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Dear Dr. NAACLS,

I am the program director of a NAACLS accredited program, and my program is scheduled to have a site visit next spring.  In an effort to make this visit go as smoothly as possible, I would like to lend a hand in selecting the individuals that visit my program.  I am looking to have visitors that work in the same types of conditions and settings that I do, as I think it will be easier for the visitors to understand the intricacies of the program.  Would this be okay?

Sincerely,

Dr. Efficient

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Dear Dr. NAACLS,

I am a program director of a NAACLS accredited program, and I keep a close eye on current events that are related to education.  I have heard a lot lately about legal actions that unsatisfied students are taking against the schools they are attending. 

What were to happen if a student at our accredited program was unhappy and filed a complaint with NAACLS against us?  Would we be given the chance to defend ourselves against any claims?

Sincerely,

Mr. Notnervous Maybealittle

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Dear Dr. NAACLS,

What do NAACLS reviewers consider “continuing professional education “?

Sincerely,

Clueless in Caledonia, MO

Dear Caledonia,

If you are a current Program Director, or have worked alongside a retiring Program Director and are looking to assume that position, you know that there are many skills required of that position. With that in mind, our reviewers and committee members want you to have flexibility when it comes to what resources can be utilized in your development as a program director.

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Dear Dr. NAACLS,

What is the purpose and intent of Standard V.D. in regards to a “teach out plan”?

Signed,

Dr. Curious

Dear Dr. Curious,

Standard V.D. states the following:

“A teach out plan must be developed and submitted to NAACLS within 30 days of the    official announcement of the closure of the program.”

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Dear Dr. NAACLS,

I was reviewing the 2012 Standards for my MLS program. I could not find any phlebotomy requirements with the rest of the curriculum in Standard VII. Am I missing something?

Sincerely

 Needle in a Haystack.

Dear Needle,

You are not missing anything. As of the 2012 standards, NAACLS Accredited MLS programs are no longer required to teach Phlebotomy.

In the beginning of the standard revisions process, a task force was charged to identify the core curriculum for MLS practice. They noted that for many clinical affiliates, phlebotomy has been moved out of the laboratory. As such, phlebotomy (and the teaching of phlebotomy) is not under the supervision or responsibility of the laboratory – making practical experiences difficult to coordinate.

The job market has also evolved. Often Medical Laboratory Scientists are no longer asked to perform these services. When it is required, many employment sites teach the employees after hire.

However, we advocate that NAACLS accredited programs serve their community. If you are in an area that employs MLS professionals that are asked to do a lot of phlebotomy, we encourage you to incorporate it into your curriculum. While Phlebotomy was removed from the MLS Curriculum Requirements (as of the 2012 standards), there is no penalty to the program if it is their decision to teach it.

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Dear Dr. NAACLS

I’m a new program director, and I see people listed on your website as “Discipline Lead Person”. Who are these people?

Sincerely,

Ima Intrigued

Dear Ms. Intrigued,

The Discipline Lead Person (occasionally referred to as “DLP”) is a NAACLS committee member appointed by the respective committee chair. The specific role of a DLP is to provide interpretation of the Standards to program officials. The DLP keeps track of all inquiries and makes reports back the committee. By this process, NAACLS is able to both assist program officials understand the Standards and to track the number and kinds of question that program officials have. Frequently this tracking is followed by articles posted in the NAACLS News covering common problem areas.

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Dear Dr. NAACLS,

In the new Standards that were adopted in October 2012, Standard 2B states the following in regards to an annual submission of outcomes measures:

“If the outcomes measure(s) does/do not meet the stated NAACLS approved benchmarks (see NAACLS website), then an analysis and action plan must be submitted to correct the deficiency(ies).”

I’ve looked everywhere on the website but I can’t seem to find these benchmarks.  Can you tell me where I can find them? And when will we be asked to submit these?

Signed,

Dr. Just Getting Ready

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