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  • SCACM is proud to announce that Roberta B. Carey, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, has been honored with the 2013 bioMérieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology. This award, given in memory of Alexander Sonnenwirth, recognizes an outstanding microbiologist for promotion of innovation in clinical laboratory science, dedication to ASM, and the advancement of clinical microbiology as a profession. Dr. Carey was an active member of SCACM for many years. Congratulations Roberta!
  • ASM’s Clinical Microbiology Portal - The portal is a global resource for clinical microbiologists and immunologists, and it focuses all of ASM’s clinical and external relevant content into one user-friendly site. It offers a wealth of information needed for the day-to-day work of clinical laboratory scientists. There is valuable content for bench technologists, supervisors, lab directors, and students.
  • Now Available: Dr. Paul Schreckenberger's 12 Disc Procedure for Beta-Lactamase Resistance in Gram Negative Bacilli

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  • Informative sites:
    • - CMS website for Clinical Laboratory Information launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will post information related to coding and reimbursement, regulations and other information of interest to clinical laboratories. In addition, updated ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 is available.
    • - downloadable coding products on the on-line AMA site
    • CIDRAP - Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy - University of Minnesota
    • - Center for Biosecurity (Publications)- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • CLIA Interpretive Guidelines
    MARR (Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction coalition) is a volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage the appropriate use of antibiotics.

  • 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.

    The goals of the association include: promoting scientific knowledge of Clinical Microbiology through communication, improving education, encouraging scientific investigation, and gaining higher recognition in the field of Clinical Microbiology.

    Each year, SCACM representatives judge the state or regional Science Fairs held in each of the six states, and present Science Fair Awards to deserving students:  2013 Science Fair Winners

    Membership in the Association is open to anyone interested in the field of Microbiology and consists of Medical Technologists, Laboratory Technicians, M.D.'s, Ph.D.'s, Microbiologists, and Commercial Representatives.

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    (As of March 7, 2014)
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    Abbott Molecular
    Alere North America
    Alpha-Tec Systems
    Anaerobe Systems
    Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
    Azer Scientfic
    BD Diagnostic Systems
    Biofire Diagnostics
    Bruker Corporation
    Cedarlane Laboratories
    Copan Diagnostics
    DiaSorin, INC.
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    Global Focus Marketing & Distribution
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    Great Basin Scientific
    Hardy Diagnostics
    Immuno-Mycologics (IMMY)
    Luminex Corporation
    Medical-Chemical Corporation
    Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
    Microbiology International
    MiraVista Diagnostics
    Nikon Instruments
    Pro-Lab Diagnostics
    Quidel Corporation
    Roche Diagnostics
    Sekisui Diagnostics
    Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
    Thermo Scientific
    Trinity Biotech
    Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene Proficiency Testing


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