New Collaboration Accelerates Growth of Laboratory Medicine in Asia
Monday, March 24, 2014
ASCP is broadening its influence in Asia to respond to a critical need to improve patient care, build awareness of the importance of laboratory medicine, and attract a new generation of professionals.
“For the past decade, ASCP has been helping to build sustainable laboratory infrastructures in countries around the globe. Targeting workforce development and accreditation, ASCP has helped design curricula, develop faculty, and improve the knowledge and skills necessary to support public health.”
— Steven H. Kroft, MD, FASCP
The Society has forged a partnership with KingMed, the largest independent laboratory in China, and jointly established the Greater China Education and Certification Training Center for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at KingMed Diagnostics. KingMed has more than 5,000 employees who provide medical laboratory services for more than 13,000 medical institutions throughout China.
The new center is open to the public and provides China's pathologists and medical laboratory professionals with access to world-class continuing education resources and certification opportunities.
“For the past decade, ASCP has been helping to build sustainable laboratory infrastructures in countries around the globe,” says ASCP President Steven H. Kroft, MD, FASCP. “Targeting workforce development and accreditation, ASCP has helped design curricula, develop faculty, and improve the knowledge and skills necessary to support public health.”
The collaboration was announced during the recent 21st Century Sino-USA Summit Forum for Advances in Laboratory Medicine, held in Guangzhou, China. The forum was co-organized by ASCP, Guangzhou Medical University KingMed College of Laboratory Medicine, and the Laboratory Medicine Branch of Guangdong Medical Association.
ASCP Executive Vice President E. Blair Holladay, ASCP Chief Science Officer Shiwen Song, MD, PhD, FASCP, and Jennifer Young, CT(ASCP)CM , Director of International Operations, were among leading experts in laboratory medicine from both China and the U.S. invited to hold in-depth discussions at the forum. Discussions focused on career development and international certification within the field, applications of next generation sequencing, cytogenetics and medical genetic testing, mass spectrometry in laboratory medicine, circulating tumor cells and real-time personalized therapy, as well as education and development of talents with expertise in laboratory medicine.
The forum was designed to facilitate international cooperation and exchanges on laboratory medicine, bring the world's advanced educational resources and leading technologies into China, promote international professional certifications, and accelerate the rapid development and internationalization of China's laboratory medicine.
“KingMed Diagnostics is committed to becoming a reliable partner of physicians and the number one clinical laboratory and pathology solutions provider in China, with a focus on the improvements of competence in comprehensive services including products, technologies, management and human resources,” says Liang Yaoming, Dean of Guangzhou Medical University KingMed College of Laboratory Medicine and President and CEO of KingMed Diagnostics. “KingMed Diagnostics is also committed to corporate social responsibilities by promoting the standardization of medical laboratory protocols.”
To see more photos and video from this meeting, click here.