Opening Session: Who, What and Where in Microbial Relationships

The first session of the meeting to officially kick-off the scientific program of asm2015, the 115th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
Dr. Joye’s presentation will be posted in July.
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Bench Bacteriology: Practical Guidance You Can Actually Use!

This will be an interactive symposium put together and convened by the co-chairs of the Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology series (formerly Cumitechs), Susan Sharp and Yvette McCarter, concentrating on practical approaches to bench microbiology. The target audience will be bench technologists, supervisors, technical specialists, directors and clinical pathologists. The lectures will be intermediate in expertise and given by a combination of director and bench supervisory/technical specialist personnel. The symposium will discuss methods to assess specimen quality using the direct gram stain, recognize and describe the morphologic characteristics of commonly encountered organisms, and implement practical, clinically-relevant guidelines for work-up of several bacteriology culture types in the laboratory. As many microbiology laboratories do not have doctoral level directors, having these practical methods and protocols provided at the ASM national meeting will be very valuable to those laboratories.

Evolution of Clinical Microbiology from Bench-Top to Role in Continuum of Patient Care

Diagnostic medical practice is evolving rapidly due to a multiple number of factors including introduction of a large number of novel, rapid and very sensitive technologies, economic pressures and a need to focus on value-added processes in patient care and outcomes. The shift to value-based payment models will continue to make interdepartmental collaboration more imperative and data in the form of outcome studies and data mining will be required to enable these efforts. Evidence-based clinical consensus guidelines are becoming important tools for optimal patient outcomes. Economic modeling is becoming imperative to ascertain optimal processes to achieve the best patient outcomes within an affordable financial setting. Because medical education does not emphasize understanding of diagnostic technologies for appropriate patient outcomes, the role of laboratories in patient care needs to be broadened to include greater interaction with clinicians in a direct consultative capacity. This symposium will delve into the climate of US health care today and its effect on how laboratories provide diagnostic support within the clinical arena and the need for their interaction with clinicians. It will describe the need for both, clinical outcome studies of all parameters of laboratory work and the focus on interdepartmental collaborative efforts at arriving at clinical consensus for infectious diseases diagnostics for larger as well as smaller facilities.