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Title: Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory Workforce

Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory
James T. Griffith, Ph.D., CLS (NCA) CCCLW
Convener ASCLS Representative
Six Meetings. . . . and counting
Chicago, Ill
June 16, 2000
January 22, 2001
New Orleans, La
April 2, 2002
Chicago, Ill
October 23, 2002
Washington, D.C.
Chicago, Ill
June 4, 2003
Washington, D.C.
November 3, 2003
  • Representatives from 18 professional
    organizations have participated as follows
  • Representatives from 5 federal agencies have
    participated as follows
  • Representatives from 6 diagnostics industry
    partners have participated as follows
  • OCD-Johnson Johnson, Bayer, Abbott, Roche,
    Dade Behring, Beckman-Coulter .
  • Representatives from 2 Academic Medical Centers
    have participated as follows
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins
    Medical Center.

Beginning Data Assumptions
  • What is the nature of the problem ?
  • How BIG is it ?
  • How long will it last ?
  • What would constitute a legitimate practice field
    response ?
  • How do we respond without compromising each
    organization ?

Numbers of Laboratories
  • 170,926 clinical laboratories countable under
    the authority of CLIA88
  • 96,701of them are POLs
  • 70 not directly regulated (various personnel
    and other waivers)
  • 90 of laboratories perform
  • lt 10,000 tests / year
  • POLs
  • Small / rural hospitals / clinics
  • Small private labs

Test Categorization
  • 25,708 clinical laboratory tests
  • - High Complexity
  • 18,425 - Moderate Complexity
  • 733 - Waived tests

Fiscal Impact of Our Field
  • 7.25 billion tests performed annually (1999 est.)
  • 14.00 average cost (1997 est.)
  • therefore we are a 101.5 billion dollar business
    embedded in a 1.2 trillion dollar business
    (general U.S. health care)
  • thereby representing as much as 11 of each
    health care dollar

BLS Estimates
  • 17 growth rate in our field
  • 14.4 for all U.S. jobs
  • 5-13 actual vacancy rate in U.S. labs - 1988
  • 9-20 actual vacancy rate in U.S. labs - 1998
  • From Castelberry, B.M., and Wargelin, L.L.,
    ASCP Vacancy Rate Data, Lab. Med.30174-8,1999

1998 - 2008 (BLS)
2000 - 2010
  • 53,000 new jobs in our field
  • 40,000 vacancies (retirements, leaving the
    field, etc.)
  • 93,000 incremental positions to be filled
  • 9,300 FTE professionals needed per year
  • 4,990 graduates from all of our schools /
    yr (NAACLS est. for 1999)

CLEC02 2/28/02
Number of Graduates Declining
Number of Graduates
Source AMA, Health Professions Career and
Education Directory (various eds.)
Numbers of New Certificants
Source What Has Happened to All the Techs ?
Pennell C. Painter, Ph.D . http//
Educational Program Levels
Clinical Laboratory Professional Education
Programs 1985-2000
CLS / MT Programs
CLT / MLT Programs
- 42.5
Source AMA, Health Professions Career and
Education Directory
Vacancy Rates by Location
Overall rate 7.9
Medicare to Managed Care
General U.S. Prosperity
Great Depression
What Has Happened to All the Techs ? Pennell C.
Painter, Ph.D . http//
Pool Factors
  • Salary
  • Stressful working conditions
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Availability of desired working conditions
  • Image of the profession
  • Risk of infectious disease
  • Legal liability
  • reported at the CLIAC meeting of April 2000 from
    Greenberg, L., Report to Congress on Shortages of
    Clinical Laboratory Technologists in Medical
    Underserved and Rural Communities, 1993

Motivational Myths That Do Not Work
  • Reducing time spent at work
  • Spiraling wages
  • Fringe benefits
  • Human relations training
  • Sensitivity training
  • Communications
  • Job participation
  • Employee counseling

Frederick Herzberg One More Time How Do
You Motivate Employees Harvard Business Review,
Sept./Oct. 1987
Most Employees Are Motivated By
  • Achievement
  • Fulfillment
  • Challenge
  • Responsibility
  • Potential for growth

