ASCP and APF Collaborate to Launch Lab Management University
Monday, February 04, 2013
The collaboration between ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation (APF) is translating into substantial benefits for both Societies. The two Societies are supporting each other’s Annual Meetings and have developed a new initiative, Lab Management University (LMU).
“There are a lot of synergies that come out of this alliance that benefit both sides. Lab Management University and our joint activities of the two Annual Meetings are nice examples of that.”
—Lewis Hassell, MD, FASCP
“There are a lot of synergies that come out of this alliance that benefit both sides,” says APF Board Member Lewis Hassell, MD, FASCP, APF Program Chair and a member of the LMU Committee. “Lab Management University and our joint activities of the two Annual Meetings are nice examples of that.”
ASCP is co-sponsoring the 2013 APF Spring Conference titled, “The Evolution of the Pathology Practice: Advance, Adapt and Succeed,” March 21–23, in Las Vegas. ASCP will have an exhibitor booth at the conference and will also manage the continuing medical education (CME) credits for APF members.
In addition, Edna Garcia, ASCP Manager of Scientific Engagement and Research, will share her expertise by leading a session, “Money Under the Microscope: A Closer Look at Laboratory’s Evolving Workforce.” Her presentation will identify trends in current market rewards for technical and professional personnel, and examine demographic trends to predict shortages or potential wage pressures.
Those attending the APF Spring Conference will also have an opportunity to attend a five-part program that addresses the different core competencies within Lab Management University. The program is designed so that pathologists or managers who plan to pursue the LMU certificate can get a head start toward their requisite 25 credit hours.
“APF researched how laboratory management is taught to residents and the educational resources available, and it determined that this is an area of residents' training that is lacking,” says Melissa Lord-Toof, APF Associate Director.
Jeff Jacobs, Senior Vice President of ASCP’s Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, praised the new initiative. “This collaboration for Lab Management University is so important,” he says. “It is cobranded to educate individuals who are laboratory managers and those who want to be in laboratory management.”
Meanwhile, APF is planning a laboratory management track and a business track at the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting, Sept. 18–21, in Chicago. “This is our third year of providing a laboratory management track at ASCP’s Annual Meeting,” Dr. Hassell says.
As the two Societies continue to seek opportunities for new synergies, their leaders are pleased with the progress they have made thus far.