Webinar: Developments in STD Testing – a Collaborative Discussion for Clinicians and Laboratorians

"This cross-cutting webinar hosted collaboratively by Health Care Education and Training (HCET) and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) will discuss the concerning rise in STD rates and ways clinicians and laboratorians can work together to combat this problem. You will hear about the importance of looking beyond traditional testing and evaluating patients for disease at extragenital sites or from newly recognized pathogens like Mycoplasma genitalium. This webinar will provide information on the latest laboratory options for this kind of testing. Many of these assays have recently been FDA cleared or are coming soon to existing STD testing platforms.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: Developments in STD Testing – A Collaborative Discussion for Clinicians and Laboratorians

"This cross-cutting webinar hosted collaboratively by Health Care Education and Training (HCET) and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) will discuss the concerning rise in STD rates and ways clinicians and laboratorians can work together to combat this problem. You will hear about the importance of looking beyond traditional testing and evaluating patients for disease at extragenital sites or from newly recognized pathogens like Mycoplasma genitalium. This webinar will provide information on the latest laboratory options for this kind of testing. Many of these assays have recently been FDA cleared or are coming soon to existing STD testing platforms.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program."

Webinar: SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Update – 2020

"This webinar will provide a review of the past 2019 – 2020 respiratory virus season and will highlight our surveillance strategies and challenges for 2020-2021, based on our expectations, for the upcoming respiratory virus season in light of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Additional topics that will be discussed include a review of the differences/ similarities between the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the current COVID-19 pandemic, updates on seasonal influenza, SARS-CoV-2 updates and new technologies including the roll out plans for influenza & SARS-CoV-2 multiplex PCR testing for surveillance and outbreak response. Additionally, updates on the influenza vaccine strain components will be discussed.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program.

As part of the new P.A.C.E. continuing education process, please go to the ASCLS CE Organizer web site to print your P.A.C.E. certificates. You will be asked for a code number to print the certificate. We will provide you this number during the webinar.

Please note that the deadline for receiving P.A.C.E. education credit for this webinar is August 26th, 2021."

Webinar: A Summary of the Emergence of SAR-CoV-2 and the Wisconsin Laboratory Response

"his presentation will summarize the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in 2020 from a laboratory standpoint, including the virus emerging from China, spreading in the U.S, and an up-to-date epidemiologic situation statewide and nationwide. The presentation will discuss building diagnostic PCR capacity, antibody sero-surveys and other studies, and antigen test evaluations.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program."

Webinar: What We’ve Learned About COVID-19 Through Genomics

"This session will demonstrate the process of sequencing SARS-CoV-2 and the value of genomic epidemiology. SARS-CoV-2 genomics provides a unique insight into local transmission allowing for differentiation between importation and endogenous spread and evaluating the impact of public health interventions.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program."

Webinar: Microbial Taxonomy Updates: What Are They and Why Should We Care?

"Technologic advancements in fields such as molecular genetics and microbiome assessment have resulted in a veritable explosion of new microbial genus/species designations. Acknowledgment of designations involving clinically-significant bacterial species would benefit clinical microbiologists in the context of emerging pathogens, performance of accurate organism identification, and performance of appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility testing. This session attempts to crystallize the origin of taxonomy changes and the potential impact on routine clinical microbiology practice.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: WSLH and the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network

"The speaker will provide an update on the role of Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene as part of the Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network. This session will highlight submission guidelines for AR samples, review data from the past year, detail upcoming surveillance activities, and discuss recent outbreaks.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: Preparing and Reading Gram Stains: I’m Not Afraid

"Preparing, reading, and reporting a Gram stain can be a dreaded duty that some Medical Laboratory Scientists, who perform Gram stains infrequently, will try to avoid. If Gram stains are a challenge for you, this presentation is for you. Let the speakers help you to stop fearing Gram stains, as they review the process for making, reading and reporting quality Gram stains in a manner that will provide beneficial information to aid the physician in determining patient care. This session is geared to the non-microbiologist who prepares and reads Gram stains only occasionally, or the new inexperienced microbiologist.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: 2021 Updates to CLSI M100

"The Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) updates the “Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing” annually. It is essential for laboratories to keep up with these annual changes. Dr. Munson will discuss the major changes made to the 2021 M100 31st edition document.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Update – 2021

