Hematopathologist Shares Why LMU Will Enhance His Skills and Prepare Him for New Challenges
Monday, July 22, 2013
By Jared Block, MD, FASCP
Editor’s note: Dr. Block has risen into management ranks without formal management training. He wanted more training, however, and signed up for Lab Management University, developed by ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation. Currently, he is the Medical Director of Celligent Diagnostics LLC, Hematopathologist, and Director of Flow Cytometry at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Here is Dr. Block’s story of why he signed up for Lab Management University, how courses are already helping him, and how much he expects to gain from the courses when he completes the certificate program.
I was the very first person to sign up for Lab Management University. I did not go to business school, and I do not have time to get a master’s degree in business administration because I have a family and a very busy career. Lab Management University is perfect for me because it fills in the deficits in my knowledge especially about human resources, finances, IT, and emotional management techniques.
"In the current business climate, it will be more of a challenge for labs nationwide to be profitable. The skills taught by Lab Management University are more vital than ever. Those in lab management can gain the skills to run the labs like any other business and run it to the best of their abilities."
—Jared Block, MD, FASCP
During my career so far, I have had on-the-job training for management positions, picking up tidbits from inspections and looking at business matters with my supervisors. In my residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., and my fellowship in hematopathology at the Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C., I did not receive much laboratory management training.
So far, I have completed several lectures, and they were all excellent. I love the online format that gives me more knowledge about how to run a business. Ulysses J. Balis, MD, covered topics that were comprehensive in many aspects of pathology informatics that are vital to know and understand. I took that knowledge of duplicative services and ways to avoid disasters based on his vast experience back to my business.
When I have completed the Lab Management University certificate, I expect to have a broad overview of basic skills needed in my career. Currently, I’m in a stable position in my group. However, I am taking these courses to enhance my own skills and gain better insights into the day-to-day challenges of what I face in my various jobs.
I recommend Lab Management University to residents, management staff (both pathologists and laboratory professionals), and academic program directors and chairs because they will gain many ideas for improving their labs and business. For example, they will learn how to monitor all expenses more closely to have a profit margin.
In the current business climate, it will be more of a challenge for labs nationwide to be profitable. The skills taught by Lab Management University are more vital than ever. Those in lab management can gain the skills to run the labs like any other business and run it to the best of their abilities.