Upcoming In Person Conferences

    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Kalahari Resorts, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    Register

    Please join us at our 2019 SPRING WORKSHOPS:

    (Corporate Partners: If your company has not yet explored opportunities at our 2019 Spring Meeting, please see our Corporate Support Registration Form for more information.)

      To Begin your WORKSHOP Registration:

      • Login to your Member Portal to qualify for Member Rates and to pre-populate your contact information.  Email scacm@scacm.org if you need help with your portal login.
      • At the end of these instructions, click "Register" to select half-day (one) or all-day (two) Workshop(s)  
      • Provide  us with/confirm your Contact Information
      • Scroll down to select your specific Workshop(s) that match your payment
      • Request additional options, as needed.
      • Follow remaining prompts to submit payment. 
      • If you wish to pay by Purchase Order,  Invoice, or Check, select "Invoice Me" at the end of your registration.
      If you also wish to attend the Conference/Symposium on Friday and/or Saturday, please complete a MEETING Registration form.


      WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:


      Paul Schreckenberger Memorial AST Workshop: 
      Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing-The Basics- 8:30 am-12:00 pm

      Audrey Schuetz, M.D., M.P.H., D(ABMM)
      Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, MN
      Level:  Intermediate  Contact Hours: 3.5
      Lectures-Discussion

      General principles of antimicrobial susceptibility testing will be discussed. Cases will be used to illustrate common susceptibility testing pitfalls and the presenters will provide guidance on handling of these issues. Participants will be provided information on detection of specific resistance mechanisms, such as methicillin resistance in S. aureus and carbapenem resistance in Gram negative organisms.

      Objectives: At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

      1. Understand key differences, advantages, and limitations to automated and manual methods for AST
      2. Describe key AST issues for common Gram positive and Gram negative organisms
      3. Discuss resistance patterns for commonly encountered organisms
      4. Identify strategies for the effective use of the M100 document in daily laboratory work      

        Paul Schreckenberger Memorial AST Workshop: 
        Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing- Advanced Course -  1:30-5:00 pm

        Audrey Schuetz, M.D., M.P.H., D(ABMM)
        Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, MN

        Level:  Intermediate  Contact Hours: 3.5
        Lectures-Discussion

        Strategies for implementation of new breakpoints, agents, and antimicrobial susceptibility test systems will be discussed. Cases will be used to illustrate commonly encountered questions regarding susceptibility testing of anaerobic and fastidious organisms. Presenters will discuss the criteria and helpful tips for preparation of a meaningful antibiogram. Finally, the audience will hear about emerging technologies and adaptations to current AST methods.

        Objectives:  At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

        1. Describe key AST issues for select anaerobic and fastidious organisms
        2. Develop a plan for verification of antimicrobial susceptibility tests
        3. Identify methods to produce an effective antibiogram for your institution
        4. Discuss new methods and products for AST

        Identification of Gram Positive Bacilli-  8:30 am- 12:00 pm                          

        Kathy Bernard MSc. ARM (CCM)
        National Microbiology Laboratory-PHAC, Winnipeg MB Canada
        Level: Intermediate Contact Hours: 3.5
        Lectures, slides, discussion, cases

        This workshop is targeted for bench technologists and will provide an overview of Gram positive bacilli. It will address their importance in their identification and impact on patient care. Discussion will focus on important practical aspects including choice of identification methods, bench practices, and interpretation of results. Discussion will also include identification by MALDI-TOF MS beyond culture plate isolate identification and strain typing.

        Objectives:   At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

        1. Describe the importance of Gram positive bacilli in the clinical setting.
        2. Identify practical considerations associated with identifying these organisms.
        3. Discuss identification of novel Gram positive organisms.

        Susceptibility Testing of Gram Positive Bacilli -  1:30-5:00 pm 

        Kathy Bernard MSc. ARM (CCM)
        National Microbiology Laboratory-PHAC, Winnipeg MB Canada
        Level: Intermediate Contact Hours: 3.5
        Lectures, slides, discussion, cases

        This workshop will focus on the use of various methods on the susceptibility testing of Gram positive bacilli. Discussion will focus on use of liquid vs solid media, in-house testing methodologies, and result interpretation.

        Objectives:    At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

        1. Discuss the clinical performance of susceptibility testing of Gram positive bacilli.
        2. List important practical variables that must be considered when implementing susceptibility testing.
        3. Describe the effect of the nature of the organisms on clinical performance of susceptibility testing methodologies.

        Keeping Current with CAP - 8:30 am -12:00 pm

        Carolyn Gandy MT(ASCP)SM
        College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL
        Level: Intermediate Contact Hours: 3.5
        Lectures, discussion, cases

        This workshop will focus on preparing clinical microbiologists on assessing the CAP checklists, addressing common deficiencies and understanding the process of accreditation. preparing for a CAP inspection,. The workshop will address how to prepare and implement practical processes for a CAP inspection and ensure compliance with newer processes in microbiology.

