Furthering Your Research:
Additional Websites and Databases:
American Medical Technologists – A nationally and internationally recognized certification agency and membership society for Medical Technologists and related professionals.
American Clinical laboratory Association – A not-for-profit organization created in 1971, offering members the benefits of representation, education, information & research. ACLA advocates for laws and regulations recognizing the essential role that laboratory services play in delivering cost-effective health care, encourages the highest standards of quality, service and ethical conduct among its members, and promotes public awareness about the value of laboratory services in preventing illness, diagnosing disease, and monitoring medical treatment.
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Offers leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.
Association of Public Health Laboratories – Association representing the network of specialized governmental health laboratories that monitor and detect public health threats.
American Association of Blood Banks – AABB advances the practice & standards of transfusion medicine & cellular therapies to optimize patient & donor care & safety.
American Association for Clinical Chemistry – AACC is a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to clinical laboratory science and its application to healthcare.
American Association of Bioanalysts – A national professional association whose members are clinical laboratory directors, owners, supervisors, managers, medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, physician office laboratory technicians and phlebotomists.
Atlas of Hematology – A collection of images of blood smears. Includes normal cells from blood and bone marrow as well as a variety of hematologic diseases.
Bloodline.net – A reference site containing links to important hematology sites and resources on the Internet, as well as original content.
ClinicalTrials.gov – A searchable database, run by the National Library of Medicine, of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.
Lab Tests Online – Consumer-orientated reference site listing the many clinical laboratory tests that are part of healthcare today as well as the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science – The premier international agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions through the involvement of expert volunteers and its dedication to public service.
There are ways that you can get involved and build experience and familiarity with your field on campus. You can join, or start a student chapter of a Professional Organization, of which a few are linked and listed below. To start a club or organization, contact or drop by the Office of Student Activities. You can also volunteer your services as well to gain experience as a professional.
In addition to student organizations, there is also UB’s Clinic. You can ask your professor about further information on how or when you will be able to be involved.
Joining Established Student Organizations:
Student Organizations: To get involved on campus, you can participate in events. Information about student organizations is listed in the previously linked page. If you click on the name of an organization you are interested in you can see if they have any upcoming events, as well as any other organization that is co-hosting or co-chairing their event. Below are some relevant student organizations to your field you might be interested in.
An example of an active student organization on campus that is related to your field is the The Society of Minority Health Professionals. The Society of Minority Health Professional’s mission is to create a positive and motivational atmosphere for minorities working toward becoming our future health care providers. They aim to encourage a movement of leaders to fulfill the need of diversity in the health field. They host, and co-chair many events and are an active group.
Biology Club: The biology club’s primary purpose of this organization shall be to foster and promote understanding of important biological issues among members of the Biology Club and the campus community. They host a variety of events, and promote career awareness for students interested in Biology as a career.
Office of Civic Engagement: You can connect with University of Bridgeport’s Office of Civic Engagement to find further information about volunteer work. Their mission is to serve as a catalyst for students, staff, faculty, and administrators to connect with, build, and sustain meaningful service initiatives in the greater Bridgeport area.
Connecticut Government Volunteering: There are a variety of projects that the Connecticut Government is seeking volunteers for assistance with. An example of a project that might be interesting would be the “iNaturalist Project- Discover Outdoor Connecticut”. This project would have you track, and share your observations of Connecticut’s wildlife alongside our DEEP Wildlife Division biologists, Master Wildlife Conservationists (MWCs), and other dedicated volunteers to help identify as many plants and animals as possible from across the State.
To further your involvement in your field, you might want to join a professional organization. A professional organization would assist you in research, networking, mentorship, and much more. You can read about the specific organizations on their individual websites listed below. As a student of the University of Bridgeport, you would qualify for the Student Membership rate, which is either free or at a reduced cost.
American Holistic Nurses Association: Their goal is to illuminate holism in nursing practice, community, advocacy, research and education. They have scholarships and research grants that are available to members. There is a local chapter of this organization established in Bridgeport as well.
Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine– (AIHM) – An emphasis is put on treating the mind, body, and spirit, members are dedicated to integrative health and want to transform the health systems globally to include traditional, complementary and integrative health in universal healthcare for all. They allow for student chapters, and you could start one at UB!
Connecticut Botanical Society: This society is based out of New Haven, they focus on the flora of Connecticut. They have annual meetings, and seek contributions to their newsletter from members.
The International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine – (IASTAM) – Promotes and encourages the study of traditional Asian medicine, including both the ‘classical’ systems and local traditions, in all their aspects – historical, philosophical, philological, anthropological, sociological, and scientific.
American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine– (AAOM) –The AAOM focuses on Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There is networking, volunteering opportunities, and events, as well as discounts available to members as well as some job postings. The University of Bridgeport pays for your admission to this organization, you would need to contact your faculty member to find out how to be registered.