SPRING MEETING 2015
SCACM 45th Anniversary!
March 25 - 28, 2015
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William J. Brown Education Grants
Congratulations 2014 Recipients!
- Don Chill - Loudon, Tennessee
-Sylvia Bosecker - Vincennes, Indiana
-Susan Clegg - Marietta, Ohio
-Cindy Geiss - Wausau, Wisconsin
-Darren Bierhup - Washington Court House, Ohio
-Mary Mortland - Savoy, Illinois
-Nalin Modi - Dover, Ohio
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR to CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AWARD:
Dr. Julie Ribes
dedicated to those SCACM board members who have passed away
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- Ebola Information;
Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources
Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Persons Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease in the United States
- On October 2, 2014, SCACM and the field of Microbiology lost an incredible friend, advocate, and educator - Dr. Laurie Elder. May her memory live on through each of
us as we continue our SCACM mission of education.
- Public and Professional Affairs - Updated June 2014
- The SCACM Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Significant Contributor to Clinical
Microbiology Award which will be presented at the 2015 annual SCACM Spring Meeting. If you know
of a deserving individual, please click on this link: Significant Contributor to Clinical
Microbiology Award and fill out the form. All nominations must be received by December 1, 2014.
- ASM’s Clinical Microbiology Portal - The portal is a global resource for clinical microbiologists and immunologists, and it focuses
all of ASM’s clinical and external relevant content into one user-friendly site. It offers a wealth of information needed for the day-to-day work of clinical laboratory scientists.
There is valuable content for bench technologists, supervisors, lab directors, and students.
- Now Available: Dr. Paul Schreckenberger's 12 Disc Procedure for Beta-Lactamase Resistance in Gram Negative Bacilli
- UPCOMING CONFERENCES and WORKSHOPS - updated 1-21-2014
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm - West Nile Virus Infection update
- http://diseasemaps.usgs.gov/ - Maps detailing county-level human, mosquito, veterinary, avian and sentinel data
- CDC Seasonal Flu Website
- SCACM on-line products store - NEW! Purchase unique SCACM merchandise!
- SCACM Event Calendar
- SCACM Photo Albums
- Additional FLU Information Sites
- American Academy of Microbiology’s report, FAQ: Influenza, includes a
new poster, based on the report and available for free on-line, that combats eight popular excuses for not getting the flu shot. Also available in Spanish, the hope is that
the poster will help encourage people to protect themselves from getting or spreading this terrible virus.
Free Flu Materials
This season's materials (available for download only; no printed versions to order) reflect outreach to high-risk groups and their close contacts.
- www.flu.org.cn - This site contains forms, mailgroups,
newsletters, and up-to-the minute flu information regarding outbreak news, public health interventions,
virus research and industry news.
- For updated information about influenza, check these Web sites.
US CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/index.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm - Poster to be used in healthcare settings to inform
patients to report if they have flu symptoms, cover their cough, and clean their hands.
- Informative sites:
- www.cms.hhs.gov - CMS website for Clinical Laboratory Information launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) will post information related to coding and reimbursement, regulations and other information of interest to clinical laboratories. In addition, updated ICD-9-CM
and ICD-10 is available.
- https://www.catalog.ama-assn.org/Catalog/cpt/cpt_home.jsp -
downloadable coding products on the on-line AMA site
- CIDRAP - Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy - University of Minnesota
- www.upmc-biosecurity.org - Center for Biosecurity (Publications)- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- CLIA Interpretive Guidelines
MARR (Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction coalition) is a
volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage the appropriate use of
The South Central Association for Clinical
Microbiology (SCACM) was formed to fill the need to produce better informed microbiologists.
The Association started with a small group of microbiologists who had attended a class together
and wanted to keep in touch. They enthusiastically planned and conducted the first meeting of
the Association. It was held in Columbus, Indiana (located in the south central region of the
state) on October 2-3, 1970. It was well received by 35-40 attendees. Since then the group has
grown to close to 1,000 members, primarily from but not limited to, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,
Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.
The goals of the association include: promoting scientific knowledge of Clinical Microbiology
through communication, improving education, encouraging scientific investigation, and gaining
higher recognition in the field of Clinical Microbiology.
Each year, SCACM representatives judge the state or regional Science Fairs held in each of the
six states, and present Science Fair Awards to deserving students:
2013 Science Fair Winners
Membership in the Association is open to anyone interested in the field of Microbiology and
consists of Medical Technologists, Laboratory Technicians, M.D.'s, Ph.D.'s, Microbiologists,
and Commercial Representatives.