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Peter Hu, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, CG CM, MB CM, Vice President and AGT Representative on the NAACLS Board of Directors, has been appointed the new Co-Dean of the University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions effective August 31, 2018. Dr. Hu is sharing this role with Dr. William Undie, EdD. Dr. Hu is a Professor in the School of Health Professions (SHP) and is the founding Director of the Undergraduate Program in Molecular Genetic Technology and the Graduate Program in Diagnostic Genetics. He received his BS in Psychology from Purdue University and his MS in Microbiology from Lamar University. Dr. Hu conducted his graduate thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Siciliano at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and received his PhD from Trident University International in Healthcare Administration and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Hu also holds specialty clinical certifications in Molecular Biology, Cytogenetics, and Clinical Laboratory Science.  Dr. Hu began his career in the cytogenetics clinical laboratory at MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1995. In 2003 Dr. Hu joined the SHP where he is the founding director of undergraduate program in molecular genetic technology and the graduate program in diagnostic genetics. During his tenure, the diagnostic molecular science (dms) programs have grown from 3 students in 2004 to 65 students (54 undergraduate and 11 graduate).  Dr. Hu has established clinical affiliations with nearly 40 laboratories nationwide. Dr. Hu has received numerous honors and awards and is involved in several professional and societal organizations.

Jeanne Isabel, EdD, MLS, SH(ASCP), MLT Educator on the NAACLS Review Committee for Accredited Programs, has been appointed the first Chair of the College of Health and Human Services, School of Health Studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois, effective June 1, 2018. Previously, Dr. Isabel was the former Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at NIU. Dr. Isabel has extensive experience at NIU. She began instructing there in 1989 but also earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree from NIU. She became the MLS program director in 2006. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

 

 

 

 

 

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By Megan Eggert – Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS is extending its early registration fee deadline for the “Demystifying NAACLS’ Accreditation/Approval Processes Workshop,” to be held on November 2, 2018, from 7:30am-4:00pm in Chicago, Illinois

Register by October 1, 2018 to receive a discount!

Following are the new Registration Fees:

$350/person (EARLY REGISTRATION by 10/1/18)

$375/person (FINAL REGISTRATION BETWEEN 10/2/18 and 10/19/18

NAACLS can only accept 80 registrations for this workshop.

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The 2018 NAACLS Annual Survey of Programs is scheduled to be sent to all program directors via email soon.  Programs will have one month to complete the Annual Survey, which is required by NAACLS Standards.  A preview of the questions to expect on the Annual Survey can be found here: 2018 Survey (for informational purposes only)

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The fall 2018 cycle includes programs that will have site visits during fall 2018. Those programs will be  placed on the agenda for the winter 2019 meeting of the review committees. Recommendations from the committees will be acted upon by the Board in spring 2019.

MLS Programs:

College of Staten Island-CUNY, Staten Island, NY

East Carolina University, Greenville, SC

Heritage University MLS Program, Toppenish, WA

Jersey Shore University Medical Center/Meridian Health, Neptune, NJ

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles, LA

Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Mercy College of Health Sciences MLS Program, Des Moines, IA

Mercy Hospital-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Jackson, MS

North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City, MO

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, LA

Saint Francis Health System, Tulsa, OK

St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA

Tarleton State University, Ft. Worth, TX

The Houston Methodist Hospital MLS Program, Houston, TX

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY (Initial Accreditation)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

 

MLT Programs:

Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD

Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN – (Initial Accreditation)

Eastern Florida State College, Cocoa, FL

El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX

Grayson County College, Van Alstyne, TX

Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC

Halifax Community College, Weldon, NC

Jefferson Community and Technical College, Louisville, KY

Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY

North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN

North Idaho College, Couer d’ Alene, Idaho – (Initial Accreditation)

Northern Virginia Community College, Springfield, VA

Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

South Louisiana Community College, Lafayette, LA

Stanly Community College, Locust, NC

Tarleton State University, Fort Worth, TX

University of New Mexico – Gallup, Gallup, NM

Western Dakota Tech, Rapid City, SD – (Initial Accreditation)

 

HT Programs:

Argosy University, Farmer Branch, TX

Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, WA

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, PA

OSF Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL

Tarleton State University, Fort Worth, TX

TPMG Regional Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

 

Pathologists’ Assistant Programs:

Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA – (Initial Accreditation)

Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, IL 60064

 

CG Programs: none

 

DMS Programs: none

 

HTL Programs: none

 

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The NAACLS review committees convened for face to face meetings this summer. The Doctoral Review Committee (DRC) met in the NAACLS office in Rosemont, Illinois  on June 14-15. In attendance were the DRC members, staff, and Julie O’Sullivan Maillet, who serves as the Board liaison to the DRC. The DRC focused on developing ancillary materials to the DCLS Standards. These materials will be considered for adoption by the NAACLS Board of Directors in the fall.

The Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and the Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC) convened on July 11-13 in Austin TX. In attendance were RCAP and PARC members, several staff members, and NAACLS Board of Directors’ members Bill Hunt (President), Marcia Armstrong (Board Liaison to the RCAP), and Pat Ellinger (Board Liaison to the PARC). The RCAP and PARC reviewed materials from a number of NAACLS accredited and approved programs including self-study reports,  site visit reports and progress reports and formulated many recommendations for accreditation and approval awards to be forwarded to the Board for decisions in the fall.

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MLS

Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY

University of Wyoming-Casper, Casper, WY

MLT

Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, VA

Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

Maysville Community and Technical College, Maysville, NY

Pathologists’ Assistant

Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

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At the April 26, 2018 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and the Program Approval Review Committee) PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • Elections for the review committees were held. Elected for a first term on the RCAP were Candice Grayson (MLT educator), Frankie Harris-Lyne (MLT educator), Michelle Costas (Path A educator), and Ericka Hendrix (DMS educator). Re-elected for a second term were Dale Telgenhoff (HT educator) and Linda Rippii (2-year educator).
  • Elected for a first term on the PARC was Keri Brophy-Martinez (Phleb educator).
  • Proposed changes to the Pathologist Assistant (PathA) program director standard, previously released to the public for comments, were adopted. The changes require PathA program directors to be graduates of a NAACLS‐accredited (AAPA approved prior to 1995) pathologist assistant educational program with an advanced degree (masters or doctoral). Please access the NAACLS website to review the PathA Standards in greater detail.
  • Proposed changes to the DCLS standards, previously released to the public for comments and subsequently amended, were adopted. Also, the Board approved a streamlined process for the DCLS accreditation application and initial self study report processes. Please stay tuned to the NAACLS News for a summary of these changes to be posted soon, to be authored by Randall S. Lambrecht who serves as the DCLS Chair.

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