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Fighting the Lab "Brain Drain" in Rural Southwest Virginia

From the 2022 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (recorded 3/15/2022)
Presented by Teresa Nadder, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, & Joshua Williams, PhD, MLS(ASCP)

With support from the Virginia Tobacco Commission and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Virginia Commonwealth University extended MLS training opportunities to the Southwest Virginia region to address staffing shortages and lack of education opportunities in that area. Challenges of implementing a synchronous delivery of the MLS educational program, as well as the factors that contribute to the exodus of laboratory staff from underserved rural areas, will be discussed.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss factors that contribute to the exodus of laboratory staff from underserved rural areas.
  • Discuss opportunities for extending an MLS/MLT educational program to rural areas.
  • Describe resources needed to ensure comparable educational opportunities between urban and rural campuses.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of Education (General) will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This Intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.