- An instructor in The University of Southern Mississippi's
Department of Medical Technology has won the prestigious Member
of the Year Award from the Mississippi Society for Clinical
Laboratory Science (MSCLS).
Bryant, of Mobile, Ala., will accept the award in late July
at a national meeting of the American Society for Clinical
Laboratory Science in Philadelphia. Given to one winner in
each state, the Member of the Year Award is the highest honor
bestowed on a member within the organization.
Bryant was recognized by her peers in the state for exhibiting
outstanding personal and professional characteristics,"
said Dr. Jane Hudson, chair of the Department of Medical Technology.
"We are fortunate to have her on faculty in our medical
technology department as a role model for our students and
future medical technologists."
the MSCLS and the ASCLS depend on volunteers to operate. The
Member of the Year Award is given to the volunteer who best
serves the organization and the profession in any capacity
of the medical technology program at Southern Miss, Bryant
represents the department at the state and national level
by volunteering her time and efforts to promote the laboratory
profession. Bryant said these efforts are more important than
ever since the nation is suffering a shortage in medical laboratory
the threat of bioterrorism looming over our nation, it is
critical that we tackle the health care personnel shortage,"
Bryant said. "Laboratorians are the first line of defense
through identification and testing."
said it is also essential to increase the number of laboratorians
in the workforce by recruiting qualified students who can
be appropriately educated to meet current and future demands.
laboratory is an essential part of the health care team, but
we are rarely seen or acknowledged," she said. "The
laboratory provides information to physicians and other health
care providers, which are used as the basis of about 70 to
80 percent of medical decisions."
by her award, Bryant said, "I am very pleased to be recognized
by my peers, but more so for the opportunity to share a bit
about my profession."