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CSMLS Research & Special Initiatives

The CSMLS conducts research and special initiatives to inform policy and decisions affecting medical laboratory professionals, with investigations focused on education, certification, health services and health system usage in Canada. The projects serve as a conduit for information creation as well as to support knowledge transference and translation for the profession and relevant stakeholders.

As the landscape of our profession changes over the next decade, research will become more tightly integrated into the daily lives of our members. Those in the lab will have greater exposure to research investigating precision medicine, see the exploration and evaluation of new pathways for automation in the lab, participate in the facilitation of point-of-care testing devices to market and provide their expertise to spark innovation and change. Our academic programs have begun to see the shift as the college system moves to incorporate more grants and research into their programs. Laboratory employers are moving forward with new and expanded partnerships that support this notion as well.1

At CSMLS, we are stepping up to help lead this change. We will provide more research on topics affecting our profession and support projects and information gathering aimed at provincial and national levels for health system change. CSMLS research and special initiatives shape the future of your profession.

In the coming years, we will focus our efforts in areas such as simulation and clinical placement models, internationally educated students, opportunities for greater inclusion of Aboriginal people within our academic programs and laboratories and improved mental health for our professionals within the workplace. Also, CSMLS activities and special initiatives will complement the research endeavours.

For more information on research and special initiatives, please visit the Projects, Reports & Presentations section of the CSMLS website.

1 See CICan Applied Research Survey Report: https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/policyfocus/applied-research/

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