Biography

I currently serve two roles here in the Burnett School of Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program Director and Assistant Professor of Medicine. As Program Director it is my responsibility to provide oversight of the MLS program’s curriculum, accreditation, and clinical affiliations. As an Assistant Professor I have the honor of teaching a variety of classes including clinical chemistry, hemostasis, immunohematology, clinical research, and selected medical careers. My academic training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science and a PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Clinical Epidemiology. I am a board-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist and hold a Florida license as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.

My scholarship has focused in two key areas of medical laboratory practice: 1) medical error reduction and 2) scholarly teaching and learning in medical laboratory programs. I was a co-lead author in the development of the newest edition of the ASCLS Entry Level Curriculum in 2016. Additionally, I published and presented in a variety of venues. An emerging area of focus for me is on the importance of mindfulness as a tool to navigate academic trauma in the medical laboratory curriculum.

I am an active volunteer leader for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) where I currently serve as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer, chair its finance committee, and serve as a liaison to multiple standing committees. On campus I serve as a member of the Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum Committee (UPCC) and HS Buildings Safety Council.

Additionally, I work regularly with Diverse Health Hub (https://www.diversehealthhub.org) to produce educational videos that aim to empower patients by providing them knowledge about routine laboratory tests.

Recent Awards

2021 UCF College of Medicine Undergraduate Innovative Teaching Award

2021 ASCLS Professional Research Poster 2nd Place Award

2017-2022 ASCLS Omicro Sigma Honor Roll

Recent Publications

In Process:

Riding K., Baker, D., Silva, R., Polanic, J. The Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on Blood Bank Instruction within Medical Laboratory Programs. Manuscript in preparation

Accepted – Awaiting Print

Riding K. & Hitchcock, D. COVID19-Associated Digitalization of the Blood Bank Student Laboratory Experience. [Abstract] Clin Lab Sci. Accepted/awaiting print.

Riding K, Hitchcock D A  Competency-Based Assessment Model in an Accelerated Immunohematology Laboratory Course. [Abstract] Clin Lab Sci. Accepted/awaiting print

Published

Riding K & Baker D. Being an Awesome Ally. ASCLS Today, 36(1). Feb

Riding K. Blood Gases and Acid-Base Balance (Chapter 14). In Bishop, M.L., March-Mistler, J.M., Moy, M., & Fody, E.P. (Eds.) Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, and Correlations (9th Ed). Jones and Bartlett Publishing.

Riding K. Body Fluids (Chapter 23). In Bishop, M.L., March-Mistler, J.M., Moy, M., & Fody, E.P. (Eds.) Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, and Correlations (9th Ed). Jones and Bartlett Publishing.

Riding K. Acute Myeloid Leukemias in Landis-Piwowar, McKenzie, & Williams (eds.) Clinical Laboratory Hematology (4th ed). Pearson. London. 2018.

Riding K. Precursor Lymphoid Neoplasms in Landis-Piwowar, McKenzie, & Williams (eds.) Clinical Laboratory Hematology (4th ed). Pearson. London. 2018.

Riding K. Body Fluids. In Bisop, M.L., Fody, E.P., & Schoeff, L.E. (eds.) Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, and Correlations (8th ed). Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA: 2017.

Recent Presentations

Keynote

Mindfulness and the Medical Laboratory

Nebraska Laboratory Spring Meeting. Virtual. Mar 2022

Determinants of Iatrogenic Anemia.

ASCLS Region V Fall Seminar. Sioux Falls, SD. Oct 2017

Invited

Medical Error Prevention.

ASCLS-CNE Webinar. Virtual. Feb 2022.

 

Communicating with Healthcare Professionals.

ASCLS-Georgia Spring Seminar. Atlanta, GA. Mar 2020

 

HIPAA in the Social Media Age.

ASCLS Michigan Annual Meeting. Lansing, MI.  Mar 2019.

Clinical Utility of Reticulated Platelets.

ASCLS Michigan Annual Meeting. Lansing, MI.  Mar 2019.

The Role of the Laboratory in Limiting Healthcare Acquired Anemia.

ASCLS Georgia Spring Symposium. Atlanta, GA. Mar 2018.

Contributed

A Method for Teaching Laboratory-Based Concepts in a Remote Environment.

Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference. Virtual. Jan 2021

Crystal Clear: A Case of Green Neutrophil Inclusions.

ASCLS Region III Triennial Meeting. Pensacola, FL. Sep 2019.

Medical Error Prevention for Laboratory Professionals.

FSCLS Spring Symposium. Orlando, FL Mar 2019.

HIPAA in the Age of Social Media.

ASCLS Georgia Spring Symposium. Atlanta, GA. Mar 2018.

Developing an Authentic Competency-Based Assessment Tool in a Medical Laboratory Science Course .

University of Central Florida Winter Faculty Conference. Orlando, FL. Dec 2018

Using a Video-Based Assignment to Help Health Science Students Enhance Communication Skills

University of Central Florida Winter Faculty Conference. Orlando, FL. Dec 2017

Panelist

Using Zoom for Effective Remote Instruction training panel.

UCF Center for Distributed Learning. Virtual. May 2020.

Remote Control: Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

ASCLS 2020 Joint Annual Meeting. Virtual. June 2020

#WeSaveLivesEveryday: Using Social Media to Advocate for the Medical Laboratory Profession.

ASCLS National Webinar Series. Virtual. Nov 2019.

Supporting Faculty Partnerships: Shared Experiences from Four Florida Universities.

Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference. Daytona Beach, FL. Jan 2019.

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