ASCP EVP Discusses Why ASCP Keynote Speakers Affect Members’ Minds and Careers
Monday, August 12, 2013
Dr. E. Blair Holladay, ASCP Executive Vice President, explains his vision for securing prominent ASCP Annual Meeting Keynote Speakers as influential change agents who can expand how ASCP members view the pathology and laboratory medicine professions. In an interview with Sara Patterson, ASCP Director of Communications, he discusses why these Keynote Speakers are relevant to ASCP members, why ASCP members need to think “Beyond the Lab” in order to thrive, and what are the best reasons for ASCP members to attend this year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago.
SP: Over the past three years, ASCP has had a series of nationally and internationally prominent keynote speakers at its Annual Meetings, which include President Bill Clinton and Dr. Paul Farmer in 2011, former First Lady Laura W. Bush in 2012, and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2013. Why did you think it is important for ASCP members to be engaged with these keynote speakers?
EBH: These keynote speakers have different global perspectives that transcend politics and the laboratory, while serving to globally expand access for patients to quality health care. Keynote speakers such as President Bill Clinton, Dr. Paul Farmer, Ashley Judd, Dr. Donald Berwick, Laura W. Bush, and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton are influential change agents who are actively engaged in securing quality health care nationally and globally.
Similar to these Keynote Speakers, ASCP is an influential player who has been at the center of the global health movement since 2005 when we formed a partnership with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Through consistent funding from the CDC, ASCP Consultants have developed an infrastructure for improving the education of laboratory professionals and the accreditation of laboratories in 19 PEPFAR [President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief] countries.
SP: For ASCP 2013 Chicago, Sept. 18-21, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker. Why is it important for ASCP members to hear Secretary Clinton’s speech?
EBH: Secretary Clinton is a career-long champion of equal economic and healthcare opportunities for women and girls in the United States and worldwide. In this respect, she fits the continuum of ASCP Annual Meeting keynote speakers who are influential change agents for access to quality health care for women, girls, and all human beings.
Secretary Clinton believes that women are our most underused resource and has used her considerable diplomatic skills to build partnerships between governments, private industry, NGOs [non-governmental organizations], and nonprofits to change this equation during the 21st century. Her smart power approach to equality for women and girls reaches out to tap the energy and experience globally of academia, private sector, and governments to enhance their competitiveness in the United States and in the world at large. She has seen that when women participate fully in the economy, gross domestic product rises. Similar to ASCP’s ongoing efforts, Secretary Clinton supports STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] careers for women.
SP: Why do ASCP members need to think “Beyond the Lab”?
EBH: With the rapid evolution of health care in the United States, pathologists and laboratory professionals have to be ahead of these changes and carve out their place on the multidisciplinary health teams. ASCP is rigorously contributing to the education and resources for our members to lead the diagnostic portion for genomics and personalized medicine for patients. Much of the transition for pathology and lab medicine needs to be accomplished outside of the laboratory, so other healthcare providers and patients understand the rapidly evolving expertise of pathologists and laboratory professionals in the age of genomics.
Additionally, ASCP is making sure our members’ voices are heard in Washington, D.C., and in every state in the nation about the pertinent issues in health care and reimbursement. This is a critical juncture for our members as healthcare changes are evolving rapidly, and ASCP is fighting for our members’ best interests each step of the way.
SP: What are the top three reasons for ASCP members to attend ASCP 2013 Chicago?
EBH: Members will gain premier education that they can take back to their practices or laboratories, listen to renowned speakers who will enlarge their perspective of what they can help to achieve nationally and globally, and cultivate influential relationships to advance their careers. ASCP 2013 Chicago will be an experience that members will always remember and will immediately improve their practices at a critical juncture in health care. Finally, this experience is one-of-a-kind that cannot be replicated at any other place or time.