From the Division Chair

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Jeffrey DuBois, PhD, FACB
Nova Biomedical Corporation
Nova Biomedical Corporation, Waltham, MA

It is hard to believe that it has been almost five months since the Division’s most successful CPOCT meeting ever held, with 350 people registered and participants traveling from as far as Australia and Thailand. It was a large and international meeting indeed! I would like to thank Dr. Brad Karon, the Symposium Chairman, and all members of the organizing committee for their outstanding contributions in creating an excellent meeting. Looking forward to the 2012 CPOCT Symposium we welcome volunteers to help support the following activities: Abstracts, Continuing Education, Fund Raising/Corporate Support, Program Development (symposium theme, title, sessions content, invited speakers), and Logistics.

A special thanks to Frank LaDuca and the nominating committee. The results of the Division elections are noted in another section of this Newsletter. Congratulations to the new Division Officers and to Fred Kiechle, MD, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, FL for his election as CPOCT chair-elect for 2012. You can also visit the division website to view a complete list of all current CPOCT division officers.

I would like to bring to your attention a very important meeting pertinent to CPOCT that everyone should consider – The Arnold O. Beckman Conference entitled “Glycemic Control in the Hospital: Evidence, Issues, and Future Directions” will be held in San Diego April 12 and 13, 2011. The topic is very important and is a joint meeting between the AACC, including the CPOCT Division, and the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB). Joining AACC and NACB in presenting this conference are the following organizations:

  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
  • College of American Pathologists
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine

Registration is open for this meeting and it is expected that attendance at the conference will be high.

In its annual report to AACC, the CPOCT listed the following Division accomplishments in 2010:

Advance Science and Technology – The division fosters such advancements through the awarding of grants and acknowledgement of successful programs and individual outstanding contributors as described below.

Advance the Profession – The Point of Care Specialist Certificate program was initiated in July 2008. This program is composed of 8 courses and is offered to any professional working in POCT who has an interest in pursuing a higher level of knowledge and expertise in this concentration.

Advance Clinical Science – The CPOCT Division actively promotes research and practice improvement to facilitate better clinical practice. The 2010 award winners were identified at the Annual Awards Banquet at the AACC Annual Meeting in Anaheim:

  • Outstanding Research in Critical Care or Point of Care Testing – Paul Collinson, MD, FRCPath, St. George’s Hospital, London, UK
  • Point-of-Care Coordinator of the Year – Bob Kaplanis, Laboratory Services of Arizona, Tempe, AZ
  • Point of Care Specialist Certificate Program Graduates

Advance Laboratory Practice – The “Free Poster Program” started in 2008 has been a huge success. Numerous professionals have consulted this web site and requested the posters for posting at their facilities.

Advance the Global Role – As mentioned, the 2011 International Symposium planning will begin this month. This is truly an international event held every other year.

Division Administration
Fundraising: The division initiated yearlong sponsorship in 2011, in which companies supporting the division, were recognized at all division events throughout the year.  Certificates of appreciation were given to sponsoring companies at the annual mixer and awards ceremony in Anaheim. 

The Executive Committee also agreed to assist AACC Local Sections and other group’s conducting education in the area of critical and point-of-care testing. 

Division Goals for 2011:

  • Continue to investigate potential for certificate programs for nursing and respiratory therapists related to patient safety initiatives
  • Continue to offer yearlong sponsorship and recognize companies at all division activities in 2011 
  • Conduct 2 webinars for division members in 2011
  • Review timing of the POC forum, posters, membership meeting, mixer, and Afterglow events during the Annual Meeting to see if greater local attendance could be facilitated by more convenient scheduling – suggestions are welcomed
  • Determine division support for the French Critical Care Testing Symposium in Deauville, France in May of 2012 that is organized by several French Societies

Member Survey Results
I want to thank all of you who participated in the member survey conducted last December.  136 people responded to the questionnaire about preferences for division programs and activities.  We will be examining the results in more detail later on but my first impression is that many of you are looking to online formats for your continuing education.  77.7% of respondents (the highest response) said they had participated in a webinar/webcast during the past 12 months and 78% (the highest response) said this was their preferred format for CE. 

Among existing division activities the following scored 80% or better when the ratings for Extremely Valuable and Valuable were combined:

  • Division sponsored AM sessions
  • POCC forum
  • Social/networking opportunities
  • Division newsletter
  • Division website

In closing, 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 events and opportunities in CPOCT. I would also like to thank all of the companies and individuals that sponsored division events in 2010.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey A. DuBois, PhD FACB C(ASCP)SC
Chair, CPOCT Division

 

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