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Press Start: Lead an Empowered Life as a Clinical Laboratorian

CMS Says Nurses Can Perform High Complexity Tests
July 31, 2016 4:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a memo that it sent to CLIA inspectors on how to interpret educational requirements. CLIA had always specified the minimum educational requirements for individuals performing laboratory Read More...
Representing all laboratorians as “lab techs” hurts the profession
May 30, 2016 9:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago I went to the doctor with a friend. The nice young lady taking my friend’s vitals and medical history introduced herself as “Dr. O’s nurse”. I noticed her name badge read “RMA”- registered medical assistant. She was professional, competent Read More...
Laboratorians DO Influence How We are Perceived
March 20, 2016 7:19 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago the physician group American Osteopathic Association (AOA) which represents osteopathic physicians (they use the credential DO instead of MD) embarked on a branding campaign for their profession. Some clever marketer decided to use the Read More...
Roche Launches Website for Lab Leaders
October 31, 2015 10:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
Like other professionals and interest groups medical laboratorians like to network and share challenges and wisdom with their colleagues. Social media has made sharing easier by developing professional websites and discussion groups. Very often the emphasis Read More...
AACC Issues Position Statement on Personalized Medicine
August 8, 2015 10:14 PM by Glen McDaniel
The AACC recently issued a position statement on personalized medicine(PM). Much has been written about the emergence of a more individualized approach to medicine. Patients often present with a variety of symptoms for the same disease and react differently Read More...
In Celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
April 19, 2014 2:16 PM by Glen McDaniel
So, it’s that time of year again. This week we turn our attention to celebrating medical laboratorians. It is the one week out of the year when we highlight the very important role played by those of us who practice in the laboratory. Although the information Read More...
Glucose or HbA1c..Who you Gonna Call?
March 1, 2014 1:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
I have the most instructive conversations with physicians and others outside of our profession. Some day I would like to write a book of such conversations and recommend its use as a discussion point for medical laboratory students. My friend the endocrinologist Read More...
Medical Lab Science is Still a Growth Career
December 22, 2013 3:55 PM by Glen McDaniel
Just this week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report of job prospects for the next ten years (actually between 2012 and 2022). Not surprisingly, healthcare topped the list of attractive fields, projected to grow at almost three percent, Read More...
Wanna Buy a Credential?
March 24, 2013 3:16 PM by Glen McDaniel
Since the ASCP took over the popular and progressive NCA in 2009, I have periodically received emails from medical lab professionals not happy with the merger for various reasons. Prompted by this overwhelming response, I have previously blogged about Read More...
Why You Shouldn’t Wait for the DCLS
August 13, 2011 6:18 PM by Glen McDaniel
The opening keynote address of the annual ASCLS meeting in Atlanta was delivered by two physicians, Dr. Laposata (a pathologist) and Dr. Meisel (an internist) discussing in point-counterpoint fashion what way clinical laboratorian' s view their role in Read More...
Paying to Speak at CLMA
May 2, 2010 8:50 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few years ago I had a thriving consulting business which included speaking at conferences all over the country. I spoke to clinical laboratory groups, healthcare executives, civic groups and a variety of other professionals. I was asked to deliver keynote Read More...
You Still Have a Choice
October 10, 2009 7:07 PM by Glen McDaniel
Just over 2 months ago I wrote a blog discussing the NCA-ASCP merger. The blog elicited a lot of responses both directly on this site and through personal email. One nagging question has been the role of AMT in all of this. Some AMT certificants worried Read More...
ASCP and NCA Unify at Last
July 24, 2009 9:34 PM by Glen McDaniel
Just in: The two largest national certification agency for clinical laboratorians announced in Chicago that they have merged (finally!) Laboratorians have long recognized that one of the factors contributing to low recognition and confusion in the profession Read More...
Clinical Lab Science Still Competitive
May 28, 2008 2:49 PM by Glen McDaniel
According to an article in Money magazine, laboratory technologist (clinical laboratorian) ranks 46 out of the 50 best jobs. This ranking is based on a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which makes projections of which professions--requiring Read More...
One National Certification, Finally?
February 4, 2008 1:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
As laboratorians, we often bewail the disunity in the profession. Not only do competing membership organizations tout their relative superiority at the expense of others, but there are also competing certifications. Many Human Resource departments think Read More...


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