Addressing the lab management skills shortage with eLearning technology

Globally, there's a major skills shortage when it comes to lab managers... and it's not going to get any better without ongoing intervention. That's why LTS Health is very proud to announce the American launch of The Aspiring Lab Manager mini-module in association with MTS, a leading provider of online courses for clinical labs in the USA.

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Developing the next generation of management starts with excitement. We want to get people interested, which is why we’ve made this mini-module completely free
— Andre Gouws, CEO, LTS Health Learning

According to the ASCLS, more than 40% of lab professionals working in the United States will retire in the next decade. That leaves labs to fill a gigantic void left by the absence of the Boomer generation and it comes at a time when labs really need that experience the most. From changing reimbursement models to new technology, labs are under more pressure than ever to manage cost while increasing quality. This places a lot of responsibility on management to guide labs through this period of rapid change.

To solve this, a combination of scalability, affordability and effectiveness is required—making eLearning a natural fit. Not only can more people be trained at a lower cost, but availability on mobile devices means that lab staff can train on the go, minimizing their time off work. LTS Health developed The Aspiring Lab Manager mini-module, a 30-minute introduction to the fundamentals of lab Management.

“Developing the next generation of management starts with excitement. We want to get people interested, which is why we’ve made this mini-module completely free,” says Andre Gouws, CEO of LTS Health Learning. And this digital learning content resonates with a millennial generation that grew up connected to the internet. Says Gouws: “To attract a younger workforce into management eLearning is a natural fit. We also ensured greater engagement with fun visuals and relevant references.”

The free mini-module uses stimulating lab scenarios to place the viewer in the context where management is required. It also covers other fundamentals that relate to the soft skills and competencies needed to be a good manager of a lab. The module takes just over 30 minutes to complete and includes a test to ensure learning. It acts as an introductory precursor to the full Lab Management Online course, which covers critical management topics ranging from quality to finance. The course is PACE accredited, with 40 credits and providing a certificate upon completion.

The mini module can be accessed here, and existing MTS subscribers can access the mini module in the MTS lecture library.