2013 Thought Leadership

Stay ahead of the curve in clinical laboratory practice with AACC and Siemens 2013 Thought Leadership Series of free online courses. The 2013 AACC Thought Leadership Series, supported by a generous grant from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, consists of four FREE courses designed to help laboratorians and other healthcare leaders stay current in today's fast-paced and ever-changing laboratory environment.

After attending each program, you will be given an opportunity to submit a question to the presenter online and to obtain 1.0 ACCENT Continuing Education credits for participating in the webinar.

The Program

This year, we used social media tools to ask AACC members who they believed to be "Thought Leaders" in the laboratory medicine field. We listened to their ideas and found that a common theme emerged: staying ahead of the curve in clinical laboratory practice. Here are the topics.

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Sepehr Seyedzadeh




    Sepehr Seyedzadeh

Paul Jannetto




     Paul Jannetto, PhD


Successful Automation Strategies for Labs of Every Size

Automating laboratory processes can create efficiencies and bring greater consistency to the testing process for ALL labs, regardless of their size. IVD manufacturers now make automation solutions for all of their customers, from modular units for smaller labs to total lab automation for large regional labs. During this presentation, you will learn strategies you need to know for assessing your lab's automation needs, setting your automation goals, and working through the process of implementing laboratory automation. Emerging technologies that are giving labs of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to take advantage of lab automation will also be discussed.

The Experts:
Sepehr Seyedzadeh, Director, Product Portfolio Management at Siemens Healthcare in Tarrytown and Paul Jannetto, PhD, DABCC, FACB, MT(ASCP), Associate Professor of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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Kent  LewandrowskiUsing HbA1c to Diagnose Type 2 Diabetes: An Update

It's been three years since the American Diabetes Association and the World Health Organization (WHO) changed their recommendations to support the use of HbA1c as a diagnostic tool for Type 2 diabetes. What's new today in using HbA1c for diagnosis? Are the cutoff levels expected to remain the same? How has this change affected other tests for diabetes, and how are physicians now using HbA1c in conjunction with fasting plasma glucose to evaluate patients today? These and other questions about the future of screening for Type 2 diabetes will be addressed in this webcast.

The Expert:
Kent Lewandrowski, MD, Professor of Pathology at Harvard University Medical School and Pathologist; Associate Chief for Laboratory and Molecular Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

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David KochAvoiding Common Errors in Laboratory Method Evaluation
As more laboratory assays become available, it is becoming increasingly important for laboratorians to understand how to evaluate new lab methods. During this program, the process of evaluating clinical laboratory methods and how to develop the correct approach to this key task will be addressed. A series of real-world examples will be used to demonstrate where common mistakes are made and how to correct them.

The Expert:
David Koch, PhD, DABCC, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University and Director, Clinical Chemistry, Grady Memorial Hospital & Emory University, Atlanta, GA

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W. Greg  MillerHarmonizing Clinical Laboratory Measurement Procedures: What It Means for Your Lab

For several years now, AACC leaders have been working with laboratory leaders around the world on a project that seeks to identify a pathway to harmonizing clinical laboratory measurement procedures. During this webcast, attendees will learn why harmonization is important, what approaches the laboratory community has taken up until now to harmonize lab measurement procedures, and what's expected to happen moving forward. See abstract at the bottom of the document for more information on what harmonization is.

The Expert:
W. Greg Miller, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Professor of Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Additional Information on What We Mean By Harmonization can be found in the abstract of Dr. Miller's article "Roadmap for Harmonization of Clinical Laboratory Measurement Procedures" published in the August 2011 issue of Clinical Chemistry.

Target Audience

Laboratory administrators, directors, in vitro diagnostic industry professionals, laboratory managers, supervisors and clinical laboratory scientists who have an interest in learning about new laboratory solutions and developments in the field of laboratory medicine.

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The AACC Thought Leadership Series is sponsored by AACC and the AACC Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division, and is made possible by a grant from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.


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