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Early Adopters Enthusiastically Enroll in Lab Management University

Monday, May 13, 2013

When Jared Block, MD, FASCP, heard about Lab Management University, a new certificate program ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation (APF) launched this spring, he was the first to register.

New Courses Expand LMU Offerings
Seven new courses for Lab Management University are being added this month in six core competencies areas of Leadership, Personnel Management, Financial Management, Compliance, Operations, and Informatics. LMU courses are offered in the spring, summer, fall, and winter.

“I was trained to be a pathologist, not to run a corporation, which I do now,” says Dr. Block, who manages a staff of 40 as medical director of a private pathology laboratory that serves North Carolina and South Carolina. “When I first became a medical director, there were initially a lot of gaps of knowledge, mostly in personnel management and finance.”

The program resonates with pathologists and laboratory professionals. So far, 235 pathologists, pathology residents, and laboratory professionals across a spectrum of ages, work experience, and expertise have enrolled.

“Lab Management University was created to enhance the management training and resources available to the new-in-practice pathologist and laboratory professional,” says Melissa Lord-Toof, Associate Director of APF. “The LMU core competency subject areas address necessary management skill sets determined from a needs-assessment study and the collective experiences of pathologists and laboratory managers.

“I was trained to be a pathologist, not to run a corporation, which I do now. When I first became a medical director, there were initially a lot of gaps of knowledge, mostly in personnel management and finance.”
—Jared Block, MD, FASCP

“By drawing on the experiences of seasoned laboratory leaders from APF and ASCP, the LMU program is well-positioned to help those seeking additional management training or to progress to a leadership position within their organization, to do so successfully.”   

The first group of participants, dubbed “early adopters,” cites many reasons for enrolling, including the convenience of online learning, the caliber of the faculty, and the aspiration to lead a medical laboratory someday. The LMU program includes 25 online course modules that participants can take at their convenience, as well as interactive webinars and live workshops. Successful completion of the program leads to a Certificate in Laboratory Management.

Joong-Won Lee, PhD, left, Lead Laboratory Professional at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, New Hyde Park, N.Y., confers with his colleague, Ms. Goh.

Raj Dhori, MLS(ASCP)CM, works part-time in a hematology laboratory at a 427-bed community hospital in Munster, Ind., while raising her young child. She enrolled in LMU to develop management skills, so she can seek a job as a supervisor when she returns to full time work in a few years.

“This program will open doors for my career,” says Ms. Dhori, an ASCP Regional Representative.   

At the other end of the spectrum, Jane Goh, supervisor of a molecular pathology lab, says, “I’m crazy, but I want to take the Diplomate in Laboratory Management exam. This program will help me to prepare,” she says, with a laugh. “I’m doing this purely for myself.”  

To learn more about Lab Management University, visit www.ascp.org/lmu.


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