Recent ASCP vacancy surveys 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 other 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).

Mark your calendars for Friday, January 19 – Saturday, January 20, 2024, when ELMC2 kicks off for a fourth year. The conference will provide two days of programming (live and streamed for up to 30 days after the live event), up to 20 hours of P.A.C.E. credit networking and social events, and access to an attendees-only online community, and follow up programming expected to take place 6-12 weeks after the conclusion of the virtual conference as well as special meet-ups at the Joint Annual Meeting in July. 

A short-term mentoring program for participants will be available. For those who choose not to attend, but have interested in some of the sessions, approximately 45 days after the conclusion of the conference, recorded versions of each session will be offered individually at $10 each for members and $15 for non-members.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.