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Partnering with the American Society for Clinical Pathology on quality control trainings for laboratory professionals in Cali

April 15, 2018 4:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Delivering impact on the ground

One of the priorities identified during the City Cancer Challenge needs assessment process in Cali was the need to strengthen capacity of their laboratory network, including supplementary training on quality control. In response to this need, C/Can partnered with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to deliver a series of quality control workshops in March and April.

The workshops were held at the Universidad del Valle, School of Public Health. More than 60 laboratory professionals representing 23 public and private laboratories in Cali and the Department of Valle de Cauca participated, which were developed by ASCP based on its standard training curriculum on quality control management.

ASCP also identified expert volunteers from their membership network to deliver the training. These experts included pathologists, Dr Jeannette Guarner from Emory University and Dr Beatriz Hornburg from Brazil; Medical Technologists, Zully Osoria and Johanna Moreno from Emory University; and Histotechnologists, Norma Aumen from National Jewish Health and VĂ­ctor Bernal from Purdue University.

Dr Dan Milner, Chief Medical Officer and Ms Nilda Barrett from ASCP participated in the second training workshop, which included tours of the main laboratories in Cali.

The training was well received by the participants; evaluations noted that the majority were extremely satisfied and felt that the topics covered focused on their specific quality control needs.

Along with additional training for laboratory professionals, other technical assistance activities that are currently being developed in collaboration with ASCP include: support in establishing a working group to implement a quality control programme in the city; assistance in identifying regional mechanisms for external accreditation and certification of laboratories in Cali; assistance in improving the capacity of implementing immunohistochemistry and molecular biology testing at the Universidad del Valle Hospital laboratory.

Based on the outcomes of these trainings and collaboration with the C/Can Cali pathology technical leaders, this technical assistance model will be replicated and adapted to the other C/Can Key Learning Cities in 2018-2019.

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