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CLSI/APHL: Microbiology Series

 
CLSI/APHL: Microbiology Series
Teleconference
588-654-09
Sponsored by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute and the Association of Public Health Laboratories
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CLSI/APHL: Microbiology Series (4 programs) 10% savings
March 19, 2009 Do it Quick! Rapid Identification Methods Using CLSI Document M35-A
April 7, 2009      Smear, Grow, Amplify: Mycobacteria Detection and Identification
April 23, 2009    On Target: Using Molecular Tests as Diagnostic Tools for Infectious Agents
June 4, 2009      Antibiograms: Developing Cumulative Reports for Your Clinicians
 
CLSI/APHL Microbiology Series                         
Location: Teleconference
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2009
 
Do it Quick! Rapid Identification Methods Using CLSI Document M35-A
Program Date:  March 19, 2009
Program Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET)                       
Registration Deadline: March 17, 2009
Description:
This updated version of the original guideline for abbreviated identification of bacteria and yeast adds more organisms and more rapid tests for laboratories to quickly and efficiently identify many pathogens (and characterize non-pathogens) of clinical importance. With increasing focus on bioterrorism agents, this teleconference reflects on new practices and new recommendations for ruling out some of the more important microbes on the lists of potential threatening agents. Microbiologists in both the developing and developed world should find protocols and ideas ready for immediate implementation in this CLSI document. 
Objectives:
At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:
·        Identify a number of rapid biochemical assays and phenotypical characteristics to          
         provide organism group specificity to clinicians.
·        Develop practice guidelines to ensure safe laboratory work practices.
Faculty:
Ellen Jo Baron, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Director, Clinical Microbiology & Virology Labs
Prof Pathology
Stanford U Med Center
Palo Alto, CA 94304 
 
Smear, Grow, Amplify: Mycobacteria Detection and Identification
Program Date:  April 7, 2009
Program Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM (ET)                       
Location: Teleconference
Registration Deadline: April 5, 2009
Description:
This teleconference introduces the scope of the problem for the clinical laboratory and the significance of infections caused by Mycobacteria. Using the CLSI document, "Laboratory Detection and Identification of Mycobacteria. M48-A“as a guideline, important aspects regarding safety practices and clinical significance of mycobacterial species isolated from clinical specimens will be discussed. Additionally, key issues reviewed include acceptable specimen types, collection and transport, and storage of specimens submitted to the laboratory for mycobacterial detection. Finally, critical aspects for the successful detection of mycobacteria by smear; direct detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by amplification, and culture as well subsequent identification is addressed. 
Objectives:
At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:
·        Identify the laboratory roles in the diagnosis of infections caused by mycobacteria.
·        Discuss the key issues regarding acceptable specimen handling for mycobacterial detection.
·        List the critical aspects for the successful detection of mycobacteria.
Faculty:
Betty A. Forbes, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(AAM)
Professor, Pathology and Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
Medical College of Virginia Campus
Richmond, VA 
 
On Target: Using Molecular Methods Tests as DIagnostic Tools for Infectious Agents
Program Date:  April 23, 2009
Program Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM (ET)                       
Location: Teleconference
Registration Deadline: April 21, 2009
Description:
DNA target amplification and sequencing to detect and identify bacteria, mycobacteria and fungi has emerged as an important diagnostic tool. During the past decade, clinical laboratories have increasingly relied upon sequence-based methods to characterize microorganisms isolated from culture and occasionally, to detect pathogens directly from patient samples. This powerful approach has also significantly broadened our understanding of the microbial diversity associated with human health and disease. The session will use a laboratory case-based approach to discuss the identification of bacteria and fungi by DNA target amplification and sequencing in the clinical laboratory. 
Objectives:
At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:
·        Define the optimal DNA targets and size of targets for amplification and sequencing of bacteria and fungi.
·        Describe the specific indications for multi-locus DNA target sequencing to better classify microorganisms by single-target sequencing.
·        Explain the CLSI guidelines to establish interpretive criteria for identification of bacteria and fungi by DNA target sequencing.
Faculty:
Cathy A. Petti, MD
Infectious Diseases
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA 
 
Antibiograms: Developing Cumulative Reports for Your Clinicians
Program Date:  June 4, 2009
Program Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET)                       
Location: Teleconference
Registration Deadline: June 2, 2009
Description:
Most healthcare facilities prepare cumulative antibiogram reports to help guide clinicians with empiric therapy decisions. CLSI Guideline, M39-A3 contains recommendations for preparing the cumulative antibiogram report. The new 2009 edition contains expanded suggestions for segregating certain types of data when these might be useful in select situations.  
Objectives:
At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:
·        Describe recommendations for preparing cumulative antibiograms as found in the CLSI M39-A3 Guideline.
·        Discuss problems that may be encountered in calculating %S statistics and how these can be addressed.
·        Discuss the changes made to the new CLSI M39-A3 to “enhance” cumulative antibiograms.
Faculty:
Janet Hindler, MCLS MT (ASCP)
Sr. Specialist, Clinical Microbiology
UCLA Medical Center
APHL Consultant
Los Angeles, CA 
 
Who Should Attend:
This intermediate-level program is appropriate for pathologists, residents, students, and laboratory scientists working in clinical, public health, and academic settings.
Continuing Education Credit: The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. Participants will be awarded 1.0 contact hour for each program they successfully complete. P.A.C.E. ® is accepted by all licensure states except Florida. Florida continuing education credit will be offered based on 1.0 hour of instruction.
Site Registration:
·        Registration fee per site (for one phone line): $675.00 for series plus access to the archived programs for six months (>10% savings) or $195 for each teleconference plus access to archived program for six months.
·        Select a Site Facilitator. This needs to be someone who can receive all communication via e-mail.
·        Site Facilitator must register.
·        If you have difficulty with the online registration process, please e-mail registrar@aphl.orgor call 240.485.2727 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET). After your facility’s registration is confirmed, the Site Facilitator will receive all necessary instructions and paperwork via e-mail.
·        You may pay online using a credit card. If you would like to pay by check, please request a registration form from the APHL Registrar at 240-485-2727. Send a check made out to “APHL” to PO Box 79117, Baltimore, MD, 21279-0117.  Be sure to attach a registration form and include the number of the course on the check.  If no registration form is received your check will be deposited but you may not be registered for the course or get a confirmation notice. We do not accept purchase orders. We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations
Special Needs and Information:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations should notify the NLTN at least two weeks prior to the course. For more information call 800-536-NLTN or 240.485.2727.