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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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Making Your Presence Known

Four key speakers will review their experiences and outline ways to further awareness of clinical microbiology. They bring years of experience with programs and outcome studies that demonstrate the critical significance of the profession in a time when lab personnel shortages, decreased reimbursement and ever changing technological advancements prevail.

Antimicrobial Resistance Threats and Susceptibility Testing: Practical Solutions for the Laboratory

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious health threats today. In 2013, the CDC deisgnated carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae and drug resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae as urgent threats to health in the U.S. Because of this, accurate and robust antimicrobial susceptibility data are required for both patient management and for public health action. Despite this, antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) is a intimidating challenge for many laboratories, in particular in the face of emerging resistance to commonly used antimicrobials and the ongoing changes to breakpoints. This session will address the urgent need for accurate antimicrobial susceptibility data and the challenges associated with testing. Verfication of new AST systems and of revised breakpoints on existing AST systems, testing of newly FDA-approved antimicrobials, testing of newly identified / emerging organisms, and AST of Mycobacterium spp. will be covered.

Quiz Busters: So You THINK You Know Microbiology

This is the ultimate test of knowledge for the clinical microbiologist. Four regional teams compete for the title of "expert" as they answer questions on current infectious diseases problems, outbreaks, taxonomy, and identification methods. The quiz will be presented as case studies and diagnostic puzzles that will allow the audience to test their knowledge of real-life problems and current clinical and public health microbiology questions. Lessons learned can be applied to your laboratory practices.