WASHINGTON – AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, has redesigned its membership categories for the first time since 1986. This new membership structure better provides individuals in the field of laboratory medicine with the education, career, and knowledge resources they need to flourish in the rapidly changing healthcare world, whether their work takes place in a clinical lab or at the point of care, at a diagnostic firm or in the classroom.
New and returning AACC members can now sign up for one of five membership levels that will take effect on January 1, 2015. One of these categories—Transitional Member—is new, and was created to serve clinical laboratory professionals who have completed their studies or training and are entering the workforce. The other four correspond to the association’s original membership options, with three given more focused names and descriptions that clarify the benefits of each level of membership.
Membership categories include Professional Member (formerly named Full Member), Professional Affiliate Member (formerly Affiliate), Trainee Member (formerly Student), and Emeritus Member. Together with the Transitional Member level, these categories support clinical laboratory professionals in all stages of their careers and in all sectors of the field.
“AACC’s updated membership structure will make it easier for our members to tailor the association’s offerings to their needs and stay current on the latest research, technology, regulations, and management practices that enable them to perform their critical work effectively,” said AACC CEO Janet B. Kreizman. “By providing essential answers to challenging patient health problems, AACC’s members play a vital role in ensuring that patients get the right care at the right time.”
For more information on all AACC member benefits and how to become an AACC member, please visit AACC’s website.
Dedicated to achieving better health through laboratory medicine, AACC brings together more than 50,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and business leaders from around the world focused on clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of breaking laboratory science. Since 1948, AACC has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing programs that advance scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise, and innovation. For more information, visit www.aacc.org.