+Next SCACM Audioconference: June 19, 2017
"The Multiplex Smorgastboard: Effective Utilization of Syndromic Panels"
Dr. Blake Buchan
Session objectives are:
1. Discuss specific strengths and weaknesses of the syndromic testing approach
2. Understand the costs to the patient and healthcare system.
3. Describe potential utilization algorithms to increase the value of syndromic
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SCACM Fall Meetings 2017
• Illinois October 5, 2017 Tobin-Hall Loyola University
• Indiana October 2, 2017 Simmons Winery, Columbus
• Kentucky October 6, 2017 Elizabethtown Convention Center, KY
• Michigan September 29, 2017 Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
• Ohio November, 3, 2017 Medical Education and Research Ctr, Cincinnati
• West Virginia October 20, 2017, Lakeview Resort, Morgantown, WV
• Wisconsin October 24, 2017 Medical College of Wisconsin Alumni Ctr.
2018 SCACM SPRING MEETING
March 7 - 10, 2018
French Lick, IN
2019 SCACM SPRING MEETING
March 20-23, 2019
Kalahari, Sandusky, OH
2020 SCACM SPRING MEETING
March 18-21, 2020
Galt House, Louisville, KY
The website below summarizes the recent addition of Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis to the select agent list. The information outlines for the LRN Sentinel Laboratories characteristics and current status of the organism with regard to referral to the next level, State Health Laboratory.
The CLSI Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing published its second issue of “CLSI AST News Update”. The content is designed to bring you up to date on current issues in AST and contains links to a variety of resources including protocols and log sheets.
To help with a dissertation in Health Administration from Central Michigan, please take this survey regarding how easy and how difficult the biochemical tests are associated with ruling out or referring. Also, how easy and how difficult identification is of the individual organisms. The current version of the survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TZTKGVS is you would like to take a look. Thank you for your time and any help would be greatly appreciated!
Starting June 14,2017:
Take your professional development to the next level with ASM’s new webinar series! “Molecular Diagnostics: Applications for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases” will provide an in-depth review of current trends and challenges associated with molecular diagnostic methods as they are used in the clinical microbiology laboratory.
Congratulations to our own Mike Brandon for winning the Scherago-Rubin award for ASM Microbe 2017.
•The Microbiology world is mourning the loss of Dr. Paul Schreckenberger, our dear friend, esteemed colleague, and longtime SCACM member. He will be sorely missed
•ASM and CLSI is hosting a five-part course titled “An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Part 2 - “Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Mechanisms of Resistance, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Infection Prevention”. starting March 1.
•SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR to CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AWARD:
2017 recipientBrian J. Harrington, PhD
•2016 recipientMary Plenzler Significan Contributor to Clinical Microbiology Award Nomination Form
Congratulations 2017 Recipients!
Linda Bruno - Chicago, Illinois
Karen Phillips - Detroit, Michigan
Barbara Puthoff - Cincinnati, Ohio
Simon Milbrandt - Petosky, Michigan
Julie Wright - Indianapolis,Indiana
Sharon Bales - Greenfield, Indiana
Jerry Wheatley - Jasper, Indiana
SCACM MEMORIAL dedicated to those SCACM board members who have passed away
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The South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology (SCACM) was formed to fill the need to produce better informed microbiologists.
The Association started with a small group of microbiologists who had attended a class together and wanted to keep in touch. They enthusiastically planned and conducted the first meeting of the Association. It was held in Columbus, Indiana (located in the south central region of the state) on October 2-3, 1970. It was well received by 35-40 attendees. Since then the group has grown to close to 1,000 members, primarily from but not limited to, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.
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