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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.

    S2Ep10: Wellness Initiatives That Work

    S2Ep10: Wellness Initiatives That Work

    Organizational wellness is getting more attention , due in no small part to the increased stress brought on by a global pandemic.  
    But why do we only seem to think about wellness when we feel unwell? What does wellness look like for pathologists and laboratory professionals? And what responsibility do institutions and individuals have in making wellness a priority? 
    On this episode of Inside the Lab, our hosts Dr. Lotte Mulder and Ms. Kelly Swails are joined by Dr. Alae Kawam, MD, Pathology Resident and soon-to-be Surgical Pathology Fellow at Northwell University, Dr. Katrina Krogh, MD, Surgical Pathologist specializing in Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology in private practice in Los Angeles, and Dr. Farres Obeidin, MD, Assistant Professor and Clinical Attending at Northwestern University and Bone and Soft Tissue Pathologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, to discuss organizational wellness. 
    Our panelists describe the physical, spiritual, social, and emotional aspects of wellness, exploring how the term means different things to different people. They explain what initiatives institutions are using to combat rising rates of physician burnout and why they’ve fallen short, reflecting on how wellness policy informs institutional culture and vice versa. Listen in for insight on how wellness impacts the quality of work we do in the lab and learn how to advocate for your individual wellness at work.  
    Topics Covered 
    · Defining ‘wellness’ in general and what it means to the laboratory workforce
    · The physical, spiritual, social, and emotional aspects of wellness
    · How wellness policy informs institutional culture and vice versa
    · Sources of burnout in the laboratory and what institutions might do to help mitigate the stress that cause them 
    · The initiatives institutions are using to combat rising rates of physician burnout (and why they’ve fallen short)
    · Why it’s crucial for leaders to support laboratory and other medical professionals when we reach our limits
    · How our wellness impacts the quality of work we do in the lab
    · How pathologists and lab professionals can advocate for our wellness in the workplace when it’s so individualized
    · How diversity, equity, and inclusion influences wellness at work
    · Our panelists’ insight on the benefit of a four-day workweek and other alternate scheduling models  
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    Resources
    Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store 

    • 53 min
    S2Ep9: Voices from the ASCP 2021 Annual Meeting

    S2Ep9: Voices from the ASCP 2021 Annual Meeting

    What would ASCP members like to see happen in the next five to ten years that would most impact our lives and work as laboratory professionals?  
    And what can ASCP do as an organization to elevate laboratory medicine as a profession and address the greatest challenges we face?  
    On this episode of Inside the Lab, Dr. Dan Milner sits down with attendees of the ASCP 2021 Annual Meeting to explore what ASCP can do to advocate for higher wages and increase the visibility of medical lab professionals.  
    They share what they love about working in the medical laboratory, describing the vital role we play in delivering patient care.  
    Listen in for ASCP member insight on burnout among lab professionals during the pandemic and learn what we can do to stay healthy, positive and empowered to pursue a balanced life. 
    Topics Covered  
    - What ASCP members would like to see happen in the next 5 to 10 years that would most impact the lives and work of laboratory professionals
    - What ASCP can do to foster interprofessional relationships and communication among laboratory professionals 
    - ASCP’s advocacy programs and initiatives to address issues of workforce vacancies and wages 
    - How ASCP might increase the visibility of medical laboratory professionals 
    - What ASCP members love about working in the medical laboratory
    - How more than 70% of medical decisions are based on data generated by lab professionals
    - How the pandemic exacerbated challenges around burnout and personal wellness among laboratory professionals 
    - What lab professionals can do to stay healthy, positive and in control of a balanced life 
    - What more ASCP could do to combat disinformation regarding COVID-19 
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    Connect with Dr. Milner  
    Dr. Milner on Twitter  
    Resources
    ASCP’s Wage and Vacancy Survey
    ASCP Career and Pathology Ambassadors
    Society of Black Pathologists
    ASCP Advocacy Center
    ASCP ePolicy News
    ASCP Foundation
    ASCP COVID-19 Resources
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store  

    • 23 min
    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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    Connect with Mrs. Baker
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    Connect with Dr. Elzie
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    Connect with Dr. Mulder & Ms. Swails
    Dr. Mulder on Twitter
    Ms. Swails on Twitter 
    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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    Connect with Ms. Wilson
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    Connect with Dr. Samedi
    Dr. Samedi on Twitter
    Dr. Samedi on LinkedIn

    Connect with Dr. Abdelmonem
    Dr. Abdelmonem on ResearchGate 
    Connect with Dr. Milner & Ms. Swails  
    Dr. Milner on Twitter
    Ms. Swails on Twitter 
    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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    Connect with Dr. Simner
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    Dr. Simner at Johns Hopkins 
    Connect with Dr. Humphies
    Dr. Humphries on Twitter
    Dr. Humphries at Vanderbilt 
    Connect with Dr. Bry
     Dr. Bry on Twitter
    Dr. Bry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
    Connect with Dr. Mulder & Ms. Swails
    Dr. Mulder on Twitter
    Ms. Swails on Twitter 
    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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    Connect with Dr. Buss
    Dr. Buss at Northern Light Health
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    Connect with Dr. Culbreath
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    Connect with Dr. Fisher
    Dr. Fisher at ARUP

    Connect with Dr. McElvania
    Dr. McElvania on Twitter

    Connect with Dr. Milner & Ms. Swails
    Dr. Milner on Twitter
    Ms. Swails on Twitter 
    Resources
    Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store 

    • 53 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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