By Jane Hermansen
CLMA KnowledgeLab ’13 is almost here! I have attended this annual professional conference since 1999, and always come away with new ideas and a sense of renewed enthusiasm for the clinical laboratory industry. This year I have also been the chair of the conference planning committee and am very excited to see the results of our committee’s hard work. I am most looking forward to:
- Education – Some of our industry’s most respected leaders are presenting daily ‘keynote’-style sessions. Hot topics will be Utilization Management, Patient Safety, and strategies for success in our changing healthcare environment.
- More education – Thirty-six different 90-minute breakout sessions. I plan to attend sessions presented by our Mayo Medical Laboratories clients (Bob Stallone of North Shore – LIJ Health System, Jo Brewer of Northeast Georgia Health System, Dianna Chestnut of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Larry Bologna and Arceli Baluyot of The Valley Hospital, and Ellen Dijkman-Dulkes of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and Mayo Clinic peers (Rodney Forsman and Dr. John Presutti and many others). Oh yes, I’m also presenting one session, so I guess I’ll be attending that one too!
- Exhibits – I always learn more about new products and services available to help me do my job better, and to help my clients be as successful as possible in their laboratory outreach programs. I can’t wait to see what’s new and improved. I am not a collector of pens and other gadgets that the vendors hand out at these meetings, which means that there are more remaining for the other conference attendees.
- Networking – Although there are no CEUs issued for this activity, I enjoy meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. I learn as much from my professional peers as I do from any formal educational activity. Additionally, I have a two-inch thick pile of business cards that I do not want to bring back home with me.
- New experiences and funny stories to share later. I can’t predict what these will be, but rest assured that I will find something worthy of sharing. Or I might have to make something up. Time will tell!
I’ll share a summary each day of the conference — what I’ve learned and how I plan to apply it to my professional and/or personal life. KnowledgeLab ’13, look out, here I come!
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']/files/2013/04/jane-hermansen-mayo-clinic.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Jane Hermansen, MBA, MT(ASCP), Mayo Medical Laboratories Outreach Program Coordinator has viewed the laboratory industry from many angles. She has been a Mayo Medical Laboratories customer, has worked within a Mayo Clinic testing laboratory, and since 1995 has supported various service, operations and business aspects of Mayo Medical Laboratories. Today she works with hospitals in the development and expansion of their outreach programs. She has spoken on outreach and management topics at numerous state and national professional meetings, and has written several articles for laboratory industry publications.[/author_info] [/author]