Convince Your Boss

Are you interested in attending the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, but unsure of how to persuade your employer to fund the trip? Read on for a few simple steps you can take to prepare a request for your boss.

Step 1: Identify Your At-Work Challenges

Identify the biggest challenges your lab organization faces, and in particular, those that relate directly to your position.

Step 2: Draw Up a Sample Conference Agenda

With those challenges in mind, search through the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting’s 200+ educational sessions to identify those that address the issues you’re facing.

Be sure to look through the AACC Clinical Lab Expo’s 750+ exhibiting companies as well, and pinpoint the vendors who offer the diagnostic solutions your lab needs.

Step 3: Create a Proposal for Your Boss

Use this research to create a succinct proposal for your boss that explains why sending you to the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will benefit your organization and the patients you serve. Include your top challenges, and outline how the sessions and exhibitors you’ve identified will equip you to handle them.

Additional reasons that you can use to justify your attendance include:

  • Professional development opportunities such as the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting are essential for keeping up with the latest trends, research, and best practices in the rapidly evolving world of laboratory medicine. In turn, staying current ensures that you and your lab continue to deliver state-of-the-art patient care.
  • By learning from the real world success stories of others in the profession, your lab will be able to avoid using a trial-and-error approach to tackling issues and will save time and money in the long run.
  • The AACC Clinical Lab Expo brings the world’s major in vitro diagnostic companies together under one roof, enabling you to explore and compare all the clinical lab products and services on your lab’s wishlist efficiently and in person.

Step 4: Send a Formal Request to Your Boss

If your boss needs or prefers your request in letter form, we’ve written an approval request template letter that you can use. Feel free to edit this as needed and send to your supervisor:


Step 5: Put What You Learn Into Action

Once you return from the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting, hold a post-conference briefing with relevant lab staff to share what you learned—from best practices to the low-down on new diagnostic instruments—and develop a strategy for putting this knowledge into action.

You’ll positively impact your lab and its patient community, which will make it even easier to convince your boss to send you back to the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting in 2018.