ASCP in the News: Commitment with Clinton Global Initiative to Fill Healthcare Jobs in New York
Monday, April 2, 2012
WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y., on March 28 reported on ASCP’s Commitment to Action in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to create more job opportunities in the medical laboratory by expanding educational access to laboratory science programs. The story features Elyse Wheeler, MD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences at Albany College. In other coverage, the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Yahoo News on Feb. 23, 2012, reported the story.
The plan will develop classrooms and distance learning curricula, create a coordinated network of clinical rotation sites, create an accelerated technician to technologist program, and develop an electronic instrumentation simulation laboratory.
ASCP’s five-year commitment to CGI includes working with a coalition of clinical laboratory organizations, government agencies and industry partners to increase the number of graduating laboratory professionals in New York by 10 percent. ASCP currently partners with The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, SUNY at Stony Brook, and SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. The long-term goal of the project is to create a model for New York that can be implemented in states across the country.
“We know federal funding for training programs like laboratory science is drying up, so through our membership with the Clinton Global Initiative we have been provided a renewed outlook on successfully creating jobs through education and providing the highest quality of patient care,” said John E. Tomaszewski, MD, FASCP, ASCP Immediate Past President and Professor and Chair of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at SUNY at the University at Buffalo. “ASCP views these obstacles as a call to action for a reinvigorated approach to developing career opportunities in laboratory science.”