Issue No. 0
Oct 20, 2005

CONTENT

OBJECTIVE: The Future is Online

Telehealth Seminars

MLA Program Review

BCIT program head wins A.R. Shearer Award

BCIT Awards

CSMLS CPS Certificate

David Ball Award


OTHER ISSUES
Issue No. 19 (Dec 12, 2008)
Issue No. 18 (Jul 25, 2008)
Issue No. 17 (Dec 21, 2007)
Issue No. 16 - Bioterrorism (Oct 25, 2007)
No. 15 - Pre-Congress Edition (Sep 6, 2007)
Issue No. 14 (May 16, 2007)
Issue No. 13 (Mar 23, 2007)
Issue No. 12 (Dec 20, 2006)
Issue No. 11 (Sep 13, 2006)
Issue No. 10 (Aug 24, 2006)
Issue No. 9 (Jul 24, 2006)
Issue No. 8 (Jun 1, 2006)
Issue No. 7 (Apr 24, 2006)
Issue No. 6 (Mar 31, 2006)
Issue No. 5 (Mar 7, 2006)
Issue No. 4 (Feb 17, 2006)
Issue No. 3 (Feb 1, 2006)
Issue No. 2 (Jan 17, 2006)
Issue No. 1 (Dec 17, 2005)

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OBJECTIVE: The Future is Online

  • More Information
  • More often
  • More Interactive
  • Low Cost/Less waste

As part of our latest strategic plan, we are reshaping our membership services. Our goal is to provide better and more timely services using new technology wherever possible.

An important part of this effort is delivering information over the internet. Our website is being redesigned to be more informative and interactive. We will offer the Objective as an electronic newsletter in the fall. It will be available for downloading from our new website and for delivery by email.

What are the advantages of an online newsletter?

  • Expanded content - more information can be provided with links to additional online sources of information.
  • Interactive - opportunities for online submission of articles, feedback, survey responses, event registration and more.
  • Improved look - high quality colour photos and more interesting graphics can be used.
  • Up-to-date - more issues delivered more quickly with more current information. At least six issues and with the possibility of monthly updates.
  • Low Cost/Less Waste - fewer trees used and no printing and postage costs.

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Telehealth Seminars

The response to our current series of televised seminars has been very encouraging. We began with Semen Analysis by Dr. Sharon Mortimer on April 14th. About 130 people participated in 16 locations in all parts of the province and the Yukon. Based on the written evaluations it was a success despite a few technical difficulties.

Our next broadcast focused on Hot Topics in Hematology and Morphology Case Studies with Kin Cheng, ART. Over 180 people participated in 21 locations.

On Sept. 8th we broadcast ECGs Made Easy with Cathy Dockx, ARCT. Altogether 23 sites participated with over 190 people viewing.

Our final broadcast for 2005 was Paradoxes of Perimenopause with Dr. Jerilynn Prior, UBC Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism on October 27th. Dr. Prior is the author of "Estrogen's Storm Season" a book about perimenopause. Again, this session attracted about 180 participants from 23 sites.

A spinoff of these events is our new webcast capability. Some people still canít attend telehealth sessions. So, we will provide them with computer access to digitally recorded versions of some of the seminars starting with Hot Topics in Hematology and ECGs Made Easy.

Check out our webcasts

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MLA Program Review

by Rene Maier

This past fall, the BCSLS conducted a review of all BCSLS approved education programs for Medical Laboratory Assistants. The review was conducted to ensure all approved institutions continued to meet the established approval criteria. Although, institutions are not obligated to seek BCSLS approval, most do so, as employers prefer to hire MLAs that come from a recognized Medical Lab Assistant Training program.

BCSLS administers this voluntary certification and approval system, which has criteria on syllabus, clinical placements and qualifications of instructors. Information about this criteria can be obtained by contacting BCSLS.

Currently, BCSLS has a moratorium on approving additional Med Lab Training Programs, primarily due to the difficulties experienced in ensuring clinical placements for all schools wanting to provide this training.

All schools were sent a questionnaire which asked them to provide details on:

  • Qualifications of instructors
  • Program information, stating number of hours of theory and clinical practice
  • Type and length of external clinical placements
  • Changes made to their programs since original approval

The review, conducted by myself and reported to the Board, summarized each school's program content in comparison to our published syllabus, requirements of instructor qualification in subject matter taught; and expectations of in-house practice and external placements.

We were very pleased with the response from the various schools along with their thanks that this process was taking place.

It was found that all previously approved schools continue to meet the criteria and in various components of their program exceed the standards established by the original criteria. They have also made appropriate changes to their curricula to meet the ever changing role of the Medical Laboratory Assistant in the laboratory. Approval letters were sent back to the Schools, along with some recommendations from the Board.

Programs meeting the approval of BCSLS will continue to be listed on our Website.

At the present time the following have BCSLS approval:

  • Vancouver Community College (Vancouver)
  • West Coast College of Health Care (Vancouver)
  • Stenberg College (Vancouver)
  • University College of the Cariboo (Kamloops - distance education)
  • Camosun College (Victoria)
  • CDI College* (Victoria)
    *CDI has temporarily suspended their program

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BCIT program head wins A.R. Shearer Award

Karen Nicolson, program head of the Medical Laboratory Science Program at BCIT, was honoured with the A.R. Shearer Pride of Profession Award on May 19, 2005.

The A.R. Shearer Pride of the Profession Award is an award to recognize an outstanding technologist for their leadership and dedication to the profession. The award is named in honour of Archie Shearer who was recognized with the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian health care during his service as the Executive Director for Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). This national award is granted to a maximum of ten technologists in any given year.

Karen began her career as a medical laboratory technologist in 1969 when she became a Registered Technologist. She continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree (Microbiology) from UBC in 1970, her Advanced Registered Technology Certificate in Clinical Microbiology in 1983 and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Design from SFU in 2001.

BCIT has benefited from Karen's expertise for over 30 years. She began as an Assistant Instructor in Hematology and Clinical Microbiology, advanced to Instructor in Clinical Microbiology and is now Program Head of the Medical Laboratory Science Program. In addition to teaching Clinical Microbiology she also advises and counsels students in the program. "I consider Karen my mentor," said former student May Chin. "When you meet someone who enjoys her profession as much as Karen does, it inspires you."

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BCIT Awards

BCSLS donates annually to the BCIT Scholarships and Awards Program.

Stephanie Slack receives the BLSLS Award

In 2004 the BC Society of Laboratory Science Award went to Stephanie Slack of the BCIT Medical Laboratory Science Program. Left photo: Stephanie Slack (right) receives the BCSLS Award from Cheryl Dosen.

The BC Association of Laboratory Physicians Awards were also presented. Right photo: Colleen Gibson, BCIT Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science presents the BCLP Awards to Katie Johnston (middle) and Tircha Jorke (right)

Katie Johnston and Tircha Jorke receive the BCLP Award

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CSMLS CPS Certificate

Neil Kevin Lalach of Kelowna has successfully completed his studies in Healthcare Management. He was awarded the CSMLS Continuing Professional Studies Certificate.

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David Ball Award

The David Ball Community Service Award has been presented to Annette Glover, Medical Laboratory Technologist at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Her work with parent advisory councils, efforts to arrange and conduct school laboratory demonstrations and career days, her participation as a school board trustee, her work as a hospice counselor and commitment to the BC Festival of the Arts and the National Heritage Festival were cited as some of the key factors in making the award. Annette received the YMCA Women of Distinction Award in 2004. She is also Founding Director of the Little Big Science Centre Society. The David Ball Award is named after the former President of the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

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