Hot Spot Review
Welcome to the Hot Spot Review, created by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). Strategic planning has brought forth a wind of change for our profession—one that says we should be bolder, voicing our informed opinions loudly and clearly alongside other health professions more than ever before. Your unique experience and expertise are valuable for patients and professionals alike. Let’s remind our nation of that accomplishment!
CSMLS has heard that members feel disconnected from some of the important health care trends and discussions. The location of the lab can be disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of such conversations. But, at CSMLS, we want to motivate you to get into and ahead of such conversations. We stand beside your grassroot efforts and get your opinion heard. Together, we can advocate for our profession as part of the larger conversation.
In an effort to grab a sneak peek of members’ opinions and help inform the creation of trend-related knowledge products, research and services to meet your needs, CSMLS birthed the Hot Spot Review in 2018. And she is a beautiful baby…
The Hot Spot Review is a survey released every couple of months on a designated trending health care topic related to our profession. Sometimes the profession connection is obvious and, in other cases, it will be a little more indirect. Either way, there is an important connection to be made.
|What’s It All About?
||Hot Spot Review purpose
|What’s the Gender Conversation About?
||Discussion on the use of sex (characterized by biological components) and gender (the personal, societal and cultural constructs of one’s identity expression) as it is related to the laboratory and health system. There is a movement towards better care for transgender patients in which the medical laboratory profession can be involved.
|What’s the Cannabis Conversation About?
||Discussion on the legalization of cannabis in Canada and the impact that it may have on laboratories. Legalization impact is viewed from the perspectives of the individual and the employer while considering the limitations of cannabis laboratory tests.
|What’s the Clinical Conversation About?
||Discussion of the health care changes that are placing medical laboratory professionals in clinical conversations more often and the opportunities arising for us to impact lab budgets in a big way.
|What's the Descriptive Language Conversation About?
||Discussion on how we describe our work and profession to patients and health care professionals. Could we be subtly impacting the way others see us and our importance within the health care system?