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Speed Learning 5: High School Outreach Program, Professional Associations and Students, and HRSA SDS Grants

From the 2021 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) - Recorded February 27, 2021
Presented by Heather Eggleston, MEd, Aaron Odegard, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSM and Georgia McCauley, PhD, MT(AMT)

This speed learning session includes 3 presentations:

  • Dare To Dream: A High School Outreach Program on the UW Campus
    • Learn about a unique recruitment program created by the University of Washington's MLS academic adviser and other health science partners. Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy is a residential high school program for students from migrant communities in which participants receive experiential learning and college prep sessions introducing them to MLS and other health professions.
  • What have you done for me lately: Making professional associations work for you and your students!
    • This session will explore how membership and active participation in a professional association can help you and your students. From enhancing your own promotion dossier to exposing your students to the latest professional trends, there is a host of benefits to assure your voices are heard.
  • HRSA SDS Grant: How Funding Helped Our Students 
    • The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided a funding opportunity in 2020 for Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS). This funding increases diversity in the health professions to provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. The presenter will share funding priorities and student experiences their grant funding provided.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to
  1. Describe the UW Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy.
    Identify how the Academy is used for MLS outreach.
    Summarize the outcomes of the Academy.
  2. List benefits a professional association can provide to educators and their students.
    Outline the impact educators and students can have on the medical laboratory profession through active participation and engagement.
    Determine how professional associations can be integrated into your curriculum.
    Outline examples of laboratory experiences with resource constraints.
  3. Explain the purpose of the HRSA SDS grant.
    Identify student funding priorities.
    Describe student experiences the SDS funding provided.

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.

This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.