PROVIDENCE – A Community College of Rhode Island professor and chair of the school’s Allied Health Department has been named president-elect of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
Maddie Josephs, who is also the director of CCRI’s histotechnician and medical laboratory technology programs, served as regional director for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science for six years before her appointment to head the organization.
She plans to use her new role to continue to advocate for higher wages, better education and more visibility for medical lab professionals. Josephs spent nine years as a medical laboratory scientist before joining CCRI as an adjunct professor in 1989.
“More than 70% of diagnoses made by a physician come from a lab test,” she said. “A physician can’t look at a patient and tell if he or she has diabetes or high cholesterol without lab tests. The medical laboratory scientist is the one who looks under the microscope and reports the results to the doctor. The public doesn’t see us because we are always in the lab. We have very little contact with patients. We’re kind of invisible, yet a very important part of the health care industry.”
As president-elect of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, Josephs will lead the group’s long-range planning committee, marketing and communications, professional development and project management, and membership departments. Next year, she will be promoted to president.
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