Approximately 450 professionals from around the world will gather on Feb. 25-27 for the prestigious American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss.
Members of the Medical Technology faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi were instrumental in bringing this important conference to the Gulf Coast. Internationally renowned speakers will lead more than 60 sessions that include continuing education unit options.
Dr. Jane Hudson, chair of the Southern Miss Department of Medical Technology, said the national conference will yield a two-pronged benefit -- to the state’s coffers and the university’s reputation.
“In addition to bringing conference monies into the state of Mississippi at a time when the state budget is suffering, especially on the coast from a lack of tourism dollars, this conference enhances the visibility of the Southern Miss Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science educational programs as well as other programs within the state,” said Hudson.
The Southern Miss Medical Technology programs include an accredited bachelor’s degree program; an approved phlebotomy program; a face-to-face master’s degree program and an online master’s program, which will begin next fall. There are approximately 100 students (freshman-senior) enrolled in the Medical Technology bachelor’s program; 23 enrolled in the phlebotomy program and 12 working on their master’s degrees.
Educators from as far away as Puerto Rico, Sweden and Nambia have signed up for the national conference which was originally scheduled for 2007 on the Gulf Coast. However, devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005 forced postponement of the coast site until this year.
“With educators attending from throughout the United States, we hope many will return to their states with a favorable impression of Mississippi and communicate that impression to their students, thus enhancing the ability of hospitals in Mississippi to recruit these students in a time of a national and state manpower shortage in medical technology/clinical laboratory science,” said Hudson.
For more information about the Medical Technology program at Southern Miss, call 601-266-4908 or visit www.usm.edu/medtech/
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