2018 Annual Meeting
- Hotel Reservations
- Call for Abstracts
- Travel Information
- Pre-Conference Workshops
- Program at a Glance
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Annual Meeting Registration
Registration is now open for the American Society for Mohs Histotechnology's 24th Annual Meeting, taking place May 4-5, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. Register early and save $25! The early registration deadline is January 31. The deadline for all pre-registration is March 30. After that date, you must register on site for the meeting. A copy of the Preliminary Program for the meeting will be mailed to members in early January. Those planning to attend the meeting are also able to make hotel reservations using the link below on the ASMH Annual Meeting page.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to register at the member rate, you will be prompted to log in using your ASMH member ID and password. Please have them ready before beginning the registration process. Your 2018 dues must be paid in order to register at the member rate. Pay 2018 dues here or call the ASMH Office at (414) 918-9813.
Cancellations and Refunds
Registration fees, minus a $75 administration fee, will be refunded upon written notice of cancellation if the request is received at the ASMH office no later than February 28, 2018. Email email@example.com or fax (414) 276-3349. Refunds will not be given after that date.
Abstracts are still being accepted for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The submitter of the top abstract will receive $1,000, be invited to give a 30-minute presentation at the Annual Meeting, and be included in the Final Program. The deadline for abstract submission is February 1, 2018. Click below for guidelines and to submit:
The 2018 ASMH Annual Meeting will be held at:
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm.
The ASMH secured the reduced nightly base room rate of $249 for single/double occupancy. Rates are subject to a 17.4% hotel occupancy tax.
To receive this discounted rate you must identify yourself as being with ASMH and must have already registered for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The reduced group rate is available only through Friday, March 30, 2018 or until sold out. Reservation requests after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the group rate.
By phone: (877) 865-5320
Ask for “American Society for Mohs Histotechnology Annual Meeting.” Be sure you registered for the Annual Meeting and refer to the group and meeting name when registering.
Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (45 minutes/19 miles Northwest of Hilton Chicago)
Chicago Midway Airport (30 minutes/11 miles West of Hilton Chicago)
Gary-Chicago Airport (40 minutes/25 miles South of Hilton Chicago)
Transportation from Airports
For information on transportation options including taxi, shuttle, car service or rental, rail, bus, and more, visit the Hilton Chicago's Maps & Directions page or O'Hare's Getting To and From page.
Hilton Chicago Parking
Self-parking (garage): $61 / Valet: $75 (Rates exclude tax, prices subject to change)
During early May: Average high: 64°F; Average low: 51°F
Special Note to the Physically Challenged
The ASMH wishes to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of auxiliary aids and/or service(s). If you need an auxiliary aid or service(s) identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, or any assistance in registering for this meeting, please contact the ASMH Office by phone at (414) 918-9813, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to 555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202
The ASMH is offering a full day, pre-conference workshop program that will include the following hands-on sessions. Cost per workshop: ASMH Members: $50 - $75; Non-Members: $75 - $125. See the schedule and workshop descriptions below.
6:30 am - 5:00 pm Meeting Registration/Information
7:30 - 9:00 am Yoga
7:30 - 9:00 am IHC Phase I - IHC: Where do I begin
9:15 - 10:45 am IHC Phase II - The Technique of Immunohistochemistry
9:15 - 10:45 am Implementing Procedure and Document Control in the Mohs Lab
9:15 - 11:45 am Tipping Your Cap for CAP: Tips on How to Make Inspections Go Smoothly
9:30 am - 7:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 - 3:15 pm IHC Phase III - Immunohistochemistry Theory and Details for the IHC Lab
12:45 - 3:15 pm The A to Z of Mohs Procedures: Technical Guidance on Potential Pitfalls
12:45 - 3:15 pm CLIA: What You Need to Know
1:45 - 3:15 pm Yoga
3:30 - 5:00 pm Tricks for Setting Up Your New Mohs Lab
3:30 - 5:00 pm Theory and Procedures for Routine Staining of Mohs Slides
3:30 - 5:00 pm More Mohs, More Mohs, More Mohs
Calling all sore bodies! Come join us to learn about the benefits of yoga, including easing tension, avoiding the tightening of shoulder and neck muscles, and fighting problems often caused by standing for long hours, such as varicose veins, slouching, and fatigue. We will also learn effective breathing to increase oxygen levels, lower stress, and improve your overall well-being. This will be a fully immersive class, so please bring a towel and wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. Beginners welcome and encouraged to attend.
IHC Phase 1 - IHC: Where Do I Begin?
