Siemens-ASCP Scholarship Propels Young Professionals’ Careers Forward
Monday, August 12, 2013
Julie Chapman, PBT(ASCP)CM, exudes enthusiasm when she talks about careers in laboratory medicine.
“You have no idea how much I promote this profession,” says Ms. Chapman, who teaches phlebotomy at the Stautzenberger Institute, in Allen Park, Mich., near Detroit. “About 10 to 15 of my students want to go into the medical laboratory field because I have encouraged them to explore it. Most were not aware of this field.”
Her journey to become a lab professional was circuitous. After earning a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science in 2003, she worked briefly as a phlebotomist before taking a hiatus to get married and raise children. In 2009, she decided to re-enter the workforce but needed to become certified as a laboratory professional. She enrolled in courses to prepare for taking the ASCP Board of Certification exam and received a Siemens–ASCP Scholarship to help pay for her education.
“I love being involved in ASCP,” says Ms. Chapman, who is currently an ASCP Career Ambassador. “It is definitely responsible for furthering my career. I am grateful for the scholarship support, and I encourage my students to apply for the Siemens–ASCP scholarship as well. Teaching allows me to pass my knowledge on to my students. It’s important to prepare the next generation of phlebotomists.”
Applications for the 2013-2013 Siemens–ASCP Scholarships are being accepted through Nov. 15, 2013.
Meanwhile, scholarship recipient Emily Henn, MLS(ASCP)CM, is embarking on her career dream after earning a bachelor’s degree in May from Marquette University, Milwaukee.
“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to do something in science,” says Ms. Henn, who has just begun training for her new job as a third-shift generalist in the medical laboratory at United Hospital System, Kenosha, Wis.
“I love being involved in ASCP. It is definitely responsible for furthering my career. I am grateful for the scholarship support, and I encourage my students to apply for the Siemens–ASCP scholarship as well. Teaching allows me to pass my knowledge on to my students. It’s important to prepare the next generation of phlebotomists.”
—Julie Chapman, PBT(ASCP)CM
During high school, investigative crime programs on TV prompted her to consider a career in forensic science. Unfortunately, she discovered that jobs are not plentiful in that field. She subsequently found Marquette had a clinical laboratory science program and immediately enrolled.
“I get to work in the medical field, which I’m passionate about, and I can do the nitty-gritty stuff that some people think is gross, like dealing with blood and urine,” she says, with a laugh. “I enjoy being behind the scenes, conducting the tests that help the physicians treat patients.”
The Siemens–ASCP Scholarship helped her to pay off loans. Yet the real coup was that it also enabled her to attend a professional convention where she and her mentor at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, Wis., presented their research results.
Using a brand-new assay approved by the Federal Drug Administration in June, the team conducted a molecular test to detect bacteria in blood cultures. The test worked as it was intended, and now the hospital will begin using it. Presenting her research at a major conference was a feat for her career.