By - July 05, 2023
In 2022, the American Society for Clinical Pathology conducted a survey on the impact of COVID-19 in laboratories to determine salaries and staffing two years after the height of the pandemic. This survey collected five times more responses than the 2020 survey, allowing for more robust data on what is impacting the pathology and medical laboratory space today.1,2
Here are some of the insights and highlights from the survey.
COVID-19-caused recruiting issues:
More than half of respondents reported ongoing difficulties obtaining supplies, with a 15% increase in labs experiencing supply issues since 2020.4,5
In the past, ASCP data have shown reports of strategies on recruitment both in laboratory training programs and employment but there is no extensive list of strategies when it comes to retaining laboratory professionals currently working. We suggested, in our past reports, that both recruitment and retention require the same focus and effort. Some of these strategies might include:
A collective effort by numerous levels and groups of stakeholders, including the laboratory employers, laboratory training programs, and professional organizations is needed in order for the laboratory to continue providing high-quality care to patients. To that end, ASCP launched the Workforce Steering Committee in February 2022, which is taking an active role in initiating discussions and implementing strategies to increase visibility of the laboratory.
ASCP also established the Medical and Public Health Laboratory Coalition, a partner organization that fosters collaborative workforce solutions to address the challenges and needs facing the U.S. medical and public health laboratory workforce. The core goals of the Coalition include focusing on increasing the visibility of laboratory occupations; expanding and improving workforce recruitment, development, and retention; and increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the laboratory.
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