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Fri, May 03


Houston, TX

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

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Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

Time & Location

May 03, 2019, 8:00 AM – 4:45 PM

Houston, TX, 6500 Main St, Houston, TX 77030, USA

About The Event

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing for the Clinical Microbiologist

Location: BioScience Research Collaborative , Event/Exhibition Hall - 1st Floor

Driving Directions: The Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC) at 6500 Main Street between Rice University Campus and the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. If you will be driving, you may park in the BRC parking garage directly beneath the building (entrance on Dryden). Take the elevator to the first floor, exit left and then take another sharp left. To get to the Event Space, you will take a right out of the glass doors, and it will be the 1st entrance on your right.

Speakers: Audrey Schuetz, MD, MPH, D(ABMM); Laura Knoll MS, MB/MT(ASCP)

Sponsor: bioMerieux

SWACM Coordinator: Micah Bhatti -

***Non-member registration includes a 2019 membership.***


7:30 - 8:00 Registration

8:00 - 9:00 Intro to Antimicrobials

9:00 - 9:15 Break

9:15 - 10:15 Microbial Resistance Mechanisms

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:45 - 11:45 Navigating the CLSI AST Documents

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (Catered)


12:45 - 1:00 Registration

1:00 - 2:00 New Antimicrobials and How to test in the Clinical Micro Lab

1:00 - 1:15 Break

1:15 - 2:15 Susceptibility Methods, AST Quality Control, Validation Verification

2:15 - 3:30 Break

3:45 - 4:45 Selective & Cascade Testing and Reporting , AST Challenges


This workshop is designed for clinical microbiologists, infectious diseases physicians, pharmacists and trainees or anyone who wants to improve their expertise in this critical area of laboratory medicine. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of clinical

significant bacteria is a critical task of the clinical microbiology laboratory. The morning workshop will provide an overview of reference material and various methods for performing susceptibility testing and the afternoon workshop will cover more advanced subject matter pertaining to susceptibility testing.


After attendance of AM Workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify CLSI and other antimicrobial references

2. Describe the difference between intrinsic resistance and acquired resistance

3. Compare and contrast resistance mechanisms amongst gram-positive and gram-negative organisms

4. Classify antimicrobial groups according to mechanism and utilization

After attendance of PM Workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Use case examples to review CLSI recommendations for testing and reporting

2. Recognize the role of the institutional antibiogram

3. Design helpful report comments for AST reports

4. Review current challenges in AST and future directions of the field

5. Compare and contrast various AST methods

6. Review the role of selective antibiotic testing and reporting in stewardship

7. Recognize the importance of correct body site reporting for antimicrobials


SWACM is approved as a Provider of Continuing Education Programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. Completion of this program will provide 3.0 contact hours of continuing education for each session (AM/PM). SWACM programs are approved for California licensed clinical laboratory scientists and personnel. The instructional level of this program

is intermediate.


Audrey Schuetz M.D., M.P.H., D(ABMM) is the Co-Director Bacteriology Laboratory, Div. of Clinical Microbiology; Dept. of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Schuetz serves as a member of the CLSI Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and the Subcommittee on Antifungal Susceptibility Testing, on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and has published extensively on identification and susceptibility testing of bacteria and fungi in clinical laboratories.

Laura Knoll M.S., MB/MT(ASCP) is the Supervisor of Molecular Biology, Microbiology and the Special Procedures Laboratory; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, TX. Ms. Knoll has extensive experience in susceptibility testing and molecular microbiology methodology. She is a faculty member of the School of Clinical Laboratory Science at Tarleton State University and is an integral member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Texas Health Resources in Dallas, TX.


  • Member - Full Day (AM/PM)

  • Non-Member - Full Day (AM/PM)

  • Member - AM/Basic only

  • Non-Member - AM/Basic only

  • Member - PM/Advanced only

  • Non-Member - PM/Advanced only




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