The opposite of dissatisfaction is not
satisfaction, it is the absence of
dissatisfaction . . . . . . . . . . . .taking
away dissatisfaction only gets employees to
Frederick Herzberg One More Time How Do
You Motivate Employees Harvard Business Review,
Sept./Oct. 1987
Pool Factors
  • At Bayer Diagnostics
  • 21
  • Field Technical Sales
  • Sales Division CLSs
  • Product Marketing
  • Training
  • Bayer Europe many fewer Field Tech staff,
    because lab staff see themselves as
    professionals, need less help. U.S. division has
    the most problems in the world.

Playing Field Shift
  • In state legislatures and in the Congress
  • 5 LOW portion of bills filled relating to
    health care
  • 10 AVERAGE
  • 20 Not uncommon in recent years

Playing Field Shift
  • The general assumptions and focus may be shifting
  • Cost to
  • System Organization to
  • Patient Rights to
  • Turf
  • Pharmacists (Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio)
  • Nurses (Montana)

Playing Field Shift
  • All of the health care arena may be characterized
    in the foreseeable future by QUALITY oriented
    issues in the form of
  • CLIA
  • ISO/DIS 15189
  • NCCLS (GP22A, GP26A)

The Growth in the Number of Elderly Citizens
Will Increase Requirements for Health Care
Population 65 thru 84
Population 85 and older
More Than 1 in 10 Americans Works in Health Care
or is a Health Professional
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001Figures shown are
the average of 12 months data (October 2000
September 2001)
Demand for Health Professionals Will Grow at
Twice the Rate of All Occupations Between

Source Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor
Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
National Center (SUNY Albany)The Health
Workforce Trends, Issues, and Supply and Demand
Projections and Requirements of FTE RNs
Source Projections by Division of Nursing, BHPr,
HRSA, HHS, 1996
Vacancy Rates in Nursing

Note 10/22/02, NPR - For every patient over 4
assigned/shift/nurse, the patient death rate
increases by 7
Age Distribution Nursing

The clinical laboratory age demographics have
been estimated to be similar.
Source Lewin, 2001
Pharmacy Graduatesvs. Demand
Graduates needed to keep pace with population
Pharmacy Graduates

Source American Association of Colleges of
Pharmacy, Profile of Pharmacy Students 1999, U.S.
Census Bureau
Vacancy Rates for Select Laboratory Personnel
Histologic Tech.
Clinical Lab Scientist
Source Lab Medicine 2001 32(3) pp 124-138
AHA 2001 Workforce Survey
Clinical Laboratory Professionals
Percent of Unfilled, Budgeted Positions (selected
hospital personnel)
AHA 2001 Workforce Survey
Clinical Laboratory Professionals
Percentage of hospitals having more difficulty
than last year recruiting selected health care
Demographics Clinical Laboratory Scientists
Survey data from certified MT (ASCP) Lab
Medicine, 31(7), July 2000
Gender Demographics
Lab Professionals
Source SUNY Albany tabulation of BLS, CPS
Earnings for Non-supervisory Workers
Mean Hourly Wage 1999
The Salary issue cannot be avoided
Source Center for Health Workforce Studies,
School of Public Health University at Albany,
May, 2001
A.S. and B.S. Level Median Annual Salaries (2000)

Source Occupational Employment Statistics,
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Mean Annual Salaries, B.S Level Lab Professionals
Source BLS Data
  • All of us are taking steps in this direction now
  • If we all get a better handle on the problem,
    solutions, maintenance, etc., then
  • IF we do subsequent activities
  • AND do them in a compliant way
  • THEN results will be comparable
  • collective impact will be greater
  • federal agencies will be in a better position
    to conduct their legitimate function
  • legislative entities will have to find some
    other way to write us off

DRAFT Strategic Plan
  • I. Data Collection
  • II. Marketing
  • III. Recruitment
  • IV. Financing of Education
  • V. Profession in Transition
  • VI. Cooperation
  • professional organizations (CCCLW participants
    and others)
  • philanthropic sources
  • governmental agencies (CDC, FDA, CLIAC, HRSA,
  • educational institutions (colleges, hospitals,
  • others

