Cory Nash, BS, CLS, PA(ASCP)CM
AAPA member since 2013
"After seeing firsthand the role social media plays in laboratory medicine education, networking, and advocacy, I found that there was a relative void in the presence of Pathologists’ Assistants in this space. I filled this void with my Twitter presence. Tweeting under the handle @iplaywithorgans, I am proud to have added something unique to the world of macroscopic pathology. My Surgical Pathology-focused account, specifically, Gross Pathology, has been very well received. I am most proud of my weekly #GPOW, or Gross Photo of the Week, post. This allows for me, in 280 characters or less, to show the Twitter community about how different diseases and tumors can present within the human body. I have in turn parlayed this into writing a monthly post on the ASCP’s award winning online blog called the Lablogatory. With the Lablogatory, I can take my Twitter posts that may be limited to only 280 characters, and expand on them and allow myself to educate the reader on what is taking place with this specific case.
I personally am also a big proponent for advocacy, not just for PAs, but for laboratory professionals as a whole. I believe we should be shouting from the rooftops about how amazingly talented we all are, and how important our work is for patient care. This does not mean going out and saying 'look at me and how amazing I am,' but rather 'look at this case, let’s learn from it.' This personal drive to advocate has led me to getting involved with shooting a membership video for the ASCP that recently went live. On top of this, I have presented posters at conferences, ran the AAPA booth at both the AAPA annual conference in 2016 and the ASCP conference in 2018, and have published an article within The Cutting Edge. Recently, I wrote an article that was approved for publication for The Pathologist magazine about the beauty of the Surgical Pathology lab, and the changing trends of residency training within this lab. For me, the best way to innovate is to educate."
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