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By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a workshop titled, “Seeing a Clear Vision for Your 2020 NAACLS Journey,” on November 8, 2019, from 7:30am-4:00pm in Chicago, IL. The workshop will include a continental breakfast and lunch.

The workshop will be presented by Sally Pestana, MT(ASCP),  and Cecelia W. Landin, EdD, MLS(ASCP)CM.

Ms. Pestana is Director of Health Continuing Education at the University of Hawaii – Kapiolani in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a member of the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC) from 2009-2017. She served as PARC Vice Chair from 2011-2014 and PARC Chair from 2014-2017. She has been a member of the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) since 2017.

Dr. Landin is Clinical Associate Professor of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She served as a member of NAACLS’ Clinical Laboratory Sciences Programs Review Committee (CLSPRC) for four years and as a member of the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) for four years. She served as Vice Chair of the RCAP from 2012-2013.

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of the value accreditation brings to your program and the profession.
  • Recognize from both author and reviewer perspective the keys to a successful review.
  • Describe each NAACLS standard and recognize potential challenges for your program.
  • Utilize the Standards Compliance Guide and other NAACLS resources to write clear and complete accreditation/approval self study reports.

Please visit www.naacls.org for more information and to register. NAACLS can only accept 80 registrants for this workshop. We hope to see you in November!

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The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) serves the public by accrediting and approving programs that prepare competent professionals in the clinical laboratory sciences. A key component of NAACLS’ mission is peer evaluation and achieving this mission depends on the commitment and professional expertise from a wide variety of volunteers. The NAACLS Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor that NAACLS confers upon volunteers that have made extraordinary contributions to NAACLS and its mission. The Distinguished Service Award was created to express the profound gratitude of NAACLS for the tireless service and immeasurable dedication contributed by these often “unsung” volunteers.

NAACLS is seeking nominations for the first ever recipient of this award. Candidates for this award must meet the following qualifications.

  • Individuals who are or have been volunteers and not salaried by the sponsoring organizations.
  • Individuals who provide(d) extraordinary service to NAACLS and its mission through a wide possible variety of volunteer activities. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to service as self-study reviewer, site visitor, review committees and Board of Directors membership, and participation on Board-appointed task forces. Also to be considered are service to health professions education or the accreditation process. Examples could include but are not limited to volunteer services to other accrediting agencies or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Proposed candidates can be emailed to nomination@naacls.org, or sent via mail to 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018. If possible, please include candidate contact information.

All nominations must be received by July 5th, 2019.

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

MLS:

Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany, NY

Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Charlotte, NC

Franciscan Health Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA

Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls, Church, VA

Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles, LA

Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA

Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA

Mercy Integrated CLS Program, Toledo, OH

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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.

Standard I.A.3. Proposed Standard Change PDF

Standard VII.A.2.c Proposed Standard Change PDF

DCLS Standard I.C.2 Proposed Standard Change PDF

All of the current standards are available on the NAACLS website.

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We are pleased to introduce the following new members of the NAACLS Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) and Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC):

Candice Grayson, MS, MA, MT(ASCP), is the Program Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD. She is a MLT Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Michelle M. Costas, MHS, PA(ASCP), is the Program Director, Department of Pathology, at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. She is a Pathologists’ Assistant Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Edwin M. Beitz, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM, is the Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program at York Hospital in York, PA. He is a MLS Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Ericka Hendrix, PhD, MB(ASCP)CM, is the Program Director, Department of Lab Sciences and Primary Care at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. She is a DMS Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Frankie Harris-Lyne, MS, MLS(ASCP) CM, is a Professor Emeritus at Northern Virginia Community College in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. She is a MLT Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

 

Keri Brophy-Martinez, MHA, MT(ASCP), is the Program Director of the Phlebotomy Program at Austin Community College in Austin, TX. She is a Phlebotomy Educator on the Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC).

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By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a new workshop titled, “The Secrets to a Super Self-Study,” on February 21, 2019, from 7:00am-12:00pm in Baltimore, MD (in concurrence with the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC)). The workshop will include a continental breakfast and working lunch.

The workshop will be presented by:

Andrea Gordon, MEd, MT(ASCP)SH, is the Program Director of the MLS/MLT Program at Brookline College in Phoenix, Arizona. She is an MLT Educator on the NAACLS Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) and previously served as a Member and Chair of the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC).

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).

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

  1. Identify the roles of the program, the self-study reviewers and the site visitors.
  2. Identify the key elements pertaining to all eight of NAACLS’ Standards.
  3. Recognize and avoid common struggles in using the self-study template.
  4. Analyze the quality of a sample self-study.
  5. Identify key NAACLS resources for the accreditation and approval processes

The fee for the workshop is $325/person if you register by 1/10/19. The fee is $375/person if you register between 1/11/19 to 2/7/19).

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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If you are attending the November 2nd workshop, Demystifying NAACLS’ Accreditation/Approval Processes, you should have received reference materials yesterday. The materials were emailed to the address provided on the registration form. If you did not receive the materials, please contact the office as soon as possible.

We still have a few spots left at our workshop. If you would like to attend, please submit the linked form by the end of the business day, October 26th, 2018.

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