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Sulphur, Louisiana

Molecular Basics, Multiplex Panels and Utilization

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Molecular Basics, Multiplex Panels and Utilization
Molecular Basics, Multiplex Panels and Utilization

Time & Location

May 20, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sulphur, Louisiana, 701 Cypress St, Sulphur, LA 70663, USA

About The Event

Molecular Basics, Multiplex (Syndromic) Panels and Utilization

Location: West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital, Cafeteria Conference Room

Driving Directions:

- From the West: Follow I-10 E to LA-1256 N/Ruth St in Sulphur ; Take exit 20 from I-10 E

- From the East: Follow I-10 W to LA-27 N/Beglis Pkwy in Sulphur ; Take exit 21 from I-10 W

Speaker: Micah Bhatti, MD, PhD

Sponsors: The Pathology Laboratory and BD

SWACM Coordinator: Amanda Smith -

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


7:45 – 8:00 Registration

8:00 – 9:00 Overview of molecular methods and platforms

9:00 – 9:15 Break – refreshments

9:15 – 10:00 Molecular platforms for respiratory infections

10:00 – 10:15 Break – refreshments

10:15 – 11:00 Molecular platforms for bloodstream infections

11:00 – 11:15 BD Presentation

11:15 – 12:00 Molecular platforms for other site infections, focus on CSF and stool


This workshop is designed for clinical microbiologists, infectious disease physicians, pharmacists and trainees or anyone who wishes to gain knowledge related to molecular testing methodologies and molecular platforms for syndromic testing utilized in the microbiology laboratory.

Molecular testing is now incorporated in many areas of the microbiology laboratory. Syndromic molecular diagnostic testing methods have revolutionized infectious disease testing by permitting the simultaneous detection of multiple pathogens and drug resistance mechanisms directly from clinical specimens and positive blood cultures. This workshop will review molecular testing methodologies currently used for clinical diagnostics and will highlight platforms for respiratory, bloodstream, stool and CSF infections.


After attendance, participants will be able to:

1. Provide an overview of molecular testing methodologies currently in use for clinical diagnostics

2. Describe the different types of molecular platforms available to the clinical microbiologist

3. Review currently available molecular platforms for syndromic testing including utilization and integration of testing within the microbiology laboratory


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 3.5 contact hours of continuing education. SWACM programs are approved for California-licensed clinical laboratory scientists and personnel. The instructional level of this program is intermediate.

**Fill out survey before leaving workshop to get your PACE credits!!!


Micah M. Bhatti, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Division of Pathology/Lab Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, TX.


  • Member Registration

  • Non-Member Registration

    Includes 2019 SWACM membership




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