Each year, the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Students are given the opportunity to attend the annual Wisconsin chapter’s American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS-WI) Convention. This is one of the professional groups for laboratory science careers.
The convention starts off with a Student Quiz Bowl, which is a competition between schools that offer MLT or MLS programs. The teams are made up of 3 or 4 students and the questions are very challenging! This year, nine of our ten MLT students attended, which allowed us to have two teams to compete. There was a total of 7 MLT teams in the competition and this year. After three rounds, we won back the traveling plaque! The winning team members were Emily Hill, Christine Becker, Angela Otero, and Juliahana Stobb. Theses young women were awesome!! Needless to say, I was very proud!
Additional benefits to the second year students attending the conference include the ability to network with other laboratory professionals and recruiters. In between networking opportunities, the students attend educational sessions on various topics that are of interest to them. Credits earned from attending the sessions can be used to document continuing education, which is a requirement for being certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Certification is initially earned through a national examination that is taken after graduation from the program.
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