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<br>From left, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ibrahim Ogenyi, and Dr. E. Blair Holladay.

From left, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ibrahim Ogenyi, and Dr. E. Blair Holladay.

ASCP 2013 Chicago Tackles Workforce, Trends, and Challenges to Prepare for the Future of Laboratory Medicine

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The pathology and the medical laboratory profession took center stage at ASCP 2013 Chicago. “Beyond the Lab” featured a stellar keynote speaker—a former U.S. Secretary of State—as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and renowned healthcare leaders who all urged ASCP members to take a leadership role in shaping the future of healthcare delivery at home and around the globe.

“Leveraging the respective strengths of our partner organizations makes us Stronger Together. Our ultimate goal is to provide the most positive outcomes for patients.”
—Dr. E. Blair Holladay

“Beyond the Lab” offered an unparalleled educational experience for the more than 1,500 pathologists and medical laboratory professionals gathered at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Sept. 18–21. It also addressed critical issues facing the medical laboratory profession, such as the Physician Fee Schedule, CPT coding, and the workforce shortage.

Three general sessions underscored pivotal topics that have a central role in this evolving healthcare climate—patient-centered health care, appropriate test utilization, and how pathologists and laboratory professionals can enhance the value of their diagnostic work by using data analytics. ASCP staff also unveiled a new report developed by the Society’s Task Force on the Laboratory Professionals Workforce which offers strategies to build a pipeline of future medical laboratory professionals.  

This year’s annual meeting provided the most expansive array of education sessions ever, according to Steven Kroft, MD, FASCP, newly-installed President of ASCP. ASCP joined forces with partner organizations, including the Association for Pathology Informatics and the American Pathology Foundation, which provided pathology informatics curricula and laboratory management education, respectively.  

“Leveraging the respective strengths of our partner organizations makes us Stronger Together,” says Dr. E. Blair Holladay, Executive Vice President of ASCP. “Our ultimate goal is to provide the most positive outcomes for patients.”

For the first time, ASCP offered a unique symposium that was presented live and broadcast via a live webinar to more than 200 pathologists and laboratory professionals around the globe. Funded by an education grant from Celgene, the symposium brought together a multidisciplinary team to probe the complexities of diagnosing and treating the often deadly blood disorder, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS).

A very special highlight was a visit by more than 160 students from Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy in Chicago, who took part in ASCP’s inaugural “Building a Laboratory Workforce to Meet the Future” day on Sept. 20. The students immersed themselves in real-life scientific learning, rubbed shoulders with scientists from around the world, and participated in interactive scientific demonstrations presented by ASCP staff and volunteers in the ASCP Career Ambassador program, sponsored by Roche.   

ASCP Plenary Sessions on YouTube

In case you missed it, we have a recording of all three plenary sessions from ASCP 2013 Chicago!

Check out the YouTube playlist here.

“By inviting the students to meet with medical laboratory professionals and pathologists, and offering them educational exercises to learn about amazing new scientific discoveries, we hope to expand their awareness of the exciting career opportunities that exist in laboratory medicine and pathology,” Dr. Holladay says.

Before introducing the keynote speaker, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented the first annual ASCP STEM Student Scholarship Award to Ibrahim Ogenyi, a senior at Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy. (STEM stands for Science-Technology-Engineering-Math.) “Receiving the STEM Scholar Award from ASCP is one of the highlights of my life,” said Ibrahim, who will attend DePaul University, in Chicago, next year and plans to pursue a career that will utilize his skills in math and science.

To view more highlights from ASCP 2013 Chicago, click here.  To view the ASCP 2013 Chicago Poster and Oral Award winners, click here.