Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. discuss clinical significance of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
  2. describe the recent advances in rapid diagnostic technologies that impact infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship programs.
  3. evaluate the utility, strengths and weaknesses of laboratory automation.
  4. explain best practices for the diagnosis of blood parasites.
  5. evaluate the risk of laboratory contamination on worker safety and patient test results.
  6. summarize key microbiology point of care tests and the role of near patient testing in the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Target Audience:

Specialty physicians, pharmacists, laboratory technologists, supervisors, and managers.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Florida College of Medicine and the First Coast Infectious Disease/Clinical Microbiology Symposium. The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Laboratory Provider Number: 50-2220

Disclosure Policy:

All speakers, moderators and planning committee members will disclose any significant financial interest or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products and or providers of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and with any commercial supporters of this activity, in accordance with the Standards of Commercial Support of the ACCME. All speakers must also disclose to the audience during their presentations any investigational/unlabeled use that is discussed.

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Updated 1/29/2020

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