minion in Alhambra, California said: What is the difference between a director and a manager? I thought they have similar job description just with different titles
A medical director is required because a M.D is generally required to know the 'science' behind the tests that a lab performs. There's been a huge topic on whether or not a CLS with a future CLS PHD can actually lead a lab but I generally believe not. I'm very supportive of our field, but I still believe a CLS PHD(currently CLS PHD have a one year 'rotation') can not replace a physician's experience.(on the floors,medical school education, their residency experience)(Most medical directors are pathologists)The medical director can decide on what tests can be run based on need and confers with other doctors in the hospital.
However, a laboratory 'manager' or 'director' is also needed to manage the finanical aspects, staffing, adminstrative, and many more functions of the lab. He/she is very critical also, and works very closely with the medical director to operate the lab. The laboratory manager confers to a department head to run population/reference ranges/etc if a new test is implemented and runs validation studies which then the laboratory manager gives the final stamp of approval. The laboratory manager is most likely a previous CLS who went for a MPH, or another masters degree in public health,etc. Very few actually have Masters of CLS, hence it is probably more beneficial to get a MPH degree.(or healthcare administration like CLS48, there are MBA programs out there, and MBA looks better) However, the most critical element of a laboratory manager's job is the 'finances'. With ObamaCare coming into full force in 2014, this will make his/her job even more challenging. Now Congress also wants to lower lab test reimbursements for Medicare(changing the $$ for CPT codes), a huge topic discussed with ASCP. ASCP promises to devote resources to prevent that from happening.