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Saturday, 22 April 2023 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive,
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Registrations will close after all spots are filled. Late Registration Rate apply after Midnight on April 15, 2023, only if there are open spots. Onsite registrants are not guaranteed lunch - lunch will only be provided while supplies last on a first come first serve basis.
Registrations will close after all spots are filled. The late registration rate applies after midnight on April 7, 2023, only if there are open spots. Onsite registrants are not guaranteed lunch - lunch will only be provided while supplies last on a first come first serve basis.
Half-Day Registration PM only. Early Registration Ends on April 7, 2023. Registrations will close after all spots are filled. Lunch is not included with half-day registration.
Lunch is not included with late registration. Early Registration Ends on April 7, 2023; however, registrations remain open until all spots are filled.
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Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL, 33801, United States.
Event Description : FSCLS 2023 Spring Symposium
FSCLS invites you to attend its annual unique continuing education spring symposium to gain new medical information, current practices, and networking opportunities for laboratory professionals and students, and exlplore exhibits from leaders in the clinical laboratory science industry.
Date: Friday, April 22, 2023 8:00AM - 6:00PM ESTLocation: Florida Southern College (FSC) 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive Lakeland, FL 33801Target Audience: Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Directors, Managers, Researchers, Supervisors, Technologists, Technicians, Phlebotomists, POCT Coordinators, other health professionals and medical laboratory students.
Symposium Educational Sessions Standards & Goals:
The program offers CEUs that meet Florida license/biennium license renewal, including Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel mandatory requirements for Florida license/biennium license. When attended in full, earn at least 6 CEUs, and attend exhibits from leaders in the clinical laboratory science industry. CEUs are approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E ® and meets CE Broker and FL liscensing requirements.
More information is available at www.fscls.org
Dr. Gammon holds Board Certifications in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine as well as Clinical Pathology. He is a Medical Director for OneBlood and Transfusion Medicine Specialists. Dr. Gammon is an Assistant Professor of Pathology for the University of Central Florida College as well as an Assistant Professor Collaborative Faculty with Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, University of South Florida. He is chair of the AABB’s Blood Banks and Transfusion Service Standards Program Unit and chair of the Transfusion Safety/Patient Blood Management Subsection.
Emilia Marrero-Greene, M Ed, M (ASCP), MT (AAB) Emilia has worked as a laboratory scientist for 15 years, and has been a generalist, lead scientist in microbiology, coordinator for Quality Assurance, Education and Compliance, and full-time MLT/MLS faculty member. She has a Bachelor's in Biology from Florida Southern College, an Associates in Medical Laboratory Technology from St. Petersburg College and a Master's in Health Care Education from St. Joseph's College. Emilia currently works at Lakeland Regional Health as the Microbiology Supervisor, and is a faculty member for the MLS program at Florida Southern College. She is the current President of FSCLS and secretary for the ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council.
Dr. Brandy Gunsolus received her BS degree in Chemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University, a BS degree in CLS from LSU Health Sciences Center- New Orleans, an MS degree and Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science degree from Rutgers University. She is currently over Pathology Utilization, is the Physician/Laboratory Liaison, and Director of Specimen Referral at Augusta University Medical Center. She also serves on the Doctoral Review Committee for NAACLS, is the ASCLS National delegate to the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and is President of South Carolina Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
yenona “Nonie” Hicks is currently the Manager of Medical Technology Education for OneBlood, Inc., where she manages a donor center-based medical technology program for immunohematology and blood bank, as well as an online Specialist in Blood Banking Program. Nonie earned a Master’s in Transfusion and Transplantation Science at the University of Cincinnati and her SBB in 2004. She has co-authored several articles and has over 30 years of blood bank technical and medical laboratory science education experience. She is a previous recipient of the Larry L. Trow Memorial Educational Award from the South Central Association of Blood Banks (SCABB) for her contributions to education in immunohematology.
Tripat Kaur, Ed. D, MS, MT (ASCP) completed her education as a medical technologist at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood, Kentucky. She received her Master of Science in clinical laboratory science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her doctorate in higher education from Nova Southeastern, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Kaur served as the President of FSCLS in 2016. As an FSCLS member, she served at the national level as the ASCLS chairperson for the Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC) Host Committee and FSCLS representative for the CLEC 2020 meeting that was held in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Kaur currently serves on the steering committee for CLEC and the ASCLS nominations committee on the national level.
