An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Advanced Susceptibility Testing and Emerging Technologies
Starts October 11, 2017
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
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
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. 

ASM M(icro)OOCs Webinar Series: Improving Microbiology Students’ Quantitative Skills
Developed by ASM, in partnership with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project, this four-part webinar course is focused on increasing quantitative biology in undergraduate education. The course is coupled with an online mentoring network, where participants can share and develop curriculum. Each of the four 60-minute webinars will address common issues around teaching quantitative skills and reasoning, ranging from dilutions to graphing to data analysis. The program runs from September to December, 2016 and participants may join at any time with access to recorded sessions in the series.

Building Research Programs at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions

Starting a successful research program at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. In the BRP Online course, participants learn effective practices and approaches to establish successful research program with undergraduates. Participants perform a needs assessments their needs and create comprehensive plans for starting and/or advancing their research programs at their respective campuses. Topics covered include student selection, time management, and funding. This series is sponsored by the ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) program (grant # 1241970).

Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes

Currently Available On Demand
As diagnostic microbiology laboratories evolve from profit to cost centers in the era of declining reimbursements, the clinical microbiologist will need a better understanding of how technology can impact on the quality of patient care. In this course, we will explore the latest advances in technology for microbiology, some of the issues surrounding these methods, and the overall impact of these newer tests on patient care and health outcomes.

Molecular Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases: Practical Webinars for Clinical Laboratorians and Healthcare Providers
2017 Series, Currently Available On Demand
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 course 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. The webinars' content does not build on the previous webinars in the series. All of the content is independent so learners can purchase only those that meet their needs.


Molecular Diagnostics: Applications for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases
Currently Available On Demand
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.




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