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ASCP's podcast for all things laboratory--if it's happening inside the lab, we're talking about it.

Inside the Lab American Society for Clinical Pathology

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ASCP's podcast for all things laboratory--if it's happening inside the lab, we're talking about it.

    S2Ep8: The Intersection of Wellness and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    S2Ep8: The Intersection of Wellness and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Wellness is multidimensional. In addition to our physical health, wellness encompasses our mental, social, emotional and even financial wellbeing. It’s no surprise that there’s a connection between the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in an organization and the wellbeing of the laboratory professionals who work or train there. Programs that address the unique needs of every employee are integral in creating an equitable, inclusive workplace.  
    On this episode of Inside the Lab, our hosts Dr. Lotte Mulder and Ms. Kelly Swails are joined by Mrs. Dana Baker, MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare and medical education, Dr. Melissa Upton, MD, FASCP, Emeritus Professor of Pathology at the University of Washington and Chair of the ASCP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and Dr. Darryl Elzie, PsyD, MHA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ), Laboratory Quality Coordinator at Sentara Healthcare and Founding Member of the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Executive DEI Council, to discuss the relationship between wellness and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within an organization. 
    Our panelists explain why wellness is an essential part of any program intended to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion and how lack of access to wellness services impacts marginalized communities. They explore how the definition of wellness varies by culture and community and share best practices for developing wellness programs that address these issues. Listen in for insight on leveraging data to sell DEI to the C-suite and learn what training programs and workplaces can do to encourage and support wellness and equity in the lab. 
    Topics Covered 
    ·  Why wellness is an essential part of any program intended to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion
    ·  How healthcare disparities and lack of access to wellness services impact marginalized communities
    ·  Best practices for developing wellness programs in our workplaces and communities
    ·  How to create safe spaces dedicated to addressing issues of personal wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion in laboratory medicine
    ·  How we might leverage data to sell diversity, equity, and inclusion to the C-suite
    ·  What professional societies like ASCP can do to help members build healthy working lives 
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    Resources
    ASCP 2021 Annual Meeting
    ASCP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Opportunities
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store 

    • 57 min
    S2Ep7:Erasing Institutional Bias (Leadership Institute Book Club)

    S2Ep7:Erasing Institutional Bias (Leadership Institute Book Club)

    Every human has bias, as do the organizations we build. Despite commitments to diversity and inclusion, institutional bias lives on in every industry.  How does institutional bias show up in the field of pathology and laboratory medicine? And what can we do to affect change? 
    On this episode of Inside the Lab, Dr. Dan Milner and Ms. Kelly Swails are joined by Ms. Tywauna Wilson, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, System Technical Director of Chemistry for CompuNet Clinical Laboratories and Founder of Trendy Elite Coaching and Consulting, Dr. Von Samedi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Dr. Mohamed Abdelmonem, DHA, MBA-HCM, MS, CLS, MLS(ASCP)SBB, Blood Bank and Transfusion Service Supervisor at Stanford Health Care, to discuss the book Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion by Tiffany Jana and Ashley Diaz Mejias.  
    Our panelists share what they realized about recruiting, hiring, and advancement bias in their organizations (and the role they play in sustaining it) from reading the book. They explore how occupational bias presents in the field of pathology and laboratory medicine and what we can do to advocate for ourselves. Listen in for insight on recruiting allies without being perceived as a troublemaker and find out how you can take steps to erase institutional bias—whether or not you’re in a leadership role.  
    Topics Covered
    · An overview of the themes in Erasing Institutional Bias around how bias gets embedded in workplace cultures and what we can do to eliminate it 
    · What our panelists realized about recruiting, hiring and advancement bias in their organizations from reading the book (and the role they play in sustaining it)
    · How occupational bias shows up in the field of pathology and laboratory medicine
    · How laboratory professionals and pathologists can work toward erasing institutional bias in our organizations
    · Conducting a holistic review of residency applications and adopting a blind hiring process
    · How realistic it is for us to succeed in erasing institutional bias without being in a leadership role 
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    Resources
    Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store 

    • 46 min
    S2E6: Antimicrobial Resistance--the Next Global Pandemic?

