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Continuing Ed for Med/Lab Workers

Continuing Ed for Med/Lab Workers

By Jennifer LeClaire | Monster Contributing Writer

“Internet courses are fine as long as the sponsor is credible,” Tiehen explains. “Computer-based CE is obviously very convenient, because you don’t have to pay for parking or hotels, and you can learn at your own pace.”

The ASCLS, ASCP and the American Society for Microbiology each produce a variety of self-paced CD-ROM and online courses. The University of Washington’s Department of Lab Medicine features Internet learning materials. The Colorado Association for Continuing Medical Laboratory Education produces CD-ROMs that are respected industrywide.

Traditional Approach

Although more convenient options are becoming available, experts say medical technologists should not forsake traditional CE classes altogether.

“All of these approaches – reading, computerized and live classes – carry the same level of credibility,” Tiehen says. “But there are some intangible benefits to participating in continuing education in a live setting. You get to network with your peers and learn what best practices they are utilizing.”

Regardless of the method, experts agree that CE helps medical lab workers advance their careers. The technologists who keep up with the latest and greatest approaches to clinical laboratory work are usually the most likely to be promoted to positions of greater responsibility.

“Even if you don’t want to move into management, CE puts you in a position of being a technical expert that your peers will gravitate toward when they need advice,” Passiment says.

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