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Episode 22: Practical Advice for Aspiring DCLS Professionals from Experienced Practitioners
Jul 2 2024
Episode 22: Practical Advice for Aspiring DCLS Professionals from Experienced Practitioners
Join us for an insightful episode where we delve into the impactful careers and contributions of two trailblazing doctors in clinical laboratory science, Dr. Lashanta Brice and Dr. Melody Boudreaux Nelson. Explore their journeys, the significance of a DCLS degree, and the crucial role of interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare.Today, we'll cover:- The Importance of DCLS Professionals and Collaborative Healthcare- Comprehensive Advice for Pursuing a DCLS Degree - How to Showcase the Laboratory’s Value in Patient Care and OutcomesTune in to learn valuable insights and strategies for elevating your career in medical laboratory science.Guest Bios:LaShanta Brice, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)SH(ASCP)Dr. LaShanta Brice graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston December 2021 with her Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She received her Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 and her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia in 2008. Dr. Brice specializes in hematology and coagulation with 15 years of bench experience, management experience, process development, quality and compliance, and teaching experience. Her most recent position was the Hematology and Flow Cytometry Supervisor at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. She currently serves as Diagnostica Stago's Scientific Engagement & Clinical Education Scientist. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and designing Happy Planner layouts.Melody Boudreaux Nelson, DCLS, CC (NRCC), MS, MLS (ASCP)cmDr. Melody Boudreux Nelson is a board-certified Clinical Chemist and a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, KS. Her leadership experience spans core laboratory oversight, operational management, and informatics. Dr. Nelson advocates for laboratory prominence in healthcare and enjoys creating quality improvement initiatives with interdisciplinary teams.--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join Team #eLABorate and connect with us! Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!4.     Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedIn 5.     Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video ReviewBe a Guest on our show!If you have a leadership or laboratory message to share and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact us by completing the guest interest form.
Episode 21: Social Media Rx: Empowering Laboratory Professionals through Digital Advocacy (Featuring, Dr. Kathryn Golab, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)^CM, SH^CM))
Jun 25 2024
Episode 21: Social Media Rx: Empowering Laboratory Professionals through Digital Advocacy (Featuring, Dr. Kathryn Golab, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)^CM, SH^CM))
In this episode, co-host Stephanie Whitehead interviews Dr. Kathryn Golab, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)^CM, SH^CM, a trailblazer in laboratory medicine and a strong advocate for laboratory professionals. Dr. Golab shares her unique career journey, starting from her high school days through obtaining her doctorate. She explains the importance of laboratory advocacy, and how she uses social media platforms like X (Twitter) and LinkedIn to enhance visibility and awareness for the laboratory profession. Dr. Golab offers valuable tips for leveraging social media for professional growth, inspiring listeners to be active advocates for their field. This episode provides insightful strategies for navigating social media authentically and effectively for advocacy and professional development.Special Guest Bio: Dr. Kathryn Golab, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)^CM, SH^CM, is the Clinical Laboratory Utilization Specialist at Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories (WDL) in Milwaukee, WI. Kathryn is an active member of ASCP, where she is currently the chair of the National Social Media Committee and a career ambassador. She also is a member of ASCLS and is active at the Wisconsin State level as the current secretary for the Board of Directors, and on the national level as a member of the Consumer Response Team. She also is on the Menomonee Falls High School Healthcare Career Academy Board of Directors as a member at large. In 2022, she was awarded the ASCP Board of Certification Lab Superstar Award Runner-up, is a 2021 ASCLS Voices under 40 awardee, and has multiple publications related to social media and laboratory administration. When not promoting the laboratory profession, she enjoys hiking and reading books in her free time.Connect with Dr. Kathryn Golab:X (Twitter): @kgolabmlsLinkedIn: Dr. Kathryn Golab Connect with Stephanie Whitehead Click on the link to connect with Stephanie for more on this and other leadership and personal development topics.Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!Follow @eLABorate Topics on all social media platforms and Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedInJoin Team #eLABorate and connect with us!Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video ReviewBe a Guest on our show!If you have a leadership or laboratory message to share and would like to be a guest on the show, please reach out to us by completing the guest interest form or sending us an e-mail at elaboratetopics@directimpactbroadcasting.com.
Episode 20: Lab Convergence: Unpacking Our Leadership Summit Experience
Jun 11 2024
Episode 20: Lab Convergence: Unpacking Our Leadership Summit Experience
In this episode, join Tywauna Wilson and Stephanie Whitehead as they dive into their recent experience at the Lab Manager Leadership Summit. From insightful sessions to engaging workshops, listen as they share their key takeaways, memorable moments, and reflections on how the summit has impacted their approach to laboratory management and leadership. Tune in to hear Tywauna and Stephanie unpack their summit experience and gain valuable insights into the ever-evolving world of laboratory management and leadership.To listen to similar episodes: Episode 10: Navigating Laboratory Leadership: Insights from Dr. Rodney RohdeEpisode 5: "Lab Manager Leadership Summit: Elevating Excellence with Scott Hanton and Michelle Hoad"Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!Follow @eLABorate Topics on all social media platforms and Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedInJoin Team #eLABorate and connect with us!Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video ReviewBe a Guest on our show!If you have a leadership or laboratory message to share and would like to be a guest on the show, please reach out to us by completing the guest interest form or sending us an e-mail at elaboratetopics@directimpactbroadcasting.com.
