To All Medical Laboratory Science Programs

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Region III Triennial meeting will be held in Birmingham, Alabama on November 16-18, 2016. As a part of this meeting, we will be having the first Region III-wide student bowl on November 18, 2016. The student bowl is an excellent learning and networking opportunity for your students. We would love to have your program participate. We also will have a student oriented track at the meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016. This will consist of review sessions and a few other topics of interest to students.

Briefly, the student bowl is a quiz-bowl type activity. Students are grouped on teams of 3-5, plus an alternate. They are asked questions in a rounds format, where they have a certain amount of time to answer the question. Students are not put on the spot or answering questions by themselves; they compete as a team. The brackets are set up double-elimination style for the competition.

In addition to requesting your program to participate through entering a team in the competition, we also would like to encourage your faculty and staff to participate through being judges, and additional students to be helpers. Judges are given a question and answer book and determine if the question was answered correctly by the student teams. All areas of expertise are needed. Students who are not participating on a team may help through being timekeepers, scorekeepers, and sergeant-at-arms. We do ask that if you are bringing a team, you are willing to have two people serve as judges.

Students always enjoy the student bowl competition and say they learned something new. It is an excellent review for preparing for the ASCP BOC exam. We would love to have students, faculty, and staff be involved in this upcoming ASCLS Region III Triennial student bowl competition. We will be sending out more information (rules, team entry sheets, etc) soon. If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to have a team compete, please let us know.

Contact person: Brianna Miller, bvmiller@uab.edu.