ASCLS - Montana is a constituent society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). It is one of five states in ASCLS Region VIII, which also includes the Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming societies.

ASCLS Mission/Vision Statement
The Mission of ASCLS is to make a positive impact in healthcare through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.

2017 ASCLS-MT Awards Opportunities

It’s that time of year!!  Consider submitting a paper or nominating someone for an award (or apply yourself).  Receive a cash award!  Submission deadline: March 27, 2017.  Awards will be announced at the ASCLS Spring Meeting

ASCLS-MT Member of the Year –Sponsored by ASCLS-MT
Please send nominations with a short essay from the nominator. The winner becomes the nominee from our state for national recognition as the Constituent Society Member of the Year.

ASCLS-MT Paper of the Year –Sponsored by Western Microscope
Just submit a paper (1000 words, double spaced) pertaining to clinical laboratory science, it’s that easy.

Awards & Scholarship Committee Members:
Joni Gilstap
Myrna Kampen

Call for ASCLS-MT Nominations

The Nominations Committee of Dottie Ahler (District V and Chair), Linda Wolford (District I), Del Simon (District II), Abbey Wichman (District III) and Tori Rensink (District IV) are calling for nominations for the following positions:

PRESIDENT-ELECT (3 Year term) (Member must have served one year on the board of directors or as a standing committee chairperson)
TREASURER (2 year term)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2 year term)
FINANCE/AUDITOR  (2 year term)
NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE, DISTRICTS I, III AND V  (2 year term) (Member who is not currently an officer or standing committee chairperson) (One person from each district)

If you or someone you know is interested in being nominated, please contact Dottie Ahler 

Register Now for ASCLS-MT in Bozeman, April 6-8, 2017

Program details and the link to the registration website have been posted under Conferences on this website.   A room block at the Best Western Grantree Inn is available, and the ASCLS-MT 2017 Planning Committee has arranged for a Paint and Sip Social.  This is also your opportunity to interact with the current MUS Medical Laboratory Science class.  Don’t miss out.  Reserve your room and register today!

Montana Laboratory News – New Edition Posted

Check it out! The latest Montana Laboratory News (MLN) edition, Fall 2016, has been posted under the Communication tab/Newsletter of this website.   Thanks to Cara Ryan Bushmaker, the new MLN Editor for this issue and new format. Special thanks also go to Susan Keeney, who published many issues of the MLN as the previous Editor.

Silent Auction Fundraiser at IMSS Sept 29, 2016

Don’t miss your chance to win beautiful items at the IMSS Silent Auction!
Auction proceeds benefit the Region VIII Leadership Academy and Breast Cancer Research. The Silent Auction will take place Thursday evening, September 29, 2016 beginning at 4:30 pm  at the Exhibitors’ Expo in Jackson.
Contact Holly or Diane about donating items for the auction!  Not going to IMSS?   There may be someone who can carry it with them to Jackson for the Silent Auction event!

ASCLS Region VIII Intermountain States Seminar Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2016

Don’t Delay!  Register for this great regional conference today!

Program, Registration, Silent Auction and all the details are available on the website http://imss.asclsregionviii. org

Check out the meeting mobile app!  Download the free EventsXD app from your favorite apps store, and search for ASCLS to find the ASCLS 2016 Region VIII Intermountain States Seminar.   You can access the schedule and sessions, and build your own customized schedule.


Program Schedule Change

The Biosafety session presented by Crystal Fortune from the Montana Public Health Laboratory has been rescheduled from Saturday morning to Friday afternoon, April 15, at 1:30 pm.   If you have signed up for this session, please note the date/time change.

Susie Zanto, ASCLS-MT Circulation

Notice of Speaker Cancellation

The 2016 ASCLS-MT Planning Committee regrets to inform attendees that the session by Dr Patrick Tang on Friday afternoon has been cancelled.  If you registered to attend the ASCLS-MT conference solely to hear Dr Tang’s presentation, please contact Susan Keeney.

Call for Interns for Region VIII Leadership Academy

 Calling all Interns for the 2016-2017 Region VIII Leadership Academy!

The third class of the Region VIII Leadership Academy is half way through the academic year and have set their sights on graduation at the National meeting in Philadelphia in August. We are now looking for applicants for the next class which will begin on September 26, 2016 at Jackson.

The Region VIII Leadership Academy (R8LA) is open to all interested ASCLS members in the 5 Region VIII states – Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. The R8LA begins just prior to the opening of IMSS with classes meeting on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of that week. As with this year’s class, a social activity will be planned for Tuesday afternoon. The opening days in Jackson are a time to get to know each other, attend leadership sessions, and to brainstorm a project that will help our states in Region VIII. After IMSS, the Academy turns to Saturday morning video conferences with faculty members presenting many excellent sessions. Topics covered during the Academy year include: history of ASCLS, communication and leadership styles, team building, parliamentary procedure, emotional intelligence, convention planning, advocacy, networking, mentoring and coaching, basic how-to for leadership in ASCLS, strategic planning, and recruiting. In the spring, the Interns are encouraged to share information about their project and the Academy at their state spring conference. They do a final presentation of their project at graduation during the Region VIII Annual Council meeting. This meeting coincides with the national meeting which in 2017 will be held in San Diego.

We are now looking for motivated candidates for our next class! Do you have a desire to further develop your leadership skills? Are you considering running for elected office in your state Society? Has your leadership potential been recognized by constituent society officers, board members or others in leadership roles? Have you demonstrated leadership potential by participating in leadership activities within constituent society organizations? If you answered YES to any of these questions and you are currently a member of ASCLS, we want YOU!

If you are interested in participating in the R8LA, please contact Holly Weinberg at









ASCLS-MT 2016 Registration is OPEN!

Register now for the ASCLS-MT Spring Conference in Great Falls April 14-16, 2016!  Check under the conference tab, and click on the registration link!  Let’s have a great turnout for another successful spring meeting – and a great chance to see our colleagues, learn about the latest in laboratory science, and see the new and exciting products the vendors have to show us!  Get Charged in the Electric City!


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