Clinical Microbiology Discovery Day Webinars

Learn more about the latest clinical microbiology issues and trends from those who know it best

Explore our Clinical Webinar Library to learn about the latest issues and trends within clinical microbiology, and discover advances in blood culture, susceptibility testing and other microbiology workflow solutions.

Watch webinars from experts working in the fields of Healthcare Associated Infections, sepsis, antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistance, many first presented at our live Clinical Discovery Days.

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Exploring the Pharmacy/Microbiology Laboratory Partnership

Speaker: Dr. Jerod Nagel, PharmD, BCPS (AQID)

Topics include:

  • How Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs reduce the risk of inappropriate antimicrobial usage, which can help optimize patient outcomes, as well as reduce costs.
  • How the microbiology lab can team up with the pharmacy on AST results that promote antibiotic de-escalation and aid clinical decision-making.

Selective Reporting - How the Microbiology Lab Can Optimize Patient Outcomes

Speaker: Romney M. Humphries, PhD D(ABMM). Section Chief, Clinical Microbiology at UCLA Health.

Topics include:

  • How selectively reporting on the susceptibilities of broad-spectrum agents can de-escalate antibiotic usage and positively impact clinical decision-making
  • Strategies for selective/cascade reporting
  • Evaluating the impact of selective reporting

Keeping Up with the Candidas: New Guidelines and Troublesome MICs

Discovery Day Location: San Mateo, CA

Speaker: Jon Faldasz, PharmD BCPS. Infectious Disease Specialist at UCSF Mission Bay

Topics include:

  • Changes to Candida testing guidelines and how they impact laboratory practice
  • Meaning and implications of S-DD
  • Utility of echinocandin susceptibility testing
  • Application of Candida antifungal MICs to
    clinical isolates

Challenging Bacterial Infections – The Clinical Impact of Critical Microbiology Results

Speaker: James A. McKinnell, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; Division of Infectious Disease, LA-Biomed at Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Topics include:

  • How to steer antibiotic treatment choices that are critical to patient care, including reliable detection of existing and emerging resistance to new drugs, as well as antimicrobials of last resort. 
  • Results from microbiology laboratories that can potentially impact patient care.

Antimicrobial Stewardship and the Role of Thermo Scientific™ Sensititre™

Discovery Day Location: Charlotte, NC

Speaker: Jerod Nagel, PharmD, BCPS (AQID), Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases. Clinical Assistant Professor, Director Infectious Diseases Residency at the University of Michigan Health System.

Topics include:

  • The antimicrobial stewardship movement, program goals and the role of the microbiology lab
  • Priorities in selecting automated systems
    and reporting
  • Other considerations for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST)

The Diagnostic Challenges of Mycobacterial Infections

Speaker: Nathan A. Ledeboer, PhD, D(ABMM), Associate Professor of Pathology, Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology and Medical Director, Molecular Diagnostics at Medical College of Wisconsin; Senior Editor, Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Topics include:

  • Recovery of Mycobacterium from a suspected infection and the critical role of susceptibility testing for guiding therapy
  • Diagnostic challenges of Mycobacterium, including low bacterial load and small sample size associated with non-pulmonary infections, and the long time requirements for incubation
  • Current and evolving technologies available to microbiology laboratories in the identification and susceptibility testing of mycobacterial infections