Tuskegee University’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program Celebrates National Laboratory Week

by Anissa L. Riley

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Tuskegee University’s clinical laboratory sciences program receives a proclamation from the City of Tuskegee in recognition of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Left to right: Tuskegee University faculty members Jannett Lewis Clark and Wyvetta O’Neal, Tuskegee University Clinical Laboratory Sciences student leader Sharona Ingalls, faculty member Lynette Gayle and Paul Brown, past president of the Association of American Medical Technologists.

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 30, 2012) - The Tuskegee University Department of Allied Health’s clinical laboratory sciences division participated in National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and received a proclamation from City of Tuskegee Mayor Omar Neal. April 23-27 was recognized as National Medical Laboratory Week with the theme, “Doing Our Best with Every Test.“

Neal expressed his deepest appreciation for all health care workers, especially those trained here at the university. He was born in Tuskegee at the former John A. Andrews Hospital, now the National Center for Bioethics and Health Care at Tuskegee University.

Attendees of the Proclamation Day signing at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex were: Jannett Lewis Clark, head of the allied health department and occupational therapy interim program director; Lynette Gayle, clinical laboratory sciences (CLS) program director; Wyvetta O’Neal, CLS assistant professor; and Sharona Ingalls, CLS student leader. National conference representative Paul C. Brown also attended. Brown is the immediate past president of the Association of American Medical Technologists.

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week provides the profession with an opportunity to increase public understanding of clinical laboratory personnel. The recognition takes place the last full week in April each year and is coordinated by a collaborative committee with representatives from 13 national clinical laboratory organizations. National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, under the support of the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Tuskegee University’s CLS program was fully reaccredited for seven years during spring 2011 by the Board of Directors for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Tuskegee University’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences program is under the umbrella of the School of Nursing and Allied Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. The CLS program has been accredited since 1978.

For more information about Medical Laboratory Week, go to http://www.ascls.org/?page=NMLPW.

To learn more about the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, go to www.onemedicine.tuskegee.edu.