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American Society for Mohs Histotechnology

2018 Annual Meeting

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  • President's Message
  • Message from Program Chairs
  • Hotel and airport information
  • Instructions for accessing the Annual Meeting app
  • Special Events

Annual Meeting Registration

Registration is now closed for the American Society for Mohs Histotechnology's 24th Annual Meeting, taking place May 4-5, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. Annual Meeting registration will be processed on-site at the Registration Desk. On-site registration must be paid with a credit card; checks will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to register at the member rate, your 2018 dues must be paid. Pay 2018 dues here or call the ASMH Office at (414) 918-9813. Member dues will not be processed on-site.

Fee schedule

 

Discounted Registration
(on or before February 9, 2018)

Pre-Registration
(February 10 – March 30, 2018)

On-Site Registration
(May 3-5, 2018)

  ASMH Member

$275

$300

$350

  Non-member

$450

$475

$525

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 info@mohstech.org or fax (414) 276-3349. Refunds will not be given after that date.


Hotel Information

The 2018 ASMH Annual Meeting will be held at:
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
(877) 865-5320
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.

The reduced group rate is available only through Friday, March 30, 2018. Reservation requests after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the group rate. *As of 3/26/2018, the Hilton Chicago is sold out. As a courtesy, a small block of rooms have been made available at the Palmer House Hilton for ASMH Annual Meeting attendees. Please contact the Palmer House Hilton here or by calling 1-877-865-5321 for reservations.

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.


Travel Information

Airports
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)

Chicago Weather
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 info@mohtech.org, or write to 555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202


Picking Up Your Registration Materials

The registration check-in process for the 2018 Annual Meeting will be similar to the one used last year in San Francisco. When checking in for the meeting at the Registration Desk, attendees should follow these steps:

  1. If you pre-registered for the meeting, you will receive an email with a bar code that will allow for quick check-in. This bar code can be scanned from a printed copy or on your smartphone at the Registration Desk. You can also use one of the laptops available to enter the email address you used to register for the meeting. Follow the prompts to check in and your name badge, Pre-Conference workshop tickets, ticket for inclusion in the book drawing, and any other purchases (50th Anniversary Reception) will print. If any changes to your registration are needed, please visit the on-site registration station at the Registration Desk for assistance.
  2.  Pick up an ASMH registration bag containing the Final Program, lanyard, pen, notepad and informational materials from select meeting sponsors and exhibitors.
  3. Grab an ASMH bag from the courtesy table near the Registration Desk.
  4. Add the Annual Meeting mobile app to your phone, tablet, laptop or device of choice; simple directions can be found below, in your Final Program, and on signage near the Registration Desk.

ASMH Annual Meeting App

The ASMH Annual Meeting mobile app is optimized for all devices—including laptops, tablets and phones—and across mobile platforms like iOS, Android, and Windows. Get real-time notifications, download handouts, complete session evaluations, and sign in to create a custom schedule, save notes, or connect with colleagues. Interactive features include:

  1. visit www.eventmobi.com/app/asmh18
    Tap "Get the App" button. The app will automatically download from your app store and launch the event.
  2. Tap "Login" at upper right. Enter the email address you used to register for the meeting; this allows full use of all features. NOTE: EventMobi's orange "E" icon will appear on your home screen; use this to access the app throughout the meeting. If you choose to use view the app in a web browser, follow the on-screen prompts to add the app icon to your home screen. Bookmark and return to www.eventmobi.com/asmh18.

Please note: All Annual Meeting evaluations will be done via the app. Attendees are strongly encouraged to use it to complete evaluations and provide important feedback.

Pre-Conference Workshops

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         


Yoga

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.


Program at a Glance

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 Maximizing Efficiency in a Mohs Practice
Christopher R. Urban, MD
8:45 am Behind Every Great Mohs Surgeon is a Great Mohs Tech
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 Maintaining Your Cryostat
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
2:30 pm TBD
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:
Relaxation Cuts: Preventing Common Tissue Problems Through Proper Grossing
Nick Quinn, BS; Kyle Harvey, BA; Rebecca Scray, BS; Kyle D'Alberto, BS

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
1:45 pm Histotechnology From the Bedside to the Slide Through the Eyes of the Surgeon
Randall L. Proctor, MD
2:15 - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 - 4:30 pm General Session 6 (2 CEU)
2:30 pm Managing Multiple Mohs Labs and Utilizing In-House Training Resources
Camille J. McKay
3:00 pm Ergonomics 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
4:30 Meeting Adjourned
   

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.