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