Ottawa, May 24, 2018 - LABCON2018, the national conference of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), will bring together over 300 laboratory professionals from across the country. The conference will be held in Ottawa from May 24 - 27, 2018 at the Brookstreet Hotel.
Friday’s keynote presentation will be delivered by the internationally renowned Phlebotomy expert, Dennis Ernst. In addition to being the Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc, Dennis is the author of over 50 articles on phlebotomy, two textbooks and three desk references.
Saturday’s featured speaker is Jason Tetro, a visiting scientist at the University of Guelph with over 25 years of experience in health-related microbiology and immunology. Better known as The Germ Guy, Jason regularly writes for The Huffington Post Canada and is a regular with media outlets worldwide.
“LABCON attracts the best and brightest from all facets of our profession,” says Christine Nielsen, CSMLS Chief Executive Officer. “It provides an opportunity for laboratory professionals, lab directors, educators and students to come together to share their knowledge, ideas and common challenges.”
Medical laboratory professionals play a vital role in Canada’s health care system, providing the analysis of accurate laboratory results that guide the diagnosis and treatment of patients. With the demand for testing on the rise and the supply of laboratory professionals on the decline, Canada is facing a serious shortage of medical laboratory technologists. These shortages are already being felt in our rural and remote communities and impending retirements will exacerbate this issue.
“The current health care climate is putting increased demands on lab professionals,” states Lisette Vienneau, President of CSMLS’ Board of Directors. “Now, more than ever, events such as LABCON are needed to bring professionals together from across the country to share best practices and strategies to manage the ever-changing landscape of laboratory science.”
The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is the national certifying body for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants, and the national professional society for Canada's medical laboratory professionals. Incorporated in 1937 as the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists, the society has over 14,000 members in Canada and in countries around the world.
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