Regional Events

The ARUP Institute for Learning is committed to supporting educational events that advance the practice of laboratory medicine and improve quality patient care by providing guest speakers at local and regional meetings. Listed below are the current events where the Institute for Learning is providing sponsored speakers.


June
08
ASCLS-CA & Golden Gate CLMA Collaborative Conference
Health Education Library & Conference Center Sutter Memorial Medical Center
Modesto, CA

Gwendolyn A. McMillin, PhD
Medical Director, Toxicology
Medical Director, Pharmacogenetics

Overview of the AACC 2018 Laboratory Medicine Practice Guideline – Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients

Clinical laboratories are now routinely engaged in the urine drug testing performed to assure adherence to therapy in chronic pain management patients, particularly when opioids are prescribed. This type of testing is unique from traditional workplace drug testing and emergency toxicology yet no practice guidelines have been available… until now! The AACC Academy has recently published the first laboratory medicine practice guidelines for monitoring adherence to therapy in chronic pain management patients. This presentation will describe the process for authoring the guidance document, as well as review the 26 evidence-based recommendations and 7 consensus-based expert opinions, emphasizing how laboratories can promote appropriate utilization and practices.


May
31
22nd Annual PAC/LAC Conference
The California Endowment, Center for Healthy Communities
Los Angeles, CA

Gwendolyn A. McMillin, PhD
Medical Director, Toxicology
Medical Director, Pharmacogenetics

The Scoop on Biological Testing for Detecting or Confirming Drug‐Exposed Newborns ‐ What, When and How?


May
17
2018 Hawaii Clinical Laboratory Conference
Honolulu Country Club
Honolulu, HI

Chérie V. Petersen, BA
Distance Education Program Coordinator

Exceptional Service Based on Principles

As customers ourselves, we all know great customer service when we see it or experience it. However, really describing exactly what it is or nailing down its particular elements possess a much more challenging task. What does good customer service look like, sound like, feel like, and what kinds of things make for a positively memorable experience? And if by chance you can figure all of that out, how do you go about applying the principles of great service in order to meet the specific needs of your unique customer types? This session will define the principles of great customer service as well as what constitutes a great service experience.


May
16
2018 Hawaii Clinical Laboratory Conference
Honolulu Country Club
Honolulu, HI

Chérie V. Petersen, BA
Distance Education Program Coordinator

Key Concepts for Leading with Authority

Leadership positions inherently bear the significant weight of overwhelming responsibility. Having the “responsibility” to lead does not always go hand in hand with having “ability” to lead, meaning having the critical key characteristics and attributes necessary for becoming a great and inspired leader. Leaders who have the ability to cultivate engaged employees, employees who are committed through opportunities to contribute to meaningful work, mission, and vision, don’t just happen without developing specific qualities and attributes that are critical to successful leadership. Attendees of this session will walk away with a new perspective regarding their role as leaders, will look upon their responsibilities with a greater sense of significance, and see opportunities for developing leadership “abilities”, while recognizing their personal and professional impact on the employees they hope to lead, engage, and inspire.


May
16
2018 Hawaii Clinical Laboratory Conference
Honolulu Country Club
Honolulu, HI

Brian Jackson, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology (Clinical), University of Utah

The Future of Value-Based Payments for Healthcare and Laboratories

1. Describe the unintended consequences of both fee-for-service and capitated payment models.
2. Identify different mechanisms used by payors to regulate utilization under fee-for-service.
3. Identify the major characteristics of so-called “value-based” payment models under CMS.
4. List challenges of measuring quality within “value-based” payment models.

A Hippocratic Oath for the Diagnostic Industry: How the Sustainability Movement Will Reward Healthcare Businesses for Doing the Right Thing

1. Articulate the key elements of medical ethics and scientific ethics.
2. Identify the major stakeholder groups of healthcare corporations.
3. Describe the key elements required to achieve a virtuous cycle of corporate sustainability.
4. List ways that healthcare organizations and laboratories can partner with their suppliers to improve overall value from both a medical and scientific perspective.


May
7
ASCLS-PA 2018 Annual Meeting
Red Lion Hotel
Harrisburg, PA

George M. Rodgers, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Hemostasis/ Thrombosis, ARUP Laboratories
Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Case Studies in Hemostasis

Case descriptions of common hemostasis disorders will be presented. The discussion focus will be on laboratory aspects and diagnosis of these disorders.


May
1
Kaiser Event
Hs Lordship's Restaurant
Santa Clara, CA

Erica Andersen, PhD, FACMG
Medical Director, Cytogenetics and Genomic Microarray, ARUP Laboratories

Cytogenetic Testing in Hematologic Malignancies

Cytogenetic testing is utilized across multiple areas of hematologic oncology. This presentation will provide an overview on the utility of clinical cytogenetic testing for patients with both myeloid and lymphoid malignancies.


