2012 ASCP Annual ReportWelcome
Dear ASCP Member:
Through the strategy of Collaboration, ASCP has increased our strength, resources, and patient-centric focus during 2011–2012. The year began on a platform for change. The 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting and World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine XXVI World Congress launched with inspiring speeches and solutions for global access to quality health care from President William J. Clinton and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD. Both men challenged ASCP to improve patient outcomes worldwide.
To accelerate change, ASCP embraced our role as a collaborating organization in the Global Community. For example, ASCP and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, and the World Health Organization committed to a collective goal of training 140,000 new health workers in resource-limited countries.
Nationally, by forging alliances with many important medical societies this year, ASCP is cultivating stronger connections for our members and expanding our collective resources. Internally, ASCP and the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) successfully completed the terms of their nine-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), begun in 2004, one year early, which assures financial stability for the BOC. Click here to read more.
Also on the national stage, our Commitment to Action with the Clinton Global Initiative of America and three State University of New York campuses to expand the capacity of clinical laboratory programs to 350 graduates from 230 over five years is destined to be applied nationwide and substantially alleviate the workforce shortage. Internationally, ASCP BOC is making inroads into 79 countries through its international certification efforts, certifying 2,817 laboratory professionals and establishing advisory boards in 25 nations.
Through many initiatives begun this year, ASCP is poised to better serve the national and Global Community of pathology and laboratory medicine. Our leadership has the Knowledge and foresight for the Advancement of the entire laboratory team’s role in improving patient care. Fiscally, our resources are solid.
Turn these pages to find vivid examples of our successes during the past year and to learn how we are building on this momentum to create an extraordinary future.
Join us on our journey.
C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP E. Blair Holladay, PhD, SCT(ASCP)CM
2011–2012 ASCP President ASCP Executive Vice President