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The IMSS Planning Committee is working overtime to put together a powerful program that will be of interest to our members in Region VIII.  We are excited to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Kathy Doig, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)SHCM   Additional program information will be posted as it becomes available.

We are dedicated to bringing you the finest selection of speakers covering the most relevant topics and providing an enriching educational opportunity unlike anything you will find online. Please contact Holly Weinberg if you have questions or suggestions about the 2018 program.

Come take advantage of the fantastic face-to-face program that IMSS offers.

2018 Program Details

All events taking place at the Snow King Sports and Events Center
100 East Snow King Avenue, Jackson, WY

Wednesday, September 27

  • 3:00-4:00               IMSS Planning Committee
  • 4:00-5:30               ASCLS Region VIII Council

Thursday, September 28

  • 7:00-8:00               Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:15               Opening Ceremony
  • 8:15-9:45               Keynote/ General Session A:

The Zen of Professionalism

Kathy Doig PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SHCM, Professor Emeritus Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics, Michigan State University

Active professional society participation requires giving up time, dollars, and perhaps other resources. Yet, studies show that professionally active individuals experience a greater sense of professional satisfaction. How can it be that giving away results in greater satisfaction? That’s the zen associated with professional service to be explored in this session.

  • 9:45–10:00            Break
  • 10:00-11:00           Breakout Sessions:

#1:  Immunohematology and Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Walter E. Kelley DO, FCAP Medical Director, American Red Cross

A discussion of immunohematology cases involving reproductive medicine.

#2:  Companion diagnostics and lung cancer – updates in immunotherapies and targeted therapies.

Dr. Stella Redpath

This session will provide an up to date overview of biomarkers and tests available for pathologists and oncologists considering immunotherapies and targeted therapies for patients diagnosed with lung cancer. The presentation will include anatomic pathology, molecular pathology and next-generation sequencing testing, the tumor microenvironment and potential new areas of study.


  • 11:00-1:00             Lunch with Vendors
  • 1:00-2:00               General Session B

STIs: From Established to Emerging

Melissa Maxwell-Stropes, Ph.D.

This will be an opportunity to educate the audience about sexually transmitted infections—from the familiar to the “new”!  An update will be provided on the potential clinical consequences of infection, an update on screening recommendations, and possible future directions.

  • 2:00-2:15               Break
  • 2:15-3:15               Breakout Sessions

#3: Improving Antibiotic Stewardship and Sepsis Management with Rapid Culture Independent Molecular Diagnostic

Sandy J. Estrada, PharmD, Director of Clinical Affairs T2 Biosystems

Implementation of molecular techniques in clinical laboratories has revolutionized the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with serious infections.

#4: Ethics, Stewardship, and Laboratory Tests with Unproven Clinical Benefit

Brian Jackson, MD, MS ARUP

Laboratories often receive orders for tests that lack strong evidence of clinical utility. Some are of research interest, some are commercial in nature, and others are simply new to the clinical scene.

#5 What’s New with Bilirubin Metabolism

Kathy Doig PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SHCM, Professor Emeritus  Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics, Michigan State University

Modern cell biology has improved explanations of the processes that occur during accelerated hemolysis. Familiar laboratory findings are now better understood, like why hemosiderin is found in renal tubular cells during excessive hemolysis.

  • 3:15-3:30               Break
  • 3:30-4:30               Breakout Sessions

#6: Diagnostic Medical Parasitology: 2018 Update

Lynne Garcia MS, CLS, FAAM, Director LSFG & Associates, Santa Monica, CA: Practical Approaches to Diagnostic Parasitology

The session will discuss newer practical diagnostic methods, emerging and newly classified pathogens, non-endemic infections now endemic within the United States, and risk management and diagnostic problems associated with blood testing.

#7: Cobas m 511: Change the Way You Look at Hematology

Krista Curcio

Understand the use of digital multispectral image analysis on the cobas m 511 to determine CBC parameters and provide digital images for technologist review.

#8:  Earlier Prediction of Patient Risk for Acute Kidney Injury                 

Jeffrey Higgins, Ortho Clinical Diagnostic

Attendee will gain a broader understanding of the incidence and implications of acute kidney injury. They will also learn about new biomarkers that can predict acute kidney injury allowing physicians to intervene and potentially avoid the morbidity and mortality associated with the condition.

  • 4:30–6:30              Appetizers and a cash bar with Exhibitors and Silent Auction: proceeds benefitting the Teton Free Clinic and Region VIII Leadership Academy Fund


Proceeds support both the Teton Free Clinic in Jackson and the Region VIII Leadership Academy. Support these two wonderful causes by first donating, re-gifting or bequeathing your family heirlooms to this family-friendly event.  Secondly, come and competitively bid on items to round out your family fortune and remember…bid high and bid often!  

Bring your donated items to the Silent Auction table at the Event Center Thursday morning. The Silent Auction begins at 4:30 pm and ends with final bids at 6:25 pm. See you there! 

Interested in Donating to the Estate Silent Auction?  Contact Diane Stumpf at to get all the details!   


Friday, September 29

  • 7:00-8:00               Registration
  • 8:00-9:00               General Session C

We are Family? Huh?! Really!?

Jewell Zweegman, LMT, MR, WLS, Laboratory Marketing Associate, Billings Clinic, MT

Are you nice or kind or both? This presentation will teach how to have healthy relationships with the members of their work team. Will show how to communicate effectively, and how to listen and really hear what someone may be saying to hem. How to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life.

  • 9:00-11:00             Brunch with Vendors/Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00-12:00           General Session D

Addressing the Workforce Shortage

Susanne Norris Zanto, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM, Laboratory SolutionZ

Effects of the current shortage of qualified clinical laboratory professionals is being felt throughout the laboratory community.  To better understand this situation, ASCLS charged a task force with writing a position paper on the workforce shortage, which was approved in August 2018.  This session will describe recent data on the workforce shortage, reasons for the shortage, and the impact on laboratories, patient care, and educational facilities.  Efforts to address this shortage by multiple organizations, including ASCLS, CCCLW, ASCP, and APHL, will be described and demonstrated.

  • 12:10-1:10             Midday Roundtable

These informal Round Table discussions will center on issues in the represented area of knowledge that are recently impacting laboratory practice.

LL A: Dawn Tobin, MLS (ASCP)CM: Urinalysis History & Case Studies

LL B: Kelly Amidei CLS (ASCP)CM: POCT Competency

LL C: Lynne Garcia MS, CLS, FAAM, Director LSFG & Associates, Santa Monica, CA: Practical Approaches to Diagnostic Parasitology

  • 1:20-2:50               Breakout Sessions

#9: How Technology & Rapid Molecular Diagnostics are Changing the Paradigm of Antibiotic Stewardship

Bill Marquardt C(ASCP) MBA, CLSSBB Vice President Laboratory Intelligence, McKesson Laboratory Solutions

This session will provide insight into how informatic, molecular diagnostics, and clinical change management can be used together to implement an effective antimicrobial stewardship program. Advancements in microbiological diagnostics including MALDI-TOF and rapid molecular diagnostics, and advancements in technology including real-time antibiograms, stewardship and clinical collaboration work tools, precision antimicrobial therapy, and care planning and disease state reporting will be shown.

#10: Cultivating a Culture of Quality & a Practical Workshop of Cost of Poor Quality                                                 


Many organizations establish quality objectives, but true effectiveness requires a commitment to various cultural elements including leadership, a compelling quality policy, expected behaviors and complementary performance metrics and incentives. The first half of this session explores essential attributes to achieving a culture of quality in a laboratory, several of which are required for ISO 15189 conformance.  By reducing or eliminating Cost of Poor Quality (CoPQ) resulting from adverse or nonconforming events, your lab can increase its profit margin and demonstrate a return on investment for quality initiatives.

#11: Those Bodacious Body Fluids; A Hematology Perspective

Lynn Maedel, Sysmex

Body Fluid morphology can present challenges to the laboratory professional who does not perform this evaluation on a daily basis. Using images from Wright-stained cytocentrifuged slide preps, this presentation provides numerous opportunities for participants to examine normal, reactive and malignant cell morphology. Key differentiating cell characteristics and patterns are illustrated using serous, and cerebral spinal fluid specimens.

  • 2:50-3:15               Break
  • 3:15-4:45               Breakout Sessions

#12: Digital Cell Morphology: Improving Quality, Consistency and Connectivity of The Hematology Laboratory with Relevant Esoteric Case Studies

Scott Dunbar MS, BS

This session will cover how computer-based algorithms came to improve quality, consistency and turnaround time in the hematology laboratory. The attendee will view rare hematology cases.

#13: Monitor Heparin with Confidence

Sandy Gardner, BS, MT(ASCP), Marketing Manager Siemens Healthineers

The variable and unpredictable nature of unfractionated heparin necessitates close laboratory monitoring to guide dosing adjustments. Learn more about the assays for monitoring and newest trends.

#14: Preanalytical Factors that Contribute to Lab Errors

Lynn Todd

This session is an interactive format.  We will discuss pre-analytical errors, tube additives and order of draw.  We will cover sampling and handling errors in addition to what pre-pre and post-post analytical errors are.

  • 5:30-8:30               Dinner Social – “Family” Game Night

Join the IMSS family for dinner and family game night in the Lodge Room catered by Bubba’s restaurant.  Available for an additional price of $35.  Come one, come all and have a good time!

Saturday, September 30

  • 7:30-8:00               Registration
  • 7:45-8:15           Breakfast
  • 8:15-9:45               Breakout Sessions

#15: Medical and Laboratory Investigation of Thyroid Disorders

Angela F. Durden, MD, FCAP Yellowstone Pathology Institute

This presentation will highlight common thyroid disorders and, through the use of case studies, will demonstrate how laboratory tests are used to differentiate thyroid disorders in clinical settings.

#16: Cystic Fibrosis Microbiology: Including Nontuberculous Mycobacteria

Max Salfinger, MD National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

Annually, about 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed. People with CF are at a greater risk of getting lung infections; >10% will experience a pulmonary infection with NTM. This session will describe the bacteria recovered from CF patients and discuss the latest microbiology guidelines in working up respiratory specimens.

  • 09:45–10:00          Break
  • 10:00-11:30           Breakout Sessions

#17: Stem Cell Collections and Processing & Extracorporeal Photophoresis

Tonya Carr CLS (ASCP)

This session will give a brief overview of the types of bone marrow transplants and how they use stem cells.  We will go over how the stem cells are collected, processed and transfused. We will also discuss another apheresis procedure called photopheresis: what it is and when it is used.

#18: Removing Barriers to the Prevention of Hepatitis C Transmission in a Western Frontier Community

Leslie Fowler, BSN, RN Public Health Nurse Converse County Public Health

Converse County Wyoming, a Frontier population, experienced an increase in intravenous drug use (IVDU) and subsequently experienced a 220% increase in newly diagnosed Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection from 2015 to 2016. Numerous barriers were encountered when referring clients with positive HCV results to care and treatment resources. By engaging a broad spectrum of community stakeholders, we were able to identify key barriers which impact the prevention of HCV transmission in Converse County and ultimately develop new programs and strategies to address these barriers. The outcomes of this project can assist frontier populations in developing strategies to improve HCV prevention in their communities. It will also provide guidance to local public health agencies on how to develop a partnership with community stakeholders in order to combat a population health issue.

  • 12:00-2:00             Wrap up IMSS Planning Committee



The program schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

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