ASM Clinical Microbiology 101: June 7

Thursday, June 7 

Morning: Basic Course
8:00 a.m.  Opening Remarks and Outline of the Agenda
     Speaker: Willian Dunne

8:05 a.m.


The Clinical Microbiology Lab
     Speaker: Yvette McCarter

  • Purpose of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
    • Differences Between Academic and Community
      Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratories
    • Commercial Reference Laboratories
  • Role of the Laboratory Director
  • Role of the Clinical Laboratory with the Hospital
    • Antibiotic Stewardship Committees
    • Infection Control
    • Sepsis Initiatives
  • Metrics Used to Evaluate the Microbiology Lab

8:50 a.m.


The Basics of Clinical Microbiology

  • Identification of Microbial Pathogens
       Speaker: Yvette McCarter
    • Gram Positive and Negative Bacteria
    • Yeasts and Filamentous Fungi
    • Mycobacteria
    • Viruses

  • Techniques Used to Identify Microbial Pathogens
       Speaker: Yvette McCarter
    • Microscopy
    • Culture
    • Antigen Detection
    • Serology
    • Molecular Assays
  • Common Infectious Diseases and How They are
    Diagnosed by the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
       Speaker: Sandra Richter
    • Respiratory Tract Infections (upper and lower)
    • Gastrointestinal Tract Infections
    • Bloodstream Infections

9:50 a.m.


Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
   Speaker: Sandra Richter

  • Defining Antimicrobial Susceptibility
  • Methods Used for Susceptibility Testing
    • Agar Diffusion
    • Broth Dilution
    • Agar Dilution
  • Methods for Interpreting Results
    • Qualitative susceptibility results (S,I,R)
    • Quantitative susceptibility results
10:20 a.m. Break  

10:40 a.m.


Defining Laboratory Tests
   Speaker: Donna (Jane) Hata

  • Defining What Makes a Good Lab Test
  • Measuring Accuracy, Sensitivity, Specificity, PPV, NPV
  • How to Evaluate New Tests
  • Difference Between Qualitative and Quantitative Tests

11:05 a.m.


Managing Expectations
   Speaker: Donna (Jane) Hata

  • Timing Required to Implement New Tests
    • Internal Requirements (Data/IT Requirements)
    • External Requirements (CMS and CAP)
    • Typical Needs to Justify New Technology 
      (Outcome Studies, Health Economic/Outcome Models)
    • Realistic Time Estimates for Implementation
    • Validation, External QC and Proficiency
  • Process for Capital Purchase Approvals
  • Other Hospital / Lab Contacts
    • Microbiology Laboratory Manager/Supervisor
    • Microbiology Laboratory Director
    • Clinical Laboratory Director/Manager
    • Hospital Purchasing Personnel
    • ID Pharmacist
    • ID Physician
    • Infection Control Personnel
11:45 a.m.

Question & Answer Period

William Dunne
Yvette McCarter
Sandra Richter
Donna (Jane) Hata

12:00 p.m.  ADJOURN   
Afternoon: State-of-the-Art Course
1:30 p.m.  Opening Remarks and Outline of the Agenda  

1:35 p.m.      

State of the Art Presentation: Future Trends of Diagnostic Microbiology
Speaker: William Dunne


2:45 p.m.

State of the Art Presentation: How Healthcare Reimbursement
is Determined and the Role of Industry in that Determination
Speaker: Omai Garner


4:00 p.m.  ADJOURN