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UMSOM Program Director and Educator Deirdre Parsons to Retire

December 20, 2018 | Joanne Morrison

Ms. Parsons Held a Long and Distinguished Career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and Educator

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Sanford A. Stass, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Department of Medical and Research Technology, announced today that Deirdre DeSantis Parsons, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, Department of Medical and Research Technology, will retire at the end of the year.

Ms. Parsons has had a long and distinguished career as a medical laboratory scientist and educator.

“Ms. Parsons is an outstanding and passionate educator,” said Dean Reece, who is also the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor.  “Over the past 16 years she has served as Program Director and guided the undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science Program to many significant accomplishments. She enjoys working with students and we will miss her passion, dedication and leadership.”

“The UMSOM Medical Technology Program is what it is today, in part, due to the tireless efforts of Deirdre Parsons,” said Dr. Stass. “She was a major force behind our success over the years and we very much appreciate all that she has done for our Program and students.”

During her tenure at UMSOM, Department of Medical and Research Technology, Ms. Parsons has served as the Course Coordinator for undergraduate courses to include, Immunohematology (Blood Banking), Professional Development and the Comprehensive Review Course, which includes oversight of student clinical practicums in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Immunohematology. She has received several professional awards, including awards for excellence in teaching that were presented by graduating classes. Ms. Parsons has served on numerous SOM committees and is an advisory Board Member on Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) and Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) Programs in the area.

As Program Director, Ms. Parsons guided the Medical Laboratory Science Program, the largest of four programs in the State of Maryland and one of the two largest programs in the Mid-Atlantic region, to many accomplishments. The Program has consistently high graduation rates (averaging 98 percent), high employment rates (averaging 100 percent), and a three-year average of 100 percent on the ASCP Board of Certification Examination. Over the years, laboratory science students have received numerous scholarships, honors and awards. In FY16, the Medical Technology Program was re-accredited for a ten-year period by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

Ms. Parsons received her B.S. in Medical Technology in 1984 from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and an M.S. degree in Allied Health in 1990 from the University of Connecticut. In 1992, Ms. Parsons received her Specialist Certificate in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine from New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. She is certified as both a Medical Laboratory Scientist and Specialist in Blood Banking by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). At UMSOM, Department of Medical and Research Technology, Ms. Parsons served as Assistant Professor and Course Director and in 2002 was named Program Director for the undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science Program.

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