Executives convene to address the laboratory workforce shortage

April 12, 2023
Workforce Action Alliance Summit.

On May 2, 2023, executives from various organizations across the nation will convene in Fort Worth, Texas to examine ways in which they might collaborate to alleviate the laboratory workforce shortage. According to recent studies, laboratories struggle to fill vacant positions. Professionals in the laboratory are overworked. In the aftermath of a three-year pandemic that required laboratory staff to labor valiantly day and night, some have regrettably left the profession altogether.

According to current forecasts, the next generation will not produce enough medical laboratory scientists to replace the predicted retirements or meet the increased need for laboratory testing in the future. The severity of this shared problem affects private and public health laboratories across the nation. 

In response to this crisis, the Workforce Action Alliance Summit is an appeal for action.  

COLA and the Planning Committee members will develop and publish a written summary of the Summit Proceedings. The Summit is just the beginning of the shared action.

The Workforce Action Alliance Summit will take place the day before COLA’s Annual Laboratory Enrichment Forum (LEF), where a summary of the Summit will be shared during a general session at the LEF.

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