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Two current members and one past member of NAACLS’ Board of Directors received recognition awards from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) at its Annual Meeting held October 3-5, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.

Patricia Ellinger, MSEd, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM, received the 2018 President’s Award. This award honors an ASCP member who has gone above and beyond in volunteer activities and made significant contributions to ASCP programs and/or activities. As a member of ASCP for over 45 years, Ms. Ellinger has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to service throughout her career as both an educator and supervisor of a major blood bank laboratory. She has given many lectures and workshops and held many leadership positions. Ms. Ellinger is an ASCP Representative to the NAACLS Board of Directors and currently serves as Secretary and as Board Liaison to the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

Joel M. Shilling, MD, FASCP, received the 2018 Israel Davidsohn Awards for Distinguished Service. This award honors ASCP members who have made a significant impact within ASCP through a variety of roles. Dr. Shilling is a Past President of ASCP and has served as an active member of ASCP for 50 years. He has served on numerous committees at ASCP and has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the ASCP Board of Registry and has been a member of the ASCP Board of Directors. Dr. Shilling served as medical director for Quest Diagnostics from 1990-2014 and presently serves as an independent contractor for Rapid Response Laboratories for Quest Diagnostics. Dr. Shilling is an ASCP Representative to the NAACLS Board of Directors.

Margaret G. Fritsma, MA, MASCP), MT(ASCP)SBB, received the 2018 Mastership. This award honors ASCP members who have made a significant contribution to pathology through sustained service to the profession and to ASCP. Ms. Fritsma recently retired after leading a career that spanned seven years of clinical experiences in the Transfusion Medicine Laboratories at Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, LA, followed by 30 years of academic experience on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been an ASCP member since the beginning of her career. Ms. Fritsma served on the NAACLS Board of Directors from 2009-2017

 

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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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This is a friendly reminder that we are halfway to the due date of the Annual Survey of Programs. The survey was sent on October 5 and is due November 5. If you have not received the link to the survey, please contact the NAACLS staff immediately.

Please note that the Annual Survey is required of Accredited and Approved programs by Standard II. Also, Standard VI C indicates “Informing NAACLS of relevant administrative and operational changes within 30 days. This includes changes in program official names, addresses or telephone numbers; affiliates, status (e.g. inactivity, closure) or location, and institution name”.

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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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