AACC University

Sunday, August 4

AACC University features 15 low-cost sessions on Sunday, August 4 that you can attend without paying the full scientific meeting registration fee. You may choose between a half-day session, either in the morning or afternoon, or six full-day sessions. And as a bonus, if you take an AACC University course, you are also invited to attend the Special Session, Sunday Plenary Session, and the AACC Opening Mixer & Division Networking Event.

Half-Day Morning Sessions

Half-Day Afternoon Sessions

Full-Day Sessions

Half-Day Morning Sessions

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

191002 Preanalytical Variations: Basics and Beyond

The most frequent occurrences of laboratory errors occur in the preanalytical phase. This session will review the basics of the preanalytical phase, discuss approaches to improve quality in the preanalytical phase, and provide guidance for overcoming various preanalytical challenges. In addition, this course will also provide a series of interactive case presentations of some of the most common preanalytical errors in the clinical setting. Learn more.

191003 Hemoglobin Electrophoresis

Developed in cooperation with the AACC Hematology and Coagulation Division

This session will review specialized testing used for the diagnosis of hemoglobinopathies. In addition, this session will also provide an overview of the clinical presentation of patients with hemoglobinopathies. Learn more.

191004 The Laboratory Test Life Cycle: Using CLSI Guidelines to Meet FDA, CLIA, and ISO Requirements

Developed in cooperation with the Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)

This session will examine how quality can be ensured through establishment, validation, and verification of performance specifications for laboratory developed tests (LDTs). The test life cycle, related concepts, and definitions will be introduced. For each step in the test life cycle, speakers will discuss the FDA, CLIA, and ISO requirements. A specific LDT example will be provided to demonstrate how the CLSI documents can be used to meet the regulatory requirements. Learn more.

191005 Rise and Shine! The Essential Elements of a Point-of-Care Testing Boot Camp (Part One)

Developed in cooperation with the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division

This session will focus on important elements of procedure writing, including process mapping as well as training and competency assessments of testing personnel. The importance of building clinical partnerships for successful point-of-care testing delivery will be incorporated. Lectures will include audience response (polls) and a breakout session will add hands-on table exercises. (See Part Two for focus areas in the afternoon bootcamp session.) Learn more.

Half-Day Afternoon Sessions

12:15 – 3:15 p.m.

192007 Afternoon Reveille! Continuing the Essential Elements of a Point-of-Care Testing Boot Camp (Part Two)

This session will focus on important elements of integrating quality management into point-of-care testing (POCT), creating strong multidisciplinary team communications and integrating POCT connectivity. The importance of building clinical partnerships for successful POCT delivery will be incorporated. Lectures will include audience response (polls) and a breakout session will add hands-on table exercises. (See Part One for focus areas in the morning boot camp session.) Learn more.

192008 AACC/IFCC Clinical Laboratory Practice Recommendations for Use of High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin Assays: Real Laboratory and Clinical Experience in the USA

Evidence-based presentations with case studies and interactive audience participation will be presented to communicate and discuss practical implementation and experience with high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTnI, hs-cTnT) assays. The session will cover the role of the central lab and point-of-care testing in the early rule-out/rule-in of myocardial infarction, risk assessment, and primary prevention in clinical practice. The AACC/IFCC clinical laboratory practice guidelines for defining quality control, normality, and gender specific 99th percentile upper reference limits will be addressed. Learn more.

192009 Maximizing the Impact and Value of Laboratory Automation: Lessons Learned From Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology

Automation has the potential to improve laboratory accuracy, efficiency, and throughput. Total laboratory automation is widely used in clinical chemistry laboratories, and instrumentation to automate culture-based testing is now available and is being implemented in microbiology laboratories. This multi-disciplinary session for AACC University will bring together laboratory medicine professionals from chemistry and microbiology to discuss total laboratory automation, including validation, implementation, and clinical impact. Learn more.

