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From left: Misa Sakamoto and Dr. Sakamoto with Dr. Ueda, Dr. Holladay, and Ms. Young

Expanding ASCP’s Sphere of Influence in Asia

Monday, December 17, 2012

Growing up in an impoverished region in the southern Philippines, Yusoph Ramos, RMT, MT(ASCPi)CM, decided he wanted to go into a profession where he could help alleviate the suffering and improve the quality of life in the region.

“This region is a very deprived and unstable area,” says Mr. Ramos, 24, a medical laboratory professional. “As a young man, I wanted to contribute something good for my people. Holding the ASCP certification as an international medical technologist offers the highest recognition and credibility in the field of medical laboratory science in my country.”

“As a young man, I wanted to contribute something good for my people [in an impoverished region in the Philippines]. Holding the ASCP certification as an international medical technologist offers the highest recognition and credibility in the field of medical laboratory science in my country.”
—Yusoph Ramos, RMT, MT(ASCPi)CM

Along with many others certified by ASCP, Mr. Ramos attended a reception hosted by the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) in Manila, Philippines, which was held during the ASEAN Conference of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ACCLS) meeting, Nov. 27–30, 2012. Member countries represented at ACCLS include the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Brunei. Representatives of ASCP International Certification Advisory Boards from many countries also attended the meeting. ASCP hosted a booth where certification and educational materials were distributed over the three-day period, provided a plenary speech to more than 3,000 participants, and had a special reception for ASCPi certified Filipinos at the conclusion of the conference. To date, ASCP has certified more than 2,000 Medical Technologists in the Philippines alone.  

Ms. Young, in the center, joins representatives of the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists at the ASCP booth at the 14th ASEAN Association for Clinical Laboratory Sciences Conference in the Philippines.

 

From left, Dr. Sakamoto with Dr. Holladay and Dr. Takahashi.

 

From left, Mr. Yu with Ms. Young, Dr. Holladay, and Dr. Yang.

“Mr. Ramos’ comments underscore the need for ASCP to actively expand its educational opportunities to the international market in order to support the ASCPi certification maintenance program,” says Jennifer Young, CT(ASCP)CM,  Senior Manager for International Certification with the ASCP Board of Certification, who represented ASCP International Certification in Manila. “We’ve not been back to the Philippines since 2006 when we officially established the Philippine Advisory Board. ASCP’s Philippine Advisory Board has very strong leadership. They are our strongest supporters in promoting international certification.”

In addition to the weeklong certification activities, Dr. E. Blair Holladay, Executive Vice President of ASCP, gave the conference opening plenary session on “The Globalization of Medicine/Appropriate Utilization and Green Technology for the Laboratory.”

“Dr. Holladay challenged everyone to be more globally competitive,” says Luella Vertucio, BSMT, RMT (PRC), a member of the Philippine Advisory Board. “What is more amazing is ASCP’s commitment to its objective for laboratories to work better for quality assurance and strive harder toward international standards.”

After the ACCLS activities in Manila, the ASCP contingent traveled to Kyoto, Japan, to meet with several representatives of the ASCP International Advisory Board, and to attend the 59th National Congress of Japanese Society of Laboratory Medicine and the 12th Asian Society of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (ASCPaLM). There, they met with Hauko Takahashi, MD, PhD, President of ASCPaLM and Chair of the 12th ASCPaLM Conference.  Advisory Board members included the Japanese Advisory Board Chair Hideo Sakamoto, PhD, and member Kunihiro Mimura, PhD, distinguished Presidents, and other notable professionals from Indonesia, Mongolia, Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. One highlight of the visit was the opportunity to meet with Mitsuru Murata, MD, PhD, President of the Japanese Society of Laboratory Medicine, and Kunihiro Ueda, MD, PhD, President of Kobe Tokiwa University, in Kyoto. Dr. Ueda hosted a special luncheon in honor of ASCP.

“The Advisory Board members are doing a remarkable job of promoting ASCP international examinations through their place of employment as well as through their national laboratory organizations,” Ms. Young says. “Their work has improved the status of laboratory professionals in these countries and provided individuals with a credential recognized throughout the world.”

“The name and activity of ASCP international certification is not well known to Japanese pathologists and laboratory professionals,” Dr. Sakamoto says. “We need to improve the promotion of ASCP international certification to Japanese laboratory professionals to let them know about the good work that ASCP does globally.”

Dr. Holladay provided the Keynote Address on “The Globalization of Medicine” at the Asian Society of Clinical Pathologist and Laboratory Medicine Conference. According to Dr. Holladay, “Issues surrounding appropriate test utilization are not unique to the United States. It is incumbent upon us to share best practices using an evidenced-based medical system with our medical colleagues throughout the world. Overutilization of laboratory testing is becoming substantially more important in light of the significant strain in funding throughout international health systems.”


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