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The Kentucky/Tennessee branch of the American Society for Microbiology exists to unify microbiology specialties and subspecialties within the area of these two states. We value the contributions that our members make within political, societal, clinical, industrial, and educational venues.


The branch meets once a year to discuss and present research, receive updates regarding public policy and attitudes, and stimulate student interest and participation in microbiological topics and related disciplines.



KY/TN American Society for Microbiology Spring 2019 Conference

April 26-27, 2019
Columbia State Community College, Williamson Campus, Franklin
Administration & Humanities Buildings

Basic Research and Clinical Microbiology (Earn up to 8 hours P.A.C.E credit!!)
Research talks: Abstract Deadline is March 29, 2019 (Registration $15)
Clinical Microbiology (PACE talks): Registration Deadline is April 20, 2019 (on-site registration will be available, please preregister if possible).
PACE Registration $40

Friday, April 26th:

Registration Opens
6:00 pm

ASM Distinguished Lecturer

Barbara A. Brown-Elliott, MS, MT(ASCP)SM
Title:Laboratory Diagnosis and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
7 pm

Saturday, April 27th:

Registration and Sign-In
7:30 am

Welcome to Clinical Microbiology Talks (P.A.C.E)
8:00 am

Vaneet Arora, M.D., MPH, D(ABMM), FCCM
Assistant Professor, Associate Director - Clinical Microbiology
University of Kentucky
Director - Kentucky State Public Health Lab
Title: Case based Select Agent Rule-Out for Sentinel Laboratories
8:05 am

Vickie Baselski, PhD, D(ABMM), F(AAM)
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Title: Microbiology laboratory regulation and accreditation: An overview, what's new, and micro cases to review
9:15 am

James W. Snyder, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(AAM)
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Louisville (KY)
Title: Total Laboratory Automation in a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
10:25 am

Jennifer Hawkins Randle, MSHA, CLC, BSMT (AMT)
Laboratory Supervisor of Immunology/Microbiology
Environmental Chemistry and Bio-Terrorism for Shelby County Health Dept.
Memphis, TN
Title: Why Clinical Laboratory Safety is a MUST!
11:35 am

Lunch (Provided)
12:35 pm

Tracy S. McLemore, MT (ASCP), MBA
Manager, Molecular Enteric Microbiology and Antibiotic Resistance Program
State of Tennessee Department of Health
Title: Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae
1:35 pm

David L. Beck, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Tennessee Technological University
Title: Small Colony Variant Staphylococcus aureus
2:45 pm

Carol A. Rauch, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Course Director, Diagnostics & Therapeutics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Title: Update on Clostridium difficile Infection
3:55 pm


Check-Out : Distribution of P.A.C.E Certificates
4:55 pm


Detailed schedule

ASM KY-TN Branch is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program

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