Clinical Lab Scholarships Program 2004
From BD Diagnostics - Preanalytical Systems
BD has long recognized the need for the ongoing education of healthcare providers. One of the ways in which we endeavor to meet that need is through our Continuing Education Scholarship Program, which is designed to avail participants of the latest developments in the healthcare field.
Since 2002, the BD Continuing Education Scholarships Program has awarded 46 scholarships (inclusive of registration fees, travel, and lodging) to laboratory professionals, enabling them to attend national conferences that may otherwise have been out of practical reach.
In 2004, BD provided an educational grant to CLMA to create the first annual Lyle Rosser, Jr., Continuing Education Scholarship at the CLMA/ASCP 2004 Conference in Atlanta. This special scholarship was created to honor the legacy of Lyle Rosser, Jr., long-time CLMA member and champion of education. The eleven scholarship recipients were chosen from 175 candidates who applied by submitting resumes, and letters of recommendation to the CLMA Advisory Committee.
"In the hospital environment with limited budgets, it can be hard to get the chance to attend meetings such as CLMA/ASCP," said recipient Reyanna Rice, Laboratory Services Coordinator at Community Medical Center in Missoula, MT.
Glenda Bozalina, Laboratory Manager at the South Texas Medical Clinics in Wharton, Texas and scholarship recipient agreed. "It is difficult to attend continuing education courses on site. In order to keep growing and developing, to keep up with the changing technology and trends, I have to stay current. I need to be challenged with new philosophies so I won't get in the 'rut.'"
BD is proud to sponsor educational opportunities through organizations such as CLMA, that provide continuing education. According to Krista Thompson, Vice President/General Manager of BD Diagnostics, Preanalytical Systems, "Our continuing education scholarship program is one of the many ways BD works to exemplify our purpose of 'helping all people live healthy lives.'"
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