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926-13 Improving the Gram Stain

Event Code: 588-926-13
Event Type: Webinar


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Program Date:
October 29, 2013 

Program Time:
1:00-2:00pm ET

Registration Fee:
$115.00/site includes one connection to the live webinar plus unlimited access to the archived webcast for six months.

Registration Deadline:
October 27, 2013

Gram stains are an invaluable laboratory tool. This program will describe how the Gram stain procedure can be standardized, and how levels of competency can be established for those who read Gram stains. It will provide examples that illustrate minimum-level competency, supervisorlevel competency and laboratory director-level competency.

At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:

  • Discuss procedural steps that can be used to standardize the Gram stain process.
  • Recognize standard microbial morphologies and indicators of pathology that are found in Gram stained smears.
  • Review levels of competency for those who perform the Gram stain and report Gram stain results.

Richard B. (Tom) Thomson, Jr, PhD, D(ABMM), FAAM,
Medical Microbiologist and Director, Microbiology Laboratories, Evanston Hospital and NorthShore University HealthSystem, Clinical Professor of Pathology, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Evanston, IL

Who Should Attend:
This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical and academic settings.

Continuing Education Credit:
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. Participants who successfully complete each program will be awarded 1.0 contact hours. P.A.C.E.® is accepted by all licensure states except Florida. APHL is a Florida approved CE provider; each course has been approved for 1.0 contact hours for Florida Laboratory Licensees.
To receive continuing education credit, you must view the program and complete the online evaluation by November 29, 2103.

Site Registration:
Registration fee per site: $115 includes one connection to the live webinar plus unlimited access to the archived webcast for six months. If additional connections are used for the live program, an additional program fee will be billed to you. Contact the registrar (240.485.2727) if you need to register multiple sites.
Please note: You will be automatically registered for the online archived version if your payment is received after the registration deadline.

Select a site facilitator. This needs to be someone who can receive all communication via e-mail.

Site facilitator must register.

If you have difficulty with the online registration process, please e-mail or call 240.485.2727 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET). After your facility's registration is confirmed, the site facilitator will receive all necessary instructions and paperwork via e-mail.You may pay online using a credit card. If you would like to pay by check, please request a registration form from the APHL Registrar at 240-485-2727. Send a check made out to "APHL" to APHL Registrar PO Box 79117, Baltimore, MD, 21279-0117. Be sure to attach a registration form and include the number of the course on the check. If no registration form is received your check will be deposited but you may not be registered for the course or get a confirmation notice. We do not accept purchase orders. We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations.

Special Needs Information:
Individuals seeking special accommodations should submit their request in writing to Please allow sufficient time for APHL to make arrangements, which is normally at least three weeks prior to start date of the course. For more information call 800-536-6586.


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