Leadership in a Changing Environment
We must not only recognize, but build upon, our profession’s achievements
E. Blair Holladay | | Opinion
Once a year, ASCP recognizes the top 40 Under Forty pathologists, laboratory professionals, and residents across the world. It’s a chance to acknowledge and celebrate those who are making a difference, changing the way we practice, and helping us to achieve better patient care.
This is our sixth year of recognizing ASCP’s 40 Under Forty, including our Top Five honorees, who are selected by committee and through member voting. This year’s group joins the program’s 200 alumni, adding to the constellation of rising stars within pathology and laboratory medicine. These men and women rigorously and relentlessly pursue advancement and accomplishments, inspire others, lead by example, and effect change locally and globally. It is remarkable what they have achieved, and acknowledging their work is critical to the success of our science now and in the future.
But the ASCP 40 Under Forty program is about more than just recognition. It’s also a glimpse of how these leaders of tomorrow will shape our science and move it forward. It’s an opportunity to see where pathology and laboratory science is headed in an ever-changing environment, based on what these stellar scientists are bringing to the table and how they are positioning not only themselves, but pathology and laboratory medicine, for growth. Each generation shapes the trajectory of our science based on myriad factors, from technology to political climate to advances in science or educational initiatives. It’s exciting to see just how profoundly things can change – or stay the same – over time. It is hopeful and inspiring to see those who follow build on what the previous generation began.
Moving science forward is no small effort. Harnessing the power of our research findings, or developing new testing methods and putting them into practice, takes time and support. Recognizing and building upon others’ achievements is exactly what gives our profession momentum and solidifies our position as the linchpin of healthcare. Today’s leaders in pathology and laboratory medicine embody the belief that there is strength in collaborative efforts – that we are #StrongerTogether.
When we expand and encourage the diversity of thought and leadership that exist within our profession, we strengthen our position as leaders in healthcare. When we hold others up and appreciate what they’ve done for the profession, we can more accurately and completely guide the direction of the evolving healthcare landscape. We laboratory scientists are at our most powerful and our most effective when we share our knowledge and accomplishments – and recognize both as essential to better healthcare.