Spring Convention

 The Spring Convention


The ASCLS-Idaho Spring Convention is an event you just can’t miss!  Each year we pull together a team of dedicated, innovative and hard-working individuals to plan a professional and yet entertaining event.  We host speakers from across the nation, attract big-time exhibitors to our state and include plenty of time for fun.  This is the premier event for our state society, a chance to mix and mingle with our friends and get a few continuing education credits at the same time.   What could be better?

So…I’ll plan on seeing you this spring, right?


Save the Date:

  • 2019 ASCLS-Idaho Spring Convention
  • Cheers to 70 Years!  A Celebration of ASCLS-Idaho
  • April 11-13, 2019
  • Red Lion Downtown in Boise
  • More information to follow

Registration is now open!

Click HERE to Register online!

See the schedule listed below when registering
  • Download Individual Registration Form HERE
  • Download Student Registration Form HERE
  • Download Facility Registration Form HERE

Download the program booklet HERE

Vendors interested in exhibiting may contact Debbie Shell HERE

Click HERE for VENDOR registration!

See the Schedule 

Thursday, April 11th

Opening Presentation:  9:30 am-11:00 am
Topic:  TBD Health Care Changes/ Change Management

Speaker: Nicole Bradshaw, MS, MBA, Executive Director Physician Services
Sponsor: Valor Health

More information to follow.

General Session:  11:15 am -12:45 pm
Topic: Professional Resilience: Staying on Board!
Speaker: Kelly Loy, LAMFT, LPC, NCC, CCFT, BCC, RN, M.Div.
Sponsor: Shared Path Counseling, Boise and Mountain, ID

Stay on board in your profession! This presentation will share a basic review of
neuroscience related to brain physiology and processing of stress. Differences
between Burnout, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Compassion Fatigue will be
discussed. The PToQOL assessment tool and multiple additional interventions
will be reviewed for building professional resilience.

Break Out 1:  2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Topic: Highly Sensitive Troponin
Speaker: Theresa Joseph RN, BSN Medical Scientific Liaison- Cardiac
Sponsor: Roche Diagnostics

More information to follow

Break Out 2:  2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Topic: Clinical and Economic Value of anti-Xa Monitoring in Patients Receiving Unfractionated Heparin
Speaker: Karen Burns, CLS (ASCP), Coagulation Application Consultant
Sponsor: Instrumentation Laboratories

In this session, we will look at the way Anti-Xa has changed the way we
monitor patients on unfractionated heparin therapy (UFH). We will describe the
role of heparin and review a study comparing Anti-Xa and aPTT testing for
monitoring therapy. We will look at the advantages of Anti-Xa and outline a
plan for the transition from aPTT to Anti-Xa monitoring.

Friday, April 12th

Keynote: 9:30 am -11:00 am
Topic: Laboratory Stewardship and Test Utilization: Still a Golden Opportunity for Improvement
Speaker: Robert Carpenter MS, MT(ASCP)
Sponsor: ARUP

This session will address many aspects of Laboratory Stewardship, including
why it so important and how to get started or expand existing efforts.
Attendees will learn the key factors that are necessary for initial and ongoing
success, and several case study success stories will be discussed.

Break Out 3: 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Topic: Diagnosis and Follow-Up of Multiple Myeloma: the Role of the Laboratory
Speaker: Anne Sherwood, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs
Sponsor: Binding Site, Inc.

This session will compare traditional myeloma testing methods with current
recommended protocols and describe how kappa &lambda free light chain
analysis plays a key role. Discuss the updated IMWG criteria for diagnosis of
Multiple Myeloma and new recommendations for inclusion in routine practice.
It will also explain why it is necessary to monitor both intact immunoglobulin
paraprotein and serum free light chains in multiple myeloma.

