New York CLMA and AACC Annual Conference Planned

The Clinical Laboratory Management Association of Central New York and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry announce their annual conference and exhibition October 28 and 29 at Turning Stone Casino Resort Event Center in Verona, NY.

The Clinical Laboratory Management Association of Central New York and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (Upstate New York Section) announce their annual conference and exhibition October 28 and 29 at Turning Stone Casino Resort Event Center in Verona, NY. This year's conference, themed "High Stakes Healthcare," is the largest laboratory show in New York State, and will offer educational sessions as well as vendor exhibits.

A wellness ambassador, Bill Germanakos, will also be in attendance to deliver a talk entitled, "Reaching Your Goals." Mr. Germanakos achieved great success during his time on the reality television show "The Biggest Loser." Having lost almost 50% of his body weight, his goal, "To become half the man, so that he could be twice the man," comes to life as he educates those who struggle with obesity and inspires professionals around the world.

Educational sessions will also be available to provide strategies to deal with tough times and change, advances in laboratory testing, and information on emerging technologies. Specifically, Chris Young will deliver a session entitled, "Legislative and Regulatory Updates for Clinical Laboratories."
Mr. Young is a certified healthcare compliance professional with more than 40 years of experience working in clinical laboratories. In all, twelve continuing education credits can be earned. In addition, attendees, who attend from almost all clinical laboratories in upstate New York, will have the opportunity to visit more than 45 industry-leading vendors showcasing laboratory solutions and products.

This CLMA conference is also an opportunity for job seekers to meet potential employers. With 44% of laboratories reporting hiring difficulties, a 67% drop in graduation rates of laboratory specialists and technicians, and 40% of the workforce expected to retire in the next ten years, qualified professionals can capitalize on this opportunity to network with hiring managers within the region.

This conference brings together vendors, users, and state and federal regulators to work together as colleagues on the challenges in the laboratory that directly impact healthcare. Laboratory technicians, supervisors, managers, and directors have the opportunity to collaborate and positively impact the 80% of medical decisions related to diagnosis, treatment, and disease prevention that are impacted by the lab test.

For additional information on the event, as well as to register, visit their website at www.cnyclma.com. Inquiries can also be made to Thomas Filiak by phone at (315) 255-7053 or e-mail at tfiliak@auburnhospital.org.