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Ms. Morgan

New LMU Graduates Hone Skills for Career Advancement

Friday, February 14, 2014

When Tonya Morgan, MT(ASCP)SHCM, learned about a new program known as Lab Management University, she immediately signed up.

“The healthcare system where I work is going to grow in the next five years, and I saw this as an opportunity to build my skills to advance my career.”
—Tonya Morgan, MT(ASCP)SHCM

“The healthcare system where I work is going to grow in the next five years, and I saw this as an opportunity to build my skills to advance my career,” says Ms. Morgan, Laboratory Manager for Hematology Oncology Services of Arkansas, a division of CARTI, one of Arkansas’ largest radiology/oncology laboratories.   

She is among the first cohort of individuals to complete the LMU certificate program, a collaborative initiative of ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation that seeks to improve competency in laboratory management through a combination of online courses and live activities. The one-year-old program is open to pathologists, pathology residents and laboratory professionals and has drawn more than 1,700 participants from around the world.

Those who are enrolled in the program are either laboratory administrators seeking to strengthen their management skills or individuals who aspire to become administrators. Dealing with change management in an era of tighter budgets and hiring employees who have the right core competencies for the position were among the skills several LMU “graduates” sought to bolster.    

Mr. Hussain


Dr. Hassan A. Aziz

“The laboratory is really a business, and you have to look at the whole system to affect change,” Ms. Morgan says. “In all of my training, I have never been required to develop a strategic plan. After completing LMU, I created one to guide our approach to managing projects.”

Another new LMU graduate, Ashiq Hussain, MB, BS H(ASCP)CM, is also managing change in the LabCorp of America facility he supervises in Herndon, Va. A few years ago, their corporate office downsized his facility from a full reference lab with 300 employees to a core lab with a staff of 50.

“I am most concerned about competency in the lab,” Mr. Hussain says. “If I am hiring the right person, I will be more comfortable about training and trusting of that individual’s skills.”

He has found that online articles about managing employees, which are available to him through an LMU online toolkit, offer extremely beneficial insights in this area. Mr. Hussain is among a number of participants that see the LMU curriculum as preparation for taking the Diplomate of Laboratory Management (DLM) exam.

Hassan Aziz, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, had just launched a master’s program with a lab management track at Qatar University, Qatar, where he is Director of Biomedical Science and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The track was designed based on the content and competencies for the DLM exam.

“I wanted to learn more about the topics in order to enhance the curriculum in the new program,” he says. “I felt the program was aligned beautifully with the content of the DLM exam and with the real world environment.”

The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network, a group of eight hospitals in western Nebraska, was the first to sign up a group of its employees for LMU as part of its program to develop future leadership for succession planning. The employees taking the LMU courses meet every two weeks to discuss how they can put what they’ve learned into practice.

“We can see changes in their mindset and their understanding of how to improve our operations as a result,” says Rex F. Famitangco, MSc, MLS(ASCP)CM QLC, MT(AMT)CLC AHI, Laboratory Administrative Director & Education Director at Morrill County Community Hospital, part of the network. 

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