Lab Week activities

University to celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20-26

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10:02 a.m., April 16, 2014--The University of Delaware will celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week from April 20-26 with a variety of activities planned for both the students and the University community. 

A luncheon for junior medical laboratory science students, faculty and staff will be held on Thursday, April 24. In addition there will be games and prizes throughout the week.

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Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) is an annual celebration of the laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. Because they often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical testing they perform every day.

Lab Week is a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the U.S. every year.

Tuesday of MLPW will see the members of the Delaware affiliate of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science join with the Histotechnology Society of Delaware to hear a UD medical laboratory sciences alumna, Brenda Rabeno, share her current position at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. Rabeno will speak on the topic, “The Laboratory Professional's Role in Building and Maintaining a High Quality Biorepository.”

On Friday of MLPW, members of the UD Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences will join with those from Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina to provide the face of the clinical laboratory at the third USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. It is anticipated that over 500,000 school children and their families will experience the festival and hear about the field’s unique way of doing science.

The following week, on Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., a special meeting of physician assistants (PAs) from Arcadia University will gather at UD’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus to consider “What Do All Those Abbreviations Mean?" presented by Mary Ann McLane, professor, and UD alumni who have gone on to become PAs.

Medical laboratory science professionals are employed on the UD campus in the following areas:

  • Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, where they instruct and mentor students who are studying to become medical laboratory professionals.
  • Student Health Services, where they staff the clinical laboratory and perform laboratory analyses on students who require medical care.
  • Environmental Health and Safety, where they assist other professionals in providing a safe learning and working environment on the entire UD campus.
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