The College Courses

The Core Curriculum

 

We have been cramming to put together a core curriculum filled with courses that will be both interesting and challenging…. minus the heavy textbooks!  Going back to school can be difficult but we are sure you will be impressed with the knowledge of our speakers, the diversity of the topics and the potential to learn so much!

The Program Syllabus will be available soon and will be mailed out to all ASCLS-Idaho members.  We will also make the Program Syllabus available online for your convenience.   We request that you bring your copy of the Program Syllabus to the convention with you for reference.

If you would like to receive a Program Syllabus and you are not yet a member of ASCLS-Idaho, please contact Diane Stumpf to be added to the distribution list.

 

 

A1

 

Updates in Transfusion Medicine: Daratumumab, Emerging Transfusion-Transmitted Diseases, and Pathogen Reduction Techniques

Justin R. Rhees, M.S., MLS(ASCP)cm, SBBcm University of Utah Department of Pathology, Medical Laboratory Science Program

  • Thursday, 1:00-2:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Intermediate
  • Sponsor:  ASCLS-Idaho

Transfusion medicine is a continuously evolving field impacted by the implementation of new technologies and drugs, emerging infectious agents, and changes in donor eligibility screening. In this session, we will explore the impact of daratumumab (Darzalex) treatment on pre-transfusion testing, discuss emerging transfusion-transmitted diseases including Zika virus and Babesia, and examine the implementation of pathogen reduction techniques.

 

A2

 

HIV Testing – Historical Review and Preparing for the Future

Dave Tomichek, MBA, MT(ASCP)  Bio-Rad Chemistry Manager/Product Specialist

  • Thursday, 1:00-2:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Intermediate
  • Sponsor:  Bio-Rad

Dave Tomicheck will be speaking about the newest 5th generation testing for HIV and how it may impact the HIV testing algorithm.  This session reviews the history of HIV and testing methodologies. It explains how the various tests have improved HIV detection and the implications for the HIV testing algorithm.   This session reviews the history of HIV and testing methodologies.  It explains how the various tests have improved HIV detection and the implications for the HIV testing algorithm.

 

 

 

A3

 

Microbiology 101:  Epidemiology at a Glance in Idaho

Mike Taylor, M.H.E, CHES, Eastern Idaho Public Health Department

  • Thursday, 2:45-4:15pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Intermediate

Zoonotic diseases, returning ill travelers, and a global food supply are examples of our ongoing vulnerabilities and why the practice of public health is so important.  It is important to know your Idaho public health district staff.   We will discuss how clinical laboratories and healthcare providers contribute to Idaho’s public health system.

 

 

 

A4

 

Hematology Case Studies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Holly Weinberg, MLS(ASCP)CM, SH

  • Thursday, 2:45-4:15pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Intermediate
  • Sponsor:  ASCLS-Idaho

This session will look at case studies in Hematology and Coagulation and relate outcomes to patient safety. Cases will be drawn from pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical situations. This is an interactive session and participants will be encouraged to share similar experiences.

 

 

A5

 

EXTRA CREDIT SESSION:  Body Language Boot Camp – Basic Training

Jane L. Smith MS, MT(ASCP) SI, DLM Technical Manager, Alere Scientific Affairs

  • Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.0
  • Level:  Basic
  • Sponsor:  Alere

Left, right, left, right! It is time to fall in line, soldiers, and get back to the basics in customer service with this Body Language Boot Camp.  This course is  required core curriculum for anyone wanting to polish their customer service skills.  You will learn to recognize the importance of body language in communication, practice developing a comfortable handshake (not the wet noodle kind), identify and demonstrate good posture and have the opportunity to critique body language and assess its meaning.   This will be an interactive, fun (group participation) presentation.  An important part of communication is recognizing body language which helps us communicate better with healthcare workers and patients.  This Extra Credit session is held in conjunction with our Thursday Night Special and is open to all registrants who would like a refresher course to improve their patient satisfaction.