Heather McNasby, MHSH, MT(ASCP) holds a Master of Science in Health Science, from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, and her baccalaureate degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA. Currently Heather McNasby directs both the NAACLS accredited Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) and Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) programs at Keiser University, Orlando FL. Prior to this, she served in numerous roles in the Clinical Laboratory Science, including Medical Technologist, Phlebotomy Supervisor, Point of Care Coordinator and Laboratory Manager. She maintains membership with the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, the Florida Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (FSCLS), as well as the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Her leadership roles in the profession includes her role of past president of FSCLS, and her recent return as a member of the FSCLS Board. Heather McNasby also contributed to the text “Clinical Chemistry,” 7th and 8th editions. In addition to her passion for science, and students, her other interests include reading, running, travelling, and exploring craft events.
Aaron K. Odegard, MS, MLS (ASCP) SM, is a quality laboratory coordinator at Baptist Health Jacksonville. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the department of medical laboratory sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his master’s degree in biomedical sciences—molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics from Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Mr. Odegard is passionate about medical laboratory science. He serves as the immediate past chair of the ASCP Council of Laboratory Professionals. He enjoys educating the public, students, and professionals on the topics of leadership, mentorship, and medical laboratory science through many platforms including in classrooms and local and regional meetings, and on social media.
Kyle Riding, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM is an Assistant Professor at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and a PhD in public health. He has worked with a multidisciplinary team focused on biological and perceived stress and the impacts of mindfulness. He has a passion for topics that relate to patient safety, health equity, and the impact of access to laboratory services on community health. In addition, he currently serves as the ASCLS Secretary-Treasurer.
Cindy Rogers is a medical technologist with years of experience working in a large hematology department in Macon, Georgia. She has a passion for teaching peripheral blood and bone marrow cell morphology to students with various hematology backgrounds and clinical laboratory science schools. She now works for CellaVision so she can share her love of hematology with friends and colleagues around the world. She welcomes opportunities to present to students in clinical laboratory science programs.
Dr. Rodriguez earned a B.S. Human Biology degree from the University of Puerto Rico followed by a master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine of Puerto Rico, where she investigated the effect of antioxidants on Methamphetamine and HIV-1 induced Oxidative Stress in astrocytes cells. Dr. Rodriguez joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology at Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine of Puerto Rico in 2007. Rodriguez’s research, supported by NIH grants, focuses on how drug of abuse altered the brain cells in the presence of HIV-1. In 2012, Dr. Rodriguez was promoted as the Principal Investigator of the Select Agent Program under the Puerto Rico Department of Health Laboratory and the Center of Disease Control Dengue Branch. In 2016 she joined Lakeland Regional Medical Center where she is working as the Educator Coordinator of the Clinical Laboratory. Most recently, Dr. Rodriguez joined the faculty of Biology at Florida Southern College in 2020, working as the Program Director for the Medical Laboratory Science Program. Dr Rodriguez’s most recent interest is to develop a research program for new MLS students in partnership with Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her clinical expertise is working with patient populations living with chronic conditions such as HIV, hypertension, and diabetes. Her DNP scholarly project focused on improving cervical cancer screening uptake among women living with HIV through a peer mentorship intervention.
Dr. Thomas has over 23 years of experience working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a rural community health center, private practice, and public health settings. She has experience as a process leader for a CHC’s health disparities collaborative, quality improvement manager, certified diabetes educator, director of a patient education program, and co-founder of a community health service organization. Dr. Thomas obtained leadership and management skills as a clinical administrator, health services administrator, and operations officer for a county health department’s clinical services division.
Linda Valdes, MS, MT(ASCP)QLS is currently the AdventHealth CFD Laboratory Executive Director of Policy & Quality covering more than 27 laboratories. Linda, a native of New Jersey, obtained a BS in Biology from Monmouth University, and graduated from Florida Hospital’s Medical Technology Internship program. Linda received her MS in Health Services Administration from University of Central Florida.
Since 2013 Linda continues to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel. In 2018, Linda became the Laboratory Program Director of Policy & Quality for AdventHealth CFD-S; she recently graduated from the AdventHealth Patient Safety Academy and is a current member of the AdventHealth CFD-S High Reliability Forum.
Linda rose through the ranks in the Transfusion Service at Florida Hospital, Orlando as a night shift tech, Asst. Manager and finally Manager, during which time she earned her MS degree and became an AABB assessor and an established CAP inspector for Transfusion Medicine and Lab General standards. She obtained a Qualification in Laboratory Safety from ASCP and Regulatory Affairs Certificate from AACC. As Transfusion Service Manager at Florida Hospital, Orlando Linda implemented the first automated instrument in the Transfusion Service and instituted electronic crossmatches.
She later moved into a system level laboratory position as Laboratory Administrative Coordinator Regulations and Safety.
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