Bridging Project Update December 2012

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bridging Project Update December 2012

A lot has been happening with the bridging project. The NBSMLT has been very busy coordinating curriculum development, ensuring that course material is being completed on schedule. So far Transfusion Medicine and Histotechnology course profiles have been finalized, subject matter experts have been hired and development has begun. We anticipate that over 50% of the work related to curriculum development will be completed by March 31, 2013. Courses will be developed and delivered on line, which will make it easier for MLTs who are living abroad, to start their bridging education while in their home country.

So far course development has required a lot of financial, human and in-kind resources, to the point where additional funding was required. In fact, looking for additional funding to ensure the NBSMLT meets established deadlines has been a priority. The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Population Growth Division is a Bridging Program partner and has been generous in awarding the NBSMLT Bridging Program additional funding to support curriculum development. This year, our project has received funding from Population Growth and Division of close to $100,000.

It’s exciting for the NBSMLT to be a part of this project, so many things have happened in the past year and half. Provincial and national, committees and groups are taking notice of the NBSMLT and the initiatives being made. MLTs are being asked to come to the table and become valuable well respected partners. The NBSMLT can barely keep up with requests to present our bridging program model to other professions and various committees because of its enormous success so far.

As members, you should feel proud and excited to be a part of this progress and the growth of the society. There are so many more great things to come for the NBSMLT, the future looks bright with possibilities. Our time is now; we need to seize the opportunity to push forward, be heard by the public, peers and government and to be recognized as innovators, valuable leaders and equal partners in healthcare!