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From the Mind of the Chair

Greetings from the Chair!

The holidays are within sight, and we are again pleased to have a Division newsletter for your reading pleasure.

Our principal feature in the ABC’s of Laboratory Medicine in this issue is: S is for Send Outs, prepared by Mark A. Cervinski, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB. Mark directs Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and is a faculty member at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. I am very impressed with Dartmouth’s national leadership in innovative, fiscally responsible and progressive approaches to health care delivery systems. It is also a spectacular place to visit if you have the opportunity to visit Hanover, NH—a quintessential New England experience, and this recommendation comes from a New Englander and former Dartmouth student! The medical school--founded in 1797 as the fourth-oldest school in America--was recently renamed after the late Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss, also a Dartmouth student) and his wife Audrey, a former nurse.

For our regular feature, the interview with a distinguished colleague series, we have unique perspectives from our current AACC President Robert H. Christenson, Ph.D. who is the Director of Clinical Chemistry Laboratories and Professor of Pathology and Medical and Research Technology at University of Maryland.

The Reference Interval Corner feature offers a review of troponin reference intervals—an under-recognized issue for our collective consideration when serving pediatric patients.

Our election ballots are available for PMF Division member voting, with a fine roster to carry forth the AACC’s mission: to provide leadership in advancing the practice and profession of clinical laboratory science and its application to health care, and our Division’s particular mission, for the care of pregnant women and children -- from fetus to adolescent.

I would like to thank our Executive board for their many hours on behalf of the Division; from contributing their time as volunteers for conference calls, reviewing or creating educational proposals, judging abstracts, contributing to the website and newsletter, and keeping our books straight, I have been most fortunate as Chair to enjoy this wonderful support. Our talented and collegial board includes: Sihe Wang, Treasurer; Angela Ferguson, Newsletter Editor; Shannon Haymond, Secretary; Members-at-large Jon Nakamoto, Christina Lockwood and Linda Rogers; Webmaster Olajumoke Olubukola Oladipo; Past Chair Nathalie Lepage; and Chair-elect, David Carpentieri, who will take the helm come January!

The past year’s activities and successes would not be possible without your support of the Division as members, your attendance at our annual meetings and webinars, and your expertise freely offered in educational programs and in our listserv for the benefit of colleagues and patients everywhere.

You can make a difference for 2014 by actively participating in our listserv, by contributing to our newsletter, attending and/or offering an educational program, or getting involved with the leadership of our Division.

With best wishes to you and your families for a rewarding and healthful holiday season 2013,

Sharie Geaghan M.D.

Chair, Pediatric Maternal Fetal Division

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