Summer Update 2014


Harry R. Hill, MD
Larry G. Reimer, MD
Judy A. Daly, PhD

Sponsored by:

The University of Utah School of Medicine
The Department of Pathology Division of Clinical Pathology


This 24.25 hour review and update in the areas of clinical immunology, microbiology, and infectious diseases is intended to improve knowledge about the pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of infectious diseases, immunological mechanisms of disease and disease prevention, appropriate approaches to the diagnosis of infections and immunologic disorders, and utilization of the clinical microbiology and immunology laboratory including test selection and interpretation of results.

This course will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas dealing with microbial infections as well as immunity to infectious diseases and immunologic disorders.  Faculty consists of clinicians involved in patient care, pathologists, and clinical laboratory scientists.  Discussion of timely topics by faculty and participants assures that this course will be informative, interesting, and relevant.

On completion of the course, attendees should be able to:

  • Identify new emerging pathogens, infectious syndromes, and immunologic diseases including clinical presentations
  • Critically analyze current practice and laboratory procedures in diagnosing infectious and immunologic disorders as well as result reporting
  • Update the current knowledge of the epidemiology and mechanisms of transmission of infectious disorders and the use of serologic testing in such studies
  • Assess new therapeutic modalities, which are being developed or utilized in treating infectious and immunologic diseases
  • Discuss genetics and molecular diagnosis of infections and immunologic disorders

Who Should Attend

Pathologists, clinical pathologists, laboratory scientists, pediatric, medicine and family medicine clinicians, infectious disease specialists, clinical immunologists and allergists, microbiologists, residents and postdoctoral fellows. Medical technologists, laboratory managers, nurse practitioners, hospital epidemiologists, research and development technologists, and pharmaceutical and diagnostic industry personnel will also find the course of great value (suggested background:  professional degrees or medical technologist degrees in pathology, microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases.)

Special Topics

  • From Phages to Arrays:  Rapid Detection of Bacteremia and Resistance Determinants
  • The Role of the Microbiology Laboratory in Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Micronutrients in Immunity to Intestinal Pathogens
  • Epidemiology of Viral Respiratory Infections in Mexico
  • Staphylococcus aureus in 2014
  • Infectious Spill Over from Animals to Man
  • One Year Later:  Revisiting the Affordable Care Act/Obama Care
  • Health Professionals’ Activism in Medical Care
  • MALDI-TOF MS in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
  • Molecular Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Group A Streptococci
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Cytomegalovirus-Induced Hearing Loss:  The Utah Mandate
  • Autoimmune Encephalitis
  • Epidemiology of Drug Resistance
  • Update on IV and Sub-q IgG Therapy
  • Fungal Infections
  • Infections in Transplants
  • Bear Bites and Other Wilderness Hazards
  • The Spectrum of Common Variable Immune Deficiency
  • Infections in Toll Receptor Defects
  • Detection and Curing Hepatitis C
  • Respiratory Viral Detection
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Diagnosis of Community-Acquired Pneumonia
  • Multigene Panels for Immunodeficiencies
  • IgA Deficiency
  • Clinical Update on HIV
  • Eye Infections
  • Dermatologic Infections