Episode 19:  Enhancing Emotional Intelligence for Lab Leaders in the Digital Era
Jun 4 2024
Episode 19: Enhancing Emotional Intelligence for Lab Leaders in the Digital Era
In this episode of eLABorate Topics, hosts Tywauna Wilson delve into the critical role of emotional intelligence in the digital era, especially within the high-pressure environment of medical laboratories. Listen in to discover practical tips and insights for enhancing your emotional intelligence, leading to a more harmonious and effective workplace.Today, we'll cover:- The importance of emotional intelligence for effective communication and teamwork- How emotional intelligence impacts patient care and job performance in the lab- Techniques for managing stress and maintaining composure under pressure- Strategies for developing emotional intelligence to advance your career and leadership skills- Practical quick wins to start building your emotional intelligence today.----------------------------------------Related Episodes:Episode 5 (Season 4): Lab Manager Leadership Summit: Elevating Excellence with Scott Hanton and Michelle HoadEpisode 10 (Season 4): "Navigating Laboratory Leadership: Insights from Dr. Rodney RohdeEpisode 18 (Season 4): Achieving Work-Life Alignment: Essential Strategies for Medical Lab Professional Leaders----------------------------------------Join Team #eLABorate and connect with us! Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!4.     Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedIn5.     Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video ReviewConnect with Coach Tee WilsonTo connect with Tywauna for more on this and other leadership and personal development topics visit: TywaunaWilson.com or connect with her on LinkedIn where she shares topics to help you learn grow and develop in the area of leadership and personal development.Be a Guest on our show!If you have a leadership or laboratory message to share and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact us by completing the guest interest form or e-mailing us at elaboratetopics@directimpactbroadcasting.com.
Episode 18: Achieving Work-Life Alignment: Essential Strategies for Medical Lab Professional Leaders
May 28 2024
Episode 18: Achieving Work-Life Alignment: Essential Strategies for Medical Lab Professional Leaders
In this episode, host Lona Small addresses the top challenge facing medical lab professionals leaders today: work-life balance. Lona introduces the concept of "work-life alignment" and shares seven essential strategies to help professionals achieve a fulfilling and balanced life.Key Points:1. Envision Your Ideal Life:• Imagine your perfect day from morning to night, including work and personal time.• Visualize interactions, accomplishments, and routines to create a clear picture of your ideal day.2. Journal Your Why:• Write down at least 20 reasons why you want the life you envision.• Anchor your goals by understanding the deeper motivations behind them.3. Prioritize What’s Important:• Create a comprehensive list of priorities, combining both personal and professional tasks.• Rank them to ensure the most important tasks are addressed first.4. Celebrate and Be Grateful Now:• Practice gratitude and celebrate the present moment to maintain motivation and positivity.• Visualize and express excitement for future successes.5. Eliminate Non-Essentials:• Reduce or remove tasks that don’t align with your priorities through delegation, automation, or elimination.• Focus on tasks that truly matter and bring joy or fulfillment.6. Schedule Your Priorities:• Integrate both personal and professional priorities into one calendar to ensure nothing gets overlooked.• Use the concept of "big rocks" to prioritize essential tasks first.7. Establish Routines and Rituals:• Develop consistent daily, weekly, and monthly routines to create structure and predictability.• Include rituals like morning mindfulness practices, gratitude exercises, and intentional planning.Action Steps:1. Self-Assessment:• Evaluate your current work-life alignment. Are you satisfied with how you're balancing your professional and personal life?2. Vision Creation:• Start by creating a detailed vision of your ideal life. Write down your goals and the steps needed to achieve them.3. Join a Support Community:• Consider joining a community of medical lab leaders for support and accountability. Reach out to Lona Small on LinkedIn to join the first group of 20 leaders.Additional Information:• Connect with us on LinkedIn: eLABorate Topics Group and give us your feedback!Host’s Closing Remarks:Lona emphasizes the importance of integrating work and personal life into a harmonious alignment. By following the outlined strategies, listeners can create a fulfilling, impactful, and stress-free professional and personal life. Lona invites listeners to share the episode with colleagues and friends and stay connected through various platforms for ongoing support and resources.Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platformDon’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedInLeave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video...
