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Joint Annual Meeting 2020

New Panel Discussion on COVID's Impact on Higher Education

The 2020 ASCLS & AGT Virtual Joint Annual Meeting educational program will feature a newly-added panel on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted educators. The virtual event includes nearly 60 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved continuing education on a flexible schedule that you choose, either real-time or recorded sessions streaming up to 30 days after the meeting. Browse the educational program.

Remote Control: How to Zoom through COVID's Impact on Higher Education

Wednesday, July 1, 11:15 am EDT

Speakers:

  • Dana Bostic, MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
  • Lisa Cremeans, MLS(ASCP)CM
  • Vanessa Johnson, MBA, MT(ASCP)
  • Joan Polancic, MSEd, MLS(ASCP)CM
  • Kyle Riding, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
  • Rebbecca Silva, MS, MT(ASCP)

This interactive panel session will explore the unique opportunities and challenges that have arisen alongside COVID-19-related remote instruction. Panelists will share their insights while working with attendees to identify how to effectively leverage remote instructional tools to benefits learner engagement.

Register for the Virtual JAM by June 1 to get the early registration discount, and join us June 28-July 2.

New Sessions on Convalescent Plasma Treatments for COVID-19, IGH Deletions in Multiple Myeloma, and Cultivating Resiliency

Late-breaking sessions continue to be added to the 2020 ASCLS & AGT Virtual Joint Annual Meeting educational program. The virtual event includes nearly 60 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved continuing education on a flexible schedule that you choose, either real-time or recorded sessions streaming up to 30 days after the meeting.

Current Status of Convalescent Plasma to Treat COVID-19

Michael JoynerMonday, June 29, 11:30 am EDT

Michael Joyner, MD, Mayo Clinic

This presentation will outline what convalescent plasma is and how it can be used to treat COVID-19, including what is currently known about its’ safety and efficacy.

IGH Deletions in Multiple Myeloma Can Enhance Risk Stratification

Monday, June 29, 2:45 pm EDT

Scott Smith, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Risk stratification in multiple myeloma is partly based on cytogenetics. IGH deletions were identified in 229 cases referred for clinical testing. Of all deletions identified, 21% resulted in a gene fusion, 7% of which were identified in high-risk fusions. These results and clinical implications of this study will be discussed.

Cultivating Resiliency: Positive Intelligence

KozarTuesday, June 30, 2:00 pm EDT

Brandon Kozar, PsyD, MBA, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

In this second part of the Cultivating Resilience series, the common myth of the happiness and success relationship will be debunked. Using recent research findings within the fields of psychology and neurobiology, people will learn how various personal and professional outcomes are improved through cultivating a positive primed brain state and what activities have been empirically proven to facilitate such a state and foster increased resiliency.

Watch part one of the Cultivating Resilience series, A New Frame on Stress (below), which was presented as an ASCLS webinar in April 2020.

Register for the Virtual JAM by June 1 to get the early registration discount, and join us June 28-July 2.

Two Sessions Added: The Vaccine-Autism Controversy and Scaling Up Samples in Response to COVID-19

We're excited to announce that two new sessions have been added to the 2020 ASCLS & AGT Virtual Joint Annual Meeting educational program. The virtual event includes nearly 60 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved continuing education on a flexible schedule that you choose, either real-time or recorded sessions streaming up to 30 days after the meeting.

In the Wake of Wakefield: The Vaccine-Autism Controversy

Martin BekahMonday, June 29, 11:30 am EDT

  • Rebekah Martin, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM

This presentation will walk through the findings of Andrew Wakefield’s infamous publication in The Lancet, which attempted to link the MMR vaccine and autism. This session will also explore circumstances surrounding the article’s publication as well as its impact on society and medicine. Basic immunology and vaccine design will also be discussed.

Scaling Up: 0 to 5,000 Samples a Day in Response to COVID-19

Canner JPTuesday, June 30, 2:00 pm EDT

  • JP Canner, PhD, NRCC

Implementing a scalable process is critical to meet the high demand of SARS-CoV-2 molecular testing. This talk will discuss the process of transitioning a previously manual testing procedure to a semi-automated process while maintaining key quality assurance checkpoints.

Register by June 1 to get the early registration discount, and join us June 28-July 2.

Maximize Your Virtual JAM Experience

The new Virtual Joint Annual Meeting, June 28-July 2, will allow you to participate in nearly 60 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved continuing education on a flexible schedule that you choose, either live or recorded streaming up to 30 days after the meeting. Even virtually, you can come together with your community of laboratory professionals for support and camaraderie during this challenging time. Here are some tips to help you have a great experience.

Create a Schedule that is Right for You

As a registered attendee, you will have access to all 60 educational sessions, both live and recorded. You get to choose which sessions you want to attend live and which sessions you will view later when the time is right. Design a schedule that fits your work and personal life. Take breaks when you need them—there is no right or wrong way to attend the Virtual Joint Annual Meeting.

Technology is Your Friend

All Joint Annual Meeting educational sessions and events will be held through Zoom webinars and Zoom meetings and will be accessible through the event app. Attend the meeting through your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Event App SmartphoneRegistrants should download the event app to access valuable resources:

  • Up-to-date program schedule with session descriptions, speaker bios, handouts, and direct links to both live and recorded sessions.
  • See a list of all registered attendees and network with others directly through the app.
  • Engage with the poster authors and presentations
  • Visit industry partner profiles and connect directly with representatives for one-on-one conversations and demonstrations.
  • Share photos, resources, and insights with fellow attendees to feel connected when we’re physically distant.

You can test your Zoom connections ahead of time to ensure you're ready when the meeting starts.

Make Time for Fun, Too!

Because all education and no fun makes for a boring virtual conference, the meeting includes opportunities to take a break and get to know each other.

  • Organized virtual group activities, such a chair yoga, creative time, JAM sessions—small group discussions on specific topics—and more.
  • Anyone who registers by the early deadline (June 1) will receive a “Conference Kit” in the mail that includes surprise items to participate in the group activities.
  • Take part in virtual challenges through the event app.
  • Celebrate the achievements of ASCLS and AGT members through virtual awards recognition.
  • Share your experiences and connect with others through social media. Follow ASCLS and AGT on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtags #Labucate20, #TheRealAGT, #IamASCLS, and #Lab4Life.