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William G. Finn, MD, FASCP

American Society for Clinical Pathology and the Association of Clinical Scientists Join Forces to Pursue Mutual Scientific Pursuits

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) effective Jan. 1 to collaborate on education, advocacy, and membership strategies to the mutual benefit of the pathologists and doctorate-level clinical scientists who belong to both medical organizations. This strategic alliance enables each organization to gain from one another’s areas of expertise.

“The evolution of laboratory medicine is proceeding at a challenging pace—speedy automation, rapid technology, and lightning-paced informatics. All this will require a concerted effort by pathologists, doctorate-level clinical scientists, and laboratory professionals to keep up. These three professions need to collaborate to be the most effective in their individual roles in the medical laboratory.”
—William G. Finn, MD, FASCP, ASCP Vice President

“Through this alliance, ASCP recognizes the extraordinary contribution of doctorate-level clinical scientists to laboratory medicine,” says William G. Finn, MD, FASCP, ASCP Vice President. “I look forward to this collaboration because it is a win for all sides.”

“The evolution of laboratory medicine is proceeding at a challenging pace—speedy automation, rapid technology, and lightning-paced informatics. All this will require a concerted effort by pathologists, doctorate-level clinical scientists, and laboratory professionals to keep up. These three professions need to collaborate to be the most effective in their individual roles in the medical laboratory.”

For ASCP members, ACS offers specialized knowledge in critical areas such as genomics, personalized medicine, and clinical informatics. For all ACS members, ASCP is extending a one-year complimentary membership effective March 1.

“This alliance is a great step forward for both organizations,” says Roland Valdes Jr., PhD, ACS President. “The collaboration between pathologists and doctorate-level clinical scientists will translate more discoveries in the laboratory into clinical practice. Additionally, it advances the career development of both pathologists and doctorate-level clinical scientists in accelerating specialties such as molecular diagnostics, guiding therapy, personalized medicine, and special agents for cancer. In the future of health care, molecular diagnostics will trump therapeutics. ACS bridges clinical practice with research.”

Through the new ASCP Institute of Science, Technology, and Policy, ACS members will have a stronger voice in Washington, D.C., and can play an integral role in advancing the ASCP Institute’s Health Services Center. In turn, ASCP gains access to ACS leaders and chairs of the 10 scientific sections who could serve as ASCP spokespersons in their respective areas of expertise. Through a recent survey, doctorate-level clinical scientists have expressed a strong interest in taking management courses, which corresponds with ASCP’s new educational offerings.

ASCP pathology residents will have access to ACS members who serve as senior faculty at forums such as the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting and who offer them informal mentoring and references for future fellowships and jobs. Through free membership effective March 1, ACS members can take first-rate online courses at no charge to earn up to seven continuing medical education credits; gain online access to the prestigious ASCP journals, the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Lab Medicine, and Critical Values, as well as online publications such as Daily Diagnosis, eNews Briefs, and ePolicy News; and be eligible for member discounts for the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting, Sept. 18–21, in Chicago, books, and educational products and services.

“The collaboration between ASCP and ACS allows organizational synergies to deliver education and healthcare delivery using the latest advances in translational diagnostic medicine. Our collective efforts will provide unique opportunities for our practitioners to improve health care,” says Dr. E. Blair Holladay, ASCP Executive Vice President. “Both organizations are true hybrids of physician and non-physician medical scientists, and this alliance is reflective of our respective memberships. ASCP builds relationships that show we are committed to both pathologists and laboratory professionals.”

A member of ACS and ASCP, Roger Bertholf, PhD, serves as the Treasurer for ACS and the Editor-in-Chief for ASCP’s journal, Lab Medicine. He was instrumental in proposing the strategic alliance between the two medical organizations. “ACS does not have the reach of ASCP and will benefit from this professional alignment,” Dr. Bertholf says. “This is a momentous step for ACS, which has a very rich scientific history and legacy, but has a small but focused membership. Now we need to expand our membership to gain a larger base of support. At the same time, ASCP members can learn what ACS is about and expand their knowledge.”


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