Webinars

Total Laboratory Automation in Clinical Microbiology
In Progress, archives available
Level of instruction: Intermediate

This P.A.C.E.®-accredited, intermediate-level series aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the available systems, give an introduction to developing a business case for adoption of total laboratory automation, address regulatory considerations, review the impact of implementation including changes in workflow and culture workup, describe innovations in automated imaging, and provide insight through shared experiences of early system adopters. This series will be of interest to those considering implementing laboratory automation, as well as those laboratories who have recently adopted this technology.

 

An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Advanced Susceptibility Testing and Emerging Technologies
2017 Series, Currently Available On Demand
Level of instruction: Advanced

This P.A.C.E. ®-accredited four-part webinar series on antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) in the clinical microbiology laboratory focuses on cases regarding situations in which specialized susceptibility testing for organisms other than common, rapidly-growing aerobic bacteria should be performed. Topics include AST for fastidious bacteria, anaerobic bacteria, yeasts, filamentous fungi, and nontuberculosis mycobacteria. This course will provide a foundation on antifungal and anti-mycobacterial drug classes, their modes of action, spectrum of activity, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), and common mechanisms of resistance. Part three of a three-part series.

 

An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Fundamentals of Susceptibility Testing, Reporting, and Test Validation
2017 Series, Currently Available On Demand
Level of instruction: Beginner

The purpose of this P.A.C.E. ®-accredited five-part webinar series is to provide the fundamentals of AST in the clinical microbiology laboratory, delivering foundational information on antibiotic classes, their modes of action, spectrum of activity, and breakpoint determination and interpretations, and more. Additional sessions discuss the methods used and theory behind manual and automated susceptibility testing. This short webinar series provides an introductory curriculum for laboratory technologists to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform and interpret antimicrobial susceptibility and effectively report results. Part one of a three-part series.

An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Mechanisms of Resistance, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Infection Prevention
2017 Series, Currently Available On Demand
Level of instruction: Intermediate

The purpose of this P.A.C.E. ®-accredited five-part webinar series is to provide thorough coverage of key issues encountered when performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) within the clinical laboratory, including the detection of common and novel resistance mechanisms and the utility of antibiograms and antimicrobial stewardship in infection prevention. Part two of a three-part series. 
 

Molecular Diagnostics: Applications for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases
2017 Series, Currently Available On Demand
Level of instruction: Intermediate

The development and application of molecular techniques in clinical laboratories has revolutionized the diagnosis of infectious diseases. Implementation of molecular methods has significantly reduced the time to microbial pathogen identification and increased the sensitivity and detection rate of infectious agents.

This intermediate-level webinar series will provide an in-depth review of current trends and challenges associated with molecular diagnostic methods as they are used in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Specifically, the series will highlight technological advances that are occurring in the field of molecular diagnostics and how these methods are being applied in clinical microbiology. Furthermore, issues such as how molecular methods are being used to diagnose syndromic infections and identify antimicrobial resistance will be reviewed. Throughout the series, case examples will be used to highlight important advantages and limitations that should be considered prior to routine implementation of molecular methods. A unique feature of this webinar series is that for a subset of the presentations, ASM will partner with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to provide the perspective of the clinical laboratorian and the Infectious Diseases provider on the use and interpretation of molecular tests.

Molecular Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases: Practical Webinars for Clinical Laboratorians and Healthcare Providers (Self-Study Series)
2016 Series, Currently Available On Demand
Level of instruction: Intermediate

The development and application of molecular techniques in the clinical laboratories have revolutionized the approaches to diagnosing and monitoring infectious diseases. Implementation of molecular technologies has significantly enhanced the laboratory diagnosis of infectious and traditional methodologies, such as viral cultures, are becoming increasingly obsolete.

This beginner series is intended to provide an introduction to basic molecular methodologies, followed by approaches to laboratory design/workflow for molecular testing, quality control/assurance programs and regulatory issues, verification and implementation of FDA-approved and non-FDA approved tests, quantitative assays and standards, and mass spectrometry.

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