Strategic Plan
  • Clearly the heart of the matter at hand involves
    recruiting individual persons into our field on a
    sustained basis that results in the best and the
    brightest persons with the most appropriate
    mindset entering our field so that we end up with
    practitioners who are the most well adjusted to
    the scientific and evolving practice rigors our
    our field. In order to do that, the ASCLS Task
    Force has thought of the following points to
  • Make an effort and hopefully achieve some
    success to include laboratory science programs in
    loan forgiveness by various federal agencies and
    other lenders.
  • A huge area that we can all identify with and as
    can any group of potential applicants to a
    college based program in our field would be the
    likely rewards at the end of the long tunnel.
    This of course relates directly to wages,
    salaries and benefits. Perhaps some way of
    characterizing an improved package of these
    desired commodities might be made so that a young
    person considering other fields would see our
    package of rewards in comparison to those not
    just on day one but over a period of time in
    their early career. The gist of this is of
    course to identify that which will capture the
    attention of RECRUITERS as well as the students,
    their parents, and young scientists.

Action Items
  • Data Collection
  • Context There are alleged growing shortages in
    several health-related disciplines, e.g.,
    nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational
    therapy, etc. Clinical laboratory personnel
    shortages will need to be addressed in
    competition with several other disciplines.
    (Need more reliable and current information).
  • Complicated Multiple Data Sources There are
    several organizations and entities which certify
    a range of laboratory personnel (ASCP, ASM, NCA).
    NAACLS accredits the training programs.
    (Professional / Government / Regulatory).
  • Barriers There are no mandatory recertification
    and few re-licensure requirements. This poses
    problems with tracking over time. There are only
    11 states requiring licensure of clinical
    laboratory personnel.
  • Tools we have ASCP Wage and Vacancy Survey (2
    years) - - 10 positions
  • MT/CLS (baccalaureate) supervisor, manager,
  • MLT/CLT - generalist (associates degree)
    Cytotechnologist (baccalaureate)
    Histotechnologist (baccalaureate)
    Histologic Tech. (associates degree)
  • Histotech supervisor, staff Phlebotomist
  • May need to add Medical informatics
    Molecular diagnostic (cytogenetics)
  • Others

Action Items
  • Marketing
  • Develop a marketing FIELD GUIDE FOR LAB MANAGERS
  • This Field Guide should be constructed (with new
    or borrowed information) so as to answer
    questions including
  • What is the value added of laboratory testing.
    Develop model procedures (template) to
    accumulate value with our data.
  • Publication/presentations to help managers to
    confront their superiors regarding salaries.
  • Targeted toward AHA Health care executives
    and presentations, etc.
  • Help managers study staff utilization develop
    examples of ways to utilize people better.
  • How to extend the influence of the laboratory
    across organizations.
  • How to use collated data
  • How to be more visible - Hospital
    administrators, pharmacists, etc.
  • How to showcase the lab contribution to
    hospital administrators, M.D.s - Clearly
    indicating in what ways are we valuable
  • Deal with changing demographics
  • Link with other groups marketing health fields

Action Items
  • Recruitment
  • Clearly the heart of the matter at hand involves
    recruiting individual persons into our field on a
    sustained basis that results in the best
    brightest persons with the most appropriate
    mindset entering our field so that we end up with
    practitioners who are the most well adjusted to
    the scientific and evolving practice rigors our
    our field.

Action Items
  • Financing Education
  • Obviously as the economy continues to roll along
    in its current robust state the full employment
    situation has drawn young persons into various
    fields of endeavor after high school, some of
    whom go to college or participate in professional
    programs, and others who do not. A major effort
    should be to provide funding to prospective
    students directing them into our programs.

