ASC Foundation Pandemic Relief Gifts to Aid Cytotechnology Students
I would like to take the opportunity to announce an initiative brought forward by the ASC Foundation that was approved by the ASC Executive Board. Our Foundation recognized a need to provide some necessary relief for our students in training.
To paraphrase the Foundation Proposal:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented social, medical and economic crisis throughout the country and world. The unemployment situation in the U.S. has had the greatest negative impact upon the most vulnerable in our society. In our Cytopathology community, those individuals are the students currently working towards their certification in Cytotechnology.
Our students and future colleagues represent the lifeblood of the field. Cytotechnology School Program Directors have stressed to the Foundation Board the dire situation their students face today. Many maintain side-jobs throughout their education, not only to pay for their tuition and
certification test costs but to also support their basic, daily needs. Many have sustained job losses secondary to the pandemic and are struggling to make ends meet. They need our help now.”
We want to thank Dr. Charles Sturgis for bringing this idea forth to the Foundation and Executive board. His premise stresses inclusiveness and that a relatively smaller dollar amount of support to aid the needs of the many is what is needed at this time rather than larger amounts to a few for other purposes. To this end the Foundation Board has adopted the hash tag #CytopathologyStrong, and as a professional family we are certainly “All in this together”.
- There are 126 cytotechnology students enrolled in the 20 active school programs.
- To apply, the student must:
- Become an ASC member (already a free benefit, to join it is very simple to complete data entry through the ASC website at http://cytopathology.org).
- Apply for the award through a simple on-line application at the same site. We will ask the student to include a corresponding photo or (preferably) a short “testimonial” video as to what the award means to them and how it would be generally used.
- The Foundation Board will review all applications, match them against current class rosters, and generate the payments.
Again, I want to thank the Foundation, Dr. Charles Sturgis, Dr. Robert Goulart and Dr. Patricia Wasserman for creating this worthy project. It has the heartfelt support of the ASC leadership.
Daniel F.I. Kurtycz, M.D.
President, American Society of Cytopathology
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
465 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706