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The Growing Opportunity of Self-Collection and Self-Testing in Clinical Microbiology

A growing number of options and opportunities are becoming available to patients for more convenient microbiology testing. These solutions can be over-the-counter, direct-to-consumer, and/or self-collection of specimens that are then tested in a laboratory. This series will explore the current state of self-collection for tests such as respiratory viruses and sexually transmitted infections.

Series Learning Objectives: 
  • Recognize a novel validation consideration that needs to be addressed when developing a laboratory test that uses unsupervised self-collected specimens.
  • Be able to describe the difference between OTC, DTC, and prescription diagnostic testing.
  • Identify one application for self-collected specimens that could improve the convenience of care that could be provided to patients you serve.

Webinar Topics (All live webinars are scheduled for 2 pm Eastern)

Sept. 21: Respiratory Pathogen Testing Through Self-Collection of Specimens

Susan Harrington, Ph.D., D(ABMM), MLS(ASCP) CM
Cleveland Clinic
Lerner College of Medicine

Oct. 5: Updates in Self-Collection; Direct-to-Consumer STI Testing Services; and the Future of Over-the-Counter STI Testing

Barbara Van Der Pol, MPH, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Oct. 12: Use of Dried Blood Spot Specimens for Infectious Disease Testing

Elitza Theel, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Mayo Clinic

Joseph Yao, M.D., D(ABMM)
Mayo Clinic

Each webinar's content is independent and does not build on the previous webinars in the series, so learners can purchase only those that meet their needs.

  • Laboratory directors.
  • Medical laboratory scientists.
  • Administrators.
This is a beginner-level series.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit
Each presentation is approved for 1.0 P.A.C.E. ® credit. 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. CE credits can only be claimed by the purchaser (individual sales only).

For individuals- The series is composed of 3 topics and they can be purchased singularly or as a bundle.

ASM Members ASM Supporting Members & Non-Members
Single Webinar $35 $47
Bundle (All 3 Webinars) $97 $130

The purchase price includes unlimited access to the webinars through Sept. 21, 2023 and continuing education credit for the purchaser.

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For institutions-
An institutional subscription is available for this course for $259 per webinar. Purchase of institutional subscriptions will allow access and CE credit for up to 10 users. Please email ASM staff at to purchase an institutional subscription.

There are 3 webinars in this series. 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.

Each webinar will be presented live and the recording of that presentation will be available within 3 business days.

Please email ASM if you require closed captioning.

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