Giving Back to the Clinical Lab Profession

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MANY OF US ARE CONCERNED about how the next generation of clinical lab and anatomic pathology leaders will be trained and prepared to step up and assume responsibility for the clinical excellence and financial performance of their respective lab organizations.

To contribute to the training of promising young lab managers, in the past two years THE DARK REPORT has invested significantly to offer high-quality leadership development training at our Executive War College program and our Lab Quality Confab conference. This is one way we can give back to the profession of laboratory medicine that has been so good to us since our founding in 1995.

In this spirit, I am happy to report that there is a cadre of promising leaders among the Gen X and Gen Y lab managers currently employed in labs throughout the United States. For example, at last year’s Executive War College, our full-day leadership conference attracted more than 100 participants. It was a day of superb learning and instruction, provided by Colonel Jeffery A. McCausland, retired, U.S. Army, the former Dean of Curriculum at the U.S Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

That program went so well that, at the upcoming Executive War College on April 26-27, we’ve engaged McCausland and his colleague, W. Brad Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the U.S. Naval Academy, to offer coaching and instruction to lab administrators who are mentoring and the individual managers who are their mentors. Participants signing up for this exceptional learning opportunity are enthusiastic and already engaged in preparing for their time with McCausland and Johnson later this month. (It’s not too late for you to sign up and bring your mentoree!)

Similarly, for lab managers who are the up-n-comers in their organization, the Executive War College is offering full scholarships, including travel costs, to the program. McKesson Corporation is funding one of this year’s scholarships. The good news is that the number of applicants was the highest ever.

Another way THE DARK REPORT is giving back to the lab profession is by conducting the first-ever National Lab Sales Achievement Awards. The nominations represent amazing performance by lab sales reps responsible for ethically generating more specimen volume from new client physicians. The awards will be announced later this month at the 21st Annual Executive War College.

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