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ONELab Blog Creates Powerful Vehicle for Advocacy and Visibility

Monday, February 17, 2014

Have some insights or resources to share with your peers in pathology and the medical laboratory profession? Say it on ONELab.

ASCP’s new online community provides an invaluable platform where members can interact with colleagues, gain new knowledge and resources, and demonstrate the value of the work that they do on behalf of patients.

“In this evolving healthcare climate, we ought to inundate the airwaves with, ‘Look what good we did today on behalf of patients,'” said Phillip DeChristopher, MD, PhD, FASCP, Medical Director of Transfusion and Apheresis Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, and Professor of Pathology and Medicine at Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill.

“In this evolving healthcare climate, we ought to inundate the airwaves with, ‘Look what good we did today on behalf of patients.' Pathologists and medical laboratory scientists have to get out on the electronic media to let others in medicine know what we do, and it has to be attached to good patient care and improved outcomes.”
— Phillip DeChristopher, MD, PhD, FASCP

“Pathologists and medical laboratory scientists have to get out on the electronic media to let others in medicine know what we do, and it has to be attached to good patient care and improved outcomes.”

Blogging is a powerful way for pathologists and medical laboratory scientists to have an online presence in today’s internet-based society. ASCP members can make their voices heard by submitting blogs on topics including the important contributions of the medical laboratory profession to medicine, physician fee schedules, healthcare reform, collaborative efforts, research, policy, professional development, education, and laboratory research.

For the past two months, Nathan Johnson, PhD, MASCP, MT(ASCP)DLM,SC,SLS, Supervisor of the U.S. Air Force Medical Laboratory, in Colorado Springs, Colo., has shared tips on ONELab on how to prepare for the DLM exam. His blog appears in the Lab Management University Group, designed for participants in Lab Management University, a collaborative initiative of ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation.

His question, “Did you know that the estimated number of practicing laboratory professionals who have the DLM credential is estimated to decrease each year by 7.5% over the next ten years?” drew a few responses from individuals who want to use the LMU program as a training platform to prepare them for the DLM. “As a profession, we need quality laboratory professionals ready to step up their game and demonstrate their laboratory managerial competence.”

Find out more about ONELab and how you can make your voice heard by going to www.ascp.org/ONELab



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