Rocky Mountain Local Section Spring Meeting

Please join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 2023 Rocky Mountain AACC Local Section Spring Meeting!
Spend a day and a half learning and networking with your peers.

ACCENT Credit Available

Preanalytical, Analytical, and Postanalytical Processes:

how to best optimize the clinical laboratory’s value


Agenda (all times MT)

May 15th

8:45A - Welcome + Introduction (continental breakfast)

9:00A - Preanalytical Topics:

  1. Alternative Specimens and Methods of Collection (Brian Harry, Medical Director of Chemistry, University of Colorado)
  2. Can we use smarter interference thresholds to reduce sample rejection rates? (Xander Van Wijk, Director, Medical & Scientific Affairs, Beckman Coulter)
  3. Nemo-Q Scheduling System (Donna Neumon, Director, Lab Operations, TriCore)
  4. Decentralization & Near Patient Testing: with home,/self-collections (Rick VanNess, Director of Product Development, Rhodes Group)

11:30A - Lunch + Poster Presentations

1:30P - Analytical Topics:

  1. Mobile Collection and Testing (Karissa Culbreath, Medical Director & Section Chief Infectious Disease, TriCore)
  2.  Laboratory-Developed Tests, the FDA, and CLIA Modernization (Jon Genzen, Professor & Chief Medical Officer, University of Utah / ARUP)
  3. Staffing for the Future (Jillian Gonzales, Manager, Workforce Education & Engagement, TriCore)
  4. The Uneven Landscape of Direct-to-Consumer Testing (David Grenache, Chief Scientific Officer, TriCore)
  5.  AP/digital pathology (Richard Feddersen, Pathologist, TriCore)
  6. Clinical Trials/FDA/510K approval (Steve Young, Medical Director, TriCore Research Institute)

5:00P - End of Day One (dinner on your own)


May 16th

8:15A - Welcome + Introduction (continental breakfast)

8:30A - Postanalytical Topics

  1. Databases to Dashboards: Facilitating Laboratory Data Analytics with R (Shannon Haymond, Associate Professor of Pathology, Feinber School of Medicine, NW University)
  2. Coming into Compliance with the Information Blocking Rule (Rebecca Shafer, Compliance Analyst, TriCore)
  3. TBD (Monique Dodd, Manager, Clinical Solutions, Rhodes Group)
  4. Lab’s role as a strategic partner in healthcare (Arand Pierce, CMO, TriCore)
  5. Application of the refineR package for reference interval estimation and verification from routine laboratory data (Kelly Doyle, Associate Professor of Pathology, Medical Director of Special Chemistry and Endocrinology, University of Utah / ARUP)

12:00P - End of Conference

Conference will be held May 15, 2023 - May 16, 2023 at TriCore and Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque.

Registration Fees:

Early bird registration (by April 15, 2023):         $170.00

Regular registration (April 16 - May 1, 2023):   $220.00

Late registration (after May 2, 2023):              $250.00

Registration with accepted poster:                  FREE

Please direct questions to


Hotel Recommendations:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque

Hampton Inn Albuquerque - University/Midtown


Sign up for a tour of the TriCore laboratory. Multiple small group tours will be available during the conference.

Poster abstracts due by April 15th

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