Special Events

Special events are organized by official AACC entities, including AACC Divisions, AACC's Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians (SYCL), AACC Academy, and other groups. Many of these events require advanced registration and registration fees. In some cases, registration is limited.

AACC Community Opening Mixer

AACC’s Community Opening Mixer is open to everyone with a full conference registration, a Sunday daily registration, or a Guest/Spouse registration. The opening mixer will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Sunday, July 30 from 6:45 to 8 p.m., immediately after the opening plenary session.

SYCL Workshop and Mixer

Developing an Influential Leadership Role for Laboratory Professionals

Saturday, July 29, 1–5:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marina Ballroom Salon E
(Mixer to follow from 6–8 p.m. in the Coronado room)

Sponsored by ARUP Laboratories, Beckman Coulter, Inc., Phenomenex, Sysmex America, Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific, UTAK Laboratories, and Waters Corporation.

With an ever-changing healthcare landscape, it’s becoming more important for laboratory professionals to possess strategic business skills to understand and manage finances, vendors, staff training, and facilities.

Learn from the experts in this interactive workshop designed to help you enhance your ability to build relationships, negotiate contracts, engage your team, and develop an influential leadership role in the laboratory. You’ll get industry and academic perspectives on leadership and management, in addition to seeing practical tips that you can implement in your facility.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to collaborate and share information with the entire room.

Michael Astion, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
How to Create Impactful Business Relationships: Academic Perspective

Sue Evans, PhD, BioDecisions Consulting, Los Gatos, CA
How to Create Impactful Business Relationships: Industry Perspective

Juan David Garcia, MBA, BS(MT), New York Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
How to Effectively Negotiate Lab Contracts

Josie Foranoce, MT(ASCP), Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL
Engaging Your Team from Good to Great

Attending this workshop will provide 4.0 ACCENT credits.

Immediately following the workshop, it will be all hands on deck at the annual SYCL mixer, this year with the theme “Anchors Aweigh.” Light fare and beverages will be served at this lively networking event, which will also include a raffle to raise funds for SYCL travel grants. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $50. Register early; space is limited to 75 registrants.

Registration includes the workshop and mixer.

22nd Annual Management Sciences and Patient Safety Leadership Seminar

Driving Quality Through a Culture of Safety

Saturday, July 29, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego - Hillcrest A

Sponsored by the AACC Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division

A strong and mature Safety Culture can be instrumental in driving quality to a new level. Innovative processes have been developed to ensure safe management of specimens. Quality dashboards align expectations for laboratory staff. AACC’s 22nd Annual Management Sciences and Patient Safety Leadership Seminar will focus on a safety program that can promote quality outcomes. Our speaker, Lou Ann Wyer, laboratory director for Sentara Healthcare, will discuss processes that have improved quality outcomes in the laboratory, from integration to standardization.

Lou Ann Wyer, MS, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ)
Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $20

Annual LVD Division Dinner Lecture & Awards

Monday, July 31, 5:30–6:30 p.m. 
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - Marina Ballroom Salon F
(Membership Reception and Poster Viewing to follow from 6:30–9:30 p.m. in Marina Ballroom Salon E)

Sponsored by the AACC Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases Division

Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases Division members are invited to this annual awards celebration and scientific session on current topics in cardiovascular disease. A one-hour reception and poster viewing period will be followed by an awards presentation, a three-course dinner, and a scientific presentation.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $50

Laboratory Diagnoses and Therapeutic Monitoring of Patients with Bleeding Disorders

Avoiding Pitfalls...Enhancing Care

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - Marina Ballroom, Salon D (South Tower, Level 3)
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Registration & Reception
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Presentation

This educational activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

This free CME symposium features new and vital information on the laboratory evaluation of hemophilia A and B. Topics include the latest information on the appropriate laboratory testing, screening, and diagnosis of non-severe hemophilia A and B, and clinically significant laboratory issues associated with monitoring recently approved modified recombinant hemophilia A and B replacement therapies. The event includes a dinner reception to meet with coagulation laboratory experts, networking with colleagues, and participation in an informative educational session. Earn 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s), and 1.5 ACCENT Credits.