Action Items
  • Profession in Transition
  • It goes without saying that our field is in
    transition, perhaps from one technology base and
    one paradigm of operation to another.
    Nonetheless, young persons who are considering
    careers in our field are likely to be marginally
    aware of this but feel some sense of unease as
    they begin to spend a day in a lab or in other
    ways interact with current professionals and
    practitioners in the field. We need to be aware
    of this and have some way of dealing with it as
    the concerns arise.

Immediate Action Items
  • Each organization will bring the following
    matters to their governing bodies for immediate
    discussion and contribution. It was suggested
    that the organization in BOLD would be the lead
    entity for the action item.
  • All organizations will share survey instrument
    components, data. ASCP
  • Explore sources of funding for presentation kits
    - ASCLS
  • Devise the kits. - ASCLS
  • Develop Field Guides - CLMA
  • Get educators and managers together - NAACLS
  • All participants provide information on financial
    assistance. This collected information will be
    displayed and updated on the NAACLS Web site.

Steering Committee
  • The CCCLW will plan future on site meetings and
    coordinate future projects through a Steering
    Committee. The first one is composed as follows
  • Jim Griffith (ASCLS) Kory
    Ward-Cook (ASCP-BOR)
  • Bob Neri (CLMA) Joeline Davidson (NAACLS)
  • David Glenn (ASCP-AMS) Kathy Hansen (NCA)
  • Stephen Kahn (AACC) Chris Damon (AMT)

CCCLW Productivity
  • Products from the Strategic Plan

CCCLW Productivity
  • Products from the Strategic Plan

CCCLW Productivity
  • Products from the Strategic Plan

Career Recruitment Package
ASCLS Educational Affairs Comm. ASCLS
Leadership Development Comm.
CCCLW Productivity
  • Products from the Strategic Plan

IVD Industry Leader
BIG Announcement ASCLS/AACC 6/03
CCCLW Productivity
  • Efforts in the States

CCCLW Productivity
  • Summary of state activities around health
    workforce shortages in general.
  • 90 have some sort of Task Force or Governors
    Commission or . . . .
  • All are temporary
  • 34 study Nursing only
  • 22 study the health workforce in general
  • 11 include long-term care
  • In the most recent national (50 states, PR, DC)
    study, the following got enough attention for
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Nurses Aids

Home Health Aids
Radiologic Technology
CCCLW Productivity
  • Most common coping strategies
  • Scholarships
  • Loan Forgiveness / Repayment
  • Best time to survey the field
  • During Re-licensure
  • Lots of others tried
  • Major Rationale Health Care Financing
  • Health Care
  • Shortage impact on
  • Shortage impact on
  • Health Education entities collectively have not
    prevented or reversed shortages

CCCLW Productivity
  • State government is the current primary focus.
  • Modest and narrowly focused so far
  • Not much effort on retention (once in the
  • State-by-State Inefficiency
  • Redundancy
  • Right fit solution
    for each state
  • State parties
    (education, unions,
  • policy makers) may
    talk with one
  • another

Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
  • Chapter I - DATA COLLECTION ASCP Clearinghouse
  • R/A I - 1 It is recommended that data on the
    cause /source of the workforce shortage be
    sought. We should attempt to identify ways of
    obtaining this data - - and in fact do recommend
    that researchers in our field consider such
    studies as legitimate topics for investigation by
    themselves or graduate students.
  • R/A I - 2 The Veterans Administration has been
    solicited for information on their clinical
    laboratory workforce nationwide.
  • R/A I - 3 We are cautioned on the over
    enthusiastic aggregation of existing data sets
    inasmuch as varying methodologies may make such
    aggregation unsuitable for meta-analysis.

