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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
AACC launches new Certificate Program 'Improving Outcomes through Point of Care Testing'

Washington, DC, October 19, 2011   On October 1, 2011, American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) launched its ninth certificate program, Improving Outcomes through Point of Care Testing. The use of point of care testing is rapidly expanding, and with this new growth comes new challenges and new opportunities for advancement. This certificate program provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the many circumstances under which point of care is being done and the cutting edge technology that is shaping where point of care technology may go next. The program is composed of eight courses which can be completed online in 1 to 2 hours each:

Introduction
Point of care testing for creatinine
Point of care testing for cardiac markers
Implementation and outcomes of Point of care testing in the emergency department
Point of care diagnosis of infections
Point of care diabetes management and glycemic control in outpatient and ICU settings
Point of care testing for infectious diseases
Improving the standard of care for disaster medicine 

Each course contains a lecture, required reading, and a quiz, and may include resource materials.  The program was developed by James Nichols, PhD, (Chair) of Baystate Health, Springfield, MA; Sheldon Campbell, MD, of VA Connecticut and Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; Rob Christenson, PhD, of University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; Gerald Kost, MD, PhD, of University of California, Davis, Davis, CA; Kent Lewandrowski, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Richard F. Louie, PhD, of University of California, Davis, Davis, CA; and Nam Tran, PhD, of University of California, Davis, Davis, CA.

For more information about the certificate program or AACC, contact Peter Patterson by email or on either of the above phone numbers.

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AACC is a leading professional society dedicated to improving healthcare through laboratory medicine. Its over 9,000 members are clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and others involved in developing tests and directing laboratory operations. AACC brings this community together with programs that advance knowledge, expertise, and innovation.