Siemens Joins ASCP to Award 118 Scholarships to Laboratory Students
Together with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has awarded $137,000 in scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students studying medical laboratory science for the 2015 – 2016 academic year [see list of winners]. Siemens and ASCP have jointly awarded over $1.7 million in scholarships to over 1,000 individuals since 2003 as a means of addressing the nation’s shortage of qualified medical laboratory personnel, defraying education costs, and promoting the medical laboratory profession.
Siemens and the ASCP reward these scholarships in the hopes that these students will help shape the medical diagnostic workforce, which struggles to keep up with the market’s high demand and growth. About half of clinical laboratories across the U.S. report problems in filling open positions, currently an approximated 40,000 laboratory vacancies. In addition, job growth in the laboratory space is expected to increase about 16% from 2008 – 2018, and adults expected to retire within the next 10 – 15 years make up about 35% of the current laboratory workforce.1
“We are honored to award these exceptional individuals with scholarships that can enable them to receive the education they need to embark on a rewarding career in the laboratory diagnostics space,” says David Pacitti, President, Siemens Healthcare North America. “These are the men and women of tomorrow’s healthcare landscape, and we congratulate them on all of the hard work they have completed up to this point, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future.”
“An increasing demand for medical care for an aging population is driving rapid change in laboratory testing technology,” said Michele A. Smith, MS, SCT(ASCP), Chair of the ASCP Scholarship Committee. “There is a significant need for more young professionals to enter the field of medical laboratory science. Programs like the Siemens-ASCP Scholarship Program are critical to meeting the laboratory workforce needs of tomorrow.”
118 received scholarships on behalf of Siemens and the ASCP. Awards are available to eligible students in the U.S. pursuing associate, bachelor, or master’s degrees in medical laboratory science.
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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) unites more than 100,000 anatomic and clinical pathologists, residents and fellows, medical laboratory professionals, and students to accelerate the advancement of laboratory medicine to better improve patient care through knowledge, collaboration, and global community. ASCP’s mission is to provide excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of the patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals across the globe. For more information, visit www.ascp.org
1Beigel, Douglas. “Focus on Education.” Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals. April/May 2015. Available at: http://laboratory-manager.advanceweb.com/sharedresources/EBook/2015/April/MT040715/index.html#/16/. Accessed 3/9/16.