Med Lab Science faculty/staff to present at ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference

  • Friday, February 09, 2018
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Faculty and staff members of the UND Department of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) have been selected to present at the annual Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC) in Houston, February 22-24, 2018. CLEC is the only conference singularly devoted to medical laboratory education, and is described by The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) as the “most important annual event for faculty, administrators, directors, advisers, and others in clinical laboratory science education. Each year roughly 500 educators from across the nation attend CLEC.

Karen Peterson, MS, assistant professor in MLS, and Shannon Jongeward, MS, laboratory manager in MLS, will present on the UND Department of MLS microbiology Clinical Intensive Rotation (CIR), which is in its third year of delivery. The CIR model is a novel teaching approach designed to address the shortage of clinical sites available for students to complete clinical training. The clinical site shortage is significant nationwide, particularly in microbiology where centralization of testing to "hub" sites has reduced the number of clinical laboratories performing microbiology testing. The MCIR format allows multiple students to complete equivalent clinical rotations on-site at UND in an intensive format. In their presentation, Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. Jongeward will discuss the MCIR developed and delivered by the UND Department of MLS, including curriculum design, student outcomes, feedback, and future directions.

Samantha Peterson, MS, Christopher Triske, MS, and Robert Porter, MS, all assistant professors in the Department of MLS, will present a poster on the creation and implementation of a virtual microbiology procedure manual for student use during and in preparation for laboratory sessions. Recognizing that complex protocols within the clinical laboratory can overwhelm students, Ms. Peterson, Mr. Triske, and Mr. Porter developed an innovative virtual microbiology procedure manual that supplements traditional written text with authentic images and detailed video demonstrations of procedures. Feedback from students who used the virtual manual included comments related to increased confidence in skill performance, a clearer understanding of material, better preparation for lab sessions, and increased efficiency while completing procedures in the lab.

Brooke Solberg, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of MLS, will present a general session on Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs).  The session will examine different CATs, along with strategies for analyzing, responding to, and monitoring changes made in response to CAT feedback. Dr. Solberg will also discuss utilization of CATs in program assessment and National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) standards compliance.