HATTIESBURG - Members
of The University of Southern Mississippi's Medical Technology faculty
received the Theriot Award for "Development of Significant
Materials in Media and Equipment" at the recent American Society
for Clinical Laboratory Science's annual meeting in California for
their book "Principles of Clinical Laboratory Management: A
Study Guide and Workbook."
Dr. Jane Hudson served as senior editor and David
Thrash, Paula Holland and Beth White served as editors of the book.
"Chapters in the book were written by 20 authors,
some who are teaching technologists at our clinical affiliated hospitals
and on campus," Hudson said. "The other editors and I
are very excited to have our work recognized by the national organization
and the profession. This award brings national recognition to the
campus and clinical faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi's
outstanding Medical Technology Department."
The Theriot Award recognizes and encourages the development
of significant materials in the areas of media and equipment. Judging
criteria include creativity (originality, graphics-visuals, goal
achievement); scientific merit (benefit to profession; relevance
to current laboratory medicine, ASCLS body of knowledge or scope
of practice; accuracy; references); professional quality of project
(interest level, ease of use, appearance of project) and understanding
of selected media (technology and availability).
Recipients received a plaque at the annual ASCLS meeting
and winning entries were posted in the ASCLS exhibits booth.
Hudson is professor, program director and chair of
the Department of Medical Technology. She has a doctorate in educational
administration from Southern Miss; a master's in medical technology
from Mississippi State University; a MT certificate from Providence
Hospital in Mobile, Ala., and a bachelor's in microbiology from
Mississippi University for Women.
Thrash, education coordinator at Forrest General Hospital,
has a bachelor's in medical technology from Southern Miss. Holland,
education coordinator at Singing River Hospital, has an associate's
in medical laboratory technology from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community
College, a bachelor's in medical technology from Southern Miss,
and master of education in education administration from Southern
Miss. White, education coordinator at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport,
has a bachelor's in medical technology from Southern Miss.
"The Medical Technology program at The University
of Southern Mississippi is one of the highest quality programs in
the United States," said the College of Health's dean, Dr.
Peter Fos. "It is wonderful that Dr. Hudson and her faculty
are receiving well-deserved recognition from the American Society
of Clinical Laboratory Science. Their book, which is testimony to
the excellence of the Medical Technology program, will serve as
a guide for clinical laboratory management at other universities,
hospitals and public health labs throughout the country."