American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
   - North Dako


April 16-18, 2018
Ramada Inn
3333 13th Avenue South
Fargo, North Dakota

NEW! We have a new app called EventsXD to keep you updated on our meeting. It will notify you of any changes in program and the speakers handouts can be downloaded from here, as they come in at the last minute. Here are the instructions!

Handouts are available on a separate page, HERE.




Completely fill out the manual registration form, and return as directed on form with appropriate fees. 


 Please visit  access the online registration.  Payment is through PayPal or Credit Card


  A confirmatory email will be sent upon receipt of a completed registration process; therefore, a current email account will be mandatory for all attendees. Email will also be the preferred way to communicate in case of session changes.    

 A late fee will be assessed for registrations posted/submitted after April 1st, 2018



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Fargo Ramada at $90 plus taxes and fees. Please call the Ramada directly at 701-235-3333 to reserve your room and mention the ASCLSND State meeting to obtain this discounted rate.



If you have any questions please feel free to contact Alice Hawley at [email protected] or Sue Hollister at [email protected]



As speakers are confirmed, more information will be made available.  Registration fees cover all meals, breaks and vendor social.



11:00-5:30 pm:  Meeting Registration

11:00-12:15 pm:  ASCLS-ND Board Meeting

12:15-12:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

12:30-1:30 Opening Keynote Address

(S1)  Dr. Steven Briggs- Stop the Bleeding


1:45-2:45pm:   Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S2)  Pat Tille, ASCLS Region V Director - In Sickness and in Health:  The Marriage of Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics

(S3)  Andy Larson & Melodi Krank -  Feeling Safe in Your Space

(S4) Dr. Robert Pyatt/April Schultz - UP! Understanding Pharmacogenetics




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

(S5)  Christi Massen, PhD - Influenza:  History and Impact on the State of North Dakota

(S6)  Rochelle Odenbrett - Moving the Cheese:  Why do I have to change?

(S7)  Sandy Gardner, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics - Monitor Heparin with Confidence


4:30-5:30 pm Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S8)  Teddie Procter – Procalcitonin: A Marker of Bacterial Infection – Clinical Utility and Real-World Application

(S9)  Mike Zuroff, Sysmex - Letting Go of the Rules of 3… and How Not to Let the MCHC Rule Your Life

(S10) Jean Tenuta, BD – Serum vs Plasma as a Specimen Choice


5:45-6:45 pm Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S11)  Nathan Kobrinsky, MD - Pediatric ALL

(S12)  Ron Lawlar, FM Ambulance - Opioids from the Front Lines

(S13)  Student Session – Are You in “Jeopardy” Just Thinking about the BOC



7:30am-5:30 pm:  Meeting Registration

7:30-8:30 am Continental Breakfast and Keynote

8:30-9:30 am:  Keynote

(S14)  Deb Rodahl, ASCLS National President - Team Building


9:45-10:45pm:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S15)  Melissa Bethel, Instrumentation Laboratory - The Labs Role in the Evaluation of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia

(S16)  Shelly Heilman and Bridget Weidner - What’s UP with CLIA

(S17)  Regan Miller, PA - Preventative Medicine: “What’s the deal with all these lab orders?”


10:45-11:00 Morning Coffee/Snack Break


11:00-12:00 Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S18)  Linda Bartholomay - Healthy Eating in a Hurry

(S19)  Scott Dunbar, Cellavision - Digital Cell Morphology in the Clinical Lab with Case Studies


12:00-1:30pm:  ASCLS-ND Business Meeting with box lunch – open to all attendees


1:30-2:30 pm:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S20)  Sue Hollister and Stephanie Kjervestad - Hematology Case Studies

(S21)  Chris Gresens, MD, UBS - A Smorgasbord of Relevant and Topical Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Topics


2:45-3:45 pm: Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S22)   Alexander Drofa, MD - Stroke Management

(S23)   Panel Discussion - Unexpected Possibilities: Opportunities Within the Profession of Laboratory Science

(S24)   HLA Lab – HLA: The Modern Day “Match Game”


3:45-4:15 pm:  Afternoon Coffee Break


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

(S25)  Tze Shein Lo, MD - Managing Infections in the Era of Increasing Antimicrobial Resistance

(S26)  Linda Gylland - Is Your Lab Safety Program “PICTURE PERFECT”?

(S27)  Rachelle Jacobson – Leading with Emotional Intelligence


5:30-8:30pm:   Evening Social with Vendors:

 Appetizers will be served and beverages will be available for purchase



7:30 am-12:00 pm:  Meeting Registration

7:30-8:30 am:  Breakfast


8:30-9:30 am:  Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S28) Chris Cook, PhD - Unlocking the Potential between the Laboratory and Pharmacy to Impact Antibiotic Stewardship Initiatives

(S29) Karen Levisen, Stago - Uncontrolled Plugs: Laboratory Evaluation of Hypercoaguable Disorders

(S30) Maria Regnier – The Laboratory’s Impact on Nephrology and Dialysis


9:45-10:45 am Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S31)  Sue Hollister and Stephanie Kjervestad- Body Fluid Overview with Case Studies

(S32)  Jim Breen- NDCLP and You – the Fight for ND Laboratories


11:00-12:00 noon Concurrent General/Scientific Sessions

(S33)   Jay Flanagan - Genetic Counseling in the Genomic Age

(S34)   Peter Van Eerden, MD - Alloimmunization in Pregnancy


12:00-1:30 pm:   Closing Keynote and Luncheon:

(S35)   Mari Volk – Up, Up and Away: A Laboratory Trip to Ghana, Africa