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MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSIONALS WEEK – Last Full Week in April

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week - Last Full Week In April

MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSIONALS WEEK

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) is an annual celebration of the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. NMLPW, takes place the last full week in April each year. It is coordinated by a collaborative committee with representatives from 17 national clinical laboratory organizations.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Watch for an open house that a local clinic or hospital may sponsor. Take your children to inspire them to become a laboratory professional. Invite a laboratory professional to give a Show slide presentations of the clinical laboratory at civic club meetings, in hospital lobbies, or in schools. Use #LaboratoryProfessionalsWeek, #lab4life #labweek to share on social media.

HISTORY

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, or NMLW, under the auspices of the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). In subsequent years, other organizations have served as cosponsors and campaign supporters. In 2005, National Medical Laboratory Week was changed to National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week to emphasize the person whose expertise is needed in the performance of laboratory testing

Beginning with the 2013 celebration the word “National” was dropped from the title for brevity, and it became Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.

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