Your Mohs surgeon is interested in providing Immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing particularly for melanoma in situ and has asked you to investigate what is needed. This is an interactive workshop designed to provide information on how to set up a laboratory for Mohs IHC to include: what is required for equipment, reagents, protocols and procedures, CLIA and CAP requirements, validation, cost analysis, vendor search, safety, record keeping, and many minute details. Questions are highly encouraged. Also offered on Friday, May 4 from 3:30-5:00 pm.
IHC Phase II - The Technique of Immunohistochemistry
This is an interactive and hands on workshop designed to acquaint participants with the method and details of how to stain a slide of Mohs frozen section for immunohistochemistry. Emphasis will be on the critical moments of the staining procedure, demonstration of variations of methods, and common problems that occur during IHC. All materials will be provided and this will be a safe, hazard free workshop. Questions are highly encouraged. Also offered on Saturday, May 5 from 7:00-8:30 am.
Implementing Procedure and Document Control in the Mohs Lab
Procedure and documentation is critical in running your lab to maintain a safe environment and to assure quality patient care. The first step in preparing for a regulatory inspection is having the necessary laboratory policies and procedures in place. We will cover a methodical approach to creating and implementing policies and procedures in the Mohs lab. Participants will learn how to build a manual to entail technical procedures, Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Management (QM), alternate proficiency assessment, competency assessment, and safety guidelines. We will also discuss electronic document control such as MediaLab and the CLIA/CAP application process. Bring your procedure manual questions with you to this workshop.
Tipping Your Cap for CAP: Tips on How to Make Inspections Go Smoothly
How to prepare for inspections, understand difference between CAP and CLIA and how they work together while developing a structured format to ensure success. Bring your procedure manual questions with you to this workshop.
IHC Phase III – Immunohistochemistry Theory and Details for the Mohs Lab
A presentation of the biochemistry of immunohistochemical techniques to include how antibodies work and the development of detection systems. Detailed description of pH, use of a concentrated antibody and how to properly develop and document a working dilution using a micropipette and the advantages/disadvantages of concentrated antibodies versus manufacturer ready-to-use antibodies. Introduction to a variety of antibodies other than MART-1 and their uses in the Mohs laboratory.
The A to Z of Mohs Procedures: Technical Guidance on Potential Pitfalls
This workshop will focus on debate and discussion of participants' Mohs technical problems, along with suggested remedies. A presentation encompassing all the common artifacts seen in Mohs laboratories and how best to troubleshoot and avoid these occurring will also be given. See mohstech.org/annual meeting for details on submitting slides in advance.
CLIA: What You Need to Know
This workshop will offer a comprehensive discussion and open forum on CLIA compliance, regulatory requirements for the Mohs laboratory. Bring your procedure manual questions with you to this workshop.
Tricks for Setting Up Your New Mohs Lab
Tricks for setting up an efficient Mohs lab will be discussed in this workshop
Theory and Procedures for Routine Staining of Mohs Slides
A presentation of typical staining for the screening of Mohs frozen sections. This will include the chemistry and procedures of various stains (monochromatic, polychromatic, progressive, regressive), how they color tissue, suggested protocols, and troubleshooting problems. Manual vs. automatic staining procedure will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring in stained slides for troubleshooting. Note that this workshop will not include the wet staining of slides.
More Mohs, More Mohs, More Mohs
A cryostat workshop focusing on the extemporaneous events that occur in the Mohs lab during a surgical clinic. We will touch on pearls of wisdom, interesting ideas, and work arounds to get out of trouble. New Mohs techs as well as seasoned techs will find a gem in this workshop.
