The process developed was our 20-week on-line course, culminating in a written examination. Certification is predicated upon a combination of discussion participation, small discussion work groups, group assignments, individual assignments, and the final examination.
In 2010 we offered for the first time a course for individuals who wanted to re-certify.
Over time we have found an important constituency that has been largely ignored, and yet are critical to improvements in laboratory quality. Residents in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the future pathologists and medical directors have virtually no exposure to quality management information during their training years, and yet are expected to lead laboratories forward when the graduate and take their initial and subsequent postings. The Program Office has developed and provided a course for laboratory medicine residents which is given every 2 years. In addition several residents have been sufficiently inspired and have enrolled in the full course.
Training quality managers is critical for moving Quality Management in medical laboratories forward. Training residents to be quality aware pathologists and medical directors helps shape the medical laboratory for the future.
Just as our sister program Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing CMPT has learned the value of providing international education, the Program Office provides Quality Management training in many parts of the world. To promote our international awareness, we have created our Regional Ambassador program to inspire others and bring awareness to the advantages of Quality Management for all laboratories.
People interested in the Regional Ambassador Program are invited to contact the Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org