Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, Correlations 8th Edition

Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, Correlations 8th Edition PDF

Author: Michael Bishop

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning


Publish Date: February 4, 2017

ISBN-10: 9781496335586

Pages: 736

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

For many years, the health care and medical laboratory communities have been preparing for an impending workforce shortage that could threaten to compromise patient care and safety. It is vital that the medical laboratory community continue to educate and prepare credentialed professionals who can work efficiently, have essential analytical and critical thinking skills, and can communicate test results and test needs to health care providers. While the shortage of qualified laboratory practitioners has been in the forefront of our collective thoughts, a more insidious shortage has also arisen among the ranks of faculty within medical laboratory education programs. As a profession, we have long been blessed with dedicated faculty who strive to impart their knowledge and experience onto countless students. We know, however, that many of these dedicated faculty members have and will continue to step aside to pursue other passions through retirement. As new dedicated faculty step up to take over, we must support these new educators in their roles as program directors and content specialists. Furthermore, we must provide tools for these educators about techniques and theories that are appropriate as they continue to develop their curricula. One potential tool to assist educators is the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Entry Level Curriculum. At the 2016 ASCLS Annual Meeting, the House of Delegates adopted a newly formatted version of the entry level curriculum for MLT and MLS programs. This document had not been updated since 2002, and a subcommittee of the ASCLS Education Scientific Assembly was charged with editing the document to better represent the field’s expectations of new graduates. Subcommittee members solicited feedback from educators and professionals in all subdisciplines and reviewed the content for currency. New material was added to reflect techniques and theories that have emerged since the last edition while material was removed if it was no longer deemed relevant. After this extensive process, the final document is reflective of what the industry demands of a new professional. Similarly, the material presented throughout Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, and Correlations has always kept current with changes in the laboratory industry. This exceptional ability of authors and editors to keep pace with the needs of an ever-changing profession has not diminished through its, now, eight editions. The content inherent to the discipline of clinical chemistry is
foundational to all other areas of laboratory medicine. The eighth edition of this textbook is ideal for students learning the principles of clinical chemistry while helping them build connections to other areas of the laboratory. The chapters have a perfect blend of basic theory and practical information that allows the student to comprehend each area of clinical chemistry. The text is well organized to help MLT and MLS educators distinguish what each unique student population needs to be successful in the marketplace. The online materials, powerpoints, and exam questions, for educators, are an invaluable resource for those creating a new course or revising a current course. As we face this transition of laboratory practitioners who perform testing and faculty who train and educate our students, products that stay current with the times and help facilitate better understanding of the unique levels of practice within our field are the most essential element to success. The eighth edition of Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, and Correlations accomplishes this and serves as an invaluable tool for any new educator looking for guidance, or seasoned educator looking to refresh their teachings. As educators we are thrilled that students continue to find the field of medical laboratory science an avenue to build a professional career. We wish all students and educators who use this book the best to carry on a tradition of excellence! Joan Polancic, MSEd, MLS(ASCP)CM Director, School of Medical Laboratory Science Denver Health Medical Center Denver, Colorado Kyle B. Riding, PhD, MLS(ASCP) Instructor, Medical Laboratory Science Teaching and Learning Center Coordinator Keiser University – Orlando Campus Orlando, Florida

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