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Science Connection Central Adds Innovative Learning Destinations to Annual Meeting

This year's ASCP Annual Meeting promises to be an exceptional, international event for your entire laboratory team. Hosted at the Venetian-Palazzo in Las Vegas, this meeting will partner with the WASPaLM XXVI World Congress and promises to feature amazing learning experiences for pathologists, residents and lab professionals.

Many innovations are planned for this year's American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Oct.19 -22. As host to the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM) XXVI World Congress, ASCP's meeting will be a center of international pathology and laboratory science specialists, innovative interactive technologies, webcasts for virtual attendees, industry-sponsored educational sessions, and more.

Science Connection Central (SCC), a new component of the ASCP meeting, will cater to meeting attendees interested in nontraditional educational formats. This destination housed in the Exhibit Hall will be composed of several new educational activities including the "Hands on the Future Learning Lab," a virtual laboratory where guests will learn about and use cutting-edge laboratory tools.

Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, FASCP, MT(ASCP), Chair of Annual Meeting Education Working Group, said the SCC will provide an opportunity for increased networking and alternative learning at the meeting.

"The self-directed nature of many of the activities in Science Connection Central puts attendees in control of their own education," Dr. Sanford said. "They can spend as little or as much time as they wish with each learning destination, honing their skills in recognition and diagnosis of various disease states and clinical issues."

The SCC will also include a Case-of-the-Day kiosk that will offer attendees an opportunity to solve a series of challenging clinical cases that change each day. This year's PATHWays self-directed learning experience will feature an educational module on lymphomas of the skin, where participants will use iPods as part of the learning experience. Also, the SCC will house a Platform Poster Theater for oral presentations of selected scientific and laboratory practice abstract posters.

"Our theme for this meeting is 'A Global View of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine' and the impact this has on our patients around the world," she said. "Hosting WASPaLM and opening the meeting to a virtual audience shows ASCP's dedication to this global way of thinking now and into the future."

"We continue to be focused on providing an interactive experience for those who attend and those who cannot," said ASCP Executive Vice President E. Blair Holladay, PhD, SCT(ASCP)CM. "Science Connection Central will keep the focus on science while providing a unique knowledge exchange."