ASCLS APHL Webinar Series


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 Schedule    Registration

ASCLS & the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) partner to offer this outstanding series to ASCLS members at a discount.  Learn from laboratory experts and timely topics!  Use for recertification or licensure CE needs.

Registration is by site; ASCLS members must use the DISCOUNT CODE emailed to you to receive the member price. (Didn't get it?  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) Register for the LIVE event and get access to the archived version for 6 months!  Useful for lab-wide CE!  See schedule and registration information below.


 2015 Spring Schedule  

Each teleconference session takes place on Thursdays

10:00 AM Pacific, 11:00 AM Mountain Time, 12 Noon Central, 1:00 PM Eastern


Live Date:  February 12, 2015

Competency Assessment in the Transfusion Service

P.A.C.E.® - approved for 1 contact hour

DESCRIPTION:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans to ensure quality laboratory testing. Each laboratory must design their own competency assessment  program to verify that their personnel have the ability to apply their skills, knowledge and experience to perform their laboratory duties correctly. This, in itself, is a daunting challenge for any laboratory. During this program, the speaker will provide a strategy for designing a competency assessment   program and form templates that could be used to document competency assessment activities.

SPEAKER:  Suzanne H. Butch, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBBCM, DLMCM, Administrative Manager, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, MI

AUDIENCE: This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.

Click here to download the brochure and learn more about this webinar.

P.A.C.E.® credit available through August 12, 2015 via the archived session! 

 


Live Date:  March 19, 2015
 
Laboratory Monitoring of the New Oral Anticoagulants

P.A.C.E.® - approved for 1 contact hour

DESCRIPTION:  Physician are prescribing new oral anticoagulants to more and more patients for treatment and long term prevention of thrombosis. One of the advantages of these new drugs over current warfarin treatment is they do not require monitoring. However, as these NOACs (novel oral anticoagulants) are being used more frequently and concomitantly with other drugs, detection may be warranted in some patients. The laboratory has minimal options to be able to provide the clinician with answers. This program will present an overview of these drugs, their intended use and some cases that demonstrate how laboratories can respond to this challenging need.

SPEAKER:  Donna D. Castellone, MS, MT(ASCP)SH, Quality Manager for Specialty   Testing, Supervisor of Special Coagulation and Hematology, New York   Presbyterian-Columbia, New York, NY

AUDIENCE: This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical and academic settings.

Click here to download the brochure and learn more about this webinar.

P.A.C.E.® credit available through September 19, 2015 via the archived session! 

 


 Live Date:  April 16, 2015
 
A Rational Approach to Emerging Pathogen Biosafety Considerations

P.A.C.E.® - approved for 1 contact hour

DESCRIPTION:  Microbiology laboratories are facing a challenge from a growing list of emerging pathogens. The biosafety considerations regarding test performance from specimens that may contain these emerging pathogens present a serious concern to staff and management. Labs must be prepared to deal with the risk so that patient care can be provided.  This program will provide a step-by-step approach that can be used to assess the risk and make sure the lab is prepared.

SPEAKER:  Michael A. Pentella, PhD, D(ABMM), Director, Bureau of Laboratory Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Jamaica Plain, MA

AUDIENCE: This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health, research, veterinary and
academic settings.

Click here to download the brochure and learn more about this webinar.

P.A.C.E.® credit available through October 16, 2015 via the archived session! 

 


 2014 Archived Fall Webinars

Live date:  September 18, 2014

E Pluribus Unum in the Laboratory:

Thyroid Testing as an Example

P.A.C.E.® - approved for 1 contact hour

DESCRIPTION:  Ideally, clinical laboratory results should be equivalent, regardless of where or how they are produced. This is important for individual patients, who may visit different healthcare systems during the course of their treatment. But it is also vital to the success of clinical practice guidelines that utilize laboratory test results to identify patients and to determine their management. There are two approaches to this goal, standardization and harmonization, depending on whether or not a "gold standard" reference measurement procedure is available. These approaches will be illustrated, using free T4 and thyrotropin (TSH) as examples.


SPEAKER:  James D. Faix, MD, Medical Director of Chemistry & Immunology, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA

AUDIENCE: This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.

Click here to download the brochure and learn more about this webinar.

P.A.C.E.® credit available through March 18, 2015 via the archived session! 

 


Live date:  October 9, 2014

MALDI-TOF for Beginners

P.A.C.E.® - approved for 1 contact hour


DESCRIPTION:  Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (MALDI-TOF) has been described as a “Revolution in Microbiology”. Since its introduction, just a few years ago, MALDI-TOF has demonstrated operational cost effectiveness, accuracy of identification and reductions in result times.  These advantages offer clinical microbiology laboratories a useful tool to meet today’s challenges while assisting the clinician with better, more accurate and timely information. This program will describe the technology, the workflow and results as published in the literature.


SPEAKER:  George Goedesky, Vice President, MALDI Biotyper, Bruker Daltonics, Billerica, MA

AUDIENCE: This basic-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.

Click here to download the brochure and learn more about this webinar.

P.A.C.E.® credit available through April 9, 2015 via the archived session!

 


 Live date:  October 30, 2014

Meningococcal Update:  Cases of Serogroup B
What Every Laboratorian Needs to Know!

P.A.C.E.® - approved for 1 contact hour


DESCRIPTION:  Meningococcal vaccines routinely used in the United States protect against most types of meningococcal disease caused by serogroups A, C, W and Y,but they do not prevent all cases. Last year, universities in New Jersey and California experienced outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease. Serogroup B is not covered by any vaccine licensed in the US. Join us as we discuss the outbreak of serogroup B invasive meningococcal disease associated with a New Jersey University in 2013 and the public health response. The program will describe the characterization of this serogroup B strain and the genetic relatedness of the outbreak strain to other meningococcal strains in the US. It will also provide an overview of the out-break investigation from a laboratory perspective and review appropriate biosafety precautions for laboratorians working with Neisseria meningitidis isolates.


SPEAKERS:  Barbara Montana, MD, MPH, FACP, Medical Director, Communicable Disease Service, New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, NJ
Leonard Mayer, PhD, Depute Branch Chief of Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Disease, Division of Bacterial Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

AUDIENCE: This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.

Click here to download the brochure and learn more about this webinar.

P.A.C.E.® credit available through April 30, 2015 via the archived session! 

 


Registration Information

 Registration fee per site per webinar:

  • $135 for ASCLS members and APHL Training Coordinators - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for discount code
  • $150 for non-members

Price includes unlimited access to the archived webinar for six months.

Site facilitator must register online at www.aphl.org/courses/ASCLS with credit card.

NEW for 2014 - register for 2014/2015 archived webinars at $25/person.  This option provides limited access to the archived webinar and CEUs for only one person.  Register using the form below or visit www.aphl.org/courses/ASCLS.

Paying by check?  Download the registration form below: 

Having difficulty with the online registration process? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 240.485.2727 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET.

After your facility' registration is confirmed, the site facilitator will receive all necessary instructions and paperwork via email.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals seeking special accommodations should submit their request in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please allow sufficient time for APHL to make arrangements, which is normally at least three weeks prior to start date of the course. For more information call 800.536.6586.

P.A.C.E.® - approved for 1 contact hour