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Released September 25, 2003

SOUTHERN MISS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY FACULTY
CO-AUTHOR TEXTBOOK, WORKBOOK

HATTIESBURG - A new textbook and workbook for medical technology students has been co-authored and edited by faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Featuring the contributions of about 20 authors, most of whom have ties to Southern Miss, Principles of Clinical Laboratory Management: A Study Guide and Workbook will be published by Pearson-Prentice Hall at the end of October.

"All programs across the United States are required to have basic management programs," said Southern Miss medical technology professor Dr. Jane Hudson, who wrote 12 of the book's chapters and served as senior editor. "This is something we developed and decided to share with the nation."

The book covers the essentials of basic laboratory management - personnel, regulatory issues, quality control, continuing education and communication. In addition to the instructional chapters, totaling 42 in all, the book acts as a hands-on training manual for lab technicians.

Dr. Margot Hall, professor of medical technology at Southern Miss, said the book differs substantially from other existing versions on the topic. "This one is more of a workbook than the others that are out there," Hall said.

More than three years in the works, the book is dedicated to "the many unseen laboratory professionals who strive daily to provide quality patient care and to our profession, which is enjoyable, provides professional friendships, provides our livelihood and allows us an opportunity to contribute to the welfare of our patients."

Other chapters in the book include preparing resumes, employee evaluation, celebrating diversity, stress management, telephone etiquette, accreditation and legal considerations. A separate section provides answers for questions and case commentaries.

The book's goal is to balance theory and practical applications in a method that is engaging and useful to students. Some of the chapters also are accompanied by computer applications. Hudson said, "This can be a self-instructional textbook, which is why I think hospitals will be excited about it."

According to Elizabeth A. Zeibig, CLS series editor for Prentiss Hall Health, the book's "theoretical information and practical application allows learners to analyze management situations and determine appropriate actions."

"The topic summaries followed by review questions, exercises and case studies provide stimulating and challenging experiences for learners," Zeibig said.

Along with other faculty members at Southern Miss - Dr. Carolyn Beck, Sabrina Bryant and Dr. Mary Lux - other medical professionals from south Mississippi made contributions to the textbook. Beth White, education coordinator at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport; David Thrash, educational program leader at Forrest General; and Paula Holland, educational coordinator at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, also contributed.

Hall added, "It's adaptable. Students can use this book in a clinical setting and not just a hospital setting."

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