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Frequently asked questions

Your guide to the most commonly asked questions about the Cardinal Health™ urEssential Laboratory Professional of the Year Award Program.

The Cardinal HealthTM urEssential Laboratory Professional of the Year Award is a recognition and award program just for clinical laboratory professionals. It started in 2014 as a way for Cardinal Health to acknowledge outstanding clinical laboratory professionals for their impact on the profession and health care. We are also helping to attract students to the lab profession by way of a $25,000 educational grant provided yearly to the clinical laboratory science program chosen by the award recipient. The grant will provide scholarships to students pursuing degrees in clinical laboratory science.

To be considered for this recognition, candidates must be actively employed in or recently retired (within 5 years) from a clinical/medical laboratory in the United States. Individuals may self-nominate. Past finalists are eligible to be nominated again. Past award winners are not eligible.

Yes, self-nominations are accepted.

The nomination process is open and you may nominate an eligible person (a colleague, peer, or yourself) by completing and submitting the online nomination form . Nominations must be submitted electronically using the online form. Nominations must be in English. A valid e-mail address is required for all nomination submitters. Only complete submissions will be reviewed by the judges.

Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis. Nominations must be received by January 31, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 award. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the following year’s award.

  • September 2017 – call for nominations opens
  • January 31, 2018 – call for nominations closes
  • February/March 2018 – eligible nominations reviewed by the judging panel
  • February/March 2018 – finalists and winner contacted by a Cardinal Health representative
  • April 2018 – finalists and winner publicly announced

The Cardinal Health™ urEssential Laboratory Professional of the Year Award is a competitive program. The nominees are evaluated on their contributions in three key areas:

  • Improving processes within their laboratory
  • Enhancing patient care through their work
  • Increasing the awareness of the importance of the clinical laboratory profession

Judges evaluate and score candidates against the award criteria. To make your nomination as strong as possible, please thoroughly answer all questions and provide sufficient detail to enable the judges to compare candidates. Examples of strong responses have been provided on the nomination form underneath of each question.

Industry professionals appointed by Cardinal Health serve on the judging panel. Judges evaluate the nominations and rate candidates according to the criteria as set forth above. Cardinal Health then compiles candidate ratings from all judges. To determine the finalists and winner, a candidate’s overall score will be compared against the scores of the entire field of nominees. Candidates with high cumulative ratings are selected as finalists. The award winner is the person with the highest cumulative rating from amongst the field of qualified candidates.

A representative of Cardinal Health will initially contact the award winner and finalists via email. It is very important that the person writing the nomination supplies the candidate’s correct contact information.

Cardinal Health presents the award recipient with a trophy and will provide a $25,000 educational grant to the academic program chosen by the award recipient.

Cardinal Health will provide a $25,000 educational grant to the academic program chosen by the award recipient. The academic program must be a clinical laboratory science program at an institution of higher learning. The grant will provide scholarships to students pursuing degrees in clinical laboratory science.

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