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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Jessica Lasiter, assistant professor of medical laboratory science (MLS) at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, presented at the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences 30th Annual Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference in San Jose, Calif.

Lasiter spoke about real-time and paperless clinical record keeping as part of the "Hot Topics" session. In fall 2013, ULM's MLS program began using an electronic record keeping system, which allows clinical and course instructors to input evaluations of required clinical competencies performed by students at the time of completion.

Clinical instructors and students, who were trained by Lasiter to use the system, are able to document the evaluation process as it occurs. ULM faculty monitor student attendance, competencies, and evaluations continually rather than at the end of the course.

The system has improved student outcome due to immediate feedback, identified the need for retraining or coaching clinical instructors in a few instances, and increased the efficiency of ULM faculty by decreasing the need for clinical site visits.

The Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference serves as the most important annual event for faculty, administrators, directors, advisors and others in medical laboratory science education.

The conference creates opportunities for educators to learn new teaching strategies and trends beyond the classroom, campus, and region. Faculty at the forefront of medical laboratory science education present topics that provide colleagues the knowledge and skills required to meet the challenges of educating medical laboratory scientists, including the development of curricula that meet the current needs and future directions of medical laboratory practice.

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