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ASSOCIATIONS

American Medical Technologists
710 Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(708) 823-5169
Web site: http://amt1.com
The American association for professionals in allied health care. Membership benefits include access to job postings, scholarships, trade journals, professional conferences, and much more.

American Society for Medical Technologists
7919 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1301
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-2768
This association, which also operates on the state level, is the professional organization for medical technologists.

The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)
Board of Registry
P.O. Box 12277
Chicago, IL 60612-0277
(800) 621-4142, ext.1345
e-mail: bor@ascp.org
Web site: http://www.ascp.org/bor
ASCP is a not-for-profit medical society organized exclusively for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Contact its board of registry for educational requirements and certification requirements.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 553-9355
Web site: http://www.caahep.org
CAAHEP accredits programs representing 18 allied health professions recognizing over 1,900 allied health education programs in more than 1,300 institutions.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
8410 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 670
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 714-8880
Web site: http://www.naacls.org
This organization is responsible for the 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.

WEB SITES

All the Virology on the WWW
http://www.virology.net
Everything you ever wanted to know about the bugs that make us sick can be found at this easy-to-navigate site full of information of interest to the medical lab technician. There's even a listing of online courses and tutorials on viruses.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
http://www.cdc.gov
CDC is America's leading federal agency devoted to the health and welfare of the people. Check out their Web site to learn about what's going on all over the world in the field of disease.

International Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists
http://www.iamlt.org
IAMLT is an international professional organization, which consists of associations of medical laboratory technologists/scientists from forty countries. All members of associations belonging to the IAMLT are automatically members of the IAMLT.

World Health Organization (WHO)
http://www.who.int
This organization's Web site posts current news about health and medicine around the world.

BOOKS

Career Information Center. Engineering, Science, and Technology. Vol. 6. New York: Macmillan Library Reference USA, 2000.
This book provides basic information about technical jobs, including salary, outlook, and training.

Cosgrove, Holli R., ed. Exploring Tech Careers. Chicago: J.G. Ferguson Publishing Co., 1995.

This is a reference directory with loads of information about many technological careers.

DeSalle, Rob. Epidemic! The World of Infectious Diseases. New York: The New Press with the American Museum of Natural History, 1999.

This book offers a chilling look at diseases, past, present, and future, with a good discussion of how technology can help detect and stop new epidemics.

Farr, J. Michael. American's Fastest Growing Jobs, 6th ed. Indianapolis: JIST Works, 2001

This book contains information on salary, trends, education, and working conditions for more than 100 of the fastest growing jobs in the United States.

Ryan, Frank. Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues. Boston: Little Brown, 1997. These stories emphasize medical detection and the important role that lab work will play in stopping the new plague

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