Conference Program

From Plenary Sessions featuring world-renowned scientists to intimate Roundtable sessions geared for lively discussion on hot topics, the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo offers something for everyone in laboratory medicine.

More than 200 educational sessions in a variety of settings will give you the knowledge you need to advance professionally and develop adaptive solutions for today's complex, challenging healthcare environment.

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The meeting's featured pathways enable attendees to concentrate their learning in seven dynamic areas of laboratory medicine practice.

Plenary Sessions

The 2019 lineup of plenary speakers is a who's who of scientific discovery and clinical innovation. The five sessions—offered Sunday through Thursday—offer insights not only into the future of healthcare but also current practices that are making a difference in medicine today.

Sunday: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

Scientific Sessions

Scientific Sessions cover a broad range of subjects at basic, intermediate, or advanced levels of practice. These sessions, presented by highly regarded speakers in traditional lecture format, cover the gamut of laboratory medicine topics, from analytical challenges to emerging technologies and testing methods.

Morning: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Mid-Day: 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Afternoon: 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday
Morning: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Afternoon: 2:30 - 4 or 5 p.m.

Morning: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

Roundtable Sessions

Offered twice daily—early morning and at lunchtime—the Roundtable sessions (previously called Brown Bag sessions) are limited to 10 participants, giving attendees the opportunity to pose questions without the pressure of a large audience. Expect lively discussion, active exchange, and even debate. Food will be available for purchase near these sessions.

Monday-Wednesday: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Roundtable sessions are ticketed events and sell out quickly. For best availability, register early. Fee: $25

Meet the Experts

After their presentations, our plenary speakers and other invited experts join in informal, in-depth conversations in an intimate setting that encourages questions-and-answers and free-form dialogue.

Monday-Thursday: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration. Seating is limited to 75 people, first come, first served.

Chair’s Invited Session

Each year the chair of AACC's Annual Meeting Organizing Committee develops a special session of particular importance to laboratory medicine. This year’s presentation is, "Race, Genomics, and Medicine."

Monday: 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

President’s Invited Session

Every year, AACC's President organizes a session that covers a topic of professional interest and relevancy to the clinical laboratory field. This year’s presentation is, "Beyond the Clinical Laboratory Director: Careers for Clinical Chemists."

Monday: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

AACC University

AACC University courses are a great option if you don't have the time to attend the full conference. This collection of sessions, held exclusively on Sunday before the official start of the annual scientific meeting, enables participants to catch up on best practices and emerging science without committing to more than one day. As a bonus, AACC University participants are invited to attend the Sunday Plenary Session and the AACC Opening Mixer & Division Networking Event.

Morning: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon: 12:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

AACC University sessions are ticketed events. You can either attend half-day courses in the morning and/or afternoon or a full day course. View fees here.

Special Sessions

Consumer Genomics, Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing, and Patient Empowerment

A special session at this year’s meeting will explore consumer-initiated genetic testing, which is experiencing exponential growth with many new applications in the areas of health, wellness, and entertainment. While the uptake of these tests is high, the limitations of consumer genetic testing may not be well-understood by most consumers. During this session, two well-renowned experts in the field will discuss nuances between the different types of tests, regulatory aspects, clinical validity and utility, and how consumer genetic testing fits into medical care.

Sunday: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

AACC's Disruptive Technology Award Session

In AACC’s Disruptive Technology Award session, diagnostic developers will present data on innovative personalized medicine testing solutions to a panel of expert judges, who will then choose the winning testing solution based on feasibility and performance.

Monday: 4:30 - 6 p.m.

A New Focus for the Healthcare Forum: Laboratory Stewardship in Healthcare Innovation

The healthcare delivery system is changing, and the clinical laboratory has a critical role to play in value-based care. Through laboratory stewardship programs and other collaborative efforts, laboratory professionals are well-positioned to help administrators achieve the often-conflicting objectives of reducing costs and improving patient care. By engaging stakeholders in the quality measurement community, laboratories can have greater involvement in shaping the future of healthcare. Join us for this year's healthcare forum and learn from our experts how you and your laboratory can succeed in this competitive healthcare environment.

Wednesday: 2:30 - 5 p.m.