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Hello, and welcome to a new year of activities for the CPOCT Division. I hope that the New Year finds all of you well. Up front I would like to thank Dr. Frederick Kiechle, our past-chair, as well as Dr. Jeffrey Dubois, chair of the 2012 International CPOCT Symposium, for all their hard work in making the past year a successful and productive one for the division.

Special thanks also go to the members of the organizing committee for the 2012 Symposium, as all their hard work produced an excellent final program in Prague. A summary of the meeting can be found on page 5 of this newsletter. Plans are already underway for the 2014 International Symposium, which will be held in San Diego, CA.

Thanks also go to our Nominating Committee for producing an excellent slate of candidates for the coming year. The elections results are complete, and I would like to congratulate the following new officers in the CPOCT Division:

  • Chair-Elect: Marcia Zucker, PhD
  • Treasurer: Scott Isbell, PhD
  • Nominating Committee: Kamisha Johnson-Davis, PhD
    Diana Blanco, MT(ASCP)
  • Member-at-Large: Nichole Korpi-Steiner, PhDSarah Brown, PhD

A complete list of division officers can be found at the AACC CPOCT Division website.

Before we know it, the 2013 AACC Annual Meeting in Houston, TX will be here – this year, the Annual Meeting is scheduled from July 28-August 1. The CPOCT Division has several important events scheduled for this year's meeting:

Sunday, July 28th
CPOCT Executive Committee Meeting

3:30-4:30 PM at the Hilton Americas-Houston, Room 340 A&B

Tuesday, July 30th
CPOCT Membership Meeting & Mixer
5:30-8:00 PM at the Hilton Americas-Houston, Reception

Thursday, August 1st CPOCT 11th Annual POCCs Forum:
The Role of Point-of-Care Testing in a Disaster (Plan)
7:30-10:00 AM at the convention center

Please mark your calendars for these important events, and we hope to see all of you in Houston later this summer. The POCC Forum at this year's Annual Meeting will be focused on the role of POCT in disaster response. The forum will consist of primary speaker, followed by a panel discussion led by 3 point-of-care coordinators. Those that attend will hear about using POCT in preparedness for, or response to, an emergency or disaster event, and what medically urgent testing can be provided by current lab caches. In addition, there will be a focused discussion on the efforts to create guidelines to help prepare for the use of POCT during disasters and emergencies. The panel discussion will center around real life experiences of the POCCs on the panel, as they share examples of what they encountered in developing plans for their institutions.

To close, I would like to thank many others whose support and hard work have contributed to the success of our division activities. This includes all of the corporate and individual sponsors of our many division activities and all of the folks at AACC that work so hard to keep us organized.

Special thanks go to Penny Jones, who after many years as our contact person within the AACC offices as moved on to new responsibilities within the organization – she has kept us running smoothly, and for that we are grateful.

In addition, I would like to thank Steve Valorz for his hard work and dedication in producing this newsletter. Editing can be a thankless job, and we are fortunate that Steve is willing to do it and does such a great job. Best Wishes to you all in 2013.

William Clarke, PhD, MBA, DABCC
Chair, POCT Division

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