ACS Presents Virtual Symposium on Diagnostic Management Teams
On November 4, the Association of Clinical Scientists is presenting a virtual symposium on Diagnostic Management Teams. Hosted by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s Department of Pathology, this half-day program will describe what Diagnostic Management Teams are and how they function. Chairing the program is Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, a Fellow of the Association. Joining Dr. Laposata in this symposium are Christopher Zahner, MD, Peter McCaffrey, MD, and Eddie Salazar, PhD, MLS(ASCP)cm.
In September, 2015 the National Academy of Medicine issued a report on diagnostic error in the United States. The principal conclusion is that every adult American has experienced at least one diagnostic error. One of the major factors contributing to diagnostic error is the failure to order the correct diagnostic tests, with underutilization of tests more common than overutilization. The diagnostic management team is a clinical service focused on recommending the appropriate laboratory tests for individual patients in clinical context, and providing a correct interpretation of laboratory test results. It has been implemented for more than a dozen areas of diagnostic tests including coagulation, toxicology, autoimmunity, hematopathology, the misdiagnosis of child abuse, SARS-CoV-2 testing, and several others.
Diagnostic Management Teams are teams of expert laboratory-based consultants who assist patient facing caregivers with recommendations for the appropriate tests to order and the correct interpretation of complex test results. In this program you will learn how Diagnostic Management Teams work and what they do. Examples of teams that are specific to COVID-19 molecular, antibody and antigen testing and to testing for both bleeding and clotting disorders will be described. The program will show how industry and academia can collaborate in the future development and use of Diagnostic Management Teams. It will describe a new curriculum to train doctoral level clinical laboratory scientists to optimize consultation by laboratory directors, and how these new doctoral scientists in clinical laboratory science participate in Diagnostic Management Teams.
Registration for this half day program will be free. CE credit will be available. Full details about the program, registration, and CE can be found by clicking on the respective links.