"National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week" promotes public awareness, understand and appreciation of the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals and 14,500 board certified pathologists. Our work is done primarily in the background, with phlebotomy technicians having the main public contact.
In 2005, the official name was changed from "National Medical Laboratory Week [NMLW] to "National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week" [NMLPW]. This change was made to emphasize the person whose expertise is needed in the performance of laboratory testing and not the location where the testing is performed.
Since the 1920's the clinical laboratory science professional has play an increasingly important role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. Many laboratories plan displays, open houses and various other activities in their institutions or local area. Some have obtained proclamations by mayors or governors while others have been featured on local TV and radio stations.
Please join us in expressing our Thanks and Appreciation to the dedicated men and women who devote their lives to this demanding and challenging profession.