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August 2023: Blood & Microbiology Digital Forum

Join Today's Clinical Lab and our speakers at our virtual Blood & Microbiology Digital Forum on August 23, 2023

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You're invited to the Today's Clinical Lab Blood & Microbiology Digital Forum event! Join us and our special guest speakers August 23, 2023, for a live virtual event.

This one-day virtual event will bring together blood and microbiology experts to share their latest findings and knowledge on emerging pathogens, as well as new perspectives and techniques in microbiology, blood banking, and transfusion medicine. 

During each live presentation, our experts will field questions from the audience. All registrants will have access to the recordings after the presentation. Register for free for updates and guidance on emerging pathogens and new perspectives in blood and microbiology from key clinical Thought Leaders.


Emerging Pathogens Update: Pathology, Transmission, Treatment, and Prevention 

Presented by Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, MS, SM(ASCP)CM, SVCM, MBCM, FACSc

Time: 11:00 AM ET

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Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, is University Distinguished Regents’ Professor and chair of the Medical Laboratory Science Program in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University, where he also serves as the associate director of the Translational Health Research Center. He holds certifications as a specialist in virology, specialist in microbiology, and molecular biologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Rohde is considered a subject matter expert in rabies and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), infection prevention and control, as well as other public health and med lab topics. Find Rohde on LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter @RodneyRohde and @TXST_CLS.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases defines “emerging infectious diseases/pathogens” as those “that have newly appeared in a population or have existed but are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range.” The 21st century has seen a concerning number of old foes and novel microbial agents emerge (or reemerge) globally. SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Nipah, Marburg, Candida auris, ringworm, antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, and many other dangerous microbes are in the headlines daily. 

After attending this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Describe the microbiology (culture and identification) and epidemiology of several examples of emerging/reemerging pathogens.
  2. Define and identify the pathology, transmission, treatment, and prevention of several examples of emerging/reemerging pathogens.
  3. Correlate the global and local factors that may contribute to the ongoing emergence of these various pathogens.

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Preparing MLT and MLS Graduates for Transfusion Practices

Presented by Tiffany Gill, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, and Tiffany Channer, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM

Time: 12:30 PM ET

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Tiffany Gill, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, is a tenured professor of the MLT program at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, MD. She is an ASCP Board of Certification Hematology Exam Committee member, founded the “Medical Lab Lady Gill” YouTube channel, and created the National Hematology

The fields of blood banking and microbiology are quickly advancing with automated methods that are not always taught in current educational and training programs. Content outlines of the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) exam are being continually revised to add new technologies, but program curriculums remain a step behind because of implementation timelines, leading to knowledge gaps for MLT and MLS graduates.

In this webinar, professor Tiffany Gill, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, and Tiffany Channer, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, discuss the current landscape of transfusion medicine, how it is reflected in MLT and MLS program curriculums, and how it compares to the ASCP BOC exam.

Gill and Channer will also discuss best practices for training new employees in transfusion services, including an outline of strategic DOs and DON’Ts within transfusion medicine, assuring patient safety and successful career growth.

Photo portrait of Tiffany Channer, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM
Tiffany Channer, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, is the quality systems manager at a local community hospital in Yonkers, New York. Channer’s 15 years of experience span from blood bank lab scientist to lab management. She recruits for the profession as the ASCP Member at Large Board Member and past chair of the Council of Laboratory Professionals.


  • Describe current technologies and skills used in transfusion medicine
  • Discuss challenges MLT and MLS programs face when preparing new graduates for ASCP certification and possible solutions
  • Describe best practices for training new employees in transfusion services while assuring patient safety

Clinical Microbiology: Keeping Up with New Tools and Resources

Presented by Luis Plaza, MLS (ASCP)CM

Time: 2:00 PM ET

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Luis Plaza, MLS (ASCP)CM, is a lead medical laboratory scientist in microbiology at a hospital system in Orlando, FL. He is also the microbiology instructor for the Medical Laboratory Sciences program at the University of Central Florida. With a desire to teach, learn, and share information, Plaza created the Let’s Talk Micro podcast, where he discusses organisms and reactions, and speaks with experts relevant to the field of microbiology.

Medical laboratory scientists in microbiology labs perform a wide variety of tasks: culture plating, susceptibility testing, molecular testing, and more. Recently, there have been tremendous advances in the field of microbiology, including molecular testing and instrumentation. With these advances comes a great deal of new information that is constantly being updated, e.g., the names of organisms and pathogens are changed, susceptibility testing is updated, and more. How do we keep up? 

In this webinar, Luis Plaza, MLS (ASCP)CM, will discuss the challenges that medical laboratory scientists encounter in the field, outline how to best prepare for these challenges, and explore several in-laboratory and online tools and resources through which clinical microbiologists can access new information to continue to successfully perform their tasks and maintain the standard of care in their clinical microbiology lab. 

After this webinar, you will be able to

  • Understand the challenges in the clinical microbiology laboratory
  • Successfully prepare for these challenges
  • Define the key tools and resources needed to keep up with changes in the field

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