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Students/Faculty News Jessica Jernigan May 17, 2022

Floyd Josephat, EdD., MLS (ASCP), director of the UAB M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, has been selected for membership in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Honorary Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity. Established in 1948, the AMTF inducts medical laboratory scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field and have earned national recognition.

“The reason why this award means more to me is because it recognizes the commitment and dedication that we put into the clinical laboratory science field to help make it a viable career path for others,” said Josephat.

Josephat has worked in the medical laboratory science field for nearly 30 years and has spent the majority of his career giving back to the profession and in service to fellow colleagues. He has represented the industry as a state board member attending legislative day on Capitol Hill in Washington and most recently as president of the Alabama chapter of the ASCLS.

He has spent much of his time teaching and engaging in scholarly activities within the profession. Josephat is passionate about helping students pass their board of certification exam and has done research and presented nationally and internationally on predictors of success on the BOC exam.

And he is most proud of his students’ accomplishments in the classroom and in the field. His program’s student pass rate is 92 percent on the first attempt, and the student job placement rate is 100 percent over the past three years. He attributes this success to the strong curriculum he has helped develop for the UAB MSCLS program.

“It is a privilege for me to dedicate my time and efforts to a profession that I love and to the students who will transform this industry to new heights,” said Josephat. “This is a profession that recognizes the hard work and dedication that clinicians put in to make this organization what it is today and I am excited to see how much it will grow in the future.”

Josephat is currently developing a national case study database for hematological disorders. This database will allow faculty to access case studies that can be used to help improve student learning of the hematology subject by integrating it into the lecture and lab curriculum.

His other service includes national and international presentations, chairing national committees, leading task forces, reviewing program accreditation self-study, coordinating program site visits for accreditation, conducting research, student reviews in hematology, and serving as a new clinical laboratory science program development consultant.

And this is not the first time Josephat has been recognized for excellence. He has received numerous honors during his career, including the ASCLS Keys to the Future for Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes leadership potential and supports it with structured mentoring. Even so, he says no honor has been more prestigious than the Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity Award.

Josephat will be presented with this award in Grand Rapid, Michigan on June 29 at the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Annual Meeting.


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