Get more data
Get better data
Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
  • Chapter I - DATA COLLECTION ASCP Clearinghouse
  • R/A I - 4 It is recommended that the following
    data points be considered for collection
    on a go forward basis
  • Wage Salary Hiring Trends
  • Benefits Vacancies
  • Time to Fill Vacancies Comparable data from
  • Error rates related fields
  • NOTE Error Rate data may be especially hard to
    come by since it is difficult to accrue to an
    individual with specific qualifications and since
    we are our own worst enemy in that we have
    developed such elaborate QC and QA procedures
    that when errors are made they are often picked
    up by another in the same lab. Perhaps an
    evaluation of discoverable error rates in
    licensed vs. non-licensed states could be
    undertaken. Some level of data may already exist
    in the hands of governmental agencies or
    accrediting bodies.
  • R/A I - 5 It is recommended that common terms be
    used in the collection of demographic data
    such as
  • Non-Collegiate Training Certificate
  • Associates
    degree Associates degree, certified
  • Bachelors degree Bachelors degree,
  • Masters degree Masters degree, certified
  • Doctors
    degree Doctors degree, certified

Get more sophisticated data
Get more comparable data
Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
  • Chapter II - MARKETING
    CLMA Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A II - 1 CLMA has committed their CCP (Council
    of Chapter Presidents) to make recommendations
    for material to be included in the Field Guide
    for Lab Managers (Field Guide 1). Their initial
    discussions include making this field guide
    available on CD-ROM.
  • R/A II - 2 It is recommended that the effective
    portion of this Field Guide be formulated in a
    step by step fashion as the lab managers who need
    to use it are probably committed to the point
    that they will be in a position to use it if it
    does not require a long assimilation.

Continuing Commitment
Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
  • Chapter II - MARKETING
    CLMA Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A II - 3 It is suggested that CLMA obtain and
    review the AHA Monograph On Workforce Shortage
    Issues (4/02). The document seems not to have
    much about the clinical laboratory field - - and
    that is the point. It is anticipated that if we
    were to produce a document that filled out the
    missing material in a manner consistent with the
    rest of the AHA base document, we would be in a
    good position to not only provide awareness on
    the overlooked information but to solicit AHAs
    acknowledgement of this fact and a reminder of
    their oft stated commitment to . . . involve
    every practitioner in the governance practice
    of health care . . Our hope would be to also
    use the developed information as a base document
    to aid lab managers in communicating with
    hospital administrators.

Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
  • Chapter II - MARKETING
    CLMA Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A II - 4 It is recommended that the Educator /
    Manager dialog be further extended and
    specifically that a representative of the
    American Hospital Association be invited to
    participate at the next on site meeting of the
    CCCLW. Pursuant to the unanimity of opinion on
    this matter such an invitation will be extended.
    NAACLS has volunteered to do this.
  • R/A II - 5 It is recommended that the annual CLEC
    (Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference) of
    ASCLS and CLMA seek a mutual opportunity to bring
    educators and managers together in a way that
    would address matters in this chapter of the
    Strategic Plan. Perhaps some thought to the
    development of PowerPoint materials that would
    connect our interests to those of administrators
    and other such materials to connect our interests
    to those of science teachers, H.S. guidance
    counselors, etc. could be a focus of this

We continue to do what we say we will do . . . .
Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
  • Chapter II - MARKETING
    CLMA Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A II - 6 It is recommended that Data Mining
    referred to in the Work Plan above indeed be
    undertaken. The CLMA Staffing Forum, the NAACLS
    Futures Conference, the material developed by the
    Minnesota Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
    and the upcoming UHC/AACC presentation by Elissa
    Passiment be considered as sources along with

Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
    Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A III - 1 It is recommended that the CCCLW
    develop methods and materials to aid the process
    of educational program advocacy (from
    pre-collegiate training programs to Post-Doc.s).
    Such a presence could prevent further closures9 ,
    include a mechanism for organized letter writing
    nationwide and perhaps recommendations on minimal
    appropriate levels of program funding (needs LOTS
    of thought).
  • R/A III - 2 ASCLS has developed a generic
    support forgiveness document that could serve
    as the basis for a relationship between a
    recruited student and a health care organization.
    The student gets financial help when it is most
    needed and commits service to the supporting
    organization once the student is able to give it
    - - each in proportion to the other and mutually
    agreed upon.
  • R/A III - 3 It is recommended that consideration
    be given to specific recruiting considerations
    that may be helpful in aquainting persons of
    color to the possibilities of a career in the
    clinical laboratory.

