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Focus on Recruitment

From the 2024 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (Recorded 2/23/2024)
Presented by Perla Gilman, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, and Esther Biswas-Fiss, PhD, MB(ASCP)CM
Featuring two 30-minute presentations:
Increasing MLT Recruitment with an MLA Bridge Program
This session will highlight how implementing a medical laboratory assistant (MLA) program can both increase the laboratory workforce and provide a recruitment opportunity for MLT programs.
The Shortest Distance Between Two Points is not Always a Straight Line: A Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives
This session examines factors that can serve as barriers to pursuing careers in the clinical laboratory sciences and how these barriers can be overcome using novel integrated pipeline and scaffolding approaches, thereby facilitating diversity.

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

  • Describe how an MLA program can increase recruitment.
  • Identify the importance of MLAs in the laboratory field.
  • Outline a different pathway for students to enter the laboratory field.
  • Describe the impetus for enhancing a diverse perspective in laboratory-based professions.
  • Identify barriers groups historically underrepresented in science face in pursuing a degree in clinical laboratory science.
  • Propose strategies that can enhance the recruitment, retention, and success of diverse students and faculty in the fields of laboratory medicine.

This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area GEN 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.