National Cytotechnology Day

National Cytotechnology Day 2023 Design Contest

Congratulations to Jenna Kerns -  2023 Design Contest Winner!

What is National Cytotechnology Day?

The idea for NCD was first entertained and pursued at the ASCT Interim meeting in Atlanta, Georgia back in 1984 by ASCT member Bruce Buschmann. History was made the following year in Philadelphia, PA when the week of May 12-18, 1985 became the first ever National Cytotechnology Week. The presentation of the proclamation, given by then Mayor of Philadelphia, W. Wilson Goode, was attended by Past ASCT President, Shirley Greening. Many local celebrations, mayoral and gubernatorial proclamations followed as NCD events grew in popularity.

In addition to celebrating the important work of Dr. George Papanicolaou, NCD has been utilized as a means to promote the importance of the Pap test in women's health and the contributions of cytotechnologists to the health care field.

May 13 is National Cytotechnology Day

To commemorate Dr. George Papanicolaou's contributions to the field of medicine, May 13 - his birthday - has been designated National Cytotechnology Day (NCD).

View past NCD contest winners designs:

2022 NCD Winner, Debra Garcia Flores

 2021 NCD Winner, Michele Smith, MS, SCT(ASCP)

2020 NCD Winner, Yelemis de la Cruz

  2019 NCD winner, Sarah Ortiz Rodriguez

 2018 NCD winner, Timothy Nkwasibwe

2017 NCD Winner, Allison Yelton


Ways to celebrate National Cytotechnology Day in your lab:

  • Educate others in your laboratory, hospital and community about the work of Dr. George Papanicolaou and the importance of the Pap test
  • Invite local high school and college students to your lab to inform them of a career in cytotechnology and what academic and technical requirements are necessary
  • Make a poster or exhibit or provide a lab tour to educate others about what cytotechnologists do
  • Get an official NCD proclamation from the governor or mayor
  • Proudly wear t-shirts celebrating NCD
  • Bake cookies decorated as various types of cells and share with colleagues
  • Create and play games like Cytojeopardy with your staff - it's both fun and educational

The ASCT would like to share how labs celebrate NCD. Please send us photos, ideas and articles on how you celebrated NCD this year to Your lab will be featured on ASCT's social media.