Better ways of thinking about this problem
Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
    Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A III - 4 The ASCLS Career Education Brochure
    and CD-ROM are recommended as
  •  All ready developed and available
  • Generic enough for use by all
  • Imprintable with sender information
  • R/A III - 5 It is recommended that all
    participants publicize career options available
    to those with the basic and specific
    education/training in this field as well as the
    utility of the Career Ladder. It is further
    recommended that the participants share
    information (via a mechanism to be devised) on
    evolving career opportunities.
  • R/A III - 6 It is recommended that the
    psychological evaluation of what motivates young
    people described by Elissa Passiment of ASCLS be
    more broadly distributed and perhaps be used by a
    CCCLW Subcommittee (needs to be appointed) to
    further develop elements of recruiting materials
    and motivating benefits packages to be used in
    Career Ladders in Chapter II of this Strategic
    Plan. Possible comparative / conflicting aspects
  • Altruism Flexible Work Hours
    Availability of Educational Support

Use the best of what we know
Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
    Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A III - 7 It is recommended that Field Guide 2
    be developed - Mentoring Clinical Laboratory
    Students. This document would in part describe to
    the practice field successful ways of
    participating in H.S. Senior Mentoring, collect
    and describe how to use a wide variety of
    biographies of actual people in and about our
    field who have benefited from training /
    education in this arena. Perhaps some or all of
    this information could be distributed or used in
    some way on the web sites of the participating
  • R/A III - 8 It is recommended that the Career
    Ladder discussed at the 4/2/02 meeting be
    developed. It has been suggested that the
    principles of flexibility in curricula as well
    as the utility of distance education and
    occasions for upward included . Mary Brained
    (ASCLS) is a well known national expert in this

Take some chances
Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
    Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A IV - 1 It is recommended that data be
    collected from NAACLS approved programs on the
    cost of programs. Data points such as the
    following should be considered
  • Total Program Budget Total Program Cost
  • Total Faculty Budget Total Faculty Cost /
  • Total Supply Budget Total Supply Cost /
  • Startup Equipment Cost Annual Equipment
  • Local and /or state impact of MT/CLS, CLT/MLT
    graduates vs. other science graduates
  • Economic impact of NAACLS program being
    surveyed on the region or state.
  • R/A IV - 2 It is recommended that the CCCLW
    consider a web site of its own to facilitate
    distribution or a durable connection by all of
    the participating organizations to the NAACLS
    site, effectively creating a CCCLW Web-Ring.
  • R/A IV - 3 The VA system is actively considering
    overt support to students at various levels in
    our field.

Current Chapter Recommendations / Actions
    Clearinghouse Facilitator
  • R/A IV - 4 It is recommended that (as it is well
    known that a meaningful slice of the student
    population entering college select a school and /
    or major in part by available scholarship), we,
    the CCCLW, encourage the use of reference
    librarians and other sources in the discovery and
    popularization of scholarship and other support
    in our field.
  • R/A IV - 5 It is recommended that representatives
    from the diagnostics industry be invited and
    encouraged to attend future on site meetings of
    the CCCLW and in part be probed as an additional
    resource of financial support for students /
    programs in our field. The suggestion of likely
    candidates and / or a way to proceed would be
  • R/A IV - 6 It is recommended that direct support
    to programs (at all levels) in our field could
    not only be a valuable stabilizing factor, but a
    recruiting factor as they each in turn are able
    to do more for the students they have.

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  • H.R.3448 (amends the Public Health Service Act )
  • To improve the ability of the United States to
    prevent, prepare for, and respond to bioterrorism
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  • Currently in the House Energy and Commerce,
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Signed by the President
AMA e-Letter listing
  • "Clinical laboratories are experiencing a
    shortage of all types of diagnostic scientists
    and technicians from the A.S. level through
    graduate degrees. The AHA Workforce 2001 Survey
    has demonstrated that the overall vacancy rate is
    12, which places it ahead of the current
    national Nursing shortage by a full 1. The BLS
    (Bureau of Labor Statistics) projects a need of
    9,300 scientists per year for each year of their
    decade forecast cycle (1998-2008) and NAACLS
    (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical
    Laboratory Science) suggests that we are
    graduation only 4,110 nationwide in these fields.
  • A group of 21 entities including every leading
    professional organization in the field and four
    federal agencies has come together to form a
    permanent effort to look into this matter and
    propose solutions. This group, the CCCLW
    (Coordinating Council for the Clinical Laboratory
    Workforce) has developed a Strategic Plan which
    can be accessed at _____________ . For further
    information, you may contact . . .

