APIC Interview: 5 Steps APIC Makes to Educate Infection Preventionists
The 50-year-old Association for Professionals and Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) gives many tools to aid infection preventionists at any stage of their career with education, networking, and an annual conference.
Infection Control Today (ICT) recently published a two-part video series featuring PDI Clinical Science Liaison, Marc-Oliver Wright MT(ASCP), MS, CIC, FAPIC, to discuss the 50th anniversary of APIC. The first and second interview, which run a total of approximately twenty minutes, discusses Marc-Oliver’s early interest in becoming an IP, his career and how APIC’s education, training and peer support helped him and other IPs. Marc discusses his volunteer roles with the association and encourages those entering the field to take advantage of its programs.
Excerpt from article:
“When people first come to infection prevention, you bring that toolkit of your knowledge and experience, but the thing that people don’t fully appreciate till they do it is that tool kit is not quite completely full; maybe you’ve got a hammer, and you’ve got a Phillips screwdriver, but maybe you don’t have a socket wrench,” Wright told ICT®. “You need to learn something new. If you’re coming in as a medical technologist or microbiologist, you know the microbes. And if you’re coming in as an epidemiologist, you know disease transmission and statistics and rates, but if you’ve never put it in a peripheral line or a central line or intubated somebody, then you need to learn how that is done. So you build your toolkit up during the early part of your career, and part of that is joining a professional society or professional association, like APIC.”
Infection Control Today reaches infection control and facility management professionals and C-Suites in hospitals, health systems and independent medical facilities: