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Point-of-Care Testing Boot Camp and Beyond: Communicating, Connecting and Collaborating 2018

  • Credit: 6.0 ACCENT Credits
  • Date: NOV.1.2018 8:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Location: Portland, OR USA

Price: $172.00

Member Price: $108.00

Rating: Member Average

*Student rates are available in the Registration Form section.


Demand continues to grow for rapid diagnostics (point-of-care testing) making it necessary for more healthcare professionals to be trained, and to able to train others, in point-of-care testing (POCT). This event focuses on skills and tools to successfully communicate, connect, and collaborate with POCT staff and management successfully in any patient care setting.

Whether you are new to POCT or a POCT veteran, attendees will gain new insights and skills at this highly interactive and engaging event. The faculty will consist of experts who have tackled and overcome the unique challenges and requirements of POCT in their own professional careers.

Several interactive group activities are featured in this program intended to arm attendees with greater confidence and skills to collaborate and resolve POCT-related issues with their healthcare colleagues

Learning Objectives

  • Train and coach non-laboratory staff on POCT procedures in various types of healthcare settings
  • Employ techniques to encourage performance improvement and initiative to spot and troubleshoot problems
  • Connect and foster ongoing channels of communication between POCT operator and training staff
  • Write policies and procedures that are easy to follow and to retain
  • Collaborate with Information Technology team, central laboratory, and other resources to interface POCT devices
  • Use strategic communication tools to inform multiple departments in your institution on POCT news and updates
  • Ensure POCT operations and staff are prepared for inspections and aware of regulations and regulatory bodies (CLIA, COLA, CAP, Joint Commission, etc.)

Target Audience

This event is designed for Point of Care (POC) Coordinators, POC Managers and Supervisors, POC Medical Directors, Lab Directors/Managers/Supervisors, Respiratory Therapist Managers and Supervisors, Nurse Managers and Supervisors, and others who perform and/or manage point-of-care testing in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and other patient care settings.

Corporate Support

For information regarding corporate partnership opportunities, please contact Teresa Favero at AACC.

Organizing Committee

  • Kerstin Halverson, Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, MA
  • Peggy Mann, MS, MT (ASCP), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Jeanne Mumford, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
  • Kimberly Skala, Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, MA
  • Lou Ann Wyer, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA

Conference Program*

*Subject to change

Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)

Welcome Remarks and Goals for Today’s Program

Keynote Presentation: Process Efficiencies in POC Testing

Speaker: Dr. Steve Kazmierczak

Session 1: Ten Hut! People, Presentations, and Messages: Bringing Them All Together

Getting the Right Words Out and Being Heard: Strengthening Your Presentation Skills and Communicating with Confidence

Leading Your Team with Successful Communication Skills

Break and Visit Exhibitors

Session 2: Sound Off! Establishing a Cadence with Non-Laboratorians through Competency, Policies, and Procedures

Training and Competency: What Scares you about Training the Nurses? Strategies and Processes that will help

Policies & Procedures: It's not OUR Fault that Nurses won't read Our SOPs! Tips for making documents user-friendly

Lunch (included) and Visit Exhibitors

Boots on the Ground Breakouts

Competency, Policies, and Procedures   

Session 3: Infantry Ready! Utilizing Connectivity and Quality to Keep your POC Program a Well-oiled Machine

Connectivity: Get out the tin cans & string! Saving your sanity using connectivity for POCT

Integrating Quality Management and Compliance into POCT

Break and Visit Exhibitors

Boots on the Ground Breakouts



Final Q&A Panel


Hotel & Travel

This conference will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown located in the heart of downtown Portland’s Arts and Entertainment District.

Address: Hilton Portland Downtown, 921 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Maps and Directions

Make your online room reservation to receive the special room rate of $189/night (single or double occupancy). You may also contact the hotel at 1(503) 226-1611. Identify yourself as an attendee of the AACC POCT Boot Camp Conference and reference the booking code ABP.

Registration Form

If you are a student or are unable to register online, you may register by mail, phone, or fax using the registration form provided here.

Continuing Education Credits

ACCENT® credits

AACC designates this activity for a maximum of 6.0 ACCENT® credit hours towards the AACC Clinical Chemist’s Recognition Award. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education (CE) for clinical laboratory scientists licensed in states that require documentation of CE, including California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. ACCENT® credit is also recognized by several organizations: AAB, ABCC, ACS, AMT, ASCLS, ASCP, ASM, CAP, IFCC, and NRCC.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AACC Customer Service no later than October 2, 2018 . Written cancellations received by this date will qualify for a refund, less a $35 processing fee. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund; however, a substitute may attend the conference provided a written notice is faxed or sent via email. Please send cancellation and substitution notices to AACC customer service at (202) 887-5093 (fax) or custserv@aacc.org.


Please email your questions to education@aacc.org.

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  Nova Biomedical

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Steven C. Kasmierczak, PhD, DABCC
Professor of Pathology
Oregon Health & Science Universiry
Portland, OR

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Kerstin Halverson, BA, MS
Clinical Applications Manager, Acute Care Diagnostics
Instrumentation Laboratory
Bedford, MA

Peggy Mann, MS, MT (ASCP)
Ambulatory POCC/Program Manager
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX

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Jeanne Mumford, MT (ASCP)
Pathology Manager, Point of Care Testing
Johns Hopkins University Hospital
Baltimore, MD

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Kim Skala, MT (ASCP)
Clinical Applications Manager, Acute Care Diagnostics
Instrumentation Laboratories
Bedford, MA

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