    S2E6: Antimicrobial Resistance--the Next Global Pandemic?

    The World Health Organization cites antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, as one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2.8 million people in the U.S. contract an antibiotic-resistant infection every year—and more than 35,000 die. What do laboratory professionals need to know about the emerging data around antimicrobial resistance? And what can we do in the lab to support infection prevention and control? 
    On this episode of Inside the Lab, our hosts Dr. Lotte Mulder and Ms. Kelly Swails are joined by Dr. Patricia Simner, PhD, D(ABMM), Associate Professor of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Bacteriology and Infectious Disease Sequencing Laboratories at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Romney Humphries, PhD, D(ABMM), M(ASCP), Medical Director of Microbiology and Director of Infectious Disease Laboratories at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Dr. Lynn Bry, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Director of the Massachusetts Host-Microbiome Center at Harvard Medical School, to discuss antimicrobial resistance. 
    Our panelists discuss the current fears surrounding emerging antibiotic resistance in the U.S. and explain how AMR is changing the way we practice medicine. They explore what lab professionals can do to navigate the workflow challenges in microbiology caused by antimicrobial resistance and describe the most worrisome resistance signatures in the emerging data. Listen in for insight on how to participate in efforts to combat emerging resistance and prepare your lab for an encounter with multidrug-resistant organisms. 
    Topics Covered  
    · The biggest challenges around antimicrobial resistance facing the human population today 
    · Current fears surrounding emerging antimicrobial resistance in the U.S.
    · What laboratory professionals can do to navigate the workflow challenges in microbiology caused by AMR
    · How labs can participate in regional, national, and global efforts to combat emerging resistance
    · Hope for combating antimicrobial resistance 
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    Resources
    CDC Info on Antibiotic Resistance
    WHO Fact Sheet on Antimicrobial Resistance
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store 

    • 48 min
    S2Ep5: Consolidation and Total Laboratory Automation

    S2Ep5: Consolidation and Total Laboratory Automation

    In general, consolidating several microbiology labs into one and automating our processes facilitates innovation and efficiency and creates a safer patient environment. But consolidation and total laboratory automation (TLA) also come with challenges. So, what do pathologists and laboratory professionals need to think about as we transition to centralized labs and implement TLA systems? 
    On this episode of Inside the Lab, our hosts Dr. Dan Milner and Ms. Kelly Swails are joined by Dr. Sarah Buss, PhD, D(ABMM), Microbiology Director for Northern Light Laboratory and Instructor for the Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Maine, Dr. Karissa Culbreath, PhD, Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at Tricore Reference Laboratories and Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Dr. Mark Fisher, PhD, Medical Director of the Bacteriology, Antimicrobials, Parasitology and Infectious Disease Rapid Testing Laboratories at ARUP and Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Dr. Erin McElvania, PhD, Director of Clinical Microbiology at NorthShore University Health System and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, to discuss consolidation and total laboratory automation in the microbiology lab.  
    Our panelists share the pros and cons of consolidation efforts in terms of patient safety and laboratory quality, explaining what they do to promote clinician interaction when the microbiology lab is centralized. They describe three popular TLA systems and weigh in on the personnel changes and contingency planning required when bringing automation to the microbiology lab. Listen in for insight on the benefits of decentralizing technology in consolidated systems and learn what innovative features are likely to be added to TLA platforms moving forward. 
    Topics Covered 
    ·  What the term consolidation refers to in the laboratory and some examples of how multiple hospitals or health systems can be served by a single lab
    ·  The pros and cons of consolidation efforts in microbiology in terms of patient safety and laboratory quality
    ·  The factors that determine what tests remain at smaller community hospital labs 
    ·  How potential cost savings inform the decision to execute on consolidation
    ·  The importance of contingency planning in automated labs
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    Resources
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store 