May
1
Kaiser Event
Biltimore Hotel
Santa Clara, CA

Michael Juretich MBA, MT (ASCP)
Assistant Vice President Group Manager – University Support Services

Leading with Change

Leading change is a critical skill needed for effective laboratory leadership. Until recently there has been an industry wide lack of attention and focus on this process. In this lecture we will evaluate the techniques that can give your team the best chance for effective, efficient, and lasting change.


April
30
Kaiser Event
Biltimore Hotel
Santa Clara, CA

Erica Andersen, PhD, FACMG
Medical Director, Cytogenetics and Genomic Microarray, ARUP Laboratories

Cytogenetic Testing in Hematologic Malignancies

Cytogenetic testing is utilized across multiple areas of hematologic oncology. This presentation will provide an overview on the utility of clinical cytogenetic testing for patients with both myeloid and lymphoid malignancies.


April
30
Kaiser Event
Hs Lordship's Restaurant
Berkeley, CA

Michael Juretich MBA, MT (ASCP)
Assistant Vice President Group Manager – University Support Services

Leading with Change

Leading change is a critical skill needed for effective laboratory leadership. Until recently there has been an industry wide lack of attention and focus on this process. In this lecture we will evaluate the techniques that can give your team the best chance for effective, efficient, and lasting change.


APRIL
24
2018 ASCLS-CNE Annual Convention
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI

Marc Roger Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM)
Medical Director, Microbial Immunology
Medical Director, Parasitology and Fecal Testing
Medical Director, Infectious Disease Antigen Testing

What’s New in Tick Borne Diseases? Lyme Disease, Relapsing Fever, and Beyond!

This session will focus on the new developments in tick-borne diseases. Special attention will be given to the emerging pathogens Borrelia miyamotoi and Powassan virus. Tick-borne disease epidemiology will also be explored. Testing methods will be reviewed for many of the common tick-borne diseases, including lyme disease among other less frequently encountered infections.

Interesting, Intriguing, and Possibly Disgusting Cases in Parasitology

Cases in parasitology received at the ARUP Reference Parasitology lab will be presented as unknown, challenging cases for the audience. All are interesting, most are intriguing, and some are disgusting!


APRIL
21
Greater Los Angeles Chapter Spring Educational Event 2018
City of Hope Medical Center
Duarte, CA

Karen A. Brown, MS, MLS (ASCP)CM
Clinical Coordinator, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Department of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Professor of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Hematology M+M's: Morphology and Mystery (Case Studies)

Hematology instrumentation has advanced to now routinely include at least a five-part differential and, in some laboratories, automated cell image analysis. Yet, a manual examination of the blood smear is still an essential procedure that provides valuable diagnostic information. This session will use case studies to define important morphologic variations and physiologic processes in selected disease conditions.


APRIL
21
CAMLT's Spring Seminar North
UC Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA

James T. McVey, BS
Manager of Education Services and Learning Management Administration

Skills to Work With & Motivate the Next Generation

Generation WHY? The Millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, is defined by work-life balance, multi-tasking, and an integration of technology in all parts of life. Millennial employees are motivated by relationships, and thus benefit from being managed differently than other generations. This presentation will focus on Millennial employees’ strengths, motives and values. And what an employer can do to effectively communicate with and best manage Millennials to do their very best.

Communicating Hard Things

When the topic of communicating hard things is brought up, it is often thought of negatively. Why? If having a hard conversation will benefit the employee, a department or a relationship, why do we avoid them? What is the risk of not having that difficult conversation? This presentation will focus on useful methods and actions which can be used in a work setting or in personal circumstances to effectively prepare for, and successfully accomplish difficult conversations.


APRIL
20
2018 CNY-CLMA Quarterly Meeting
Driver’s Villiage
Cicero, NY

Gwendolyn A. McMillin, PhD
Medical Director, Toxicology
Medical Director, Pharmacogenetics

Overview of the AACC 2018 Laboratory Medicine Practice Guideline – Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients

Clinical laboratories are now routinely engaged in the urine drug testing performed to assure adherence to therapy in chronic pain management patients, particularly when opioids are prescribed. This type of testing is unique from traditional workplace drug testing and emergency toxicology yet no practice guidelines have been available… until now! The AACC Academy has recently published the first laboratory medicine practice guidelines for monitoring adherence to therapy in chronic pain management patients. This presentation will describe the process for authoring the guidance document, as well as review the 26 evidence-based recommendations and 7 consensus-based expert opinions, emphasizing how laboratories can promote appropriate utilization and practices.


APRIL
19
2018 CNY-CLMA Quarterly Meeting
Red Lion Hotel
Twin Falls, ID

Chérie V. Petersen, BA
Distance Education Program Coordinator

Customer Service: What’s in it for Me?

