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Congratulations to Medical Laboratory Science senior, Caitlin Pizarro!  Caitlin has earned numerous scholarships and grants, the latest of which are the Regina Welch Scholarship and the Bill Sweger Memorial Grant from the Keystone Point of Care Coordinators (KEYPOCC).  

Caitlin, the inaugural recipient of the Regina Welch Scholarship, applied through Stevenson University's Office of Financial Aid.  Both the KEYPOCC and the Welch Scholarships have requirements specifying that the recipient be a Medical Laboratory Science major, be enrolled full-time and meet specific GPA requirements.  Caitlin is pictured above (right) with Jeanne Mumford, President of the Keystone Point of Care Coordinators when she was awarded her grant. 

Medical Laboratory Professionals are in high demand due to a severe shortage of practitioners.  This means higher salaries and many job opportunities.  Click here to learn more about the profession and the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Stevenson University.  Click here to view A Life Saved.   This poignant and moving story helps to demonstrate the active, vital role that laboratorians play every day in every lab in the country. It is our hope that the video inspires you to consider the important contributions you could make to your community and to healthcare by becoming a Medical Laboratory Scientist.  

2017 Medical Laboratory Science Graduate Megan Mioduszewski suffered debilitating, near constant migraines. In fact, she was often hospitalized due to the pain. Her headaches did not respond to normal migraine treatments.

During the summer prior to her senior year at Stevenson University, Megan visited the Migraine Clinic at Med Star Good Samaritan Hospital and began receiving Botox® injections around her head and neck. Every three months Megan returned for more injections to relieve future headache symptoms. The treatment worked and now she is headache free. Read the full story here.  Megan's story can be found on page 11.  To read about Botox® and the many diseases it treats, click here.

Megan chose to become a medical laboratory scientist partly because of her experience. Medical Laboratory Scientists are an integral part of the healthcare team, helping to diagnose and treat disease.  There is a demand for more laboratory testing as our population grows older and medical knowledge expands into biogenetics, DNA and cell marker technologies and personal­ized medicine. There is a critical shortage of medical laboratory scientists that is growing by 10,000 practitioners per year. Our graduates enjoy 100% employment at graduation and salaries are increasing. Learn more about this amazing profession and how you can be a part of it at Stevenson University.

Pictured L to R:  Vivi-Anne Griffey, MS, MLS (ASCP)CM, Program Coordinator, Andrew Zink and Melissa Fisher

Congratulations to Melissa Fisher and Andrew Zink on receiving the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Student Honor Award. This award, decided upon by the ASCP Scholarship Committee, awards students who have at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), demonstrate exemplary leadership and community service participation, be a student member of ASCP and must be completing their final year of an accredited MLS Program. Melissa and Andrew were two of only 78 total recipients nationwide to receive this prestigious honor. They received certificates and were recognized at the MLS Pinning Ceremony in May, 2017 for this tremendous achievement.

For Medical Laboratory Scientists, ASCP certification is the “gold standard” for professionals who wish to maintain their credentials and advance their careers. All faculty in the MLS Program at Stevenson University hold current ASCP certification.

Medical Laboratory Scientists are highly skilled, highly trained and highly sought after professionals with outstanding earning potential. 100% of our 2017 graduates are EMPLOYED. If you believe diagnosing and treating disease is an important aspect of healthcare, then a career as a medical laboratory professional might be for you. Find out more about the MLS Program at Stevenson University.

In celebration of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24-28, thousands of Medical Laboratory Professionals across the United States put on their running shoes and participated in a virtual 5K!  The Lab Week Run, sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, raises awareness of the importance of laboratory professionals as vital members of the healthcare team and provides scholarships and funding for their Student and New Professionals Member Forums. 

Participants from Lifebridge Health Laboratories had a wonderful evening completing their 5K at Meadowood Regional Park in Lutherville, Maryland.  Lifebridge Health is a valued partner to Stevenson University’s Medical Laboratory Science Program, providing dedicated lecture and laboratory space for senior students in the program at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.  Several laboratory professionals from Lifebridge facilities are generous and enthusiastic faculty members and clinical instructors in the MLS program at SU.  Click here to learn more about being a medical laboratory professional.   Click here to learn more about the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Stevenson University.

In honor of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24 - 28, the Medical Laboratory Student Association (MLSA) held a Hematology Talk with Stevenson’s own Betty Ciesla.  Mrs. Ciesla has been an educator, author and medical laboratory professional specializing in Hematology for nearly 40 years, diagnosing countless blood disorders.  For the benefit of those in the audience who are not medical laboratory professionals, Mrs. Ciesla discussed the laboratory profession as a whole and presented a case study on Iron Deficiency Anemia.    

The mission of the MLSA is to educate, inform and raise awareness of the importance of medical laboratory professionals in the role of healthcare.  Throughout the academic year, the club hosts events that are meant to engage the university community.  Please “like” our Facebook page in order to stay informed when engaging speakers, such Mrs. Ciesla, or other events take place that showcase the Medical Laboratory Science Program, its students and activities. 

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