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What makes us, us? / 21st Century Microbiology (1)

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What makes us, us? / 21st Century Microbiology (1)

Time & Location

May 21, 2019, 6:14 PM – 10:14 PM

Arlington, Texas, 612 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76011, USA

About The Event

Morning Topic: What makes us, us? The important role of the clinical microbiology laboratory in patient care.

Afternoon Topic: 21st Century Microbiology: Advances in The Microbiology Laboratory

Location: Texas Health Resources (Corporate Building), THR Corporate Project Room 4, ARL12

Parking: Free parking in parking lot in front of the building

Speakers: Morgan Pence, PhD, D(ABMM); Mary Suzanne (Susi) Whitworth, MD

Sponsor: BD and GenMark

SWACM Coordinator: Christina John -

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


What makes us, us? The Important Role of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory (CML) in Patient Care

8:00 – 8:30 Registration

8:30 – 9:15 The Role of the CML in Patient Care

9:15 – 10:15 The Role of the CML in Infectious Diseases

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:15 The Role of the CML in Pharmacy

11:15 – 12:00 The Role of the CML in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)

21st Century Microbiology: Advances in the Microbiology Laboratory

1:00 – 1:30 MALDI-TOF Updates

1:30 – 2:45 Molecular Microbiology Updates

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:30 Automation in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory


The workshop will provide participants with the information that will allow them to:

1. Evaluate the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory in patient care

2. Recognize the interdepartmental collaboration between microbiology, infectious diseases, infection control and pharmacy

3. Describe recent updates in MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and molecular microbiology

4. Review laboratory automation platforms and capabilities

5. Discuss workflow considerations and challenges when implementing laboratory automation


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 6.5 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.

**Make sure to fill out the survey before leaving workshop in order to get your PACE credits!!! **


Morgan A. Pence, PhD, D(ABMM) is the Director of Clinical and Molecular Microbiology at Cook Children’s Medical Center and is the current president of SWACM. She is a member of Cook Children’s Infection Control Committee, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Research Development Council. Her interests include technologist and clinician education, regulatory requirements, rapid diagnostics and diagnostic stewardship.

Mary Suzanne Whitworth, MD has been an Infectious Diseases physician at Cook Children’s Medical Center since 1995 and served as the medical director of Infectious Diseases since 2014. Her interests include treatment options for pediatric hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections, preventing physician burnout and increasing vaccination rates.





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    Includes 2019 SWACM membership






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