ASCP Membership Opens Doors to Phenomenal Leadership and Professional Growth
Monday, October 22, 2012
Through her involvement with ASCP’s Council of Laboratory Professionals, Barbara S. Caldwell, MS, MT(ASCP)SH, has the incomparable opportunity to meet many colleagues nationwide. “It’s an outstanding volunteer network that has been great for so many wonderful reasons,” she said. “We are part of a larger, more powerful group.”
“ASCP provides career growth and opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills. The ASCP Council for Laboratory Professionals feeds into my personal motivation to keep aspiring laboratory professionals enthusiastic about entering the profession and to motivate those in the profession to greater achievements.”
—Barbara S. Caldwell, MS, MT(ASCP)SH
As ASCP’s annual Membership Drive gets under way, Ms. Caldwell reflected on the value of her membership in the Society, and why she plans to renew her membership. After joining ASCP in 1977, she has held many volunteer roles, including Regional Representative, ASCP Board of Certification member, and now Chair of the ASCP Council for Laboratory Professionals.
“ASCP provides career growth and opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills,” Ms. Caldwell said. “Serving on the ASCP Board of Certification offered me a way to give back to the profession. The Council for Laboratory Professionals feeds into my personal motivation to keep aspiring laboratory professionals enthusiastic about entering the profession and to motivate those in the profession to greater achievements.”
The Society supports those who are launching their careers by providing scholarships for laboratory professionals and subspecialty grants for pathology residents. For those established in their professions, it provides a way to keep track of continuing education credits on the website and to take advance of unlimited online continuing education courses.
| Dr. Cogbill
As a pathology resident, Chris Cogbill, MD, found ASCP resources very helpful in preparing residents for the certification exam.
“The RISE [Resident In-Service Examination] is a self-assessment tool that ASCP offers every year for residents to identify strengths and areas to brush up on before the certification exam,” he said. “ASCP gives feedback after the exam so that you can go back to each question you missed, see what the related content was, and check the references for each question.”
Now a fellow in hematopathology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Cogbill has served as Chair of the ASCP Resident Council and is transitioning to volunteer with the ASCP Fellow Council. He describes the Society as a professional family. “You have a family to teach you about different aspects of the lab, to collaborate with, and to develop professionally through networking, finding jobs, and volunteer experience,” Dr. Cogbill said.
Since ASCP’s 100,000 members span the entire pathology and laboratory medicine workforce, the Society differs from other professional medical societies. Pathologists and laboratory professionals each have specific roles, yet all members of the laboratory team play a crucial role in providing positive outcomes for patients. Those outcomes require a wide range of professionals in the laboratory—from practicing pathologists and laboratory professionals to hematopathology, transfusion medicine, and informatics—to work together to provide integrated, personalized care.
As ASCP moves forward in 2013, those partnerships will fuel the continued success. Renew your membership online by Nov. 30 to be entered into a drawing to receive a free iPad. Just click on www.ascp.org/renew. When renewing your membership online, also check out the OneLab Fund, which offers another opportunity to support ASCP’s programs and services.