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Promoting the MLS Profession Through a Summer Immersion Program

From the 2021 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) - Recorded February 26, 2021
Presented by Cliff Cymrot, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM and Marcia Firmani, PhD, MT(ASCP)MB

This session will provide an overview of the summer program and discuss how this type of program can be a useful strategy to promote the laboratory science profession to STEM-minded students as they begin to consider baccalaureate degree options.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to

  1. Describe the components of a summer immersion program designed to expose high school and early college students to MLS
  2. Discuss lessons learned from four years of implementing a summer program.
  3. Illustrate promotional strategies we have used to attract potential high school and community college students

CE ACCREDITATION
ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area Education/General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION
This basic-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.