Episode 16: Overcoming Staffing Challenges in Labs with Innovative Training and Software Tools- Lee B. Springer, PhD
May 14 2024
Episode 16: Overcoming Staffing Challenges in Labs with Innovative Training and Software Tools- Lee B. Springer, PhD
In this episode of eLABorate Topics, we dive deep into the evolving landscape of laboratory technology and staffing with our guest, Lee Springer, a seasoned expert in healthcare administration. We explore the critical challenges and innovative solutions that can redefine the future of laboratory operations and personnel development.Today, we'll cover:- The innovative use of AI and machine learning in developing software tools to transform lab ordering processes.- Strategies for enhancing staff competency and job satisfaction through technology and training.- The significance of cross-departmental collaboration and partnerships in optimizing laboratory protocols and processes.- The urgent need for industry-wide initiatives to address the shortage of laboratory professionals and attract new talent.- Lee Springer’s insights on the importance of embracing change and learning for professional growth in the laboratory industry.Guest Bio:Lee B. Springer, PhD brings executive experience in clinical diagnostics, laboratory medicine, healthcare regulations, and FDA regulatory and compliance. He has worked extensively in laboratory, hospital, and health system operations, including process improvement, service line development, strategic initiatives, and growth strategies. Lee also has served in executive roles for medical device manufacturers leading new product and service line development in conjunction with bioassay/device research and development and sponsored clinical trials and investigations. Lee also has designed, developed, and led organizational change strategic initiatives for physician practices, corporations and health systems that were focused on collaboration, culture, and quality. In addition to his significant industry experience, he has served in various capacities in higher learning from lead faculty, program director to course and online learning environment development.Wanna Stay Connected with Lee? Lee Springer on LinkedIn or Visit Lab Savvy --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join Team #eLABorate and connect with us! Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!4.     Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedIn 5.     Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video ReviewBe a Guest on our show!If you have a leadership or laboratory message to share and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact us by completing the guest interest form.
Episode 15: Insights on Navigating Impostor Syndrome (featuring Marisa James, CEO)
May 7 2024
Episode 15: Insights on Navigating Impostor Syndrome (featuring Marisa James, CEO)
In this episode, cohost, Stephanie Whitehead, explores the quiet battle of impostor syndrome with our special guest, Marisa James, CEO of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Impostor syndrome, marked by self-doubt and feeling inadequate despite achievements, impacts people in various professions, even CEOs. Marisa shares her personal experiences, challenges, and strategies for overcoming impostor syndrome in leadership roles.Key Takeaways:Understanding Impostor Syndrome: Marisa shares their journey of recognizing and grappling with impostor syndrome, highlighting its prevalence even among accomplished professionals.Impact on Leadership: We explore how impostor syndrome can manifest in leadership positions, affecting decision-making, confidence, and relationships within organizations.Coping Mechanisms: Marisa provides valuable insights into coping mechanisms and strategies they have employed to navigate impostor syndrome, offering practical advice for listeners facing similar challenges.Empowering Others: Marisa emphasizes the importance of mentorship, open communication, and self-reflection in empowering individuals to overcome impostor syndrome and realize their full potential.Special Guest Bio: As the recently appointed CEO of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), I bring nearly two decades of professional experience as an educator in an accredited Medical Laboratory Science program. My tenure as CEO coincided with NAACLS' 50th anniversary, an occasion I have been thrilled to commemorate. I am a passionate advocate dedicated to showcasing the brilliance of those working behind the scenes in healthcare. My volunteer service with ASCLS, ASCP, and NAACLS has played a pivotal role in my career journey, culminating in my current position. An engaging, authentic, and enthusiastic leader, I prioritize mentorship, lifelong learning, and the development of strong interpersonal relationships. I am committed to advancing the standards of accreditation and fostering excellence in clinical laboratory sciences.Connect Marisa James:Email: marisajames@naacls.orgLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisa-james-naacls/Connect with Stephanie Whitehead Click on the link to connect with Stephanie for more on this and other leadership and personal development topics.Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!Follow @eLABorate Topics on all social media platforms and Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedInJoin Team #eLABorate and connect with us!Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media:
Episode 14: Lessons of Mentorship and Community with the President of the Society of Black Pathology- Dr. Dana Powell Baker
Apr 30 2024
Episode 14: Lessons of Mentorship and Community with the President of the Society of Black Pathology- Dr. Dana Powell Baker
In today’s episode of eLABorate Topics, we delve deep into the intersection of opportunity and growth within the pathology and laboratory medicine arenas, guided by the engaging insights of Dr. Dana Powell Baker, president of the Society of Black Pathology. Get ready to explore the expansive impact of saying "yes," embracing leadership, and fostering inclusivity in the field.Today, we’ll cover:- Dr. Dana Powell Baker’s journey from a medical laboratory scientist to the president of the Society of Black Pathology and how strategic opportunities shaped her career.- The importance of overcoming discomfort and fear to seize growth opportunities in professional settings.- Insights into the Society of Black Pathology’s mission to enhance diversity and empower underrepresented groups within the pathology field.- Practical advice for professionals on engaging with and contributing to organizations to advance their careers and professional networks.- An enlightening discussion on the personal and societal benefits of inclusive leadership and structured mentorship in pathology and laboratory medicine.Guest Bio:Dr. Dana Powell Baker is the Manager for Academic Partnerships with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). An ASCP-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, her areas of expertise include higher education, learning and development, relationship building, laboratory operations, interprofessional education and healthcare simulation. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she is a champion for STEM as well as an advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Furthermore, she serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Dr. Baker has been recognized with various awards for her contributions and service to the laboratory profession most recently being named as a co-recipient of the 2022 ASCP President’s Award. She serves in leadership roles across professional organizations including the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). She is actively engaged mentorship of emerging laboratory professionals.Connect with Dr. Powell Baker:Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/danapowellbakerTwitter : @thatlabchickThe Society For Black PathologyWebsite: https://www.societyofblackpathology.org/Email: Info@societyofblackpathology.org Join Team #eLABorate and connect with us! Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!4.     Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedIn5.     Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video ReviewConnect with Coach...
