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From the Division Chair

Brad S. Karon, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

How quickly time passes, that will be the theme of my remarks for this newsletter. It seems like yesterday (it practically was yesterday) when I took over officially as CPOCT chair. Since our membership meets infrequently, the opportunities to interact with the membership are certainly limited, and the first thing for an incoming chair to worry about is election of a chair-elect and a smooth transition of leadership for next year.

On that note I would like to congratulate Jeffrey Dubois, PhD for his election as CPOCT chair-elect for 2010. For a complete list of 2010 election results see the article in this newsletter, or visit the division website to view a complete list of all current CPOCT division officers (those elected this year and those in the second year of a two year term).

As we begin to ponder the exciting opportunities coming up at the July AACC national meeting, one opportunity I would like you all to consider is the annual meeting of the CPOCT membership to be held on Tuesday July 27, 2010 from 5:30-6 PM (just before the CPOCT mixer and awards ceremony).

At the membership meeting I would like to have a discussion about ways to get more division members involved in the operation of the division. Specifically we will be recruiting nominees to run for the following division offices for 2011: chair-elect (1 year term followed by one year as chair), treasurer (2 year term), at large member of executive committee (2 year term), and nominating committee (2 year term). The current nominating committee led by past chair Frank LaDuca will be organizing an election for Fall 2010, and I would like to encourage all of you to find out more about the division offices that we will be filling for 2011.

Yes its hard to believe but within a few months we’ll be organizing division elections for 2011. Please consider running yourself or nominating a colleague for division office.

This issue of the newsletter will highlight the many division events and educational opportunities available for attendees at the AACC national meeting in Anaheim (July 25-29, 2010), and I hope to see many of you there. After you’ve returned from Anaheim and put away your Disney souvenirs, you’ll have just a few months to rest before the International Point of Care Symposium in Boston from September 22-25, 2010. The title of this year’s International Symposium is "New Directions in Point-of-care Testing: Innovation, Controversies and Partnerships".

I would once again like to highlight a new session at the international symposium this year designed to attract Point of Care Coordinators to showcase their quality improvement and patient care activities. The session is called POCT partnerships. The intention of this session is to solicit ideas and examples from point-of-care coordinators on partnerships that have led to improved quality or outcomes for POCT. Examples might include partnerships between coordinators and in-vitro diagnostic companies or partnerships between coordinators and nursing or allied health personnel.

Rather than relying on invited speakers for most presentations for this session; the best submitted abstracts will give oral presentations to describe how their partnership improved the quality of patient care. Please visit the division website to see the full program and obtain information on submitting an abstract.

Finally (certainly not least, but last) I would like to thank Steve Valorz for continuing to edit the newsletter, and I encourage all of you to read it to find out about happenings and opportunities in CPOCT. I would also like to thank all of the companies and individuals that have sponsored division events this year.

Brad S. Karon MD PhD
Chair, CPOCT

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