192010 Multiple Myeloma Diagnostics: Interpretation and Reporting of Protein Electrophoresis and Serum Free Light Chains

Developed in cooperation with the AACC Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology Division

This session will provide an interactive series of myeloma cases that include serum protein electrophoresis, immunofixation, and serum free light chains. Attendees will be provided standardized approaches, examples, and advice on how to interpret and report these results, with a focus on the subtleties of effectively communicating relevant laboratory findings. Laboratory testing and discussion will include capillary electrophoresis and agarose gels. Case examples will include the clinical history and context as well as challenging interpretative aspects, such as monoclonal proteins that migrate in the alpha and beta region as well as samples with interferences from monoclonal therapeutic agents. Learn more.

192011 Trust, but Verify: Getting the Most Out of Verification Protocols for FDA Approved Methods

This session will discuss the process of selecting and evaluating clinical laboratory methods. Attendees will develop an understanding of the correct approach to this key clinical laboratory task. This course uses a series of examples taken from the clinical laboratory evaluation process to focus attention on the critical aspects of method validations. This session emphasizes protocols that are essential for validation of FDA approved methods and instruments. Learn more.

Full-Day Sessions

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 - 3:15 p.m.

193012 The Secrets to Success: Implementing Robust LC-MS/MS Methods in the Clinical Laboratory

This session aims to assist clinical laboratories interested in implementing mass spectrometry. It will cover the fundamentals of liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry. There will be a discussion of sample preparation techniques, considerations for method development, validation, post-implementation monitoring, and troubleshooting. Learn more.

193013 How to Truly “Excel” at Data Analysis and Visualization: An Introduction to the R Programming Language

Analyzing data is a key element of effective laboratory practice and quality improvement activities. Outside of simple descriptive statistics and standard plots, data analyses in spreadsheets can be time-consuming and error-prone. R is a free statistical programming language that supports the complex data manipulation and analysis activities needed for efficient clinical laboratory practice. This session will introduce basic concepts of R programming and discuss overall best practices in working with large laboratory data sets. Learn more

193014 Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Informatics Boot Camp

Developed in cooperation with the AACC Informatics Division

Informatics is best described as delivering the right information to the right person, at the right place and time, and in the right way. Unfortunately, most laboratory professionals haven’t had formal training in informatics, even though they utilize its tools everyday. This session serves as an informatics boot camp, providing participants the basics needed to understand and navigate this rapidly evolving field. Topics include: laboratory information systems (LIS), electronic health records (EHR), and middleware; information system selection and life cycle; IT data governance; cybersecurity and information assurance; data extraction and analytics; and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Learn more.

193015 Clinical Laboratory Genomics: Practical NGS for Laboratorians

Developed in cooperation with the AACC Molecular Pathology Division

Genetic testing using next-generation sequencing (NGS) is advancing precision medicine. This session will describe key aspects of quality control, quality assurance, and regulatory considerations for NGS, the relative advantages and limitations of targeted versus comprehensive NGS tests, and NGS data analysis and particularly variant interpretation in the diagnosis of hereditary disorders. The speakers will use interactive case studies to emphasize the essential components of each topic. Learn more.

193016 Clinical Laboratory Leadership Essentials for the 21st Century

An essential component to leadership is relationship building, and good leadership is a learnable skill. Many people find themselves in leadership positions or aspiring to become leaders in laboratory medicine despite very little training on how to be an effective leader. This session attempts to fill in this apparent gap through discussion of leadership effectiveness and self-management as well as management of workplace relationships, including conflict resolution, and leading teams. Learn more.

193017 Getting Started With R for Laboratory Medicine

This hands-on course will teach the basics of interaction with the R statistical programming language through the RStudio interface with a goal of providing attendees with the ability to perform the core statistical analyses and data visualization required for laboratory medicine clinical practice. Attendees will use R and RStudio on their personal laptops to participate in this interactive session. Learn more.