State of the Society Address

ASM President Timothy J. Donohue will open with the State of the Society Address. Dr. Donohue’s update will cover the ASM Futures Project, ASM Microbe 2016, and the search for ASM’s next CEO.
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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.

Fascinating Activities from Our Public Health Laboratories….From Arsenic in Geoducks to Tracking Pathogens to Chikungunya, Being a Microbiology Reference Lab is Only the Beginning

The work and contributions that PHLs perform is not fully known to members of ASM. This symposium is an attempt to remedy the situation in a session that is interesting yet replete with data and techniques. Dealing with bleeding birds to arsenic in geoducks these cases will highlight the unique and essential contributions of our public health laboratories which may not be fully appreciated or understood by the public, politicians or the science/medical community. The symposium would cover topics on the lesser known aspects of the PHL activities as well as topics that are novel and newsworthy and above all, interesting. The symposium will be of interest to those who interact with the PHL including clinical laboratory scientists, physicians, microbiologists and medical technologists as well as those who may be considering becoming directors of a public health laboratory. We are hoping that this symposium will become a nidus of information to raise the PHLs profile and encourage communication between clinical laboratories, the public and PHLs.