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Global Health Partnerships Expands Medical Laboratory Leadership Certificate Program

CLSI’s Global Health Partnerships (GHP) is expanding its quality management systems for medical laboratory leadership certificate program after successfully graduating its first class in Vietnam last year.

The certificate program is designed for individuals who have influence over a country’s laboratory policy. The year-long curriculum focuses on the 12 quality system essentials (QSEs) and related standards, which are aimed at providing the officials with the skills and tools to improve laboratory efficiency and testing accuracy.

GHP Director Connie Adams, MT(ASCP), recently traveled to Vietnam to lead a focus group consisting of the program’s first group of graduates. Adams, who played an important role in the development of the certificate program, was a presenter during the course. During the focus group, those who graduated reported a high level of satisfaction with the course, particularly regarding the in-class group activities. Several graduates are returning to the program as facilitators for the next session.

The certificate program zeros in on topics covered by the CLSI QSEs, including Organization, Continual Improvement, Information Management, Facilities and Safety, Assessments, and Customer Focus—all of which are critical for ensuring accurate test results and quick turnaround times. The program was funded by the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with technical support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For future classes, GHP staff and volunteers are developing an online platform to enable students to download materials when preparing for class sessions. Through this platform, they will also be able to post articles and information online between classes.

“The online components will keep them engaged when we are not in the country,” said GHP Vice President Karen McClure, PhD, MLS(ASCP)SBB. In addition to teaching QSEs, the program has also become a team building exercise within Vietnam’s laboratory’s leadership. “Before this program, students from different government agencies and regions did not often interact with each other before becoming classmates,” said Dr. McClure. “This class has brought them together.”

The GHP team is hoping to replicate this positive experience in other countries. There are already plans to launch the same program in Ghana next year. Some students from Nigeria plan to participate in the Ghana program, and plans are underway to offer the program as a regional course. By drawing in students from throughout Africa, the certificate program will encourage cooperation and idea sharing within and between countries.

CLSI is seeking corporate and foundation support for GHP’s laboratory quality improvement programs. If your company is interested in learning more about GHP sponsorships and grants, please contact GHP’s Director of Development, Lauren Wiley at 484.588.5935 or lwiley@clsi.org.

 

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