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By Fred Rodriguez, MD

President, NAACLS Board of Directors

 “inertia: indisposition to motion, exertion, or change”

(Merriam-Webster Dictionary, m-w.com)

Many individuals seek comfort in the “status quo.” They seek to be “inert.” They work to develop an understanding of the existing situation and “rules” in order to achieve a “comfort zone” in the here and now. There is resistance to change because change alters the “status quo.” Change forces individuals to learn new behaviors, or, at a minimum, to modify existing behaviors.

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Dear Dr. NAACLS:

I am currently preparing to assemble my Self-Study Report, and remembered there was a recent addition to Standard 7, which states that, “Students must be provided with a clear description of the program and its content and current publications, which must include: N. outcomes measure.” 

Do I have to use ASCP-BOC certification exam results as my published outcome measure, and if so, what is the best way to go about this?

Sincerely, 

Eagerto Getstarted

Dear Eagerto:

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In the Summer 2011 issue of NAACLS News, NAACLS President Peggy Simpson discussed the change to a focus on program outcomes as they relate to student readiness for clinical education. This is only one of the many factors currently impacting laboratory education programs across the country. The economic state of affairs is forcing hospitals and colleges alike to make strategic changes in how they do business to control costs, and yet both have a vested interest in developing more laboratory practitioners for the next generation. Laboratories are consolidating services and out-sourcing testing so that many traditional internship offerings are no longer available. Productivity metrics which impact the workload evaluations of laboratory staff do not always acknowledge the effect of “taking a student” on workload or other reporting metrics. On the other side, colleges and universities are looking to increase enrollments, to improve the budget bottom line and yet the laboratory intensive nature of our profession is not conducive to massive enrollment numbers. Even without increasing enrollments it was getting harder and harder to find clinical placements for students.

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