This workshop speaks to the commitment each and every one of us needs to embrace to put customer service best practices into action. There is no doubt, and no shortage of statistical proof, that exceptional customer service is the differentiating factor in market growth, customer retention, and basic industry competitiveness. However, if employees don’t directly connect the benefits of service-oriented behavior to their job and personal satisfaction, little hope for progress exists.

Participants will come to recognize the positive outcomes related to making a personal commitment to service excellence principles and will engage in activities specifically designed to create a paradigm shift—moving from executing activities mandated by management and simply fulfilling job responsibilities to regarding service excellence principles as a means of validating patients, physicians, colleagues, and, more importantly, themselves.


APRIL
19
ASCLS-NJ 2018 Spring Seminar and Expo
The Imperia Banquet & Conference Center
Somerset, NJ

Irene De Biase, MD, PhD, FACMG
Medical Director, Biochemical Genetics and Newborn Screening, ARUP Laboratories, Assistant Professor, University of Utah

Diagnostic Findings in Laboratory Testing for Inborn Errors of Metabolism: A Case-Based Discussion

Inborn errors of metabolism are single gene disorders resulting from defects in metabolic pathways. Individually these disorders are rare, but collectively inborn errors of metabolism account for a significant portion of childhood disability and deaths. Correctly identifying these conditions is paramount, since prompt specific treatment is, in most cases, life-saving. Excluding a metabolic disorder requires several specific biochemical genetics tests. Several factors complicate the interpretation of results, including which platform is used for testing. Understanding strengths and limitations of testing is critical to interpret biochemical genetics results.


APRIL
19
2018 CLSA Annual Conference
Hilton Anchorage
Anchorage, AK

Gordon J. Nelson, C(ASCP), NRCC-TC
Vice President, Chemistry Division Manager, ARUP Laboratories

Cost-Effective Utilization of Urine Drug Testing for Chronic Pain Management Patients

The costs associated with traditional urine drug testing models for pain management can be excessive due to inappropriate testing performed, such as reflex confirmation testing for all positive screen results that are not clinically useful. This presentation will describe cost effective strategies that eliminate unnecessary testing and inappropriate interpretations for pain management patients.


APRIL
11
Patchwork of Knowledge
Overland Park Marriott Hotel
Overland Park, KS

M. Ben Estill, BS
Industrial Engineer, ARUP Laboratories

Applying Lean Principles in the Clinical Laboratory

This presentation discusses the need for a systematic approach to continuous improvement in any working environment. Practical applications of lean start with instilling the Lean mindset and culture in order for change to be driven at the source. The training will review the approaches used to identify improvement opportunities by recognizing the 9 wastes and discerning between value added and non-value added activities.


APRIL
9
Rocky Mountain AACC 2018 Annual Spring Meeting
Children's Hospital Colorado Medical Conference and Education Center B175
Aurora, CO

Gwendolyn A. McMillin, PhD
Medical Director, Toxicology
Medical Director, Pharmacogenetics

Overview of the AACC 2018 Laboratory Medicine Practice Guideline – Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients

Clinical laboratories are now routinely engaged in the urine drug testing performed to assure adherence to therapy in chronic pain management patients, particularly when opioids are prescribed. This type of testing is unique from traditional workplace drug testing and emergency toxicology yet no practice guidelines have been available… until now! The AACC Academy has recently published the first laboratory medicine practice guidelines for monitoring adherence to therapy in chronic pain management patients. This presentation will describe the process for authoring the guidance document, as well as review the 26 evidence-based recommendations and 7 consensus-based expert opinions, emphasizing how laboratories can promote appropriate utilization and practices.


APRIL
5
2018 Ohio Collaborative Laboratory Conference
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
Columbus, OH

Andrew Fletcher, MD
Medical Director Consultative Services, ARUP Laboratories

Laboratory Stewardship: Taking the First Steps to Downstream Savings

This presentation presents the rationale for why lab stewardship is important and outlines several strategies for implementing successful interventions to drive downstream savings in a healthcare system.


APRIL
4
2018 Nebraska Laboratory Spring Meeting
Beardmore Event Center
Bellevue, NE

Blaine Mathison, BS, M(ASCP)
Technical Specialist, Parasitology and Fecal Testing Laboratory, ARUP Laboratories

Waiter, There’s a Worm in my Ceviche

Six clinical cases will be presented highlighting interesting and unusual helminth infections; each case will highlight the biology, pathology, and diagnosis of the respected organisms.


