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<br>“Super Tech of the Lab” is portrayed by Ms. Renee, standing, who fights off the villainous bacterium (Ms. Langdon).

“Super Tech of the Lab” is portrayed by Ms. Renee, standing, who fights off the villainous bacterium (Ms. Langdon).

ASCP Contests for Lab Week Celebrate Unsung Heroes in the Lab

Monday, April 01, 2013

From a “Super Tech of the Lab”-style photo to a video doing the Harlem Shake dance, laboratory professionals infused creativity and panache into their photo and video entries for the ASCP 2013 National Medical Laboratory Week Contest. In all, ASCP received 66 photos and 10 videos submitted by groups of laboratory professionals nationwide.  

“I work with a group of colleagues who understand that we are not just cutting tissue. Behind every slide is a patient’s family waiting for answers. We’re the frontline professionals who help the pathologists get the right results.”
—Michelle Hadley, HT(ASCP)CM

The photo contest theme, “90 Years. 90 Days of Celebration,” encouraged laboratory professionals to show photos of themselves and their laboratories, while showing how their laboratories had improved a process or a patient outcome.

Nicole Langdon, a Laboratory Assistant at Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville, Tenn., and a colleague, Kristi Renee, submitted a photo of themselves, depicting a “Super Tech” hero slaying a bacterium.

“I was dressed as the bacterium in a box on the ground,” Ms. Langdon says. “My colleague, the Super Tech, has her knife and is armed with knowledge. The disease would have been misdiagnosed if it were not for the laboratory test results.”   

Her colleagues assembled the Super Tech costume using equipment from the laboratory, with their director’s blessing. The Super Tech’s lasso was made of blood bank wristbands. Test tubes served as the “bullets” on her utility belt. Biohazard bags served as her cape.

Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, submitted a photo with a sign bearing the poignant message, “I will uncover microscopic clues until every child is well.” It highlights the hospital’s new campaign promise to continue to do everything it can to care for sick children.

“Our sign highlights how attached our laboratory is to the hospital’s mission,” says Michelle Hadley, HT(ASCP)CM, Histology Supervisor at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston. “I work with a group of colleagues who understand that we are not just cutting tissue. Behind every slide is a patient’s family waiting for answers. We’re the frontline professionals who help the pathologists get the right results.”

ASCP celebrates National Medical Laboratory Week every year to bring awareness to the pivotal work laboratory professionals do. Many people are not aware that 70 percent of their medical records come from laboratory test results, according to Barbara Caldwell, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSH, ASCP Chair of the Council of Laboratory Professionals. 

In keeping with the video contest theme, “Igniting the Spark in Lab Science,” students and faculty at Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, Penn., created a video, “Harcum Shakes,” in homage to the popular Harlem Shake dance.

“We start with students looking bored as they listen to my dry presentation and then, suddenly, explode in a ruckus to show how excited they are about the lab,” says Donna Broderick, MT(ASCP), Director of the College’s medical laboratory technician and histology programs.

Ms. Broderick approached the College’s President for permission to develop a professionally made video for the contest and to promote laboratory careers as part of its admissions outreach. The College’s marketing department now plans to use the video to promote laboratory careers as part of its admissions outreach.

ASCP Lab Week Contest culminates during the first week in April with prizes being awarded in the Best Photo and Best Video categories. All of the entries can be viewed online. For the videos, click here. For photos, click here.


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