American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
   - North Dako


2017 ASCLS-ND State Meeting

April 24th-25th
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Ramada Grand Forks

We have an exciting and educational two-day meeting planned for the ASCLS-ND State Meeting this year including:  up to 12 CEs, over 20 speakers, a vendor social (wear your favorite sport team's apparel to coincide with the meeting theme), bone marrow swab drive and more!  Great sessions covering everything from enhancing lab services to MALDI-TOF to workforce issues and much more (see full list of sessions below).  Also - consider bringing non-perishable food items to donate to the Salvation Army Food Pantry as part of the meeting!  We hope you will join us for this great educational and networking opportunity!


CLICK HERE to reserve a hotel room at the Ramada Grand Forks. 

Mention ASCLS-ND or use the code "ASFCLS" to receive a discounted rate of $65.00 + tax.


Online Registration for the ASCLS-ND State Meeting is now open!  Be sure to register before April 1st for the best rate.

CLICK HERE for the registration form, which includes a full session schedule.  CLICK HERE to register online.

Meeting & Session Evaluations

All meeting and session evaluations will be online for the 2017 meeting (no paper evaluations after each session).  There is a single evaluation survey for each meeting day (Day 1-April 24th; Day 2-April 25th) where you have the opportunity to provide feedback for all sessions you attended that day, and an overall general meeting evaluation where you can provide feedback about the meeting as a whole.  The feedback from these evaluations is very important for guiding future meetings, so please take a few minutes to complete them.  Click on the applicable link(s) below to take the survey.  Please complete each survey no more than once.


Day 1 (April 24th) Session Evaluation Survey [Available after 6:00pm on April 24th]:  CLICK HERE for DAY 1 SURVEY

Day 2 (April 25th) Session Evaluation Survey [Available after 5:00pm on April 25th]:  CLICK HERE for DAY 2 SURVEY

2017 State Meeting General Evaluation Survey [Available after 5:00pm on April 25th]:  CLICK HERE for GENERAL MEETING SURVEY

Session Handouts

Session handouts will begin being posted online on April 15.  To access the handouts, click on the title of the desired session in the 'Meeting Schedule' section below.  If a handout is not available below, there is no handout, it will be posted closer to the meeting (check back!), or the presenter will provide access to the handout.  Handouts posted online will be accessible until June 1st.

Meeting Schedule

Monday, April 24th


11:00am-6:30pm:  Meeting Registration/Check-In

11:00-12:30pm:  ASCLS-ND Board Meeting

12:45-1:00pm:  Welcome & Opening Remarks

ASCLS-ND State President, Sharon Reistad

1:00-1:50pm:  Opening Keynote Address

   [S1] - Dr. Joshua Wynne (Dean of UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences) – The role of laboratory science and the laboratorian in optimizing patient care

2:00-2:50pm:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S2]Nancy Brunzel – Updates in urinalysis

   [S3]Nicole Lemieux – A look at opioid maintenance therapy


3:15-4:05pm:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S4]Dr. Marijo Roiko – Advances in clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostics

   [S5]Dr. Eric Johnson – Updates in diabetes testing

4:15-5:05pm:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S6]Dr. Zac Lunak – The evolving laboratory role in diagnosis of lymphomas

   [S7]Shannon Hansen – Infection prevention hot topics

5:15-6:05:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S8]Jacie Mundahl – Current topics in immunohematology

   [S9]Speaker Panel – Enhancing lab services to improve patient outcomes: Interprofessional insight from former laboratorians


GOAL!  Wear your favorite hockey (or other sport) jersey and network with vendors & colleagues!  Appetizers & FREE keg beer will be served, a cash bar and door prizes awarded too!

Tuesday, April 25th


7:30am-2:30pm:  Meeting Registration/Check-in

7:30-8:00am:  BREAKFAST BUFFET

8:00-8:50am:  Opening Keynote Address

   [S10]Jane Hermansen – The future of the laboratory:  patient as consumer

9:00-9:50am:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S11]Anne Sherwood (Binding Site®) – Primary immunodeficiency disease:  Underdiagnosed at any age

   [S12]Samantha Peterson – MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry:  The future of clinical microbiology

9:50-10:15am:  MORNING SNACK BREAK

10:15-11:05am:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S13]Krista Curcio (Sysmex®) – Clinical utility of immature cell indices:  Beyond the routine CBC

   [S14]Jane Hermansen – Strategic relationships and the laboratory:  Getting along in the future

11:15-12:05pm:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S15]Jo Ann Hegarty – Lean applied to transfusion services to improve quality & operations

   [S16]Bridget Weidner & Shelly Heilman – It’s game day!  The goal: A CLIA compliant lab


Lunch at 12:00pm, meeting begins ~12:15pm.  Everyone is encouraged to eat and stay for the annual ASCLS-ND business meeting where awards, election results, and ASCLS-ND activities will be discussed.

2:00-2:50pm:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S17]Alice Hawley – Case studies in clinical chemistry

   [S18]Dr. Mark Koponen – The hospital laboratory in forensic medicine

3:00-3:50pm:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

   [S19]Kevin Kern – Introduction to antimicrobial stewardship

   [S20]Speaker Panel – Game on!  Tackling laboratory workforce issues

4:00-4:50pm:  Closing Keynote Address (with snack)

[S21]Dr. Pat Tille (ASCLS Region V Director) – Professional development:  Involvement, networking, and success!!


If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the Grand Forks meeting co-chairs:  Mary Coleman at [email protected], Shannon Jongeward at [email protected], or Brooke Solberg at [email protected].