5759 Crucial Essentials: Hematology Morphology Case Studies
8:30 am - 4:30 pm 6.5 CMLE Credits

Susan S. Graham, MS, MT(ASCP)SHCM
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Hematology morphology can be confusing and confidence-depleting! If you are cross training or returning to the laboratory, this workshop is for you! You’ll gain a solid morphology foundation with a comprehensive review of erythrocytes (RBC) and leukocytes (WBC). Each description of the characteristics of these cellular elements found in peripheral blood will be followed by a series of illustrative cases. You will individually evaluate complete blood count (CBC) reports and their associated peripheral blood smears using an anonymous, computerized voting system. The actual results will be revealed and discussed by the group. Cases will range from the everyday to the unexpected, because morphologists need to be ready for both.

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

“Case studies and application of material presented were awesome.”

6709 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics: The How, What, and Why

8:30 am - 4:30 pm 6.5 CMLE Credits

William T. Bellamy, PhD, HCLD(ABB)
Director, Molecular Diagnostics Division, Department of Pathology; Professor of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Molecular diagnostics is one of the most rapidly growing disciplines within all clinical laboratories. Stay current with this in-depth presentation!

A review of the fundamental principles of molecular biology and nucleic acid chemistry, with emphasis on their application to human disease testing, will create a solid knowledge base in molecular diagnostics. Then, you’ll hear a discussion of specimen handling and storage, and critical aspects of the isolation and purification of DNA and RNA. Practical aspects of a molecular diagnostic laboratory will be covered, including commonly utilized techniques and instrumentation. The workshop will highlight qualitative and quantitative polymerase chain reaction methodologies and various hybridization-based methodologies. You’ll learn how to establish a test menu, deal with local expertise and work force issues, and resolve variables associated with assay validation. You’ll also learn about molecular testing for diagnosis and in monitoring patient response to drug therapy.

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

“Extremely knowledgeable, just right for lab personnel. Very clear explanations and practical application.”

9311 Mastering Phlebotomy Essentials

8:30 am - 4:00 pm 6.0 CMLE Credits

Shrita A. Smith, MS, MT(ASCP)
Manager, Global Technical Services, BD Diagnostics - Pre-Analytical Systems, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Lorraine L. Tyndall, MS, MT(ASCP)
Supervisor, Technical Services, BD Diagnostics-Pre-Analytical Systems, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Attend this session to enhance your phlebotomy technique and communication skills--vital factors for successful phlebotomy performance, for providing the best patient safety and care, and for enhancing the laboratory image. A discussion of customer service will highlight the need for clear, accurate, and speedy communication, with emphasis on identifying your customers and their very different requirements.  The technical side of phlebotomy and its critical role in producing accurate patient results will be addressed, including procedure modifications for challenging patients. Special attention will be paid to the important topic of preanalytical variables: how patient preparation, specimen collection, and handling affect patient results and how to obtain the highest quality sample. Case studies will reinforce the material presented. If you are a phlebotomist or teach phlebotomy, don’t miss this information-packed workshop!

Following this session, you will be able to:

“Topics presented were very thorough. Speakers worked well as a team and brought great practical applications.”