    • 53 min
    S2Ep4: The Carbon Footprint of Clinical Laboratories

    S2Ep4: The Carbon Footprint of Clinical Laboratories

    The principal tenet of medicine is to “first, do no harm.” And yet, the U.S. healthcare sector is responsible for 8.5% to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. What can we do in the clinical laboratory to deliver care with a smaller carbon footprint? 
    On this episode of Inside the Lab, our hosts Dr. Dan Milner and Ms. Kelly Swails are joined by Dr. Ilyssa Gordon, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Medical Director for Sustainability at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Cassandra Thiel, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Population Health and Ophthalmology at NYU Langone Health, and Mr. James Connelly, CEO of My Green Lab, to discuss the carbon footprint of laboratories. 
    Our panelists describe the healthcare sector’s impact on climate, and share what goes into conducting a life-cycle assessment and what it tells us about the environmental impact of a product or service. They explain how we can leverage the ACT label to promote sustainability in lab product manufacturing and explore how a shift in the supply chain compares to reducing consumption in an individual lab. Listen in for insight on applying the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle to the clinical lab and find out how you can help minimize the carbon footprint of your lab. 
    Topics Covered  
    · How the healthcare sector is responsible for as much as 10% of carbon emissions
    · What inspired a study around the carbon footprint of GI biopsies and the response they’ve gotten to their work
    · What goes into performing a life-cycle assessment and what it tells us about the environmental impact of a product or service
    · Leveraging the ACT label to choose sustainable products and ultimately influence lab product markets
    · Applying the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle to the clinical lab
    · Why focusing on a shift in the supply chain makes a bigger impact than reducing consumption in an individual lab

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    Dr. Thiel at NYU
    Connect with Mr. Connelly
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    My Green Lab 
    Connect with Dr. Milner & Ms. Swails
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    Resources
    ‘Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Gastrointestinal Biopsies in a Surgical Pathology Laboratory’ in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology
    ‘A Different Kind of Laboratory Stewardship’ in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store 

    • 45 min
    S2E3: Workforce Policy

    S2E3: Workforce Policy

    The clinical laboratory workforce is crucial to the U.S. healthcare system, providing critical information in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of disease. And yet, the number of laboratory professionals continues to shrink. What can we do to reverse this trend? 
    On this episode of Inside the Lab, Dr. Lotte Mulder and guest host Ms. Edna Garcia, Director of Scientific Engagement and Research at ASCP’s Institute for Science, Technology and Policy in Washington, DC, are joined by Ms. Susan Skillman, MS, Senior Deputy Director of the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, and Ms. Allyson Flores, MLS(ASCP)CM, Manager of Flow Cytometry and Hematopathology at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, to discuss workforce policy. 
    Our panelists describe ASCP’s ongoing research around wage and vacancy, including the most recent Clinical Laboratory Workforce report produced in conjunction with the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies. They explain the most critical challenges facing our workforce today, exploring how to increase the visibility of careers in the lab, improve recruitment and retention, and promote diversity and inclusion in the field of laboratory medicine. Listen in for insight on how the pandemic is likely to shape the future of the profession and learn how you can help implement the innovative strategies proposed in the ASCP-UW CHWS report. 
    Topics Covered  
    · ASCP’s ongoing research around wage and vacancy in the clinical laboratory profession
    · ASCP’s partnership with the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies on the most recent Clinical Laboratory Workforce Report 
    · Critical challenges currently facing the clinical laboratory workforce
    · Why diversity is essential to the future of the profession and what we can do to recruit a more diverse clinical laboratory workforce
    · What attracted our panelists to laboratory medicine and how we might leverage those aspects of the career to address recruitment
    · Opportunities for institutions to communicate with local medical laboratory science programs around what trainees need to know
    · What the report teaches us about professional development opportunities and wage progression that might inform our practices moving forward 
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    Connect with Ms. Flores 
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    Connect with Dr. Mulder & Ms. Garcia 
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    Resources 
    ASCP’s Clinical Laboratory Workforce Report
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

ACT_88 ,

Urgently important & Very informative!

I consume a lot of mainstream media; I’m amazed how the perspectives of the lab professionals, who are a critical part of the front line worriers against COVID-19, have largely been missing in the national conversation!!
This podcast is a great first step in raising awareness of the issues that lab professionals and pathologists have been facing during this pandemic and the crucial contributions they continue to make in this fight!
Keep up the great work, and thank you for giving a voice to this untold story!

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