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ASM Clinical Microbiology 101:
June 7, 2018

ASM Clinical Microbiology 101 Course Organizers

William Dunne, bioMérieux, Co-Chair
Susan Sharp, Co-Chair
Joseph Campos, Children’s National Hospital
Jane Hata, Mayo Clinic in Florida

Yvette McCarter, University of Florida
Sandra Richter, Cleveland Clinic
Omai Garner, University of California, Los Angeles

Meeting Location

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313

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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