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Educating High School Students: A Model to Ending the Workforce Shortage

From the 2022 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (recorded 3/16/2022)
Presented by James Payne IV, MEd, CPT(NHA)

This session presents a solution to address the current workforce shortage crisis of the medical laboratory—build the "minor league team" for the medical laboratory workforce from the bottom up with a medical laboratory assisting and phlebotomy program using a career and technical education model. High school students learn employable laboratory and phlebotomy knowledge and skills while exploring and developing a passion for medical laboratory careers.

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

  • Explain what a career and technical education medical laboratory program could look like.
  • Explain how engaging with high school students (especially in a skills based program) to increase the exposure of the field and therefore increases the number of students who go to college based medical laboratory programs
  • Propose how to help create a laboratory science program that can help alleviate the staff needs at the entry level of the medical laboratory while also increasing the number of potential technicians or scientists in the medical lab.

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