        Objectives:  At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

        1. Recognize the most commonly cited deficiencies.
        2. Describe what are necessary requirements for a quality management program in microbiology
        3. Review requirements for validation and verification in microbiology

        Mycobacteriology Update 2019- 1:30 pm -5:00 pm

        Max Salfinger, MD, FAAM, FIDSA
        Division of Pathology, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

        Angie Schooley, MT(ASCP)
        M
        ichigan Department of Health and Human Services, Lansing, MI

        Barbara Robinson-Dunn, Ph.D., D(ABMM), FAAM
        Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, MI 48073

        Level: Intermediate Contact Hours: 3.5
        Lectures, discussion, cases

        This workshop brings national experts to analyze the prevalence of tuberculosis in its current epidemiology. New technologies used for the identification of mycobacteria will be presented along with the implementation of methods for the identification of resistance to antimicrobial agents.

        Objectives:  At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

        1. Describe the epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis including multi-drug resistant and extremely drug resistant isolates.
        2. Become knowledgeable of molecular identification of acid-fast bacteria and when this type of testing is necessary.
        3. Discuss rapid detection of resistance to the anti-mycobacterial agents.

        Additional Information:

        Our conference will be held at the Kalahari Resorts, Sandusky, Ohio.

        Reserve your Hotel NOW. DEADLINE for the SCACM rate is March 1, 2019.

        • Make your Reservations online at https://stayoh.kalahariresorts.com/ohio#groupSignInEnter Booking ID 27747 code when prompted, press continue and follow on-screen instructions. 
        • SCACM rates for standard rooms that sleep up to 4 guests start at $129. Please note the RESORT FEE is WAIVED. There is a 13.75% state and local tax.
        • Some rooms that will allow for 2 extra guests to be added at $25 plus tax/person/day.
        • Limited number of rooms at the same rate for those planning to stay Saturday night.
        • Group rates available for various styles of rooms.  Call the Kalahari for details. 
        • Best rates for various styles of rooms is based on availability and time of reservation. Please register early for the best rate.
        • The number for reservations is 1- 877-525-2427.
        • Mention South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology to receive the Group rate.  
        • NOTE: There is a first night deposit charged to your credit card.  Reservations canceled 72 hours or more prior to the date of Arrival receive a refund of the deposit, minus a $25 cancellation fee. Reservations canceled within 72 hours of the date of arrival forfeit the entire deposit.
        • 22 Mar 2019
        • 8:00 AM
        • 23 Mar 2019
        • 12:30 PM
        • Kalahari Resorts, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
        Register

        Please join us at our 2019 SPRING MEETING/SYMPOSIUM:

        (Corporate Partners: If your company has not yet explored opportunities at our 2019 Spring Meeting, please see our Corporate Support Registration Form for more information.)

          To Begin your MEETING/SYMPOSIUM Registration:

          • Login to your Member Portal to qualify for Member Rates.  Contact scacm@scacm.org if you need help with your portal login.
          • Scroll through the list of opportunities (h thru v) and then at the end of these instructions click "Register" to provide  us with your contact information and select your specific opportunities.
          • If you wish to pay by Purchase Order,  Invoice, or Check, select "Invoice Me" at the end of your registration.
          • If you also wish to attend our Workshops on Wednesday, please complete a WORKSHOP Registration form.

          Additional Information:

          Our conference will be held at the Kalahari Resorts, Sandusky, Ohio.

          Reserve your Hotel NOW. DEADLINE for the SCACM rate is March 1, 2019.

          • Make your Reservations online at https://stayoh.kalahariresorts.com/ohio#groupSignInEnter Booking ID 27747 code when prompted, press continue and follow on-screen instructions. 
          • SCACM rates for standard rooms that sleep up to 4 guests start at $129. Please note the RESORT FEE is WAIVED. There is a 13.75% state and local tax.
          • Some rooms that will allow for 2 extra guests to be added at $25 plus tax/person/day.
          • Limited number of rooms at the same rate for those planning to stay Saturday night.
          • Group rates available for various styles of rooms.  Call the Kalahari for details. 
          • Best rates for various styles of rooms is based on availability and time of reservation. Please register early for the best rate.
          • The number for reservations is 1- 877-525-2427.
          • Mention South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology to receive the Group rate.  
          • NOTE: There is a first night deposit charged to your credit card.  Reservations canceled 72 hours or more prior to the date of Arrival receive a refund of the deposit, minus a $25 cancellation fee. Reservations canceled within 72 hours of the date of arrival forfeit the entire deposit.


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