Episode 13: Unlocking Upper Leadership Support: 5 Strategic Steps for Lab Leaders
Apr 24 2024
Episode 13: Unlocking Upper Leadership Support: 5 Strategic Steps for Lab Leaders
In this episode of the eLABorate Topics podcast, host Lona Small delves into the challenge faced by lab leaders in securing support from upper leadership for their initiatives. Drawing from personal experiences and insights, Lona outlines five strategic steps to effectively garner the backing needed for successful lab projects. From knowing your "why" to presenting results, each step is crucial in navigating the complexities of organizational support. Join Lona as she shares practical advice and actionable tips for lab leaders seeking to make an impact in their institutions.Episode Highlights:Introduction to the challenge of securing support from upper leadershipPersonal anecdotes and insights on navigating organizational dynamicsFive strategic steps to secure upper leadership support:Know Your WhyWhat's In It For ThemCommunicate The Value Of The InitiativeHave Stakeholder Representatives As Champions On The ProjectPresent Results To Upper LeadershipCommon pitfalls and how to overcome themEncouragement for lab leaders to start small and build trust with upper leadershipHost: Lona Small, Executive Coach for Lab LeadersCo-Hosts: Tywauna Wilson, Stephanie WhiteheadAdditional Resources:Join the eLABorate Topics LinkedIn group to engage with the community.Email ELABorateTopics@directbroadcasting.com with suggestions or questions.Connect with Lona Small on LinkedIn for personalized career support and guidance.Subscribe: Don't miss out on future episodes! Subscribe to the eLABorate Topics podcast on Direct Impact Broadcasting, your favorite podcast platforms, or LabVine.Follow Us: Stay updated with the latest news and episodes by following us on social media. Find us on LinkedInWebsite: Visit directimpactbroadcasting.com for more information and access to previous episodes.Thank You: Thank you for listening to this episode of eLABorate Topics podcast. We appreciate your support and feedback. Together, let's empower lab leaders to achieve impact and fulfillment in their careers.
Episode 12: CLS to MLS: The Trailblazing Journey behind Texas State University's Clinical Program Name Change
Apr 16 2024
Episode 12: CLS to MLS: The Trailblazing Journey behind Texas State University's Clinical Program Name Change
In this episode, we chat with Dr. Rodney Rohde and delve into the dynamic world of laboratory science and the journey of transformation led at Texas State University. Dr. Rohde shares insights into the pivotal decision to transition the program's name from Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) to Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), reflecting the evolving landscape of healthcare education and practice.We get a behind-the-scenes look at the extensive two-year process Dr. Rohde and his team undertook to officially change the name of his university's program from Clinical Laboratory Science to Medical Laboratory Science. From building proposals to updating curricula and signage, he walks us through the key steps, challenges, and relatively low costs involved.As the landscape of healthcare undergoes rapid evolution, it becomes imperative for educational institutions to adapt accordingly. Tune in as Dr. Rohde provides insights into the meticulous process involved in rebranding the program, navigating bureaucratic hurdles, garnering support from stakeholders, and ultimately implementing the change.Key Take Aways: Challenges and Opportunities: Discover the challenges faced by the program in aligning with contemporary healthcare paradigms and the opportunities arising from embracing change.Strategies for Transformation: Hear firsthand how Dr. Rohde navigated the process of renaming the program, including stakeholder engagement, curriculum revisions, and fostering a culture of innovation.Impact and Future Outlook: Learn about the impact of this transformation on students, faculty, and the broader healthcare community, as well as the future direction of MLS education at Texas State University.This episode is a must-listen for educators, healthcare professionals, and anyone passionate about the advancement of the laboratory profession.  Join us as we explore the power of adaptation and innovation in shaping the future of healthcare education.Check out these resources referenced during this episode:www.NAACLS.comhttps://asm.org/Articles/2023/June/Developing-Relational-Skills-in-Medical-Laboratoryhttps://asm.org/Articles/2023/April/Public-Health-and-Medical-Laboratory-Professional  https://www.ascp.org/content/news-archive/news-detail/2022/10/07/facing-massive-labor-shortage-ascp-committed-to-expanding-medical-laboratory-workforce# https://ascpcdn.s3.amazonaws.com/static/ISTP/Siemens_Clinical+Laboratory+Workforce_Blueprint.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyTVxvuakOk  [Webinar]Special Guest Bio:Dr. Rodney Rohde has published over 90 research articles and abstracts, two books, and is a highly sought keynote presenter with over 100 international, national, and state conference presentations. His two books focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) adaptation and Clinical Considerations in Rabies. In recent years, he has become a globally viral author subject matter expert utilizing invited articles, TEDx talks, podcasts, video casts, and interviews to enhance science communication and translational health research literacy in public health, healthcare, and the medical laboratory environment.During the #SARSCoV2 / #COVID19 pandemic, Doc R is the #1 quoted Texas State subject matter expert and conducted over 150 interviews for podcasts, TV, newspapers, and internet sites including dozens of webinars and workshops at all levels. He has received numerous awards and honors during his career, and most recently, added to The Pathologist’s PowerList 2020 and Cardinal Health’s Laboratory Excellence List (2022).  Listeners can connect with Dr. Rodney Rohde at: Personal Website:
Episode 11: The Quiet Strength of Being an Introverted Leader (featuring Jennifer Becker, MLS(ASCP))
Apr 9 2024
Episode 11: The Quiet Strength of Being an Introverted Leader (featuring Jennifer Becker, MLS(ASCP))
