The most recent ASCP vacancy survey showed that nearly 1/3 of managers in the core lab planned to retire in the next five years. For some areas like hematology and microbiology, that percentage is higher. As an entire generation of laboratory professionals leave the workforce, younger, less experienced laboratory professionals are being pressed into service in management positions they didn’t train for. A need exists to prepare these professionals to take on new roles.
Welcome to the Emerging Laboratory Managers Collaborative Conference (ELMC2).
Currently there are no programs specifically for laboratory professionals to help them transition into management, which is an area of strategic focus for ASCLS. The Society works to instill in laboratory professionals the skills to lead/take management/leadership positions within and outside the laboratory and prepares laboratory professionals to understand and speak the languages of quality with other professionals with whom they interface (nursing, pharmacy, and medicine).