Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:14

Clinical Bench Scientists Share the Benefits of Attending ASM Microbe

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In May 2017, ten young clinical laboratory scientists were recognized for their enthusiasm and commitment to the clinical microbiology profession and awarded professional development grants to help facilitate their attendance to ASM Microbe 2017. The New Tech Professional Development Grant Program provides an opportunity for awardees to interact with pre-assigned mentors, attend symposia, visit poster sessions, network with fellow bench scientists and mentors, peruse industry-sponsored exhibits featuring the latest technological advances, and learn more about the profession of microbiology.

The recipients of 2016-2017, share their valuable insights on how the New Tech Professional Development Grant Program and Microbe 2017 helped them in their career:  



"ASM Microbe 2017 was an incredible experience. It helped open up doors to more opportunities and networking with others in the clinical microbiology profession. This experience has helped me focus on the direction in which I hope to move my career and provided me with knowledge on how to achieve my goals.” -Morgan Waddell, MLS (ASCP)CM, 2017 Awardee



I learned a lot about publishing and making connections from my mentor Scott Cunningham, Mayo Clinic, who is revered in the field of whole genome sequencing and specialized testing. After the meeting, I am looking forward to volunteering abroad with ASM and attending ASM Microbe 2018 in Atlanta. Hope to see you there!”-Perceus Mody, 2017 Awardee


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“A number of us spent a morning together at a local restaurant enjoying breakfast and a great discussion on current mycobacteriology workflow processes. Since we all represented different parts of the country and labs of different sizes, this informal discussion proved to be very insightful and I think we all took something back to our own labs from it.” – Kristen Hackbarth, MLS (ASCP)CM, 2017 Awardee



“The mentor-mentee dinner on the first night was especially enlightening as we each spoke about the difficulties we were facing in our careers and our personal experiences at laboratories across the country. We all offered support and advice from our unique situations.” - Christine Yang, M (ASCP)CM, 2017 Awardee


Tipton“Being able to attend ASM Microbe 2017 was an absolutely amazing experience. The amount of microbiology knowledge that I obtained is an incredible aspect of attending the ASM conference, but the thing that I found to be the most beneficial to my career and my department, is the ability to network with other clinical microbiologists. Having the opportunity to make long-term connections and “see” how other laboratories are going about their day-to-day operations is extremely beneficial in being able to advance my own knowledge, career, and department.”– Michael Tipton, MLS (ASCP) CM, 2017 Awardee


The New Tech Professional Development Grant Program also awarded these individuals in 2017:

  • Jessica Alban, Cleveland Clinic, OH
  • Kristen Hackbarth, Marshfield Clinic, WI
  • Marisol Hamilton, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage
  • Amber Jones, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV
  • Cheryl Jordan, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA
  • Perceus Mody, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Jennifer O'Neill, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Michael Tipton, ProMedica Health Systems, Toledo, OH
  • Morgan Waddell, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville
  • Christine Yang, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge

The New Tech Professional Development Grant Program was established by the Clinical Microbiology Mentoring Committee in 2014. Funding was generously provided by Accelerate Diagnostics, Alpha-Tec Systems, Beckman Coulter Foundation, BioFire Diagnostics, Bruker Daltonics, Check-Points BV, COPAN Diagnostics, GenMark Diagnostics, Hardy Diagnostics, Luminex Corporation, Medical Chemical Corporation, OpGen, Puritan Medical Products Company, Quest Diagnostics, Quidel, TECHLAB, and TIB MOLBIOL.

Apply for the 2018 New Tech Professional Development Grant Program

To apply, you must be non-doctoral bench-level clinical microbiologists, ASM member, have less than five years of clinical microbiology laboratory experience at the time of application, have never attended an ASM General Meeting or Microbe Meeting, and cannot be presenting a poster or talk at ASM Microbe for the year in which the grant covers expenses.  

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