In this episode, Stephanie Whitehead delves into the fascinating world of leadership with a twist - the introverted leader. Join Stephanie as she sits down with Jennifer "Jeni" Becker, a seasoned clinical laboratory leader whose introverted demeanor belies a wealth of leadership insights and strategies.Introverts often find themselves in leadership roles, yet their approach may differ significantly from the extroverted stereotype. Jeni shares her journey, navigating the complexities of leadership within the clinical laboratory setting while embracing her introverted nature as a source of strength rather than a limitation.We explore topics such as:Strategies for Communication: Explore practical communication techniques tailored to the introverted leader, including leveraging written communication, one-on-one interactions, and strategic pauses for reflection.Embracing Solitude: Understand the importance of solitude and introspection for introverted leaders, providing essential opportunities for recharge and creative problem-solving.Navigating Networking and Public Speaking: Gain insights into how introverted leaders navigate networking events, conferences, and public speaking engagements with confidence and authenticity.Balancing Leadership and Self-Care Delve into strategies for introverted leaders to maintain a healthy work-life balance, prioritizing self-care and setting boundaries to prevent burnout.Join us as we uncover the quiet strength of introverted leadership in the dynamic world of clinical laboratory management. Whether you're an introverted leader yourself or seeking to better understand and support introverted colleagues, this episode offers invaluable perspectives and actionable strategies for success!Check out Stephanie Whitehead's recent article on this topic here: Introverts in Leadership: Tips to Celebrate Your Quiet Impact | clinicallabSpecial Guest Bio:Jennifer Becker, MLS(ASCP)CM is the Laboratory Supervisor at Urology Nevada where she oversees the molecular microbiology PCR lab and is the quality officer for the clinic and surgical center. Jennifer is a generalist but her focuses in the lab have been in microbiology and blood banking, and she has 11 cumulative years of experience in the medical laboratory beginning as a phlebotomist and working her way through to specimen processor, pathology technician, and finally as an MLS. Jennifer served for 2 years on the Nursing Shared Governance Council at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center on both the Research and Education Council and the Ancillary Services Council. Jennifer is responsible for developing interdisciplinary educational and training materials for doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and medical assistants for laboratory testing protocols as well as implementing an outpatient antimicrobial stewardship program and overseeing the data analysis of clinical trials. Connect Jennifer Becker:Email: jbecker127@gmail.comInstagram: @jeni_becksX (Twitter): @JeniBecks Connect with Stephanie WhiteheadClick on the link to connect with Stephanie for more on this and other leadership and personal development topics.Join Team #eLABorate and connect with us!Connect with us on LinkedIn: eLABorate Topics Group and give us your feedback!Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode:
Episode 10: Navigating Laboratory Leadership: Insights from Dr. Rodney Rohde
Apr 2 2024
Episode 10: Navigating Laboratory Leadership: Insights from Dr. Rodney Rohde
**This episode was recorded on March 8, 2024, and references the 2024 Lab Manager Leadership Summit (Denver, CO)In this episode, we dive into the world of laboratory leadership with esteemed guest Dr. Rodney Rohde, as he sheds light on his Clinical Seminar at the April 2024 Lab Manager Leadership Summit.  Join us as we explore the challenges and strategies for cultivating effective management, developing a resilient workforce, and fostering innovation in the healthcare industry. Get an exclusive sneak peek into what attendees can expect from Dr. Rohde's highly anticipated seminar at the upcoming Lab Manager Leadership Summit.Today, we'll cover:Dr. Rodney Rohde’s expert insights on maximizing workflows, quality, and outcomes in the medical laboratory setting.The critical role of resources and processes in navigating workforce shortages and maintaining laboratory standards during emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.Strategies for integrating emotional intelligence and soft skills into technical education for laboratory professionals.The value of industry-academic partnerships and continuing professional development through events like the Lab Manager Summit.The increasing emphasis on mental health support and creating a culture of empathy within healthcare and academic institutions for the betterment of students and professionals.Tune in and discover actionable insights and strategies to enhance your leadership and prepare for success!The Lab Manager Leadership Summit is an opportunity to share knowledge, stimulate discussions, and offer guidance to budding lab leaders, thereby molding the future of lab management. So, mark your calendars! Learn more about the Lab Manager Leadership Summit HERE!For more tips on how to prepare for your next conference, re-visit eLABorate Topics | Episode 38: Preparing for Success: A Guide to Maximizing Your Next Conference (directimpactbroadcasting.com)-----Special Guest Bio:Dr. Rodney Rohde has published over 90 research articles and abstracts, two books, and is a highly sought keynote presenter with over 100 international, national, and state conference presentations. His two books focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) adaptation and Clinical Considerations in Rabies. In recent years, he has become a globally viral author subject matter expert utilizing invited articles, TEDx talks, podcasts, video casts, and interviews to enhance science communication and translational health research literacy in public health, healthcare, and the medical laboratory environment.During the #SARSCoV2 / #COVID19 pandemic, Doc R is the #1 quoted Texas State subject matter expert and conducted over 150 interviews for podcasts, TV, newspapers, and internet sites including dozens of webinars and workshops at all levels. He has received numerous awards and honors during his career, and most recently, added to The Pathologist’s PowerList 2020 and Cardinal Health’s Laboratory Excellence List (2022).  Listeners can connect with Dr. Rodney Rohde at: Personal Website: https://rodneyerohde.wp.txstate.edu/Twitter: @RodneyRohde | @TXST_CLS | @TXST_THRLinkedin:
Episode 9: Editorial Insights with the Today's Clinical Lab & G2 Intelligence Magazines (featuring Scott Wallask and Miriam Bergeret)
