Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019 11 a.m.⁠—Noon (MT)
Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) results have a significant impact when managing patients with serious infections. Recent developments in identification tools can now identify microbes with unprecedented speed, but phenotypic susceptibility testing has lagged behind. New phenotypic AST systems are being introduced with the promise of improving current molecular tests by rapidly measuring inhibition of growth across panels of antibiotics. In this presentation, we will explore the technology, performance, and impact on patient care of these new, rapid AST methods.

Learning Objectives
  1. Discuss current rapid AST methods.
  2. Evaluate clinical impact of rapid AST.
  3. Assess future rapid AST technologies.

Mark Fisher, PhD, D(ABMM) Mark Fisher, PhD, D(ABMM)
Medical Director, Bacteriology
Medical Director, Special Microbiology, Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

Dr. Fisher is an associate professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He obtained a PhD in microbiology and molecular genetics from Emory University and a master of science in microbiology from Idaho State University. Dr. Fisher subsequently completed fellowships in microbial pathogenesis at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (NIH) and in medical microbiology at the University of Utah. He is board certified in medical microbiology, and his research interests include microbial pathogenesis and transmission of vector borne pathogens.

Available Continuing Education Credits for this Webinar


  • P.A.C.E.® Credit (1)

The program has been approved for one (1) contact hour through ARUP, which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS) P.A.C.E.® Program.

  • CEU for Florida (1)

This event is also approved for one (1) CEU of Florida credit and meets the requirements for Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology.

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