Kathy Doig receives ASCLS inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

DSC_2890.Doig.LifetimeKathy Doig, a professor in Michigan State University’s (MSU) Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program (BLD), has received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). Doig accepted the award during the ASCLS-Michigan Spring Meeting, held at the MSU Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center April 3-5.

This new award was developed to honor outstanding contributions to advance, promote or improve the profession. Award nominees must have been involved in the profession or professional society for at least 20 years. This accolade is a way for the society to honor those individuals who have served the profession for a “lifetime.” The award was presented to Doig during the meeting’s morning session April 5.

“When I read the email from ASCLS-Michigan notifying me that I had been chosen to receive this award, I was shocked and actually gasped out loud—I was so touched that my colleagues have honored me this way,” said Doig, who is also director of MSU’s clinical laboratory science major, a program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. “I always encourage students and graduates to be involved in their professional organizations because it really enlarges your view of your own profession and provides opportunities for personal development that you may not get from your job.”

R. James Kirkpatrick, College of Natural Science dean, was pleased with Doig’s selection and commended her for her achievements and her many contributions to the college and MSU.

“Kathy Doig represents the highest aspirations of Michigan State, and we are very proud that she has received this award,” Kirkpatrick said. “In addition to her professional contributions to Clinical Laboratory Sciences nationally, she has been an extraordinary voice for undergraduate education at the university, and I was very pleased to have worked with her in her role as associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Natural Science.”

“Dr. Doig has been a tireless champion of laboratories across the country”, added John A. Gerlach, BLD program director. “This is evident by her dedication and work over the past 40 years in all aspects of the profession. She has raised the ‘professionalism’ of the field through her efforts within the professional societies, her classroom persona and her service work. She also has mentored many of our current leaders during her career. She is truly THE laboratory professional, and I join the others in congratulating her.”

Doig served as president of ASCLS-Michigan (1988-89) and was awarded the Clinical Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award, the society’s highest honor, in 1989. In 1998 she received the Donna Duberg Mentorship Award—which was named after MSU alumna and current president of MSU’s Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Alumni Association, who is renowned for her support of students and young professionals. Doig also held numerous other positions within the organization and has been a regular speaker at the annual conference. She was especially active in efforts to try to seek licensing of medical laboratory professionals in Michigan. She also sat on the national certification board for 19 years, including 5 years as president.

As a member of the national organization—ASCLS—Doig served as representative to the certifying board and also chaired several national task forces and committees. She was honored with the Member of the Year Award in 1998 and the Robin H. Mendelson Memorial Award from the ASCLS Education and Research Fund in 2010. The Mendelson award, which honors sustained service to the society, recognized Doig’s work toward unifying two separate certification organizations. She was twice recognized with Board of Directors Awards for outstanding service to ASCLS. She also earned five awards for peer-reviewed manuscripts about medical laboratory education and workforce issues, which were published in the ASCLS journal, Clinical Laboratory Science.