Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: This is an introductory-level management course for medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author information: Lee B. Springer, PhD, MLS(ASCP), CRA, MSHS is the Director of Clinical Laboratory Medicine for PTS Diagnostics. In his career as a laboratory professional, Lee has worked in both hospital and corporate settings. He holds a Doctorate in Health Care Administration and a Masters in Health Science from Touro University. Lee has written articles for several laboratory publications on quality management issues.
Reviewer information: Kevin F. Foley, PhD, DABCC, MT, SC is the Northwest chemistry, toxicology, immunology and POC director for Kaiser Permanente. He also teaches pharmacology, clinical chemistry, immunology and medicinal chemistry at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Foley earned his PhD in clinical pharmacology and toxicology at East Carolina School of Medicine in North Carolina. His research areas include cardiovascular risk and inflammation markers as well as the neuropharmacology of amphetamine-like compounds. He is a frequent contributor to several clinical laboratory publications and is active in the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.
Course description: This course will look at the concepts and approaches to evidence-based practice, such as developing focused questions, gathering evidence, and performing systematic reviews. Additionally the course will explore the steps needed to integrated evidence-based practices into clinical laboratory processes and decision-making to improve the quality of test results and ensure positive patient outcomes.