 

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Fanning Your Spark of Madness                            

Jeff Hough, BA in Finance from Idaho State University, Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker

  • Friday, 9:30-10:30am
  • PACE Credits:  1.0
  • Level:  Basic
  • Sponsor:  ASCLS-Idaho

Have you ever wanted to truly be a “Mad Scientist”?  Now is your chance to find out how you can make that dream a reality.  Each of us is given one spark of madness in our lives and it is too precious to waste. Learn the keys to igniting your spark by thinking differently and learn how to make the necessary changes in your life really stick.  Jeff Hough will help us understand the motives behind human behavior, recognize the flaws in our current thinking and learn how to change them. With his help, madness is just around the corner!

 

 

B1

Resistance is Futile:  Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Richard Nathan, MD, Idaho Falls Infectious Diseases

  • Friday, 11:00am-12:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Intermediate

Dr. Richard Nathan will discuss the history of antimicrobial resistance, past and current problems with antibiotic resistance and current trends in resistance.

 

 

B2

Heart Failure and the Use of Natriuretic Peptides

Jared Jaeger, PhD, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

  • Friday, 11:00am-12:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Basic
  • Sponsor:  Ortho Clinical

College is full of heart flutters and romance.  But if your heart flutters now resemble heart palpitations, this session might just be for you.  Attendees will gain a broader understanding of heart failure biomarkers and their advantages and limitations in patients being treated with the new heart failure drug ENTRESTO®.

 

 

B3

 

The Critical Access Hospital Laboratory: How the West is Won

Critical Access Hospital Panel:
  1. Marilyn Stiles MLS(ASCP) Weiser Memorial Hospital, Weiser Idaho
  2. Laurence Schuermann MT(ASCP), CIC Valor Health, Emmett Idaho
  3. Vivian Lockary MPH MT(ASCP) St. Luke’s Elmore, Mountain Home Idaho
  4. Kami McGann BSMLS(ASCP)CM, Valor Health, Emmett Idaho
  • Friday, 11:00am-12:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Basic
  • Sponsor:  ASCLS-Idaho

Idaho is more than just big city hospitals.  Our state is covered with small but ever so important Critical Access Hospitals that play a key role in the healthcare and well-being of our widespread patients.  Critical Access hospitals deal with unique challenges, find innovative solutions and make critical decisions.  This panel of seasoned professionals will provide answers, solutions and a resource for Laboratory Professionals dealing with these particular situations.   A practical discussion will include the unique challenges and benefits of working in or managing a laboratory at a Critical Access Hospital.  This session is designed to provide a forum to share ideas, ask questions and introduce new professionals to Critical Access laboratories.

 

B4

Resolving Pan-Reactive Antibody Screens

Kirsten Hurst, MLS (ASCP)CM, American Red Cross

  • Friday, 2:00-3:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Intermediate
  • Sponsor: American Red Cross

Get prepared for this graduate level course.  We will explore different pathways from a pan-reactive antibody screen: what they look like to the blood bank and how to resolve for a better picture for physicians.

 

 

B5

Effective Resume and Interviewing Techniques

Julie Thompson, LPC, Counselor/Coordinator of Counseling, Testing and Career Services, Idaho State University, Idaho Falls

  • Friday, 2:00-3:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Basic
  • Sponsor:  ISU

With graduation just around the corner for many of you, and new job opportunities just waiting for the rest of you, this course will help sharpen your job-hunting skills and give you a much deserved advantage.  Participants will be provided information on how to develop an effective resume, current tips on how to optimize the impact of their resume; tips that guide how to use resume content that will increase potential of landing the interview. Participants will also be provided information on strategies for strengthening interviewing skills along with a list of resources that support general job search strategies.