First News
  • The clinical laboratory workforce shortage was
    the topic of the May02 Clinical Laboratory
    Strategies cover story.
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  • The clinical laboratory workforce shortage was
    the topic of the August02 CLN cover story.
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  • The CCCLW was the focus of the September02
    "Expert Access Live-on Line" of the AACC.

Later News
  • CCCLW representatives have met with
    representatives of Johnson Johnson August02
    to discuss ideas funding for industry support
    of a major national PR effort.
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  • The CCCLW was part of the "Lab Future Scan"
    Session at the Oct. 24, 2002 Washington G-2 "Lab
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  • The CCCLW invited representatives from the
    American Hospital Association to the Fall 02
    site meeting.
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  • The CCCLW invited representatives from the
    clinical laboratory diagnostics industry to the
    Fall 02 site meeting.

Later News
  • The professional shortage and the CCCLW were the
    focus of Pres. Gantzers Presidents Message in
    CLN, Oct. 02 2810, pg. 4
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  • Our story was part of the Do You Know What Lab
    Professionals Are Worth Today session at the
    Oct. 02 Washington G-2 "Lab Institute". This
    session delivered by Dave Daniels discussed the
    results of a study of the lab workforce
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Late-breaking News
  • The Coalition for NJ Clinical Laboratory
    Personnel has launched a new website,
  • It went live in May 2003.
  • clinical laboratory careers,
  • employment and career advancement opps.,
  • NJ clinical laboratory education programs,
  • available financial assistance,
  • salary and labor statistics,
  • links to other relevant sites,
  • contacts for hospital tours,
  • information for science teachers
  • and lots more . . . .

Latest Late-breaking News
  • Shortage issue featured once again in the July
    2003 issue of the AMA Health Professions News
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  • Michigan State University (Kathy M. Doig,
    517-353-7800) University of North Carolina
    (Sue Beck (919) 966-3011 ) have initiated a
    national study (February 27, 2003 ) of factors
    contributing to retention of employees in
    clinical laboratory science.
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  • New York Times, July 6, 2003 article by David
    Johnston . . . Bioterrorism preparedness
    skilled medical and scientific personnel. . . .

Late-breaking News
  • Chris Damon (AMT Executive Director) participated
    in a panel discussion entitled "Increasing the
    Supply of Allied Health Professionals" at the
    National Association for Health Care Recruitment
    on July 19, 2003
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  • The program description "Health care profession
    shortages are critical. What are the national
    professional associations doing to try to ensure
    adequate supplies of these healthcare
    professionals and what can you do to help? "
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  • Two other panelists were from the Am. Soc. of
    Radiologic Technologists, and the Am. Assn. for
    Respiratory Therapy.

Latest Late-breaking News
  • A major announcement AACC/ASCLS July 22, 2003
  • The first major support has come forward from the
    IVD industry in the form of student scholarships
    for A.S. students.
  • 50,000 / year for 3 years 150,000
  • All eMail App.
  • Out very soon
  • Due date 12/15/03
  • Awards 2/15/04
  • June/Sept. cycle to follow

Latest Late-breaking News
  • A new initiative by the U.S. DOL has recently
    been launched with conferences in three cities
    (Salt Lake City, Chicago, D.C.) - - Oct. 29-Nov.
    3, 2003.
  • These meetings will generate a plan that will be
    posted on the U.S.DOL site http//

Latest Late-breaking News
  • The DRAFT Plan will be the beginnings of
    putting 13 billion toward the addressing of the
    health workforce shortage needs.
  • Our job will be to get a fair share for clinical
    laboratory positions.

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