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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

→ CSMLS Nominating Committee (Now Accepting Applicants)

We are looking for CSMLS members interested in serving as a volunteer on the CSMLS Nominating Committee. This committee plays an essential role in recruiting members to stand for election to the CSMLS Board of Directors. You must be a member in good standing and be willing to serve for the time allocated. Positions available in Alberta & Northwest Territories and Quebec. Term: 2015-2017.

How to Apply: Submit a letter of application to Lisa Low at lisal@csmls.org by October 9th, 2014

→ Exam Panels: General 

The duties and responsibilities of the Exam Panel are to:

  • Review and update the CSMLS examination blueprint
  • Review and update test question references when new editions of textbooks are published
  • Identify deficiencies in the examination question bank Review and comment on examination drafts
  • Participate as an Angoff judge to set the pass score for the examination (2 days)
  • Participate in the Fast Track Item Writing Workshop to create new test questions (4 days)

It is a 3 year (renewable) commitment. Expenses incurred during volunteer term will be reimbursed.

How to Apply: The Council on National Certification is responsible for the selection of Exam Panel Members. For information on how to get involved, contact kimb@csmls.org

→ Exam Panels: MLA 

The duties and responsibilities of the Exam Panel are to:

  • Review and update the CSMLS examination blueprint
  • Review and update test question references when new editions of textbooks are published
  • Identify deficiencies in the examination question bank Review and comment on examination drafts
  • Participate as an Angoff judge to set the pass score for the examination (2 days)
  • Participate in the Fast Track Item Writing Workshop to create new test questions (4 days)

It is a 3 year (renewable) commitment. Expenses incurred during volunteer term will be reimbursed.

How to Apply: The Council on National Certification is responsible for the selection of Exam Panel Members. For information on how to get involved, contact kimb@csmls.org

→ Exam Panels: Diagnostic Cytology 

The duties and responsibilities of the Exam Panel are to:

  • Review and update the CSMLS examination blueprint
  • Review and update test question references when new editions of textbooks are published
  • Identify deficiencies in the examination question bank Review and comment on examination drafts
  • Participate as an Angoff judge to set the pass score for the examination (2 days)
  • Participate in the Fast Track Item Writing Workshop to create new test questions (4 days)

It is a 3 year (renewable) commitment. Expenses incurred during volunteer term will be reimbursed.

How to Apply: The Council on National Certification is responsible for the selection of Exam Panel Members. For information on how to get involved, contact kimb@csmls.org

→ Exam Panels: Clinical Genetics

The duties and responsibilities of the Exam Panel are to:

  • Review and update the CSMLS examination blueprint
  • Review and update test question references when new editions of textbooks are published
  • Identify deficiencies in the examination question bank Review and comment on examination drafts
  • Participate as an Angoff judge to set the pass score for the examination (2 days)
  • Participate in the Fast Track Item Writing Workshop to create new test questions (4 days)

It is a 3 year (renewable) commitment. Expenses incurred during volunteer term will be reimbursed.

How to Apply: The Council on National Certification is responsible for the selection of Exam Panel Members. For information on how to get involved, contact 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