An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Fundamentals of Susceptibility Testing, Reporting, and Test Validation

The purpose of this P.A.C.E. ®-accredited five-part webinar series is to provide the fundamentals of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) in the clinical microbiology laboratory. The series delivers foundational information on antibiotic classes, their modes of action, spectrum of activity, breakpoint determination and interpretations, and more. Additional sessions discuss the methods used and theory behind manual and automated susceptibility testing. This short webinar series provides an introductory curriculum for laboratory technologists to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform and interpret antimicrobial susceptibility and effectively report results. Subsequent AST webinar series Parts 2 and 3 will follow later in 2017.

Level of Instruction: Beginner.

Target Audience: Laboratory Technologists. 

Format: There are five 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.

This webinar is sold to individuals and not to institutions; therefore the purchaser’s webinar login access should not be share with others.

Date: The live webinars will be presented on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm. (EST). The first topic will be delivered January 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). Live webinars will conclude on February 8, 2017; however the recordings will be available on-demand for one year following the live presentation.

Cost: The series is composed of five topics and they can be purchased singularly or as a bundle. The cost is $30 (ASM & CLSI members)/$45 (non-members) per topic or a bundle price of $138 (ASM & CLSI members)/$207 (non-members) for all five 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. If you are a CLSI member, contact CLSI Marketing Contact, Shannon Sullivan at ssullivan@clsi.org for the coupon code to take advantage of the member price. The CLSI coupon code cannot be used on top of an ASM member price.

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 Florida Department of Health and qualify for Florida CE credit toward license renewal.

The California Department of Health Services accepts P.A.C.E.® credits for 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 Antimicrobials, presented by Christopher Doern, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.
  • Understanding Manual Antimicrobial Susceptibility Tests and Their Enduring Value, presented by Janet Hindler, MCLS, MT(ASCP), F(AAM), University of California, Los Angeles Health System.
  • Introduction to Automated Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, presented by April Abbott, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Deaconess Health System.
  • Antimicrobial Results Reporting: Communicating Effectively with Clinicians, presented by Audrey Schuetz, M.D., M.P.H., D(ABMM), FCAP, Mayo Clinic.
  • Quality Control and Validation/Verification of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Tests, presented by Janet Hindler, MCLS, MT(ASCP), F(AAM), University of California, Los Angeles Health System.


This educational series made possible through an unrestricted education grant from Accelerate Diagnostics.