Episode 49: Medical lab leaders collaborate to tackle staffing challenges with innovative solutions – Michael Baron

Episode 49: Medical lab leaders collaborate to tackle staffing challenges with innovative solutions – Michael Baron

 Guest: Michael Baron, Executive Director of Clinical Lab Operation at Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratory
The podcast episode focuses on addressing the pressing issue of staffing challenges in medical laboratories.

Michael Baron, a visionary with extensive experience in laboratory operations, shares his innovative strategies and collaborative efforts in this field.

Staffing Challenges in Medical Labs:

Baron discusses the prevalent issues of rapid turnover, especially in second and third shifts, and the scarcity of certified technicians due to diminishing educational programs.

Innovative Solutions:

Non-Certified Tech Program:

Creation of a program to hire college graduates with relevant degrees and provide them with necessary training and education in clinical labs.

Training and Certification:

Implementation of specialized training programs in Core lab areas like Chemistry and Hematology.

Collaboration with educational institutions and state bodies to establish lab apprenticeship programs.

Supporting Staff Development:

Offering salary incentives and a structured career path to encourage staff retention and growth.

Collaborative Efforts:

WDL Education Collaborative:

A monthly forum where lab leaders share strategies and experiences to tackle staffing challenges.

Speakers from various labs, including Duke University and Milwaukee VA Medical Center, contribute their insights.

Resource Sharing and Networking:

Development of a resource depository for training curriculums to aid in standardized training across labs.

Building a network of professionals for mutual support and idea exchange.

Engagement with External Entities:

Partnerships with high schools, universities, and professional organizations to create early career pathways and align training with certification requirements.

Vision for the Future:

 Barron aspires to expand this collaborative into a larger network, with the potential of organizing a focused conference to further these discussions and collaborations.

The episode "Medical Lab Leaders Collaborate to Tackle Staffing Challenges with Innovative Solutions" highlights the importance of collaboration and innovation in addressing staffing issues in medical laboratories. Michael Baron's approach and the collective efforts of lab leaders across the country serve as a testament to the power of shared knowledge and resources in driving positive change in the laboratory profession. This collaborative model not only addresses current challenges but also paves the way for sustainable growth and development in the field.

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Creators and Guests

Stephanie Whitehead
Stephanie Whitehead
Executive laboratory leader with a warm and friendly demeanor always! Skilled at conflict resolution. Team builder who is acutely attentive to internal and external customer needs. Punctual problem solver and avid multitasker. Track record of being an essential part of the management and laboratory team and instrumental in providing effective solutions that produce immediate impact and contribute to the establishment’s long-term success. Co-host for the internationally streamed laboratory podcast, eLABorate Topics. This weekly podcast shares messages related to laboratory and leadership. In addition to her career in laboratory medicine, Stephanie plays an active role in the local community through her involvement with organizations such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Junior League of San Antonio and the Girl Scouts of America.
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Tywauna Coach Tee Wilson
Leadership Maven , International Trainer, Author, Laboratory Mentor, and Career Success Coach for Professionals Who Are On the Move. Tywauna Wilson is a leading authority on using your strengths to stand out above the crowd. You want to be the best, but you feel like you can’t. Your career is stalled, and you feel like you’re in a rut. It’s time to get unstuck! Mentorship with Coach Tee can be the catalyst that you have been waiting for to ignite your passion, push you past your limits, and inspire you to achieve success!