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Volunteer Positions

You can be a part of the CSMLS by lending your time and talents to helping our vision and mission.

Depending on your interest and experience, there is an opportunity for you.

Click on a volunteer title to learn more about each opportunity

→ Exam Panels: We want you! (Now Accepting Applicants)

Interested in something different?  Are you looking for a new challenge?  We are looking for CSMLS certified MLA and MLT members to serve on the exam panels. 

The Professional Standards Council (PSC) invites you to submit your letter of interest and resume for consideration to join the CSMLS Examination Panel.  Offering your expertise to ensure the quality of the next generation of our profession is one of the most important contributions you can make.

What do exam panel members do?

  • Mandatory participation in the annual meeting (3 days, the last Friday to Sunday in January) where you will:
    • Review exam drafts
    • Review exam performance
    • Review reference text list
  • Participate in Angoff sessions to set the exam pass mark (2 days)
  • Participate in Item Writing Workshops to prepare new test questions (3.5 days)

How do exam panel members benefit?

  • Opportunity to provide their expertise to the profession
  • Opportunity to network with like-minded professionals from across Canada
  • Great camaraderie

New members are required to attend an Orientation Session prior to the annual meeting.  The term on Exam Panel is three years.  All CSMLS certified members committed to attending the annual live meeting are encouraged to apply.  Please note that we are seeking specific requirements to ensure a balance of national representation (e.g.) province of residence. 

General Medical Laboratory Technology

Seeking to fill 1 position and alternates*

  • New graduate (within the last two years)
  • Professionals residing in AB, SK, MB, QC, NT, NU, YK

Clinical Genetics

Seeking to fill 1 position and alternates*

  • New graduate (within the last two years)
  • Experience in Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics
  • Professionals residing in MB, SK, QC, NS, NB, NT, NU, YK

Diagnostic Cytology – Experienced

Seeking alternates*

Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLA)

Seeking 2 positions and alternates*

  • 1 New graduate (within the last two years)
  • 1 Experienced (more than two years)
  • Professionals  residing outside of Ontario

*Applicants who apply and are not selected may be considered as an alternate member of the exam panel.  An alternate member will attend any exam panel meeting when an appointed exam panel member is unable to do so. 

Deadline for application is April 26, 2015.

How to Apply: Please direct inquiries and applications to Kim Burke, Executive Assistant, Certification & PLA kimb@csmls.org

→ Project Medishare  (Now Accepting Applicants)

Medical Laboratory Technologist Needed

  • Location: Hospital Clinical Laboratory in Port au Prince, Haiti
  • Time of service: minimum 5-6 month commitment
  • When: ASAP
  • Compensation: monthly stipend, living expenses, travel included. Call for more information.
  • Language skills: French (required), English

Project Medishare is a healthcare charitable organization affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has been actively involved in Haiti since the early 1990s. Shortly after the January 2010 earthquake Project Medishare formed a partnership with Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port au Prince.

Bernard Mevs Hospital has a full service clinical laboratory that serves approximately 50 inpatient beds, with an active outpatient clinic. Much help is needed in establishing quality laboratory practice. We recently received a small grant from the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to create a certificate program in quality laboratory practice. Because the primary need is to convey quality principles, we are seeking an individual with clinical laboratory supervisor experience.

If you are interested in an adventure and would like to help a deserving and wonderful group of health professionals, as well as having a life experience you will never forget, please contact us for more details!

How to Apply: Contact: David Andrews, MD dandrews@miami.edu cell phone (305) 323-5060. www.projectmedishare.org.

Why Volunteer?

CSMLS owes its existence and decades of growth as a professional organization to its member volunteers -- not to just a few, but thousands of volunteers who have given something back to their profession.

Our members volunteer in various ways – and you can too! The amount of time you volunteer is up to you.

Many volunteers start small – dedicating just a little time and effort. Most find it enriching and rewarding both professionally and personally and want to do more. Soon they are actively involved volunteering for assignments they never thought possible.

Volunteering is not just about giving there are many other benefits of volunteering including:

Personal growth:

  • Improving interpersonal skills
  • Developing better communications skills
  • Meeting a diverse range of people

Professional enhancement:

  • Learning or sharpening organizational skills
  • Expanding your professional horizon

Networking opportunities:

  • Becoming a part of a professional community
  • Increasing your visibility

Helping CSMLS:

  • Contributing positive change to your profession
  • Offering divergent ideas from across the country
  • Providing insight and perspective from your med lab