Dear Cytotechnologists and Laboratory Directors,
We are excited to tell you about the latest update at California Association of Cytotechnologists (CAC), and what we have been doing this past year. Please read on!
CYTOLOGY FIELD IN REALITY CHECK
In 2014, FDA approved HPV-DNA testing as the primary screening test for cervical cancer. Together with the ASCCP recommendation of obtaining Pap smears for women with “Negative pap test” every three years, the number of Pap smears performed will inevitability decline. This change is reflected in a declining job market and the consolidation of big laboratories in California, as well as in the rest of the country.
HOW CAN WE SAVE OUR CAREER IN CYTOLOGY?
The answer: To expand our scope of practice to include other higher complexity laboratory
methodologies testing. Unfortunately, California is the ONLY state in the US that has limited the Cytotechnologists scope of practice by prohibiting them to perform any other kinds of higher complexity laboratory testing, such as molecular pathology and genetic testing. This legislative law has put ALL the Cytotechnologists in California in a competitively disadvantaged position. It is also reflected in difficulty and low recruitment rate of bright young students into the Cytology field, as well as providing fewer opportunities for well-trained graduates to remain in California.
WHAT HAS CAC BEEN DOING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?
CAC is cosponsoring an Assembly Bill with California Society of Pathologists (CSP) to legislatively change the scope of practice for Cytotechnologists in California. With the full support of CSP, along with the other organizations, American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and American Society of Cytotechnologists (ASCT), Assembly Bill AB 599 has been introduced by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, who is the Chair of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee in Sacramento, for this legislative session. A link to AB 599 is posted on our website: www.cacstate.org
WHAT COMES NEXT?
CAC will remain as an “ACTIVE” organization to represent ALL Cytotechnologists in California. After introducing it, the second step is to support the Bill. We are urging ALL Cytotechnologists to join, to maintain, or to renew your memberships for this very important initiative!!!
We need to show our support through memberships which tell the State government that we are ALL in this together. It is imperative that this law be changed as soon as possible. Please spread the word and tell all your cytotechnologist friends to join CAC.
Here are a few quotes to share with you:
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
“You can’t stop the Future, you can’t reverse the Past, the only way to go forward is to Change!”
“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Thank you for your support.
Sponsor of AB599 Susan Bonilla, Democrat district 14
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