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After 24 years of dedicated service to NAACLS, Gwen James-Oriaikhi retired as of December 31, 2019. Gwen began her employment at NAACLS as an Office Coordinator before transitioning to Program Services. Upon her retirement, Gwen was serving as the Accreditation/Approval Manager as well as Executive Assistant. All of us at NAACLS will truly miss Gwen and her outstanding contributions to the agency.

As of January 1, Program Services staffing and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Mark Spence retains his current role and is responsible for Phlebotomy, Clinical Assistant and DCLS Programs. He is also the Volunteer Services Manager.
  • Russell DeCaluwe is responsible for the MLT programs and will assume responsibility as the Staff Liaison to the Quality Assurance Committee.
  • Michele Stevenson is responsible for the MLS programs and will also serve as Staff Liaison to RCAP and the BOD.
  • Jessica Jasso, who began her employment with NAACLS in November as Office Coordinator, has moved to Program Services and assumed responsibility for HT, HLT, CG, DMS, Pathologist Assistant programs, as well as a number of off- and on-cycle program service functions.
  • Other staff will continue with their present duties.

Please reach out to the office if you have questions.

We look forward to serving all of you in 2020 and wish you a very happy and healthy new year!

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By Peter Hu, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM,  CGCM, MBCM, FACSc, President, NAACLS Board of Directors

An edited version of Dr. Hu’s message will be published in the NAACLS 2019 Annual Report later this spring. However, we present his message to you at this time as it contains timely information.

Greetings, colleagues! It is time for the NAACLS’ annual “Message From the President.” This is a summary of some of the top activities during this past year.

In the past year, NAACLS continued to offer timely workshops and articles and to plan for new ones based on frequently asked questions. Various published articles such as “Volunteer Week – The NAACLS Site Visit: Tricks-Of-The-Trade” to “Volunteer Week – The Importance of the Self-Study Summary Page” were written to help both the site visit team and the program for a successful site visit process. In addition, we have continued to offer excellent workshops near the headquarters and at CLEC of which many were to “sold out” audiences. These continued events are some of the ways that NAACLS maintains the highest quality on the standard of practices offered in order to maintain successful accreditation and approval processes. To ensure this, our workshop presenters are usually veteran site visitors and/or experienced committee members from the Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC).

With the retirement of experienced veterans and promotions of “new” individuals into the role of program directors, the Board of Directors has expressed concern that additional support is required for our programs. To better serve everyone, NAACLS will have an exhibit booth at CLEC to help answer questions. Please stop and see us!

As always, NAACLS cannot do its job without dedicated volunteers. We continue to seek volunteers to be self-study reviewers, site visitors, RCAP/PARC/DRC committee members, and board members. If you have any interest, please check the information on the NAACLS website. We look forward to others joining the team. One of the benefits of volunteering is learning how others have created the top notch programs accredited and approved by NAACLS.  A recent call out for committees was sent in October 2019.  There are 2 Board of Director positions, 7 RCAP positions, 3 PARC positions, and 2 DRC positions that will be coming up for elections. Nominations, which should include completed Candidate Fact Sheets and CVs, should be sent to the NAACLS office by January 15th, 2020. Nominations may also be emailed to Mark Spence, Volunteer Services Manager.  For more information, please visit https://naaclsnews.org/2019/10/17/naacls-is-seeking-nominations-for-board-and-committee-roles-2/ .

The Accreditation Management System (AMS) project is currently paused awaiting a board appointed task force to review the current state of the project and its future direction. The initial meeting already took place in December and a 2nd meeting will soon follow in January, 2020 with recommendations to the Board. Rest assured, we will move forward.

In other areas from the Board:

  1. Minor edits to the interim report guidelines were approved for clarity and made effective immediately.
  2. The DMS preamble (competencies) were again revised to reflect the emergence of next generation sequencing testing and bioinformatics. An important step to this change is the differentiation between the competencies in diagnostic molecular science professionals working in DMS laboratories and those medical laboratory scientists encountering molecular tests in their MLS disciplined laboratories e.g. blood bank, microbiology etc..
  3. Approved for release for 30 days public comment were edits to standard II.B, IVA.1.D, and V.D. Results from proposed standards changes will be presented in the coming months.
  4. Several policies related to DCLS programs were addressed. For more information, please visit NAACLS News “Board of Directors Update – September 2019” issue: https://naaclsnews.org/2019/10/29/naacls-board-of-directors-update-september-2019/

For those who are attending the CLEC meeting in Orlando, I look forward to robust discussions on laboratory education!