 

 

B6

Diagnosis and Sub-typing of von Willebrand Disease

Kristin Smock, MD, Medical Director, Hemostasis/Thrombosis Laboratory, ARUP Laboratories

  • Friday, 2:00-3:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Basic
  • Sponsor:  ARUP

This session will cover the diagnosis of von Willebrand disease (vWD) which is the most common inherited bleeding disorder.  Diagnosis is made using a combination of clinical features and laboratory findings.  Laboratory testing is essential for both diagnosis and sub-typing.  This presentation will address routine and more specialized testing for vWD.

 

EDFORUM

Educating our Future Professionals

Rachel Hulse, MS, MLS(ASCP) CM Idaho State University, MLS Program Director

  • Saturday, 8:00-9:00am
  • PACE Credits:  1.0
  • Level:  Intermediate
  • Sponsor:  ISU

Educating our future professionals is not a one man…or woman job.  It takes commitment from each of us whether we are educators, trainers, mentors or friends.  Come join the conversation about what has been going on in the MLS Program at Idaho State University. We need your voice and input to tackle challenges, and implement future positive change!

 

 

GEN

A Tale of Two Thesis Projects

Destini Davison, MLS(ASCP)CM

Lily Killian (ASCP)CM, M.S. MLS, ISU Interim Faculty, MLS at St. Luke’s Health System

  • Saturday, 9:15-10:15am
  • PACE Credits:  1.0
  • Level:  Basic
  • Sponsor:  ISU

Recruitment in Medical Laboratory Science:  Destini Davison

With a critical shortage in Medical Laboratory Personnel, the recruitment of new students into this field is vital.  This session will cover the critical work force shortage that the Medical Laboratory Science Field is currently experiencing and ideas in which to combat it. It will conclude with a survey to gather data to be used for further research on recruitment tactics currently being used.

Comparing Internships Across Multiple Health Science Fields :  Lily Killian 

It doesn’t matter whether you are the student or you are the trainer, we all know internships are important.  This presentation summarizes the results of a thesis project set out to assess the current state of internships at Idaho State University in the hopes that comparing the good, the bad, and the ugly across multiple health science fields can ultimately lead to improved internship experiences for both students and preceptors in the future.

 

 

C1

Genomics and CRISPR: Medical Applications and Concerns

Nancy C. Kois, MD, FCAP, Laboratory Director, Boise VA

  • Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Intermediate
  • Sponsor:  Boise VA

Overview of genomics and gene sequencing with review of our progression to current state of gene editing. Review of CRISPR gene editing techniques, medical applications, and ethical concern surrounding gene editing technology.  In other words…a graduate level course!

 

 

C2

 

The Art of Phlebotomy   

JulieAnn McDougall, Phlebotomist / Wellness Coordinator, Nationally Certified Phlebotomist

  • Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Intermediate

Fabulous Phlebotomy really is a work of art.  Analytical errors phlebotomists make and understanding your job does not begin and end with “the poke”.  We will discuss bettering yourself personally while perfecting and certifying your phlebotomy skills

 

 

SA

The Scientific Assembly: Speed-Data

Idaho State University MLS Students

  • Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm
  • PACE Credits:  1.5
  • Level:  Basic
  • Sponsor:  ISU

As an incentive for you to attend, we are offering the chance to win a ONE-YEAR ASCLS MEMBERSHIP plus a $50 VISA GIFT CARD just for attending!  All registrants that stay for the Scientific Assembly will have their names entered into a drawing for this cool prize.  Come show support for our ISU students and perhaps you will walk away with this coveted prize!


We are excited to announce that the Scientific Assembly will follow the Business Luncheon this year, rounding out a three-day spree of learning, partying and learning some more at the ASCLS-Idaho Convention of Higher Learning.

The ISU Medical Laboratory Science students will be leading discussions on a variety of topics developed from their research projects. They have studied hard to bring engaging and interesting information to our convention.  The Scientific Assembly will be in a Speed-Dating…I mean Speed-Data….format and participants will be able to move quickly from presentation to presentation in hopes of finding the “right one”.  We hope you will attend the Scientific Assembly and show support for our students and the wonderful program we have at ISU.

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