5898     A Look at Blood Smears Utilizing Real Time Microscopy
8:30 am - 4:30 pm     6.5 CMLE Credits

Gene L. Gulati, PhD, SH(ASCP)DLM
Associate Director, Hematology Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Clinical Professor of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA

While automation has taken over the mundane task of performing differentials on normal blood specimens, you’re left with the important task of reading abnormal blood smears. But, do you need help in recognizing and identifying abnormal findings in a blood smear without asking for assistance from your more experienced peers? Attend this unique workshop to increase your morphology skills, make yourself more valuable in the workplace, and contribute to optimum patient care. You’ll participate in identifying the abnormal erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets of the various hematological disorders while viewing representative blood smears, projected on a large screen by video microscopy.

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

Dr. Gulati is an excellent speaker. Very hands-on and makes it 'real' for the participant. Question and answer session most helpful.”

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.”

9015       Improving Quality: QC is More than Statistics!
8:30 am - 4:00 pm     6.0 CMLE Credits

Sharon L. Ehrmeyer, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Director, MT/CLS Program; Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Are you a new supervisor or manager faced with developing or rejuvenating your laboratory’s QC program? Are you wondering which QC rule to select to meet quality goals and regulatory requirements, how to fit method validation data into quality needs and QC rule selection, how to interpret and respond to QC data including out-of-control situations, and how to fit all this information into a total quality assessment process to better ensure quality test results? Are you wondering what risk management and EQC are all about? This interactive workshop will provide you with information and tools to understand the important elements of an effective QC program and to transform your current practices into valuable resources for ensuring quality test results. In addition, you’ll gain an overview of risk management and EQC. Audience participation, case studies, and exercises will reinforce the information presented. 

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

“Understanding QC better and its appropriate use. Finally, a clear explanation of Westgard rules and how to apply them.”