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Sunday, December 13

AACC University features 5 low-cost sessions on Sunday, December 13 that you can attend without paying the full scientific meeting registration fee. You may choose between a half-day session, either in the morning or afternoon, or one full-day session.

Half-Day Morning Sessions

Half-Day Afternoon Sessions

Full-Day Session

Half-Day Morning Sessions

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. U.S. Central Time

191004 Rise and Shine! The Essential Elements of a Point-of-Care Testing Boot Camp (Part 1)

This session will focus on elements and components of procedure writing, process mapping training programs, and competency assessment for testing personnel. Participation is encouraged via polling. Small group, peer-to-peer discussion, and hands-on table exercises related to these topics are conducted. (See Part 2 for focus areas in the afternoon Boot Camp session.) Learn more.

191005 Trust, but Verify: Getting the Most Out of Evaluation Protocols for FDA Approved Methods

This AACC University course will discuss the process of selecting and evaluating clinical laboratory methods. Attendees will learn the correct approach to this key clinical laboratory task. This course uses a series of clinical laboratory evaluation examples to focus attention on the critical aspects of the method evaluation process. The emphasis is on verification protocols that a clinical laboratory professional should accomplish for those methods and instruments that are approved by the FDA. Learn more.

191006 Update on Tumor Markers: Clinical Utility, Analytical Requirements, and Clinical Interpretation

Tumor markers are being used by clinicians for cancer screening as well as clinical decision and management of cancer patients. Their utility is evolving into new roles in the era of personalized cancer medicine, but there are challenges with standardization and interferences. Efforts are also ongoing to find "ideal tumor markers" that can be easily measured in body fluid and are 100% specific and highly sensitive to the tumor in question. This session will focus on 1) the current status and clinical application of tumor markers, 2) pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical challenges in monitoring tumor markers, and 3) discovery and new technologies in the search for the “ideal tumor marker.” We will conclude this session with clinical interpretation and case discussion. Learn more.

Half-Day Afternoon Sessions

12 – 3 p.m. U.S. Central Time

192008 Adventures in Method Verification

This session will cover the basics of verifying a laboratory method using working examples from the speakers' own practices. Implementing a new method in the clinical laboratory is a common and important step that is required before applying a new method to patient samples. Verification requires performing a set of experiments and analyzing the data for acceptability according to pre-determined criteria. We will work through these steps in a systematic way using real clinical laboratory data. We will explain common statistical techniques including ordinary least squares regression (OLS), Deming regression, Passing-Bablok regression, and Bland-Altman plots emphasizing how these differ from each other, what they have in common, and how these are used in evaluating the results of a method assessment. Learn more.

192009 Afternoon Reveille! Continuing the Essential Elements of a Point-of-Care Testing Boot Camp (Part 2)

Developed in cooperation with the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division

This session will focus on the elements and components of integrating quality management into POCT, creating strong multidisciplinary team communications, and integrating POCT connectivity. The importance of building clinical partnerships for successful POCT delivery will be incorporated. Lectures will include response (polls) and a breakout session will add hands-on table exercises. (See Part 1 for focus areas in the morning Boot Camp Session). Learn more.

Full-Day Session

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. U.S. Central Time

193019 The Secrets to Success: Implementing Robust LC-MS/MS Methods in the Clinical Laboratory

This session aims to assist clinical laboratories interested in implementing mass spectrometry. It will cover the fundamentals of liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry including available sample preparation techniques, essential considerations and effective approaches for method development, test validation, post-implementation monitoring, and troubleshooting. Learn more.

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