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New Attendees Expect the ASCP Annual Meeting to Open New Vistas for Knowledge

Monday, August 27, 2012

According to Lynne Shetron-Rama, PhD, MT(ASCP), Eastern Michigan University’s College of Health and Human Services does a fantastic job of supporting undergraduate scientific research. Her students—future medical laboratory scientists—assist on her basic science research.

She is attending the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, Oct. 31–Nov. 3, in Boston, with the expectation it will open up avenues for developing a program that would give her students more clinical research exposure and background. Trained as a medical laboratory scientist, Dr. Shetron-Rama holds a doctorate degree in immunology and microbiology and is now involved in basic medical science research at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. Mich. She is seeking to fuse the clinical side with research in her work. 

“I had an undergraduate student who is a fantastic medical laboratory scientist who did research for me this year,” Dr. Shetron-Rama said. “She did great work in basic science research in microbiology and is interested in becoming a pathologists’ assistant. I would like to find opportunities for talented students like her to attend a national meeting where they can present and I wanted to see if the ASCP Annual Meeting would be an appropriate venue.”  

Yan Chen, MD, FASP, HTL(ASCP) a general pathologist at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Ill., said the array of high-profile speakers and professional development opportunities prompted her to register for her first ASCP Annual Meeting. She is particularly interested to hear keynote speaker Laura W. Bush discuss the importance of expanding breast and cervical cancer interventions worldwide.

Former First Lady Laura Bush has been involved in the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative, which has added cervical and breast health programs to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief network. Her daughter, Barbara Bush, has founded Global Health Corps, which recruits young professionals from the United States and abroad to work in fellowships with organizations, such as the Clinton HIV/AIDS initiative and Partners In Health.  

This year’s ASCP Annual Meeting, titled “Real Science. Real Life,” brings together healthcare advocates, celebrity activists and renowned experts in pathology and laboratory medicine who will share personal stories and professional experiences that focus on patient-centered heath care worldwide.   

Keynote speakers also include Donald M. Berwick, MD, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Ashley Judd, a humanitarian, actress, and advocate for international public healthcare programs; and television personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic, who have talked publicly about how they coped with Giuliana’s diagnosis of breast cancer and decision to have a double mastectomy as a means of promoting cancer awareness among women.  

Ronald Guibord, MD, FASCP, a general pathologist at a community hospital in Portland, Maine, is particularly interested in learning about new developments in fields that he sees frequently, such as breast pathology, GI pathology, and cytology. “I’d like to hear about new applications of stains and molecular pathology that we could use that would be an asset to our practice,” he said.

Dr. Guibord has not attended an ASCP Annual Meeting since the mid-1990s, when he was a resident.  “The courses that ASCP held were very thorough, and the speakers were top in their fields,” he said. 

Dr. Chen, and newcomer Pan Du, MB(ASCP)CM, a Senior Research Associate at a pharmaceutical research lab in New Grafton, Mass., both look forward to gaining insights about new research at the ASCP Annual Meeting. They will have a wide array of learning opportunities to choose from. This year’s meeting features more than 165 educational sessions and an array of renowned presenters.   

Among the first-time attendees will be Caitlin Knapp, 24, a Medical Technologist in the Clinical Chemistry Lab at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  As a college student at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, she had the opportunity to attend an ASCP workshop in Wisconsin, which she described as amazing. “I wanted to see what the national conference was like,” Ms. Knapp said.  

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