MAR
17
CAMLT's 2018 Spring Seminar South
Kaiser Regional Laboratory
North Hollywood, CA

Christina Kulakowski, BS
Safety and Industrial Hygiene Coordinator, ARUP Laboratories

Building a Culture of Safety in the Laboratory

When most employees think of a company safety program, they think of very restrictive, sometimes unrealistic, and often overboard rules and regulations, focusing on what will get them in trouble if they don’t obey. This fear, coupled with the perception that safety is just common sense, limits the ability for a safety program to motivate workforce behaviors and make meaningful improvements to the culture within an organization. This workshop will summarize basic human behavior, including how most employees, without realizing it, have been conditioned to disregard safety rules and regulations. We will also identify the concepts of a traditional safety program and compare those with the concepts of a behavioral safety program. We will continue the discussion with how to create and maintain a positive safety culture by establishing a behavior-based safety program.

Laboratory Ergonomics

Having a strong ergonomics program can help decrease workers compensation claims and improve employee’s performance. This workshop will focus on what ergonomics is and why it is an important element of a comprehensive occupational health and safety program. We will review proper workstation setup, as well as laboratory ergonomic work practices and principals with a focus on repetitive tasks such as microscope use, pipetting, and miscellaneous hand tool and computer use. Additionally, we will identify what to include in an ergonomics program—from effective training to ergonomic assessments and everything in between. Additionally, we will discuss specific laboratory case studies and work through problem-solving exercises to identify risk factors in a laboratory setting and how to mitigate the identified risk.


MAR
11
Cheaper by the Dozen 2018
Ramada Inn
Fresno, CA

Justin R. Rhees, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBBCM
Assistant Professor/Program Director, University of Utah

Advanced Antibody Identification: Case Studies

Difficult antibody identification cases in transfusion can be easily resolved with knowledge of blood group antigen characteristics, antibody idiosyncrasies, and established algorithms. This presentation will explore several advanced cases, and you may be a bit surprised at the end when the answer isn’t exactly what you expect.

Laboratory Investigation of Transfusion Reactions: Case Studies

Many of the signs and symptoms of transfusion reactions are shared. Not all reactions are diagnosed by tests performed in the laboratory. This session includes a review of the characteristics of acute and delayed hemolytic and nonhemolytic transfusion reactions, and case studies.


MAR
4
2018 Tulare-Kings Chapter CAMLT Annual Seminar Series
Visalia Convention Center
Visalia, CA

Justin R. Rhees, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBBCM
Assistant Professor/Program Director, University of Utah

Transfusion Reactions: Case Studies; Reporting Critical Values

Many of the signs and symptoms of transfusion reactions are shared, and not all reactions are diagnosed by tests performed in the laboratory. This session includes a review of the characteristics of acute and delayed hemolytic and nonhemolytic transfusion reactions, and several case studies will be presented.

Reporting Critical Values: Improving Efficacy with SBAR Technology

Medical Errors lead to significant morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients. Preventable adverse events caused by medical errors can be reduced through effective, standardized communication techniques such as SBAR and closed-loop communication.


FEB
8
Transfusion and Laboratory Medicine Conference
Double Tree
Dallas, TX

Suzanne Carasso, MBA, MT(ASCP)

The Accountable Care Laboratory: Delivering Value Beyond Test Results

This presentation will address the transition from traditional to accountable care laboratory models and highlight ways in which laboratories can deliver value well beyond producing test results. The speaker will present a roadmap for building a utilization management program and provide specific examples of successful approaches that contain cost and promote better outcomes.

  • Define the role of the laboratory in an accountable care organization.
  • List five components of the utilization management roadmap.
  • Cite two key objectives of an accountable care laboratory.


JAN
19
ASCLS-CO 2018 Winter Seminar
5th floor Saccomanno Education Center, St. Mary's Hospital
Grand Junction, CO

Suzanne Carasso, MBA, MT(ASCP)

The Sustainable Laboratory: Perspectives on Laboratory Outreach

Historically, laboratories have operated as revenue centers within hospitals, with providers ordering tests and payers willing to reimburse. Today, labs are trending toward becoming cost centers, with ever-diminishing profit margins. Subsequently, some health system administrators are asking ‘Why keep the laboratory in-house when we can outsource and cut costs?’ Commoditizing laboratory medicine may sound viable at first glance, but on deeper review, is not a sustainable strategy. Competitive differentiation comes from demonstrating unique value the laboratory provides that goes well beyond the price of a test or a test result. Laboratory outreach is emerging as an opportunity for labs to provide value to hospitals and health systems by providing testing services for all patient types, regardless of location. In addition to lowering unit costs, increasing outreach test volumes provide new revenue streams, positions the laboratory to utilize excess capacity and operate more efficiently. This session will include an overview of trends impacting labs, differentiate between price and value, and provide detail on laboratory outreach as an integral part of the sustainable laboratory.

Survival of the Fittest: Transforming Your Lab from Cost to Value Center

  • Understand top trends that impact clinical labs and influence outsourcing decisions.
  • Differentiate price versus value.
  • Identify ways in which labs deliver value to parent organizations.
  • Evaluate laboratory outreach as a strategy for labs to transition from cost to value centers.
  • Examine critical success factors for successful outreach programs.