Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians

Laboratorians younger than age 40 will find a welcome atmosphere among peers in the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians (SYCL), which provides crucial networking, mentorship, programming, and recognition opportunities. SYCL (pronounced "cycle") is a free benefit to under 40 members, and enrollment is automatic.

SYCL on AACC Artery

SYCL members share a special group on AACC Artery, the new online networking platform for sharing ideas, research, and best practices in a private social community accessible only to AACC members.

SYCL Podcasts

SYCL 360

SYCL members produce brief podcasts based on their own experiences dealing with topics like negotiating contracts and making job transitions.

July Combined

Complete Podcast: Length: 24:19
High Quality: Size: 68.3 MB

Mentoring Minutes

This podcast highlights mentor-mentee pairs, how they established and have maintained their relationships, and how mentorship has benefited their careers.

Early Career Guidance

SYCL members have assembled a wealth of resources for newly minted clinical laboratorians to thrive and advance professionally, including advice on looking for a job, publishing papers, and taking on management roles in the lab.

As a SYCL member, you can also post your resume and search for jobs at AACC’s Clin Lab Job Center.

Additionally, members can get career inspiration from the Mentor of the Month Archive. From 2005 to 2013, this series interviewed prominent laboratorians every month on how their career paths have evolved and advice they would give to young professionals in the field.

Education Resources

Trainees who are studying for an American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) certification exam or looking for or starting a post-doctoral fellowship can check out SYCL’s resources for advice on how to prepare for these milestones.

If you’re wondering what a career in laboratory medicine will entail, SYCL members have also put together videos and comprehensive Q&As answering questions about the field and the different career paths that it offers.

View SYCL's education resources.


Every year, SYCL holds a number of events at the AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, including a lively mixer where members can make the connections that will help shape your careers—and also let loose and have fun.

Awards and Recognition Opportunities

SYCL provides grants and awards to help members attend the annual meeting and to recognize members who have made exceptional contributions to the field of laboratory medicine through service to AACC.

Through SYCL Citings, the society also brings much-deserved attention to the work of members who have been published in Clinical Chemistry.

SYCL Seminar Series

If you're interested in raising awareness about laboratory medicine with other young scientists, the SYCL Seminar Series can send you back to your graduate school to encourage the next generation of scientists to explore the possibility of a career in it.