Registration: Free (RSVP preferred)

Mass Spectrometry & Separation Sciences Division Mass Spectacular

Tuesday, August 1, 7–11 p.m.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - Marina Ballroom Salon E

Sponsored by the AACC Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences Division and the Proteomics and Metabolomics Division

Members of the Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences Division and the Proteomics and Metabolomics Division are invited to this awards ceremony, dinner, and celebration. The night will begin with an awards presentation for Proteomics and Metabolomics Division poster abstracts, and Mass Spectrometry Division poster abstracts and contributions. Brief presentations will follow on new and available technologies, and the evening will conclude with live music, networking, and a raffle.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $10

Registration includes a drink and a raffle ticket.

Nutrition Division Networking Seminar

Vitamin D and Bone Turnover Markers in ALL Survivors?

Tuesday, August 1, 6–9:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - Catalina

Sponsored by the AACC Nutrition Division

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (cALL) is the most common childhood malignancy. The remarkable progress in its treatment based on risk stratification and improved clinical support has led during the last two decades to a steadily increasing survival rate. This success is however unfortunately linked to risks of secondary diseases including metabolic bone disease. Skeletal changes that include metaphyseal bands, periosteal reaction, osteolysis, sclerosis, and osteoporosis leading to vertebral compression that are observed at the time of diagnosis have been attributed to the disease process per se. In addition, the severe treatment protocols that include methotrexate and glucocorticoids have been claimed aggravating factors in the impaired accumulation of skeletal mass during childhood and adolescence, predisposing these patients to osteoporosis and pathological fractures in early adulthood.

Edgard Delvin, PhD
CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, Montreal, Canada

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $20

Winning Organization-Wide Support For Laboratory Proposed Acquisitions

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - Marina Ballroom, Salon D (South Tower, Level 3)
5:30 – 5:45 pm Registration & Check-in
5:45 to 6:30 pm Presentations
6:30 to 6:50 pm Panel Discussion
6:50 to 7:30 pm Reception

This educational activity is supported by an education grant from Roche.

Attend this free educational event to learn how to win the support of your organization's stakeholders to purchase new laboratory equipment and technology that will improve operations and patient care. Earn 1.0 ACCENT (r) credit for attending this event.

Registration: Free (RSVP preferred

15th Annual Point-of-Care Coordinators Forum

Nursing and POC Teams: Working for the Same Goal

Thursday, August 3, 7:30–10 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center

Sponsored by the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division

AACC’s Point-of-Care Coordinators Forum will highlight the interpersonal relationship between nursing personnel and point-of-care testing (POCT). Our speaker, Judy Prewitt, Duke University Hospital Magnet Program Director, Duke University Health System (DUHS) ACNO Practice, Magnet, & Research, DUHS Chair, MedSurg PERT, will focus on point-of-care testing from a nurse’s perspective.

She will emphasize the importance of the relationship between POCT coordinators and nursing staff to provide a better understanding of each role and how to work together to provide the best patient care.

Following the presentation, a panel consisting of representatives from POCT, nursing, perfusion, and respiratory therapy will discuss communication issues and answer questions from the audience.

Judy Prewitt, DNP, RN, AOCN, NEA-BC
Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $20

Global Lab Quality Initiative Mini-Workshop

Adding Value to Patient Care Using Quality Control

Sunday, July 30, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
San Diego, CA
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - Point Loma/Solana

This is a practical four-hour workshop designed to train students and bench technicians on the nuts and bolts of quality control techniques to improve laboratory medicine. With content originally designed for audiences outside the U.S., AACC has successfully delivered similar, longer-format workshops in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru. Learn more.

Registration: $25 before June 15, $35 after June 15