Wednesday, May 2
|1:00 - 5:00 pm||Meeting Registration/Information|
Thursday, May 3
|6:30 am - 5:00 pm||Meeting Registration/Information|
|7:30 am - 5:00 pm||Pre-Conference Workshops|
|9:30 am - 7:30 pm||Exhibit Hall Open|
Friday, May 4
|6:30 am - 5:00 pm||Meeting Registration/Information|
|7:00 - 7:30 am||Continental Breakfast|
|7:30 - 9:45 am||General Session 1 (2 CEU)|
|7:30 am||Welcome and Opening Remarks
Linda R. Cesario, DPM, HT (ASCP), ASMH President
|7:45 am||Welcome to Mohs
Lindsey E. Riggs, HTL
|8:15 am||Using Scheduling to Maximize Efficiency
Christopher R. Urban, MD
Paul H. Bowman, MD, FACMS
|9:15 am||Statistics in the Mohs Lab
Robert L. Milewski, HT
|9:45 -10:00 am||Break|
|10:00 am -12:00 pm||General Session 2 (2 CEU)|
|10:00 am||"Don't Be Fooled" Tumor Mimickers in Mohs
Shari A. Nemeth Ochoa, MD, MS, FACMS
|10:30 am||New Dog, Old Tricks
Robin Y. Ramirez, HT (ASCP)
|11:00 am||Troubleshooting Open Forum
Robin M. Seaver, MLT/HT (ASCP)cm
Angelic R. Maden, HT (ASCP) cm
|11:30 am - 6:30 pm||Exhibit Hall Open|
|12:00 - 1:00 pm||Lunch in the Exhibit Hall|
|1:00 - 3:30 pm||General Session 3 (2.5 CEU)|
|1:00 pm||The Ups and Downs of Cryostat Maintenance
Jim Kovach, Tech One Biomedical, Franklin Park, Illinois
|2:00 pm||Only the Lonely - Misadventures in a Single Person Lab
Donna S. Ingersoll, BS, HTL, CT (ASCP)
Robin M. Seaver, MLT/HT, (ASCP)cm
|3:00 pm||Whole Mount Sections
Scott W. Fosko, MD, FACMS
|3:30 - 5:00 pm||Beginner Cryostat Workshops|
|3:30 - 5:00 pm||Advanced Cryostat Workshop|
|3:30 - 5:00 pm||Workshop - IHC Phase I - IHC: Where Do I Begin?|
|5:00 - 6:30 pm||Networking Reception - Exhibit Hall|
Saturday, May 5
|6:30 am - 4:00 pm||Meeting Registration/Information|
|7:00 - 8:30 am||Advanced Cryostat Workshop|
|7:00 - 8:30 am||Workshop - IHC Phase II - The Technique of Immunohistochemistry|
|8:00 am - 2:00pm||Exhibit Hall Open|
|8:45 - 9:45 am||ASMH Business Meeting (members only)|
|9:45 am - 12:00pm||General Session 4 (2.25 CEU)|
|9:45 am||2018 Abstract Award Winner
To Be Announced
|10:15 am||Communication in the Lab
Sumul A. Gandhi, MD, MBA, MPH; Richard S. Lewis, MD, FACMS, Kathi McAdoo; Lindsey E. Riggs, HTL; Robin M. Seaver, MLT/HT (ASCP)cm; Hubert Chodkiewicz, MD
|11:00||Troubleshooting Open Forum
Robin M. Seaver, MLT/HT (ASCP)cm
Angelic R. Maden, HT (ASCP)cm
|12:00 - 1:00 pm||Lunch in Exhibit Hall|
|1:00 - 2:30 pm||General Session 5 (1.5 CEU)|
|1:00||Haematoxylin: The Story of the Blues
Guy E. Orchard, PhD, MSc, FIBMS
Randall L. Proctor, MD
|2:15 - 2:30 pm||Break|
|2:30 - 4:30 pm||General Session 6 (2 CEU)|
Camille J. McKay
|3:00 pm||Ergonoics in the Laboratory
Allison Eck, HTL (ASCP)cm, QLS, AHI, Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
|4:00 pm||Making High Quality Cartilage and Periosteum Sections
Brian T. Carroll, MD, PhD, FACMS; Angelic Maden, MS, HT (ASCP)cm
Cryostat Hands-On Workshops
Receive direct guidance and advice from experienced technicians and refine your technique to take back to your Mohs lab. Cryostat embedding, cutting techniques, and maintenance will be covered.
IHC Phase I – IHC: Where Do I Begin?
Your Mohs surgeon is interested in providing Immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing particularly for melanoma in situ and has asked you to investigate what is needed. This is an interactive workshop designed to provide information on how to set up a laboratory for Mohs IHC to include: what is required for equipment, reagents, protocols and procedures, CLIA and CAP requirements, validation, cost analysis, vendor search, safety, record keeping, and many minute details. Questions are highly encouraged. Also offered on Thursday, May 3 from 7:30-9:00 am.
IHC Phase II – The Technique of Immunohistochemistry
This is an interactive and hands on workshop designed to acquaint participants with the method and details of how to stain a slide of Mohs frozen section for immunohistochemistry. Emphasis will be on the critical moments of the staining procedure, demonstration of variations of methods, and common problems that occur during IHC. All materials will be provided and this will be a safe, hazard free workshop. Questions are highly encouraged. Also offered on Thursday, May 3 from 9:15-10:45 am.