The 2021 Spring Seminar will be held on Friday, June 11 in a virtual format. Please see below for the draft schedule. Details and registration information to follow! 8:15-8:30 am Welcome
8:30- 9:30 am General Session Essential Communication Techniques: The Road to Great Leadership Anthony Kurec, MS, MASCP, H(ASCP), DLM It is essential to be able to communicate well in order to be a good manager, but more importantly, a good leader. Whether writing an email, a justification, or an annual report, or presenting your ideas in face-to-face encounters, clear, concise, and accurate communication is critical. How you express yourself in words and actions strongly contributes to how you will be perceived as a leader and as a person. While you may have the education and experiences that qualify you to share your ideas with others, the message will be lost if they are not presented well, resulting in a lack of faith in your abilities. In this session, the attendee will review some essentials to good writing, in addition to some ways of presenting information with clarity and comprehension. By communicating well, an image of an intelligent, professional laboratorian emerges. The ability to influence, engage, and lead others is predicated based on your ability to communicate well.
9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 10:45 am Molecular Testing of AML Silvia Spitzer, PhD, HCLD(MB) This session will give participants an overview of the molecular features of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The role of molecular testing in the detection, prognosis and treatment of the disease will be presented. Finally, AML testing utilizing next generation sequencing will be explained in detail.
10:45- 11:00 am Break
11:00 – 12:00 pm Cannabis- The “Spice” of Life Gregory Hobbs, PhD, DABCC, FACB A discussion of cannabis use, effects, and the rise of synthetic cannabinoids 12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00 pm Guidance on Common Laboratory Citations Nicole Colby, MLS(ASCP), SC Having a successful regulatory inspection with few (if any) citations is the goal of every laboratory. This presentation will discuss some of the most common citations, based on CMS’s Top 10 Deficiencies in the Nation list and my personal experience as part of an accreditation organization.
2:00 – 2:15pm Break
2:15 – 3:15 pm Sex a commodity: Sexually Transmitted Infections in Youth Afrinash Ahamad, MS, MLS(ASCP) A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection caused by a pathogen that is transmitted through sexual contact. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 20 million new cases of STI are reported each year in the United States. STIs have a substantial financial strain on the healthcare system. Although STIs are preventable and treatable, limited national efforts are evident in preventing STIs. COVID-19 has underscored the impact of social inequalities in the health system that disproportionately put racial and ethnic minority youth and women at greater risk of infections. STIs have serious health consequences, all the stakeholders should work effectively to address the rising number of STIs at the national level. Education is a crucial step in preventing the spread of STIs amongst youth.
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm What Would Your Subgroup B? Robina Colclough-Davy, MS, MLS(ASCP) This session will review the ABO blood group system antigens biochemistry, inheritance, and genetics. Proper identification of the ABO antigens are identified by serologic and molecular testing methods. A case report is discussed highlighting an ABO discrepancy seen in the laboratory due to the presence of an ABO subgroup.