS also presented the position statement: ADDRESSING THE CLINICAL LABORATORY WORKFORCE SHORTAGE. I invite you to take a moment to read through this important message from ASCLS. As always, I leave the National Meeting with excitement for the year to come. I look forward to working with many of you to grow and develop our ASCLS constituent society into the positive force for the promotion of Clinical Laboratory Sciences that I know it can be.
President: Miles Tompkins
ASCLS 2017 Annual Meeting Report 8/30/2017
On July 31- August 3, 2017, I was excited to attend ASCLS Annual Meeting and honored to serve as the Delegate for Oklahoma once more. This year it was held at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, California. I was fortunate enough to be able to arrive a day early and explore the surrounding area on Coronado Beach.
My weeks started out with attending the Leadership Development Seminar, which was formerly the Incoming State Presidents Seminar, which is now open to all members in attendance who are either currently in a State Leadership role or who would like to learn more about leadership opportunities. The great benefit to this is that it opened the door for more communication and exchange of ideas across all levels and Regions of ASCLS. The most exciting news to come out of this is the start of a leadership “manual” that will be available on ascls.org as well as a mentorship program matching more experienced state leaders with their newer counterparts in other states or areas.
I then attended the Diversity Advocacy Council meeting. The DAC is a committee within ASCLS, whose mission is to promote diversity within our organization and the Laboratory Professional field. This year I was elected to serve as Secretary for this committee; I am so excited to see what great things we do this year!
Midweek I was given the chance to judge student poster presentations. I had never done that before and I was surprised with how much fun I had. I was also invited to the Alpha Mu Tau fraternity dinner. This year it was held in a place called the Abbey which is an old mission church that is converted into an events center. There was fun and revelry had by all in the name of raising money for student scholarships.
Throughout the week I got to enjoy some great scientific sessions and participate in many social activities that were educational and fun. Not only did I get to make many new friends and see several old ones, but I really got to enjoy learning new things about the field I work in. I was also proud to accept an award on behalf of our state society for 3rd place in membership retention.
The week culminated in the House of Delegates meeting where we are introduced to our new National President Deb Rhodal and her vison for ASCLS in the next year. There was also discussion about the future of how membership levels are to be divided and labeled in the future. After many suggestions and spirited debate, the recommendations will go back to the national membership committee. The data will be extrapolated and presented to the House of Delegates next year. I hope I will be able to represent Oklahoma again at that time.