ASCLS Holding Annual Meeting in Chicago This Week

Professionals converge on the Windy City for four days of educational programming

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) kicked off their 86th Annual Meeting Sunday at the Swisshotel in Chicago, with hundreds of accomplished professionals expected to attend this prestigious event.

Organizers have divided the programs into guides for various groups:

  • Student Guide
  • New Professionals/New Members Guide
  • Leadership Guide
  • Delegate Guide
  • Social Guide

Monday’s programming is highlighted by Heather Hurley, executive director of Laboratory Accreditation for The Joint Commission’s keynote address, entitled “Leading the way to Zero”—a reference to the stated goal of causing “absolutely no harm to any patient at any time.” Accomplishing this goal means identifying every patient, specimen, using appropriate collection methods, and maintaining the specimen’s quality and integrity.

Educational programming continues through the week, all the way up until Thursday afternoon when attendees will be treated to a closing keynote address, “Social Media and the Lab: Why It is Imperative for Laboratory Professionals to be on Social Media.”

Annual Meeting poster presentations will be conducted at McCormick Place in Hall A on Tuesday, July 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Authors will be present from 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. to answer questions. The presentations are separated into Professional/Grad Student and Undergraduate categories.

An onsite career place takes place Monday morning at the Swisshotel. Between educational sessions, ASCLS is sponsoring numerous social activities, including a Wednesday Night at the Ballpark, when professionals can head to Guaranteed Rate Field to see Chicago’s own White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals in Major League Baseball action.

For more information on ASCLS 2018, visit the conference website.

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