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Lobby Day 2017

April 28, 2017

In an ongoing effort to advocate for the medical laboratory profession, CSMLS took its messaging to Ottawa for our annual Lobby Day on April 4, 2017.

A team of CSMLS staff, Board members and volunteers headed to Parliament Hill to meet with MPs to address solving the shortage of laboratory professionals by introducing a National Medical Laboratory Simulation Study.

This year, lobby efforts focused on building support for a research study which will help develop and validate simulation-based curricula for medical laboratory science programs that can be used across Canada and will:

  1. Support student competency achievement
  2. Expedite student’s entry into the workforce,
  3. Make more efficient use of resources in the academic and clinical settings.

A formal grant application is under development and will be submitted to the federal government in the Fall.

The CSMLS had 40 face-to-face meetings with MPs and senior parliamentary staff. We had over 70 people attend an evening reception.

Our activities on the Hill resulted in several media inquiries including, CBC, CTV and RadioCanada, resulting in the following coverage:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/lab-techs-shortage-laboratory-medical-chamberlin-calgary-ottawa-tech-1.4054508

http://alberta.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1095459

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/L_heure_de_pointe_Toronto/2015-2016/archives.asp?date=2017/04/04&indTime=2403&idmedia=7703208

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