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.