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Learn how to optimize practices and processes in your laboratory.

Webinars provide an efficient, cost-effective way to learn more about recently published CLSI documents, important industry topics, and critical government mandates.

Through these webinars, CLSI’s volunteers share their own expertise and insight on the subjects at hand while using Q&A sessions to encourage participant discussion and interaction.

Upcoming Webinars

An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Fundamentals of Susceptibility Testing, Reporting, and Test Validation

The purpose of this P.A.C.E. ®-accredited five-part webinar series is to provide the fundamentals of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) in the clinical microbiology laboratory. The series delivers foundational information on antibiotic classes, their modes of action, spectrum of activity, breakpoint determination and interpretations, and more. Additional sessions discuss the methods used and theory behind manual and automated susceptibility testing. This short webinar series provides an introductory curriculum for laboratory technologists to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform and interpret antimicrobial susceptibility and effectively report results. Subsequent AST webinar series Parts 2 and 3 will follow later in 2017.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to Antimicrobials, presented by Christopher Doern, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.
  • Understanding Manual Antimicrobial Susceptibility Tests and Their Enduring Value, presented by Janet Hindler, MCLS, MT(ASCP), F(AAM), University of California, Los Angeles Health System.
  • Introduction to Automated Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, presented by April Abbott, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Deaconess Health System.
  • Antimicrobial Results Reporting: Communicating Effectively with Clinicians, presented by Audrey Schuetz, M.D., M.P.H., D(ABMM), FCAP, Mayo Clinic.
  • Quality Control and Validation/Verification of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Tests, presented by Janet Hindler, MCLS, MT(ASCP), F(AAM), University of California, Los Angeles Health System.

The live webinars will be presented on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The first topic will be delivered January 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). Live webinars will conclude on February 8, 2017; however the recordings will be available on-demand for one year following the live presentation.

There are five webinars and each will have a pre- or post-activity to enhance the impact of the presentation. The webinars’ content does not build on the previous webinars in the series. All of the content is independent so learners can purchase only those that meet their needs.

The live webinar’s audio and video are presented via your computer. Learners who listen to the expert’s 50-minute presentation will have the opportunity to ask questions. The presentation will be recorded and available for viewing one week after the live event. Learners will receive an email once the recording is available. If you purchase a topic after the live event, you will only have access to the recording.

Register for the webinar series here.

CLSI/APHL 2017 AST Update Webinar

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern (US) Time

Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern (US) Time

Janet A. Hindler, MCLS MT(ASCP)
UCLA Health System, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Audrey N. Schuetz, MD, MPH, D(ABMM), FCAP
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Each January, CLSI updates standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST). It is important for microbiology laboratories to incorporate the new recommendations into routine practice to optimize detection and reporting of antimicrobial resistance. In January 2017, the annual update of the M100 tables (CLSI document M100 | Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, 27th Edition) will publish. Some highlights for 2017 include additional suggestions for testing colistin/polymyxin B and poorly growing Staphylococcus aureus. To complement the webinar, an optional post-program self-assessment will be provided that will allow individuals to assess their knowledge regarding the most important AST and reporting issues for 2017. Laboratories can use this feature to augment competency assessment requirements for their staff.


  • Identify the major changes found in the new CLSI M100 27th Edition
  • Design a strategy for implementing the new recommendations into laboratory practices
  • Develop a communication strategy for informing clinical staff of significant AST and reporting changes

Register for the Wednesday, February 1, 2017 webinar here.

Register for the Thursday, February 2, 2017 webinar here.

On-Demand Webinars

Webinars provided through CLSI over the past 6 months to a year can still be purchased and viewed in their entirety. View a listing of our on-demand webinars here.

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