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Laboratory Administration
Leading / Interfacing
Leading in the Laboratory

Reviewer: Richard Horowitz, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 24 April 2013, last major update April 2013
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  1. Know the basic principles of management & administration: planning, leading, organizing and controlling
  2. Assure productive work and worker achievement
  3. Be competent in the technical aspects of anatomic and clinical pathology
  4. Know employees by name, know something about their personal lives and respect their worth
  5. Be able to communicate the clinical significance of test results to laboratory staff and to demonstrate the importance of their work in patient care

Some Things to Do

  1. Construct and display an organizational chart that clarifies authority and reporting relationships
  2. Make work relevant and meaningful by involving employees in decision making when appropriate
  3. Make daily "rounds" in each section of the laboratory, greeting each employee by name, getting a sense of the workload, staffing, any problems or interesting cases; don't neglect the evening, graveyard or week-end shifts -surprise them with occasional donuts or pizzas
  4. Participate in the special activities of the lab staff, including social events
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