ASCP re.member Program Reaches 10,000th Member Milestone
Monday, March 05, 2012
Maria J. Dosseh, MLS(ASCP)CM, is the 10,000th member in the ASCP re.member program, which was launched in 2010 to streamline the three-year recertification process for laboratory professionals. To recognize Ms. Dosseh for being the 10,000th enrollee in re.member, ASCP gave her a $200 American Express gift card.
“I was attracted to join re.member by the unlimited ability to take ASCP online courses,” said Ms. Dosseh, the Technical Service Manager at Streck, Inc., in Omaha, Neb. “The second bonus was online access to all my continuing education (CE) credits. I have submitted CE credits twice for the Certification Maintenance Program, and it is a lot of information to track manually. Those two features made it an easy choice to join. The program pays for itself, and it benefits me.”
Earning Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) units has been popular with re.member participants. The total number of CMP units earned through re.member has steadily grown from 26,111 in 2010 to 57,247 in 2011. For 2012, CMP units are expected to increase to 74,144.
For tracking CE credits, re.member’s customized Web portal stores participants’ CE credits from ASCP courses and other sources. The re.member program sends updates on how many more CE credits in different categories are needed for members to qualify for recertification. The membership also includes the $75 ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) CMP application fee required for recertification. In addition, re.member provides all the other benefits of ASCP membership, such as ASCP member discounts on books and classroom education, as well as subscriptions to Daily Diagnosis, Critical Values, LabMedicine, eNews Briefs, and the online version of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. For more details about re.member, go here.
“Developing the re.member program was transformational for ASCP because we focused on creating the best value for its participants,” said Steven F. Ciaccio, CPA, CAE, ASCP Chief Operating Officer. “Gaining 10,000 members in just a few years demonstrates this approach has succeeded.”
Earning her ASCP certification in 2004, Ms. Dosseh thrives on solving problems. Her training as a medical laboratory scientist helps her understand how customers use hematology, chemistry, immunology, urinalysis, and blood collection devices that Streck manufactures. Her experience and training at Streck provide her with good insight about the different instrument technologies. These skills contribute to troubleshooting assistance that Ms. Dosseh and her team provide for their customers.
“I help medical laboratory professionals and do something that ultimately matters for patients,” Ms. Dosseh said. “My goal is to troubleshoot instrumentation and technical problems to get the laboratories back up and running quickly.”
Although she grew up in Houston, Omaha has been Ms. Dosseh’s home since receiving an academic scholarship at the College of St. Mary. She has found plenty of opportunities there to advance in her career.
On the personal side, Ms. Dosseh met her husband, Tinno Dosseh, in Omaha. While she was born in Mexico City, her husband is from the Togolese Republic, on the west coast of Africa. “We are from two different continents, but we met in Omaha,” she said.