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International Pathology Day

2012 ASCP Annual Meeting: Distinguished Laboratory Professionals Deliver Educational Sessions to Keep Ahead in the Fast-Paced Profession

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting offers four energizing days of scientific learning with real-life lessons. Featuring renowned leaders in pathology and laboratory medicine such as David Glenn, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CM, Gene L. Gulati, PhD, SH(ASCP)DLM, and Sean M. Tucker, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, the meeting will address the latest trends and topics of prime importance for the entire laboratory team as it continues to take on greater importance in patient care.

“For the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, we have increased the opportunities for more interactive and hands-on learning through Science Connection Central and our educational sessions. The educational sessions for laboratory professionals are designed to keep them ahead of the fast pace of change in the profession.”
—Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, MASCP
This year’s Annual meeting held in Boston from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 presents a complete slate of brand-new offerings from many of the most respected names in the profession. Education sessions will underscore latest evidence-based research and best practices, as well as pivotal issues impacting medical laboratory professionals at all levels.

Distinguished experts will highlight critical areas of value for the field, including global health care, cancer prevention and detection, and appropriate test utilization. “For the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, we have increased the opportunities for more interactive and hands-on learning through Science Connection Central and our educational sessions,” said Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, MASCP, Chair, Education Working Group of the ASCP Annual Meeting Steering Committee. “The educational sessions for laboratory professionals are designed to keep them ahead of the fast pace of change in the profession.”

Highlights among the many engaging offerings include:

David Glenn, MLS(ASCP)CM, MASCP, will present 50 Ways to Lead Your Laboratory on Nov. 2. This session will help you do more with less by developing Shared Management Work Teams that improve productivity, raise morale, and increase staff retention. The session will also explore ways that laboratory managers can keep motivated while creating a motivational environment for their staff.

A Systematic Approach to Grading Blood Cell Morphology presented on Nov. 1 by Gene L. Gulati, PhD, SH(ASCP)DLM, addresses the varied approach to grading morphology among laboratory professionals and laboratories in this interactive session. To standardize or at least enhance the consistency in the approach to grading and reporting blood cells morphology, Dr. Gulati has published a grading guide. In this session, he will explain how the recommended system works.

Donna K. Russell, MS, CT(ASCP)HT, presents Challenging Cases for the Cytopathology Professional During Immediate Assessment. Are You Prepared? on Oct. 31. Image-guided fine needle aspirations (FNA) will be highlighted. Also, radiologic findings, clinical history, and cytologic criteria will be presented from many contemporary image-guided techniques. Billing guidelines will be discussed and case studies from a variety of techniques will be demonstrated along with ancillary testing. Techniques include endoscopic ultrasound-guided FNA, endoscopic ultrasound guided FNA, Super Dimension bronchial FNA, CAT-scan image-guided FNA, and ultrasound-guided FNA.

Synchronous Detection of miRNA, Its Target and Downstream Protein in Transferred FFPE Section and Application in Clinical Diagnosis and Basic Research presented Nov. 2 by Shiying Cui, PhD, HT(ASCP)CM, will describe a method to qualitatively detect the expression of miRMA, its target, and downstream proteins on the series transferred formaldehyde fixed-paraffin embedded tissue sections by in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry staining.

Laboratory Medicine in the Midst of Disaster on Nov. 3 presented by Sean M. Tucker, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, Carla Orner, MBA, MT(ASCP), and Connie Wilkins, MSHA, MT(ASCP), looks at how to prepare for the unexpected. Heart to Heart International (HHI) has responded to disasters for 20 years. Point of care technology has opened the opportunity for laboratory professionals to accompany other medical professionals in the first wave of care givers. HHI working with pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists from Vanderbilt University developed a Laboratory Disaster Backpack to include essential testing. Details about instruments, reagents, procedures, and communication in disaster will be shared, including experiences from tornados, earthquakes, and tsunami. This presentation will include competency training for volunteers willing to respond to a disaster.

To find out more and to register for the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting visit www.ascp.org/2012-annual-meeting/Education.html.


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