College of American Pathologists
 Tools and Suggestions to Promote Lab Week

Express your gratitude

Please take some simple steps and use the following tools to celebrate and share your important work with laboratory and hospital colleagues as well as the community.

Within the Laboratory and Institution

Spread the gratitude – send an e-card from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) eCard Center.
Use the
Share a message targeted to laboratory professionals (Video, 0:41 seconds) from CAP President Gene Herbek, MD, FCAP.
Work with your hospital’s public relations department to promote Lab Week in your
  • in-house publications,
  • website, and
  • social media outlets, eg, Twitter and Facebook.
Personally thank employees in each section of the laboratory, greeting each employee by name.

Do not neglect the evening, overnight, and weekend staff.
Initiate special activities to celebrate your staff’s commitment, such as a break-time party or department lunch/dinner/reception.
Create displays highlighting the laboratory. Place them in your facility’s cafeteria.
Conduct a fundraiser in your laboratory and donate the proceeds, in honor of the laboratory employees, to the hospital’s foundation or another local charity.
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Within the Community

Share the CAP’s with your public relations department.
Share a message targeted to the public (Video, 0:43 seconds) from CAP President Gene Herbek, MD, FCAP.
Ask for assistance in sharing with local media outlets and leverage your institution’s
  • website and
  • social media outlets, eg, Twitter and Facebook.
Work with your public relations department to invite local media and dignitaries to tour your laboratory and share its role in improving community health care.
Write a letter to the editor using the CAP’s template (Word, 32 KB) promoting the laboratory’s role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease.
Share the video Meet Health Care’s Secret Weapons – Pathologists (Video, 5:19 minutes) as part of your presentation.
Speak to
  • local high school students in a science or health class;
  • a church or community group about health topics, eg, speak to a men’s group about cancer screening and testing for heart disease; or
  • patient support groups.