Professional Practice Committee


The Professional Practice Committee’s (PPC) mission is to provide professional development opportunities and content to members to increase their skill, enhance their job performance and contribute to the profession. The PPC will serve the microbiology profession by representing clinical microbiologists and immunologists, microbiologists working in the pharmaceutical, environmental and food industries, and biological safety officers. Currently, the PPC oversees professional certification, accreditation of postgraduate clinical training programs, the clinical microbiology portal, mentoring for clinical microbiologists, and the Speakers' Bureau. The PPC also develops evidence-based and consensus-based practice guidelines and offers professional development opportunities. 

PPC's 2014-2015 Annual Report 

What does ASM have for Clinical Microbiologists?

Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes
An educational series for ASM members starting June 2015.


What's New in Professional Practice?

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American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM)

American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) Certification. Certifies the expertise of doctoral-level microbiologists seeking to direct medical and public health microbiology laboratories. ABMM certification is achieved by passing an online multiple-choice exam that is offered daily in the month of June at testing centers worldwide. Deadline: April 1, 2016


Evidence-based Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines

Two guidelines published: 1) "Urine Collection, Preservation, and Transport" and 2) "Effectiveness of Practices To Increase Timeliness of Providing Targeted Therapy for Inpatients with Bloodstream Infections".


2015 ABMLI Diplomates

The ABMLI welcomes six newly certified Diplomates.


Clinical Microbiology Portal

ASM together with CAP and CLSI are coordinating preparation and distribution of materials to help you address the CMS requirement for implementation of IQCP (Individualized Quality Control Plan) by January 1, 2016. Visit the Clinical Microbiology Portal for more information.