ASCLS Annual Meeting 2018 @ Swissotel Chicago
Jul 29 – Aug 2 all-day

 ASCLS Annual Meeting and Exposition


Join us for the 86th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science!

The 2018 Annual Meeting will feature knowledge and learning experiences that encompass all parts of the laboratory profession.

• Network with colleagues and other laboratory professionals.
• Take advantage of more than 60 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved education.
• Experience the latest in laboratory technology with access to the Clinical Laboratory Expo.

Leave with practical knowledge on methodologies, management, and emerging issues.You’ll find it all at the Annual Meeting.

Learn More!


IMSS 2018 @ Snow King Sports & Events Center
Sep 27 @ 8:00 am – Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm

Get that Camper Packed!


The Intermountain States Seminar is a unique convention that started over 50 years ago when the five intermountain states…Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana… joined forces to bring a powerful seminar into being. IMSS is held each fall in the beautiful setting of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We are fortunate to be able to attend such a renowned event.

Region VIII is kind of like family…crazy aunts, nosy in-laws and too many cousins to count…and just like family…there is nowhere else you would rather be! Come see your long-lost “relatives” in Jackson Hole this fall.

The General Chair for IMSS this year is Abbey Wichman.  If you have questions or suggestions, please contact her HERE.


If you are a vendor wishing to exhibit at IMSS,
please contact Kelly Amidei , our new Exhibit Chair, for further information or download the exhibitor letter HERE
We hope you can join us!

More information will be coming.  Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page to stay updated with the latest information.

Free Diagnostic Medical Parasitology Update @ Hilton Garden Inn, Sandy, UT
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Free Diagnostic Medical Parasitology 2018 Update


Medical Chemical Corporation extends an invitation to a complimentary Diagnostic Medical Parasitology Update with featured speaker Lynne S. Garcia, MS, CLS(NCA),MT(ASCP), F(AAM)
This excellent opportunity to learn at the feet of a renowned parasitologist will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018, 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn-Sandy, UT 277 West Sego Lily Drive Sandy, UT 84070.  This event is complimentary (that means it is totally free!) and includes a Continental Breakfast, break snacks, lunch, and handouts all generously provided by MCC.  You must however, reserve your spot by registering now.  To take advantage of this amazing offer, please complete and return this form and reserve your spot today!

Space is limited to 50 attendees, so please register as soon as possible. In order for space to be held this form must be returned or emailed by September 3, 2018

Diagnostic Medical Parasitology Update-2018 Description:

The program will provide updated information on ordering, specimen collection (including the new Universal Fixatives), processing, testing, and reporting (including key report comments). Key recommendations regarding the O&P examination, fecal immunoassays, molecular options (including automated systems), and special stains for the coccidia and microsporidia will be covered with appropriate test menu options. Organism morphology, including name changes and clinical relevance will also be included for the protozoa, helminths, and blood parasites. A practical approach to testing will be emphasized. The program will also provide up-dated information on diagnostic medical parasitology for blood parasites. Key risk management issues regarding mishandling/misdiagnosis of these infections will be covered. Organism morphology, potential errors in diagnosis, pathogenesis, and clinical relevance will also be included for the five species of human malaria ( Plasmodium vivax, P. ovale, P. falciparum, P. malariae , and the fifth human malaria P. knowlesi ). Information related to blood parasite infections being seen in Afghanistan and Iraq will also be discussed, as will the spread of certain blood parasites within the United States. A practical approach to testing will be emphasized. An extensive handout will be provided to each participant.

Objectives:   The program will provide participants with information that will allow them to: 1. Discuss STAT vs routine Parasitology methods, O&P vs Fecal Immunoassays 2. Discuss the pros and cons of routine vs emerging methodologies for protozoa, helminths, and blood parasites. 3. Review morphology, epidemiology, pathogenicity, and ID of key protozoa, helminths and blood parasites. 4. Describe the risk management aspects of STAT testing recommendations, particularly when related to blood specimens 5. Discuss relevant issues related to reporting options and the use of report comments

Eight continuing education contact hours will be offered at the conclusion of this workshop for attendees by SCACM (South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology) approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the P.A.C.E Program.

Download Registration Form HERE

Due Date: Awards Nominations
Feb 15 all-day

Award Nominations due:

Nominations for the following awards are due today!

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • New Professional Leadership
  • Student Forum
  • Leadership
  • Bio-Rad Professional Achievement
  • Website, Publication (web-based or paper)
  • Theriot

Find more information about these awards and the process for submitting nominations HERE.

Due Date: Interim Board Reports
Feb 17 all-day

Interim Board Reports due:

All Region VIII Council Members must submit their Interim Board Report to the Regional Director.

Send to:  Holly Weinberg, Region VIII Director

Due Date: Omicron Sigma State Nominations
Mar 1 all-day

State Omicron Sigma Nominations due:


First awarded in 1977, Omicron Sigma is the ASCLS President’s Honor Roll for Outstanding Service. It provides lasting recognition of those dedicated members who volunteer their personal resources, time and energy to the ASCLS. Recognition is at three levels: national, regional, and constituent society. This allows constituent society presidents, regional directors, and the ASCLS President to recognize members for outstanding service.

Find more information about these awards and the process for submitting nominations HERE.
Due Date: Scholarship Nominations
Mar 15 all-day

Scholarship Nominations due:

Nominations for the following scholarships are due today!

  • Alpha Mu Tau Scholarships
  • E&R Scholarships

Find more information about these scholarships and the process for submitting nominations HERE.

Due Date: Keys to the Future Nominations
Apr 2 all-day

Keys to the Future Nominations Due


This award serves to recognize and reward ASCLS members who have demonstrated their leadership potential to the organization and to provide these members with structured mentoring.

The Key to the Future Program is administered by the ASCLS Leadership Development Committee and is intended to assist constituent societies in the development of potential leaders to serve at local, state, regional and national levels of the Society. Additionally, the program encourages appointments and nominations of these highly motivated members to positions of responsibility within the organization that will further their leadership development.

Award: Recipients receive recognition and a unique Key to the Future pin at the annual ASCLS meeting. Constituent societies are encouraged to appoint/elect awardees as delegates to the ASCLS Annual Meeting.

Each constituent society should recognize their nominees by announcing their names at the constituent society’s annual Awards Ceremony and presenting them with a unique item designated exclusively for this purpose. The names of the winners should be published in the constituent society newsletter.

Find more information about this award and the process for submitting nominations HERE.
Due Date: ASCLS Voices Under 40 Nominations
May 1 all-day

ascls_voices_largeASCLS Voices Under 40 Nominations Due


ASCLS is excited to announce the recipients of the ASCLS Voices Under 40 Spotlight, a recognition of our many, talented and committed young professionals under 40 years old. The ASCLS Voices Under 40 Spotlight has been developed to honor ASCLS members who have shown exceptional commitment to ASCLS, the laboratory profession, and their community at large at a young age in their professional careers.

Find more information about this award and the process for submitting nominations HERE.
Due Date: Constituent Society Member of the Year Recognition
Jun 1 all-day

Constituent Society Member of the Year Recognition Due


The purpose of the ASCLS Constituent Society Member of the Year Award is to recognize a member who has contributed significantly to the field of clinical laboratory science and to the state and/or national ASCLS in the past 5-10 years and who has, by outstanding example, inspired others over that time as an active member in the organization.

Find more information about this award and the process for submitting nominations HERE.

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