Mar 19 2024
Episode 9: Editorial Insights with the Today's Clinical Lab & G2 Intelligence Magazines (featuring Scott Wallask and Miriam Bergeret)
An eLABorate Topics x Today's Clinical Lab & G2 Intelligence Magazine Collaboration!Welcome back to another exciting episode of eLABorate! Today's episode is an epic collaboration with Today's Clinical Lab and G2 Intelligence editors. In this episode, the co-hosts talk with Scott Wallask and Miriam Bergerat about their careers in journalism and how they have used their roles as editors of popular laboratory-focused platforms to engage professionals in and outside of the clinical laboratory profession. For more information about the upcoming events discussed in this episode, please click on the links below:2024 Lab Manager Leadership Summit To hear FIRST HAND from the Leadership Summit speakers, revisit eLABorate Topics | Episode 5: "Lab Manager Leadership Summit: Elevating Excellence with Scott Hanton and Michelle Hoad" (directimpactbroadcasting.com)2024 Women in Leadership Digital ForumSpecial Guest Bios:Scott Wallask is senior editorial manager for Today’s Clinical Lab and G2 Intelligence. He has spent more than 25 years covering the healthcare and high-tech industries. A former newspaper reporter, he graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in journalism.Connect with Scott WallaskEmail: swallask@clinicallab.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/scott-wallask-1191239 Website: G2 Intelligence - Advancing the Profession of Diagnostic MedicineMiriam Bergeret, MSc, is Today's Clinical Lab's managing editor. Before joining Today's Clinical Lab, Miriam obtained her MSc in laboratory medicine and pathobiology from the University of Toronto and gained valuable laboratory experience as a flow cytometry and cell-sorting specialist at a cancer research center in Toronto, Canada. She went on to study publishing at Toronto Metropolitan University and is an active member of Editors Canada and the Council of Science Editors.Connect with Miriam Bergeret:Email: mbergeret@clinicallab.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mirbergeret Website: Today's Clinical Lab - News, Editorial and Products for the Clinical Laboratory | clinicallabJoin Team #eLABorate and connect with us!Connect with us on LinkedIn: eLABorate Topics Group and give us your feedback!Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!4.     Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedIn5.     Leave us a Video Review and we will feature...
Episode 8: Public Health Perspective: On the Front Lines of the CDC (featuring Travelle Mason)
Mar 12 2024
Episode 8: Public Health Perspective: On the Front Lines of the CDC (featuring Travelle Mason)
What happens behind the scenes at the CDC and how do all these skilled professionals work to continuously protect the public?From tracking and monitoring disease outbreaks to developing and implementing public health policies, the CDC plays a vital role in safeguarding the nation's health. In today's interview, we will take a closer look at what happens at the CDC and explore the important ways in which they work to protect us all.Co-host, Stephanie Whitehead, interviews Travelle Mason as he shares insights on how public health professionals respond to emergencies such as outbreaks, natural disasters, and pandemics. From MLS to a Global Health professional, tune in as Travelle discusses the coordination efforts between local, state, and federal agencies, as well as the importance of preparedness and response planning in safeguarding public health.Join us as we delve into the world of lab science at the CDC, exploring the vital role it plays in protecting public health!Special Guest Bio: Travelle Mason, MPH (LCDR, USPHS) is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, and a Senior Public Health Advisor on the Global Health Security Team in the Office of the Associate Director of Global Health Security, Global Health Center. In his current position, Travelle works to improve collaboration and coordination between interagency partners (USAID and DTRA), and across the Centers, Institutes, Offices, and Divisions within CDC. His work drives progress on strategic objectives for achieving global health security country capacity targets and aims to identify and overcome implementation challenges for achieving those objectives. Travelle started his career with the U.S. government as a Lead Medical Laboratory Scientist with the Indian Health Service (IHS), serving the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona. Following his time with IHS, Travelle became a Lead Investigator/Regulatory Officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he conducted foodborne illness outbreak investigations and surveillance based on onsite inspections of high-complexity food facilities of multinational corporations, both domestic and foreign. More recently, Travelle served as a Regulatory Health Project Manager within the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products where his primary role was managing the scientific reviews of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) to ensure they met the statutory requirement of being “appropriate for the protection of public health”, before being legally marketed. Don't miss out on an opportunity to learn and connect with us!Connect Travelle Mason:Email: tmason33559@gmail.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/travellemason/ Connect with Stephanie WhiteheadClick on the link to connect with Stephanie for more on this and other leadership and personal development topics.Join Team #eLABorate and connect with us!Connect with us on LinkedIn: eLABorate Topics Group and give us your feedback!Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical...