Break Out 4: 11:15 am- 12:45 pm
Topic: The Clinical Laboratory’s Role in Antibiotic Stewardship
Speaker: Larry Schuermann MT (ASCP), Technical Supervisor
Sponsor: Utah Fertility Center

This lecture will cover Antibiotic Stewardship and how it applies to the field of
clinical laboratory science. Included will be general discussion of what is
stewardship, CMS and other regulatory regulations, Core elements of
stewardship, antibiograms and other reporting tools.

Break Out 5: 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Topic: Platelets: Purpose, Pictures, plus Problems
Speaker: Evelyn Graham MT (ASCP), Director of Laboratory Services, Cancer/ Hematology Centers
Sponsor: Sysmex America, Inc.

This presentation takes an in depth look at the function of platelets, describes
their role in the clotting process, and explores conditions triggering platelet
activation. In addition, specific disease states involving
Platelets will be reviewed and case studies will be presented to demonstrate
platelet involvement and associated clinical outcomes.

Break Out 6: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Topic: DNA Sequencing of Human Tumors; the Next Generation of Pathology
Speaker: Matthew Burtelow, MD, PhD
Sponsor: Boise Pathology Group

From this session, attendees will be able to understand the basics of cancer
biology. They will also recognize the basic concepts of next generation DNA
sequencing as well as next generation DNA sequencing of human tumors. The
lecture will also help attendees to understand the limitations of precision
medicine in oncology.

Break Out 7:  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Topic: Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies and Blood Bank Mitigation Strategies
Speaker: Sherrie Lamitina  BS,MT(ASCP) IRL Director Lewis and Clark, AZ Regions
Sponsor: American Red Cross

Attendees will gain an understating of the effects certain therapeutic
monoclonal antibodies have on pre-transfusion testing. They will learn to
recognize potential interference in testing from patient undergoing treatment
with monoclonal antibodies. Case studies will illustrate the mitigation strategies
involved in obtaining blood products for transfusion therapy.

Break Out 8:  2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Topic: Life After Graduation
Speaker: Kate DeAngelo, MLS(ASCP)/ Mechelle Reeve MLS(ASCP)
Sponsor: ASCLS-ID

This session is geared towards developing and ascending professionals detailing
life after graduation. Topics to be discussed include Having Successful Clinical
Rotations, Taking the BOC (Board of Certification) Exam, Resources for
Finding Jobs in Idaho, Interview Skills, Landing the Job, Maintaining CEs
(Continuing Education credits), ASCLS, and Leadership Academy.

Student Poster Presentation:  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Saturday, April 13th

Educators Forum:  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Topic: Educator’s Updates
Speaker: Rachel Hulse
Sponsor: ISU

This session will be an informative session about the progress of the MLS
program at Idaho State University. Rachel, the director, will share successes of
the program in the past year as well as improvement points that she and the
faculty are eager to implement.

General Session:  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Topic: Common POCT Deficiency Citings: Come to the Party Prepared!
Speaker: Melinda Davis MT (ASCP), Karen Bulow MT, HT (ASCP)
Sponsor: St. Luke’s Health System, Boise ID

This will be a review with open discussion about the top five inspection
deficiencies seen with Point of Care Testing. We will discuss CAP and JC
standards and reasons why these deficiencies commonly occur. The session will
be open to discussion on how to address these.

General Session:  10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Topic: Gastrointestinal Microbiome and Health: A Review
Speaker: Nancy Kois, MD, FCAP
Sponsor: VA Hospital, Boise ID

Review exponential increase in recent research and publications on the effect
gastrointestinal microbiome has on human development, health, and disease


  1. Hi Heather,

    I am interested in exhibiting at your event this year again. We exhibited as JH Technologies last year. can you provide cost and details.

    Thank you


    • John,

      We are so excited you are planning on exhibiting again this year! We always enjoy it when you come. I am sure this will be a successful event this year and we look forward to speaking with you. I will forward your information on to Heather and have her contact you directly.

      Diane Stumpf
      ASCLS-Idaho President

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