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Special events are organized by AACC official entities (Divisions, SYCL, NACB, etc). Many of these events require advanced registration and registration fees. In some cases, registration is limited. Register online or using the conference registration form.


Opening Mixer 
Location/Time: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Sunday 07/27/2014 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Mingle with your colleagues at the Opening Mixer in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.  The session is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, from 6:45pm until 8:00pm, after the Opening Plenary session. 


SYCL Workshop and Mixer: Skills for Success in Value-Based Healthcare: Demonstrating the Value of Lab Medicine —Celebrate SYCL's 10th Anniversary!
Location/Time: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Saturday 07/26/2014  1:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Mixer 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
SYCL WorkshopSponsored by: AB Sciex, Agilent Technologies, Beckman Coulter,Inc., Bio-Rad Laboratories, Cepheid, LabCorp, Nova Biomedical, Radiometer, Roche Diagnostics, Sysmex America Inc., The Binding Site, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UTAK Laboratories, and Waters Corporation.

This workshop is geared toward SYCL members and will focus on fostering skills necessary to demonstrate the value of laboratory expertise and services in the new healthcare model. The program will include didactic and interactive sessions, presenting an overview of value-based healthcare, applications of evidence-based medicine and utilization management.

AACC member /non-member: $30
Register early. Space is limited to the first 60 registrants. Register for the SYCL Workshop by selecting the SYCL Workshop option during Annual Meeting registration.

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19th Annual Management Sciences and Patient Safety Leadership Seminar:
Using Automation to Achieve Six-Sigma Quality and Improve Patient Safety 
Location/Time: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Saturday 07/26/2014 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Sponsored by the AACC Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division

This talk describes how Dr. Hawker's laboratory has used automation and advanced software to reduce lost specimens 100-fold and become the first Six-Sigma laboratory in the US. It will also describe his development of an automated camera system that uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to identify possible mislabeled specimens, possibly leading that metric to also reach Six-Sigma quality levels.

Charles Hawker, PhD, FACB, ARUP, Salt Lake City, UT
2013 Recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences and Patient Safety Award

AACC member/non-member: $20
Registration includes a reception followed by awards presentation and scientific session.


Annual LVDD Dinner Meeting, Current Topics in Cardiovascular Disease  
Location/Time: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Monday 07/28/2014 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 Sponsored by the AACC Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases Division. 

LVDD members are invited to this annual awards celebration and scientific session on current topics in cardiovascular disease. 

Novel Therapies for Dyslipidemia
Michael Davidson, MD, FACC, FACP, FNLA.  Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Preventive Cardiology, University of Chicago.

Limited to the first 90 LVDD Members:  $50
Registration includes a reception, awards presentation, and dinner followed by scientific presentations.


International Lipoprotein Standardization Forum     
Location/Time: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Tuesday 07/29/2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Sponsored by the AACC Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases Division. 

LVDD members are invited to join international leaders in a discussion of recent findings related to lipoproteins, with a focus on new technologies and standardization efforts. 

The ACC/AHA Guidelines on Blood Cholesterol Management: Controversies and Curious Omissions
Peter P. Toth, MD, PhD, Director of Preventive Cardiology, CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL; Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine,  University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, IL; Professor of Clinical Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI.

Limited to the first 60 LVDD members:  $40
Registration includes a reception followed by dinner and scientific presentations.


Nutrition Division Networking Symposium, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease - A Silent Foe 
Location/Time: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Tuesday 07/29/2014 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 Sponsored by the AACC Nutrition Division. 

The session will review the pathophysiology, the epidemiology of NAFLD, and explore the present and upcoming biomarkers. It will also provide an overview of recent findings addressing the role of nutrition in the NAFLD development and progression, and discuss the role of gut microbiota in its pathogenesis. Speakers include Dr. Irina A Kirpich, University of Louisville, KY and Dr. Edgard Delvin, McGill University, Canada

The seminar will also include a short presentation by division award winners, with an opportunity for networking among laboratory professionals interested in advancing science in the field of nutrition.

AACC member/non-member: $20
Registration includes a reception followed by awards presentation and scientific session.


NACB Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting   
Location/Time: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Wednesday 07/30/2014 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
NACB members are invited to attend this luncheon in honor of new Academy Fellows and recipients of the NACB major awards. 

NACB Fellows: $40


12th Annual POINT-OF-CARE Coordinators Forum, CAP and TJC Considerations for Risk-Based QC Practices and Preparation Tips for POC Testing Programs 
Location/Time: McCormick Place Convention Center, Thursday 07/31/2014 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Sponsored by the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division

This year's POC Coordinators Forum will highlight current accreditation organization efforts and updates related to POC testing quality control practices based on risk management principles.  Emerging strategies in POC testing for utilizing risk assessment findings in the development of quality control and quality assessment plans will be discussed by a panel of experienced POC Coordinators.

Jean Ball, MBA, MT(HHS), MLT(ASCP)
Inspections Team Lead, College of American Pathologists

Stacy Olea, MBA, MT(ASCP), FACHE
Field Director, The Joint Commission

Panel of Experience POC Coordinators

  • May Louie, CLS, POCT and PSC Operations Manager, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA
  • Linda Seefluth, BSMLT(ASCP), MBA, Point of Care Services Manager, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI
  • Lou Ann Wyer, MS, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ), Laboratory Director, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA


AACC/ASCLS Member/non-member:  $20
The registration includes breakfast followed by scientific sessions.

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