Congratulations on passing the registry exam. Now comes the life-time of
learning (and documenting),
Go to the ASCP Board of Registry web page, and open up the booklet on CMP
(certification maintenance program)
Look at pages 4-6, for ideas.
1. Attend state and national meetings.
If you are not a member of your state society or NSH - JOIN! If you are not
a member of ASCP - JOIN! They can help with your CE.
Click on Membership on the left
If you don't know how to contact your state society, go to the NSH website,
and click on Resources for State Societies on the left, and click on the
president of your state for an email.
When you attend a state or NSH meeting, you earn 1 hour CE for each hour of
talk/workshop you attend. (#1 on CMP chart)
*BTW - there are NSH scholarship awards that you can apply for, to you could
use to pay to attend some conventions.
2. Get in-house in-service talks.
- Get your pathologists to give talks once a month.
- Get other people in your hospital to give talks - someone from the breast
cancer institute, the transplant team, the safety department, pastoral care
(religion and the laboratory), someone from management, etc.
- Get vendors to come give talks at your lab. Microtome, tissue processor,
automated staining, microwave processing, recycling, etc.
Just have sign-in sheets with date, time (10 am - 11 am = 1 hour CE), topic,
location. (1 hour lab related talk = 1 hour CMP)
(#2 on CMP chart)
3. Continue to take college classes (science, management, computers, etc.).
1 semester hour = 15 hours CMP; or a 4 credit class = 60 hours CMP
(#3 on CMP list)
4. Get the lab to sign up for teleconferences:
TNT = Teleconference Network of Texas
All three have histology and other related teleconferences. 1 hour
teleconference = 1 hour CMP
(#4 on CMP list)
5. Take the tests found in journals and magazines.
- NSH has tests for one article in each Journal of Histotechnology
- Advance for Medical Laboratory Sciences has tests on an article
periodically. Free to subscribe. Or go to webpage, print off article and
test. (Called Learning Scope). Fee to submit.
- Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO)is geared more for supervisors. Free to
subscribe, or go to webpage and print off articles and test. Fee to submit.
(#4 of CMP list)
6. Take on-line CE courses
- Lab Vision through Thermo has tutorials approved by NSH
- If you are an ASCP member, there are courses you can take that are free.
Some you have to pay a fee for.
(#4 of CMP list)
7. Competency assessment
Since your supervisor has to do competency assessment (CAP, JCAHO
requirements), pull up the form from the ASCP CMP page, and have them fill
it out. This is worth 2 CMP/year.
(# 6 of CMP list)
8. Present a talk at a state (or NSH) meeting.
YES, you ARE qualified to give a talk. Pick a topic that is of interest to
you. Read everything you can on it. Put together a PowerPoint with handouts.
And every state is BEGGING for people to agree to present. Very few
presenters are THE expert on the topic they are talking about. They have
taken the time to learn a bunch on the topic, and are WILLING to stand up
1 hour presentation = 3 hour CMP
(#7 on CMP list)
There are LOTS of ways to earn 12 CEU hours each year (36 over 3 years). But
you have to sign up, maybe pay some money, give up some of your own time.
But it's better than losing your ASCP certification, having to study all
over again, pay the application fee again, etc.
Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of MICHELLE
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:52 PM
Subject: [Histonet] CE CREDITS??
I am a newby to the registry and was wondering what some of you fellow HT'S
were doing for your ce credits for the certificate maintenance program. Any
suggestions would help.
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