Molecular Diagnostics: Applications for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

The development and application of molecular techniques in clinical laboratories has revolutionized the diagnosis of infectious diseases. Implementation of molecular methods has significantly reduced the time to microbial pathogen identification and increased the sensitivity and detection rate of infectious agents.

This intermediate-level webinar series will provide an in-depth review of current trends and challenges associated with molecular diagnostic methods as they are used in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Specifically, the series will highlight technological advances that are occurring in the field of molecular diagnostics and how these methods are being applied in clinical microbiology. Furthermore, issues such as how molecular methods are being used to diagnose syndromic infections and identify antimicrobial resistance will be reviewed. Throughout the series, case examples will be used to highlight important advantages and limitations that should be considered prior to routine implementation of molecular methods. A unique feature of this webinar series is that for a subset of the presentations, ASM will partner with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to provide the perspective of the clinical laboratorian and the Infectious Diseases provider on the use and interpretation of molecular tests.

Level of Instruction: Intermediate.

Target Audience: Laboratory technologists, laboratory management, laboratory directors, infectious disease providers, internal medicine providers.

Format: There are eight 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 every other Wednesday at 2:00 pm. (EST). The first topic will be delivered June 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). Live webinars will conclude on September 20, 2017; however the recordings will be available on-demand for one year following the live presentation.

Cost: The series is composed of eight topics and they can be purchased singularly or as a bundle. The cost is $35 (ASM & IDSA members)/$47 (non-members) per topic or a bundle price of $257 (ASM & IDSA members)/$345 (non-members) for all eight 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. 

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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 (click the section links below for topic descriptions):

Diagnosis of Respiratory Tract Infections

Melissa Miller, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(AAM), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ephraim Tsalik, M.D., M.H.S., Ph.D., Duke University School of Medicine
Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Infections
Bobbi Pritt, M.D., M.Sc., DTM&H, Mayo Clinic

Daniel Leung, M.D., M.Sc., University of Utah
Diagnosis of Bloodstream Infections
Carey-Ann Burnham, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(CCM), Washington University School of Medicine

Ritu Banerjee, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Central Nervous System Infections: A Syndromic Approach to Diagnostic Testing
Amy Leber, Ph.D., D(ABMM), SM(ASCP)MB, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Adarsh Bhimraj, M.D., FIDSA, Cleveland Clinic
Approaches to Susceptibility Testing: Why Can't We Just Use PCR?
Jennifer Dien Bard, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(CCM), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Francesca Lee, M.D., University of Texas, Southwestern
Diagnosis of Fungal Diseases
Nathan Wiederhold, Pharm.D., FCCP, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Sophia Koo, M.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Diagnosis of Sexually Transmitted Infections
Kimberle Chapin, M.D., D(ABMM), FCAP, Alpert Brown University Medical School

Anne Rompalo, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Cost Analysis and Justification
Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Mayo Clinic

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

If you are purchasing all eight topics click this “Add to Cart” to get the bundle price. Adding all topics to your cart individually will result in a higher fee.