ASCP 2014 Tampa: Charting the Course for the Future of Lab Medicine
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
ASCP 2014 Tampa, Oct. 8–10, at the Tampa Convention Center, offers a one-of-a-kind experience for medical laboratory professionals, with more case study-based learning sessions in hematology, chemistry and blood banking than ever before. With more than 150 education sessions, this year’s content will focus on new techniques, best practices, the latest innovations, and the future outlook for laboratory medicine.
“This annual meeting is important for all of our members—from specialists to generalists, lab professionals and LIS experts to residents.”
—Zubair Baloch, MD, FASCP
Two new specialty education tracks developed by ASCP are a CMP track, offering 17 sessions geared toward laboratory professionals to help them meet their MLS/MLT CMP requirements, and Hot Topics in Clinical Pathology. Other tracks focus on laboratory professionals, molecular pathology, gyne-cytopathology, non-gyne cytopathology, hematopathology, breast pathology, and Lab/Business Management & Professional Development.
“This annual meeting is important for all of our members—from specialists to generalists, lab professionals and LIS experts to residents,” says Zubair Baloch, MD, FASCP, Chair of the Annual Meeting Education Working Group and a member of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee.
In this changing healthcare climate, the medical laboratory needs to demonstrate its value to the overall care team, and laboratory professionals at all levels need to demonstrate leadership to be successful in this effort. Diana Mass, MA, MT(ASC), the distinguished presenter for the Barbara Castleberry Lecture for Laboratory Professionals, will describe how leaders can create an organizational culture of empowered people who have the freedom to exhibit self-direction in achieving the institutional mission and goals in her talk, “Empowerment as a Function of Leadership and Peak Performance,” on Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. In establishing such a work environment, all staff members develop their skills as leaders.
Ms. Mass is a former Professor and Director of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) program at Arizona State University. A highly-regarded educator, she has co-authored a book, “The Principles of Clinical Laboratory Utilization and Consultation,” and served on the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC).
ASCP has also reached out to the medical laboratory community in the Tampa area for input in developing sessions that are relevant to their specific needs, such as topics in gene testing, triaging and regulations. In addition, case studies in hematology, chemistry, and transfusion medicine will focus on the team approach in the laboratory.
The Society also engaged Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, to provide content and specialists to lend their expertise for education sessions. Additionally, annual meeting attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage in educational activities that will be hosted at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), Tampa’s newest state-of-the art medical training facility and simulation center, and take part in hands-on learning experiences. Featured activities include a new ASCP immersive experience session in FNA procurement, including ultrasound-guided techniques, with incorporation of clinician perspectives.
ASCP is collaborating with its partner organizations, the American Pathology Foundation and the Association for Pathology Informatics, to develop education that will support laboratory professionals in honing their management skills and learning to harness the innovations in technology that are revolutionizing the delivery of patient care.
Register now and save! Visit www.ascp.org/2014-Annual-Meeting.