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Ever wonder what the MT(ASCP) or MLS(ASCP)CM stands for at the end of a person’s name? Seeing this informs you that an individual is a certified Medical Technologist (MT) or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC).

The ASCP-BOC is the oldest and largest certification agency for laboratory professionals. Since it was founded in 1928, the BOC has certified more than 490,000 individuals and has become the gold standard for certification of clinical laboratory personnel (

(ASCP)CM initials after an individual’s name, indicates voluntary participation in the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) or required participation for those who were newly certified beginning January 1, 2004. The CMP provides educational and learning opportunities to promote professional competency (

Why the need for certification? Being a laboratory professional comes with the responsibility in providing excellent and high quality laboratory results for our patients…so get certified! To find out how to become eligible for certification, go to

From left to right: Tamara Parisi, MT(ASCP), Diana Molavi, MD,PhD, Kari Nickles, MLS(ASCP)CM, Chanel Cottman, MLS(ASCP)CM, PA

The MT Program welcomes four new faculty members this year. Ms. Parisi, a Medical Technologist in the Microbiology Lab, is teaching MT 320 and MT 320L Urinalysis and Body Fluids; Dr. Molavi, a Pathologist and Medical Director of the Chemistry, Hematology and Coagulation departments, is teaching MT 425 Clinical Biochemistry; Ms. Nickles, a SU-MT alumnus and Medical Technologist in the Microbiology lab, is teaching MT 420L Clinical Microbiology lab, and Ms. Cottman, another SU-MT alumnus and Pathologist Assistant, is teaching MT 338 Molecular and Immunologic Diagnostics. Welcome aboard!

From left: Christina Venanzi, Mark Chmielewski, and Amber Perry

If you are an incoming senior student of the Stevenson Medical Technology Program, a job opportunity awaits you!

Every year, LifeBridge Health System reserves three job opportunities to the incoming seniors of the SU-MT program. The students, who are offered a position after the process of application and interview, will work in the clinical laboratory department of either Sinai Hospital of Baltimore or Northwest Hospital.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, two of the positions were given to current seniors Amber Perry and Mark Chmielewski and both are currently working in the Microbiology Department of Sinai Hospital. Christina Venanzi accepted the position at Northwest Hospital Laboratory’s Specimen Receiving Department. If you are a junior in the MT program, check out this offer next year in May at

Contributors: Heather McGann and Betty Ciesla

From left to right: Allison Watts, Ashley Stevens, Lauren Reuter, Evan Simpson, Elizabeth Leizear, Nicole DeMonte, Katie Mistretta, Sabrina Campbell, Tiffany Francis, and Katie Lane.

Although their SU days are over, the fun begins. These new graduates are prepared to launch their careers as laboratory professionals. Their skills will assist doctors identifying patients that have the Flu, Strep throat or Meningitis; perform blood typing to find suitable blood products for those who need transfusions; discover patients that may have cancer; or categorize infectious organisms that may be used as a bioterrorism agent.

I am proud to say that eight of these students are now working in the laboratories at Johns Hopkins, Northwest Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Techpet Veterinary Laboratory, Wellspan Health Gettysburg Hospital, Health Diagnostic Laboratory and Washington Hospital Center while two students are continuing their education this fall 2014 in medical school and pathologist’s assistant program.

Best wishes to all of you! 

Betty Ciesla and Heather McGann contributed to this post. 


Sep 2014  

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