In this day-in-the-life activity, you will take on the role of laboratory medical director and face several challenges. In each situation, you will decide how to proceed based on the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Standards of Laboratory Accreditation. Your journey will include making decisions on delegating tasks, performing proficiency testing, selecting new instruments, providing clinical consultation, and adhering to workload requirements. It will prepare you to perform the everyday tasks necessary for continuously complying with federal regulations and obtaining accreditation.
After youâ€™ve completed each module, a summary will be available for you to download and print.
The activity also includes an optional pretest that gauges your current knowledge of regulatory and accreditation requirements and directs you to the content in which you may want to spend more time. It also includes a 10-question post-test that is required for claiming credit.
Self-study modules include:
- Pretest (Optional) (15:00 minutes)
- Orientation (30:00 minutes)
- Laboratory Regulatory Oversight (30:00 minutes)
- Laboratory Medical Director Responsibilities for Test Systems and Performance (30:00 minutes)
- Obtaining and Maintaining Accreditation(30:00 minutes)
After completing this SAM eligible activity and post-test, you should be able to:
- Describe the impact of regulatory oversight on laboratory testing.
- List the laboratory medical director responsibilities for ensuring that testing systems provide quality services in all aspects of test performance.
- Explain the process for obtaining and maintaining a certificate of accreditation.
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 2.5
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CE (Continuing Education for nonphysicians): The CAP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.5 credit(s) of continuing education. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the American Board of Pathology's (ABP) Continuing Certification (CC) requirements for Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).
This activity is approved for continuing education credit in the states of California and Florida.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) accepts this activity to meet the continuing education requirements.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Section 3 Credit
Accreditation in Canada: This event is an Accredited Self Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association Canadienne des Pathologistes (CAP-APC). You may claim a maximum of 2.5 hour(s) equivalent to 7.5 credit(s).
You have a total of three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you correctly answer 70% or more of the post-test items, you may claim credit. CME/SAM credit can be applied to the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Self-Assessment Module (SAM) requirements. You pass the post-test to claim credit; therefore, if you do not pass, you cannot claim any credit.
Attention Canadian Participants: You have three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you do not pass the post-test after three attempts, you may still claim CPD credit (self-assessment program credits) for this activity. Please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040 option 1 or email@example.com with the name of this activity and the date completed to request a letter of participation.
The following authors/planners/reviewers have no financial interests/relationships to disclose:
Michael O. Idowu, MD, MPH, FCAP
Richard M. Scanlan, MD, FCAP
|The following authors/planners/reviewers have financial interests/relationships to disclose:
|Michael C. Dugan, MD, FCAP
||Laboratory Corporation of America; Employee; Salary/stock (future)|
Genzyme; Past employee; Salary/stock
|Stephen J. Sarewitz, MD, FCAP
||AACC; Presenter; Honorarium
The following In-Kind Support has been received for this activity:
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All authors/planners/reviewers of a CAP educational activity must disclose to the program audience any financial interest or relationship with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients that may be discussed in the educational activity or with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients that is directly competitive with a product discussed in the presentation. Relevant financial relationships are considered to be any financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.
The College of American Pathologists does not view the existence of these interests or uses as implying bias or decreasing the value to participants. The CAP, along with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), feels that this disclosure is important for the participants to form their own judgment about each presentation. Above you will find the financial disclosure relationships for anyone who was able to affect content of this educational activity.
The CAP does identify and manage all potential conflicts of interest to ensure that all educational activities promote improvements or quality in health care and are free of commercial bias for or against a product/service.
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College of American Pathologists
325 Waukegan Road
Northfield, IL 60093-2750
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This activity and evaluation are available December 12, 2019 and expire December 12, 2022 12:00 AM (ET). You MUST claim credit by this date and time.