This special minisode of Off the Bench features hosts Sophia Chandrasekar, Galina Dronova, and Justin Hanenberg with ASCLS President Maddie Josephs. They discuss the past "crazy, awesome week for ASCLS" that included three new events: PRISM: Pride · Respect · Inclusion · Support · Momentum; the Emerging Laboratory Managers Collaborative Conference (ELMC2); and a Mid-Year House of Delegates Meeting.

One major driving force to viral spillover from wildlife to humans is human behavior. On this episode Jasmine Pante, MT(ASCP), of Monterey County, California, interviews Dr. Tracey Goldstein, PhD, of One Health Institute Laboratory at University of California-Davis, about emerging zoonotic diseases on a global scale and the One Health approach to prevent future outbreaks.

Transgender Health

This episode focuses on the medical laboratory’s role in addressing gaps in healthcare quality for transgender patients. Romi Selzer, of Henry Ford Hospital Blood Bank in Detroit, interviews Dr. Gabrielle Winston-McPherson, associate director of chemistry, who oversees the core automation laboratory at Henry Ford Hospital. 

Legislative awareness is important for laboratory professionals because what happens in legislation can affect our daily lives. Join ASCLS Leadership Academy graduates Billie Ketelsen, MLS(ASCP)CMMB(ASCP)CM, and Stephanie Noblit, JD, MLS(ASCP)CM, as they discuss two legislative efforts currently impacting laboratories, PAMA and the Laboratory Workforce Shortage. The episode is available for P.A.C.E.® credit; visit to learn more.

This month's episode of the Off the Bench Podcast is a recalibration episode produced by several of the ASCLS Leadership Academy Class of 2020 students: Jasmine Pante, Romy Selzer, and Sophia Chandrasekar. Join them as they watch, react, and dissect scenes from three popular medical television shows. Watch the show clips they reference.

Hosts Galina Dronova, Justin Haneneberg, and Sophia Chandrasekar talk with guest speaker, Cliff Cymrot, about various COVID-19 conspiracy theories that Galina stumbled upon on social media that involve laboratory testing. Join us as we process and recalibrate these ideas with discussion of laboratory science and methodologies.

Sam and Lindsey interview Beth Warning, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, instructor with the University of Cincinnati-College of Allied Health Sciences, about the importance of sharing knowledge and succession planning in the laboratory. As more technologists begin to retire, or move on to other opportunities, they take with them a wealth of knowledge of laboratory procedures and organizational history. How can we retain this expertise in specific lab methods and basic tenets of testing?

Learn more in Beth's March 5 ASCLS webinar, Knowledge Sharing and Succession Planning in the Laboratory.

Happy Lab Week 2019

To kick off Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2019 (April 21-27), Sam and Lindsey discuss the origin of Lab Week, ideas to celebrate, and where to find resources. Happy Lab Week and enjoy the bonus episode!

Hear about the educational journey of active ASCLS member Kyle Riding, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida.

A Waived CBC Analyzer?

Lindsey and Sam explain waived tests, which are test systems cleared by the FDA for home use and those tests designated by CLIA as simple tests that carry a low risk for an incorrect result. They also discuss a new CLIA-waived automated hematology analyzer and impacts on the clinical laboratory profession.

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