Episode 7: Expanding Skills Beyond Traditional Education for Career Success
Mar 5 2024
Episode 7: Expanding Skills Beyond Traditional Education for Career Success
In this episode of eLABorate Topics, co-host Tywauna Wilson dives into the transformative world of learning beyond the traditional classroom setting. Join us as we explore strategies for medical laboratory professionals to continue their education, enhance personal growth, and achieve professional success.Today, we will cover:- Techniques for integrating daily practice and repetition in your routine for mastery and personal transformation.- The role of technology in reinforcing learning and habit formation for lifelong success.- The value of coaching, mentoring, and surrounding yourself with achievers in accelerating your learning curve.- How to diversify your skills through experiential learning, continuous education, and embracing a culture of growth.- Practical steps to make lifelong learning an intentional, fulfilling journey, including participating in book clubs and joining forces with accountability groups.$70 billion annual spend by U.S. companies on training with minimal long-term retention.Reflection QuestionsReflect on your current approach to learning and development. In what ways can you incorporate lifelong learning practices into your daily routine to ensure continuous personal and professional growth?Consider the last time you learned something new. How did you apply it in your life or work? What strategies could you use to ensure that new knowledge is not only retained but also applied effectively?Think about the role of mentors, coaches, and mastermind groups in your life. How have these relationships (or the lack thereof) impacted your learning journey? Commitment to continuous improvement and learning is the key to reaching and maintaining excellence.- Roger DawsonJoin Team #eLABorate and connect with us! Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!4.     Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedIn5.     Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video ReviewConnect with Coach Tee WilsonTo connect with Tywauna for more on this and other leadership and personal development topics visit: TywaunaWilson.com or connect with her on LinkedIn where she shares topics to help you learn grow and develop in the area of leadership and personal development.Be a Guest on our show!If you have a leadership or laboratory message to share and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact us by completing the guest interest form or e-mailing us at elaboratetopics@directimpactbroadcasting.com.
Episode 6: "Lab Leader Leverage: Executive Strategies for Team Growth & Time Mastery"
Feb 27 2024
Episode 6: "Lab Leader Leverage: Executive Strategies for Team Growth & Time Mastery"
In today’s episode, we explore the critical balance that every empathetic leader strives to achieve: supporting their teams effectively while protecting their own well-being and efficiency. Lona Small, a leadership and career success coach, provides actionable insights for lab leaders and executives on steering clear of the pitfalls of the open-door policy that can lead to frustration, non-productivity, and potential burnout. Key Highlights: Lona Small breaks down the complexities of an open-door policy and its impact on leadership efficiency.The conversation moves into how leaders can create a supportive environment without compromising their own schedules and mental health.Practical tips are given on differentiating between constructive discussions and time-wasting drama.The episode covers the seven essential coaching questions from Michael Bungay Stanier's "The Coaching Habit," presented in an easy-to-remember acrostic.Actionable Takeaways: Listeners will learn to use the COACHES acrostic to navigate coaching conversations.Lona highlights the importance of guiding team members to identify their own solutions, promoting self-sufficiency.Emphasis is placed on the need for leaders to practice empathetic listening while keeping conversations goal-oriented and productive.Recommended Resource:"The Coaching Habit" by Michael Bungay Stanier – Lona recommends this book for its practical coaching methods tailored for busy leaders who aim to empower their teams without compromising their own responsibilities.Join Team #eLABorate and connect with us!Connect with us on LinkedIn: eLABorate Topics Group and give us your feedback!Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and share it with fellow medical laboratory professionals!4.     Join our eLABorate Topics Group on LinkedIn5.     Leave us a Video Review and we will feature you on our Social Media: Video ReviewBe a Guest on our show!If you have a leadership or laboratory message to share and would like to be a guest on the show, please reach out to us by completing the guest interest form or sending us an e-mail at elaboratetopics@directimpactbroadcasting.com.
