Molecular Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases: Practical Webinars for Clinical Laboratorians and Healthcare Providers

The development and application of molecular techniques in the clinical laboratories have revolutionized the approaches to diagnosing and monitoring infectious diseases. Implementation of molecular technologies has significantly enhanced the laboratory diagnosis of infectious and traditional methodologies, such as viral cultures, are becoming increasingly obsolete.

This beginner course is intended to provide an introduction to basic molecular methodologies, followed by approaches to laboratory design/workflow for molecular testing, quality control/assurance programs and regulatory issues, verification and implementation of FDA-approved and non-FDA approved tests, quantitative assays and standards, and mass spectrometry.

Level of Instruction:
Beginner.

Target Audience: This course is open to anyone who would like to participate. However, since it is a practical course, laboratory personnel (e.g., medical technologists, supervisors, and directors) with a minimum of a bachelors-degree and familiarity with clinical microbiology and molecular techniques would benefit the most.

Format: There are nine webinars and each will have a pre- or post-activity to enhance the impact of the presentation. The webinars' content does not build on the previous webinars in the series. All of the content is independent so learners can purchase only those that meet their needs.

The live webinar’s audio and video are presented via your computer. Learners who listen to the expert’s 50-minute presentation will have the opportunity to ask questions. The presentation will be recorded and available for viewing one week after the live event. Learners will receive an email once the recording is available. If you purchase a topic after the live event, you will only have access to the recording.

Date: The live webinars will be presented on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm. (EST). The first topic will be delivered October 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (EST); the live webinars will conclude on December 14, 2016.

Cost: The course is composed of nine topics and they can be purchased singularly or as a bundle. The cost is $30 (ASM members)/$45 (non-members) per topic or a bundle price of $250 (ASM members)/$373 (non-members) for all nine topics. The purchase price includes access to the live event, unlimited access to the recorded presentation for up to twelve months after the live event, and continuing education credit for the purchaser.

Visit http://asmscience.org/content/membership/all to become an ASM member.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit: Each presentation is approved for 1.0 P.A.C.E.® credit. CE credits can only be claimed by the purchaser. ASM is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. All presentations are recognized by the California Department of Health and Florida Department of Health and qualify for California and Florida CE credit toward license renewal.

If you watch the live version, you must claim your CE credits within three (3) days. If you do not, you will have to watch the recorded version in order to claim your CE credits.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to Basic Molecular Biology and Techniques
  • Implementation of Molecular in the Laboratory: Optimizing Space and Workflow
  • Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Regulatory Issues 
  • Verification of Quantitative Assays
  • Quantitative Assays and Standards
  • Verification of FDA Approved Tests
  • Verification of Non-FDA Approved Tests
  • MALDI-TOF: Routine Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacterial identification and implementation
  • MALDI-TOF: Additional Applications 

This educational course made possible through an unrestricted education grant from Roche Diagnostics.