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By Jerry A. Phipps, BS, BHS

President, NAACLS Board of Directors

As many NAACLS volunteers and blog subscribers know, I will be representing NAACLS in Doha, Qatar on June 13 when the MLS program at the University of Qatar celebrates its 30th year of NAACLS accreditation and will be awarded a seven (7) year continuing accreditation award. I have been asked to give a short talk on the qualifications of their Biomedical Sciences Program. This is a great honor for NAACLS and me, to be included in a celebration for a successful program as well as to visit an exotic location not on my usual travel itineraries. While considering my comments for the celebration, I was suddenly (and pleasantly) inspired with thoughts which would cover both that assignment and my President’s Message for the Blog. Trust me when I say that developing a topic for these blog postings is not easy for me, a circumstance shared with several past NAACLS Presidents (good luck, Fred Rodriquez!).

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If you follow the NAACLS News blog, you are aware that new Standards for Accreditation and Approval were adopted by the NAACLS Board of Directors last September. So, mission accomplished, end of project, right? Not by a long shot. This is only a way-point in a continuous process of review, revise, and improve.  Sound familiar?  It should since this is a routine pattern at NAACLS. The Standards, like most NAACLS documents, are living documents requiring periodic review and revision. The needs of the professions change, education methodologies change, accreditation and approval processes change. In order to keep pace, the Standards need regular review and revision. This portion of the process is finished for now, but it’s not rest time. Now it’s time to review and revise the associated documents and processes affected by the changes in the new Standards—think “aftershocks” in earthquake parlance.

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Fact:  The accreditation process is difficult and tedious.  All involved in the process, both educational program officials and NAACLS volunteers/staff know this well.  To moderate the negative aspects, NAACLS has nurtured an underlying paradigm:  To simplify and improve the process for all involved, utilizing computer technology.  To accomplish this, NAACLS has been exploring the concept of an Online Accreditation Management System (OAMS) for the past several years, reviewing and evaluating competing systems and providers.  At last I am happy to announce that NAACLS has contracted with Desert Rose Design to custom build an OAMS for NAACLS, an investment in the agency’s future that will revolutionize the NAACLS accreditation process.  Desert Rose Design has expertise in streamlining workflow of educational program accreditation and finding ways technology can enhance symbiotic relationships between accreditors, programs and volunteers. Development of the OAMS and website re-design will be a collaborative effort between NAACLS and Desert Rose Design (DRD).  In a late phase of the project, Desert Rose Design will construct a new user-friendly website for NAACLS. 

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Most people reading this blog are well acquainted with the routine functions performed by NAACLS–reviewing educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and granting accreditation or approval. These are very important functions for a wide range of stakeholders, arguably every person in the USA and several other countries. In order to accomplish these functions, and to continually improve the processes and outcomes, there are many ancillary functions and projects which often occur behind the scenes, coming to light only when the final product is rolled out and put into play. I would like to bring a few of the current projects into the light and provide progress updates.

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Many of you know that I am the new President of NAACLS and that I am a Pathologist’s Assistant, the first PA to hold this prestigious position. Some of you have encountered PA’s in your laboratory practice and have at least a fleeting understanding of the roles and functions PA’s perform in the realm of anatomic pathology. The majority of clinical laboratorians probably know that PA’s exist, but little else. Consequently, I thought I would provide some history and information to fill in the gaps.

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NAACLS is thrilled to announce Jerry Phipps as its new Board of Directors President.

Mr. Phipps is a Pathologists’ Assistant and has been a faculty member at the University of Florida – College of Medicine Department of Pathology in Gainesville, Florida, for 26 yrs.

Jerry and his wife, Janet, have been married for 34 years and have one son and one daughter. Janet Phipps is a Speech Pathologist in the Gainesville school system. Their son, Alex, has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering and works for a US Department of Defense contractor in San Diego. Their daughter, Aimee, is in the US Secret Service, and her husband, PJ, is a Deputy US Marshal.

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