Thu Jun 8 10:40:40 EST 1995

FROM: Granen, Linette C.
TO: SMTP:microbio at net.bio.net
DATE: 06-08-95   11:35 EST


Workshop announcement:

The National Laboratory Training Network and the Dallas STD
Prevention/Training Center will present a workshop entitled, "Gram Stain
Interpretation in Bits & Bytes," on Monday, August 7, 1995, at the Dallas STD
P/T Center in the Dallas County Health Dept, in Dallas, Texas.

Sharpen your skills in interpreting direct Gram stains in this intermediate
level "damp" workshop that eliminates the need for universal precautions and
wet lab specimen preparation.  Coached by expert faculty, progress through
this one day instructional program at a computer workstation and interact with
the software, the instructors, and other participants as you master the finer
points of interpreting direct Gram stained specimens.  Learn from the team
members responsible for the development of an interactive image-based computer
program that contains an image library referenced by morphology, species, or
specimen site and demonstrates directly stained specimens and lab procedures
with animation, color, and descriptive text overlays.  Participate in this
unique workshop and bring back to your institution an enthusiasm for
technology-based training methods that support continuing education in
laboratory methods.

Minimal computer experience required.

Mike Astion, MD, PhD, Asst Professor, Director Computer Section, Asst Dir
Immunology Section, Dept Lab Med, University of Washington School of Medicine,
Seattle,  has published extensively and is a member of the team that has
developed several computer programs which teach clinical interpretation using
high resolution digital images, including GramStain Tutor, copyright 1994 Univ
of Washington,  a personal computer program that teaches Gram stain
Brad Cookson, MD, PhD, Asst Professor, Dept Lab Med, and Assoc Dir of Clinical
Microbiology, Univ of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, has published in
both research and clinical areas and is a member of the GramStain Tutor
development team.
Janet Curtis, MT(ASCP), Senior Computing Specialist, Dept of Lab Med,
University of Washington Med Ctr, has presented a various regional and
national meetings and is also a member of developmental team for GramStain
Rita Gander, PhD, Dir of Clinical Microbiology, Zale Lipshy University
Hospital and Assoc Dir, Clinical Microbiology, Parkland Memorial Hospital in
Dallas, has more than 18 years of teaching experience, currently responsible
for clinical microbiology lectures for medical technology and medical
students.  She has published extensively on relevant issues and presents both
nationally and regionally on these topics.

Continuing Education Credits:
This program has been structured following the International Association for
Continuing Education and Training (IACET) criteria and guidelines and
therefore is awarding Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  The National
Laboratory Training Network (NLTN), in joint sponsorship with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will award 0.7 CEUs to each participant
who successfully completes this seminar.  The CEU is a nationally recognized
unit designed to provide a record of an individual's continuing education

Fee:  $150
Seating for this workshop is limited.  Fee includes handouts and breaks.

Educational grant support for this program has been provided by:
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Becton Dickinson

For more information, contact the NLTN South Central Office at (504) 568-2081
or fax (504) 568-2083; if you reside in the states of LA, AR, MS, OK, or TX,
dial 1-800-536-NLTN; or e-mail inquiries to <kirkp at free.org>.

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