Episode 5: "Lab Manager Leadership Summit: Elevating Excellence with Scott Hanton and Michelle Hoad"
Feb 20 2024
Episode 5: "Lab Manager Leadership Summit: Elevating Excellence with Scott Hanton and Michelle Hoad"
An eLABorate Topics x 2024 Lab Manager Leadership Summit Collaboration! Welcome back to another exciting episode of eLABorate! Today's episode is an epic collaboration with the 2024 Lab Manager Leadership Summit featuring two of the Summit's most influential leaders, Scott Hanton, and Michelle Hoad, joining as our special guests.In today's episode, we will explore:- The transformation in leadership and managerial roles within the laboratory space, as discussed by Scott Hanton and Michelle Hoad.- The significant increase in lab visibility post-COVID and its impact on healthcare, as well as the strategies that led to the Medical Laboratory Professionals Association of Ontario's membership surge.- The importance of cultivating emotional intelligence, empathy, and the role of continuous learning in effective lab management.- Understanding and addressing the challenges of staff exhaustion, disengagement, and burnout in the laboratory setting.- Personal experiences and tips from our guests, aimed at reducing decision fatigue and promoting a supportive network among lab professionals.This episode is packed with powerful insights and personal stories aimed at elevating lab leadership to new heights. The Lab Manager Leadership Summit is an opportunity to share knowledge, stimulate discussions, and offer guidance to budding lab leaders, thereby molding the future of lab management. So, mark your calendars! Learn more about the Lab Manager Leadership Summit HERE!Also, for more information about the Lab Manager Academy, CLICK HERE.Also, be sure to revisit eLABorate Topics | Episode 38: Preparing for Success: A Guide to Maximizing Your Next Conference for great tips as you prepare for this Summit and your next conference! Special Guest Bio:Michelle Hoad is the CEO of the Medical Laboratory Professionals Association Of Ontario. The MLPAO is the largest lab association in Canada. Michelle joined the MLPAO in October 2016 and over the past 7 years has seen a 73% growth in membership. The MLPAO has positioned itself as the voice of med lab professionals in Ontario and the go-to place for government, media, and stakeholders for lab human health resource information. Before joining the MLPAO, Michelle consulted with several provinces to help them raise the profile of med lab professionals with the government and media. She also spent 25 years in the for-profit sector working with Fortune 500 companies. She is a Certified Association Executive, has been invited to speak at many lab industry events across the country, and has made tremendous progress with the Ontario government influencing policy and obtaining much-needed funding for lab professionals.  Through COVID she had over 250+ media appearances in Ontario and across Canada, reinforcing the message that med lab professionals are at the center of healthcare and that healthcare is more than just doctors and nurses.Connect with Michelle Hoad:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellehoad/Website: mlpao.org Scott Hanton is the Editorial Director of Lab Manager. He spent 30 years as a research chemist, lab manager, and business leader at Air Products and Intertek. He earned a BS in chemistry from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scott is an active member of ACS, ASMS, and ALMA. Scott married his high school sweetheart, and
Episode 4: Well-being Matters: Tips to Fuel Leadership Success (featuring Annamari Dietrichson, BSc, MHA)
Feb 13 2024
Episode 4: Well-being Matters: Tips to Fuel Leadership Success (featuring Annamari Dietrichson, BSc, MHA)
In this episode, co-host, Stephanie Whitehead chats with Annamari Dietrichson to explore the importance of well-being in healthcare leaders. Tune in as Annamari discusses the impact of burnout, shares effective self-care practices, and offers insights on how leaders can create a culture that prioritizes well-being, ultimately enhancing performance and job satisfaction. Grab a pen and notepad! This episode is full of must-have strategies for leading through periods of change, managing resistance, and fostering a culture of wellness! For information on this topic, also listen to:eLABorate Topics | Episode 39: Wellness & Diversity: A Renewed Focus on Combating Burnout (Featuring Dr. Alae Kawam) (directimpactbroadcasting.com)eLABorate Topics | Episode 8: Health, Success and Wellbeing for Laboratory Professionals (featuring Dr. Letycia Nuñez Argote) (directimpactbroadcasting.com)Special Guest Bio:Annamari Dietrichson, BSc, MHA is a healthcare executive and executive health coach. Through her organization Authentic Health and Wellness, LLC, she uses health coaching to help healthcare leaders optimize their careers by taking control of their health and navigating stress appropriately. She also serves as the Division Vice President of Care Experience for the Continental Division of HCA Healthcare. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2001. In 2018 she received her Master’s in Health Administration from Louisiana State University. In 2020 Annamari got certified as a health coach through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and in 2021 founded her business, Authentic Health & Wellness, LLC. Annamari is passionate about creating health instead of treating illness and wants every patient to have an optimal experience when seeking healthcare services, and every healthcare leader to thrive in their careers to facilitate exceptional service. Annamari is a South African native who is proud to be a naturalized USA citizen since November 2022. When she is not at work or coaching her clients, you can find her somewhere in the mountains adventuring with her husband and their 2 cattle dogs.Don't miss out on an opportunity to learn and connect with us!Connect with Annamari Dietrichson: Email: annamari.dietrichson@healthonecares.comLinkedin: linkedin.com/in/annamari-dietrichson Website: annamaridietrichson.click/overview1673825426815 Connect with Stephanie WhiteheadClick on the link to connect with Stephanie for more on this and other leadership and personal development topics.Join Team #eLABorate and connect with us!Connect with us on LinkedIn: eLABorate Topics Group and give us your feedback!Podcast Call to ActionWe would love to feature YOU!!!Share your favorite takeaway from today's episode: Video ReviewBe an eLABorate Supporter!1.     Listen on directimpactbroadcasting.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, or your favorite podcast platform2.     Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on your phone, tablet, or notebook so you never miss an episode!3.     Be sure to leave a comment, and...