Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual celebration that honors laboratory professionals and the role that they have in the health care industry. It is always celebrated the last full week of April. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week started in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week by the American Society for Medical Technology which is now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. The goal for Medical Professionals Week is to raise public awareness of laboratory professionals and pathologists and an appreciation for the important impact on the lives of patients. Originally, it was called National Medical Laboratory Week until 2005 when the name was changed. NML week is organized by 17 national clinical laboratory organizations. Today, there are over 300,000 clinical laboratory professionals.