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By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

With the new year right around the corner, we wish to remind you that NAACLS is conducting a new workshop titled, “Get Excited About Not Being Cited – The Insiders’ Edition of Commonly Cited Standards,” on February 27, 2020, from 7:00am-12:00pm in Orlando, Florida, in concurrence with the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC).

The fee for the workshop is $325/person if you register by 1/10/20. We hope you will take advantage of this early registration discount! The fee is $350/person if you register between 1/11/20 to 2/12/20.

This workshop is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the work and data collection done by the NAACLS Board of Directors. Current committee members, Dawn Tripolino and Dale Telgenhoff, synthesized the Board work and will provide an exclusive look at what these data identify as the most frequent citations. Ms. Tripolino and Dr. Telgenhoff will present detailed strategies to assist program directors avoid these frequent pitfalls.

Upon completion of the workshop, and with the opportunity to discuss questions, the participant should be able to:

  1. Examine the overall accreditation/approval processes leading up to potential citation
  2. Related the use of the NAACLS Standards and Compliance Guide to the process
  3. Identify the most commonly cited Standards
  4. Analyze and discuss sample citations
  5. Identify ways to avoid citations by utilizing the Standards Compliance Guide and other NAACLS resources

Please visit https://www.naacls.org/News/Workshops.aspx for more information and to register (payment and registration is separate from the CLEC). We hope to see you at this NAACLS workshop!

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By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a new workshop titled, “Get Excited About Not Being Cited – The Insiders’ Edition of Commonly Cited Standards,” on February 27, 2020, from 7:00am-12:00pm in Orlando, FL (in concurrence with the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC)). The workshop will include a continental breakfast and working lunch.

This workshop is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the work and data collection done by the NAACLS Board of Directors. Current committee members, Dawn Tripolino and Dale Telgenhoff, synthesized the Board work and will provide an exclusive look at what these data identify as the most frequent citations. Ms. Tripolino and Dr. Telgenhoff will present detailed strategies to assist program directors avoid these frequent pitfalls.

Upon completion of the workshop, and with the opportunity to discuss questions, the participant should be able to:

  1. Examine the overall accreditation/approval processes leading up to potential citation
  2. Related the use of the NAACLS Standards and Compliance Guide to the process
  3. Identify the most commonly cited Standards
  4. Analyze and discuss sample citations
  5. Identify ways to avoid citations by utilizing the Standards Compliance Guide and other NAACLS resources

Dawn Tripolino, MBA, MT(ASCP), is Program Director of the MLS Program at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ms. Tripolino is a Phlebotomy Educator and Vice Chair of the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC). Dale Telgenhoff, PhD, HTL(ASCP)cm, is Associate Professor, Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Dr. Telgenhoff is a HT Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

The fee for the workshop is $325/person if you register by 1/10/20. The fee is $350/person if you register between 1/11/20 to 2/12/20).

Please visit www.naacls.org  for more information and to register (payment and registration is separate from the CLEC). We hope to see you at this NAACLS workshop!

 

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By Peter Hu, PhD, MS, CG(ASCP)CM, CLS CM, MB CM, FACSc

Long before the ongoing hot topic of IPE, NAACLS has been promoting this concept through our accreditation and approval processes. For example, our self study and site visit review processes. These external peer-review based processes, which oversee nine different disciplines, rely on experts across these disciplines during self study reviews and site visits. Subsequent reviews, such as interim and progress reports, are also conducted by peer reviewers working in committees consisting of mixed discipline representatives. NAACLS review processes bring together discipline-specific experts who create a cross-pollination of ideas that demonstrates IPE in action. Furthermore, NAACLS has always supported innovation in education and accreditation to beyond just delivery systems but also clinical experiences and unique partnerships. For example, NAACLS recently approved allowing non secondary education institutions to sponsor NAACLS approved Clinical Assistant and Phlebotomy programs. Cross-pollination of disciplines and education innovation are in sync with current initiatives promoted by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and US Department of Education.

I am truly humbled to be given the opportunity to lead a talented and dedicated group of individuals who all believe in the Mission of NAACLS; “Committed to being the premier international agency for accreditation and approval of education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions through the involvement of expert volunteers and its commitment to public service.”

As you know, NAACLS never sleeps. Below I will try to capture some of recent activities:

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NAACLS Staff takes a look at the importance of the Site Visit Review Summary Page with former RCAP Chair, DeAnne Maxwell.

This podcast was recorded on September 20th, 2019. The documents or standards shown in this video may have changed. Please check the NAACLS website for the most up to date documents.

The NAACLS Board of Directors is requesting public comment for proposed Standards changes. To view the potential Standards changes, as well as the process to submit your comments, please download the files linked below.

Public Comment for Standard V.D

Public Comment for Standard V.A.1

Public Comment for Standard II.B

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