Episode 49

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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Tywauna Wilson

Tywauna "Coach Tee" Wilson is an accomplished medical laboratory leader, author of "Some Leaders Wear Lab Coats," and co-host of the "eLABorate Topics" podcast. As founder and president of Trendy Elite Coaching and Consulting, she develops best-in-class leaders through coaching programs and leadership training. With two decades of experience, including as a lab manager and technical director, Tywauna leverages her clinical expertise to mentor laboratory professionals. Through Trendy Elite's Standout Leader Academy and her own initiatives, she empowers professionals to enhance their leadership skills, expand their influence, and excel in their careers. Tywauna is committed to guiding the next generation of confident, competent laboratory leaders
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Stephanie Whitehead

It isn’t every healthcare leader who can seamlessly lead through the chaos of managing a large healthcare operation while navigating the rapid changes in healthcare. But this is exactly the environment where Stephanie Whitehead not only shines but thrives!

Stephanie is an executive-level leader that fueled by her passion for helping others in the medical profession achieve operational excellence. Intrigued by the evolving nature of the laboratory field and its strong impact on patient treatment, she had an early determination to leave an indelible mark on the laboratory profession.
Stephanie is a co-host who offers a unique blend of clinical knowledge, practical advice, and personable humor. Stephanie’s niche has always been the ability to see problems with a wide-lens view and then, narrow them down to connect the dots, take action, and drive results.

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