"This webinar will provide a review of the past 2020 – 2021 respiratory virus season and will highlight our surveillance strategies and challenges for 2021-2022, based on our expectations, for the upcoming respiratory virus season in light of the continued SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Additional topics that will be discussed include a background in influenza and influenza surveillance, updates on the influenza vaccine strain components, new vaccine technologies for influenza vaccines in the future (mRNA vaccines, etc), updates on influenza transmission globally, SARS-CoV-2 updates and new technologies including whole-genome sequencing being done by multiple labs in Wisconsin for genomic surveillance, and other respiratory virus activity and surveillance.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar/Meeting: 2021 WCLN Regional Meeting – “The COVID-19 Pandemic Response Olympics”

"This one-day meeting presented by the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) offers clinical and public health laboratorians, infection preventionists, and state and local public health representatives the chance to strengthen their relationships through networking and discussions on relevant laboratory issues.

The declaration of the COVID-19 Pandemic on March 11, 2020 began an Olympic effort for both the laboratory and public health communities that all the pandemic planning that had been done in the past did not prepare us for. Now, more than a year and a half from the beginning of the pandemic, we are still dealing with surges and wondering when it will end.

Additionally we will provide a review of 2020-2021 WSLH Surveillance, discuss how the laboratory can aid the clinician in making clinical decisions, and provide some tips on how to maintain mindfulness of work-life balance to relieve stress and prevent burnout. We hope you will join us as we review the challenges of the pandemic, discuss our strategies for moving forward, and celebrate our successes."

Webinar: A Peek Behind the Curtain

"This session will provide an overview of culture-dependent and culture-independent laboratory diagnostic methods with a focus on strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate utilization of assays used for bacterial identification in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: Can You Solve This Case?

"The speaker will present three infectious diseases cases caused by bacteria not frequently isolated in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Each case presentation will provide the patient history, laboratory testing procedures used in each case, and a review of the bacteria involved in each case."

Webinar: Microscopic Identification of Microbes in Primary Blood Smears

"Whether you work in Hematology, Microbiology or are a Generalist you could come across microbes in primary blood smears. Detecting microbes in primary blood is usually a critical value and should trigger additional actions. This webinar will be a review of the most common microbes you could encounter and their diagnostic features. We will discuss clinical factors that could support your diagnosis, limitations to this type of identification, and additional testing that may be recommended. Whether you report these identifications in your facility or refer to other facilities, the ability to recognize microbes in primary blood smears is critical for good patient care.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: The Clinical Role and Susceptibility Testing Options for New Antimicrobial Agents

"This webinar will describe new antibiotics used to target multi-drug resistant gram positive and gram-negative bacteria. In addition, to a general description of the antibiotics, we will discuss common clinical scenarios in which these antibiotics might be prescribed. Finally, this webinar will describe options available to clinical microbiology laboratories for performing susceptibility testing and discuss the pros and cons of performing this testing.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: 2022 Updates to CLSI M100

"The Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) updates the “Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing” annually. It is essential for laboratories to keep up with these annual changes. Dr. Munson will discuss the major changes made to the 2022 M100 32nd edition document.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program."

Webinar: Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology Casework

"This session will provide an overview of the current drug trends in drug-impaired driving and Medical Examiner casework. Several case histories will be used to detail the analytical and legal challenges as well as various drugs’ effects on human performance.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Update – 2022

"This webinar will provide a review of the 2021 – 2022 respiratory virus season and will highlight our surveillance strategies and challenges for 2022-2023, based on our expectations, for the upcoming respiratory virus season.

Additional topics that will be discussed include a background in influenza and influenza surveillance, updates on the influenza vaccine strain components, new vaccine technologies for influenza vaccines in the future (mRNA vaccines, etc.), updates on influenza transmission globally, SARS-CoV-2 updates including continued WGS for strain surveillance, and updates on other respiratory virus activity and surveillance programs.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."

Webinar: Oh No! I’ve Failed a Proficiency Test – Now What?

"This webinar will feature a question and answer format with an interviewer and panelists answering questions. Topics of discussion will include: some of the most common proficiency testing errors that result in failures; what participants can do to avoid failures; how are proficiency testing results scored; and what does a laboratory need to do if they have a proficiency testing failure. There will be time allowed for audience questions and answers.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit."