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Clinical Pathology Symposium

April 25, 2023
NCRC Building 18, Dining Hall

Resilience.  Rebound.  Readiness.
We invite you to attend the 11th Clinical Pathology Symposium. The symposium is for all pathology faculty and staff and includes an amazing program of topics that will be interesting to everyone illustrating the laboratory's impact on patient care via laboratory case studies. We hope that you find the symposium a rewarding and educational experience that you can share with your colleagues.


How to Claim Credit

Attendees will receive a “session code” at the end of each talk to claim their credit. Keep track of the code on this letter.


Speakers & Topics

10 am Presentation
(Re)Connection: Building Community and Resilience


Kelcey Stratton, PhD
Program Manager, Resilience and Well-Being Services and Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry, Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience.

High-quality relationships are an important part of well-being. After many changes in how we socialize, how can we rebuild meaningful connections? In this session, participants will recognize how empathy and positive connections contribute to resilience and participate in an activity that invites reflection and story-sharing about sources of strength. Basic level of instruction, 1 contact hour. (PATH-45100)

Event Objective:

  • Describe skills to help enhance empathy and develop a sense of community in the workplace.
  • Identify sources of personal and professional strength, resilience, and meaning through facilitated discussion.
  • Create supportive connections with colleagues through storytelling and reflective practice.


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11:30 am Presentation
Batsakis Lecture: Immunity-associated with SARS-C0V-2 (IASO) Cohort Study


Aubree Gordon, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Director of the Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Threats
University of Michigan

The Immunity-associated with SARS-CoV-2 (IASO) Cohort Study was established in October 2020 with UM employees as study participants and Michigan Medicine clinical laboratories testing and lab medicine expertise. Study design and establishment during the ongoing pandemic and the early results from the study, including the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination, will be discussed. Basic level of instruction, 1 contact hour. (PATH-45200)

Event Objective:

  • Define a cohort study and explain the advantages of a cohort study over non-longitudinal study designs.
  • Explain differences in the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and infection.
  • Describe neutralization testing and how it is used to monitor emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.


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1 pm Presentation
Next Generation Sequencing Primer and Future Direction of Molecular Diagnostics


Nora E. Joseph, MD
Assistant Professor, Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology
Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology

Molecular Diagnostics continues to grow at a rapid pace reaching all areas of medicine. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has become an everyday tool for a wide range of applications. This talk will provide an informative overview of nucleic acid testing focusing on infectious disease and neoplasia. Intermediate level of instruction, 1 contact hour. (PATH-45300)

Event Objective:

  • Summarize the similarities and differences between “first-generation” and “next-generation” sequencing.
  • Categorize different clinical applications for next-generation sequencing.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of multiplex nucleic acid testing.


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The Clinical Pathology Symposium is a continuing education and networking event sponsored by the Department of Pathology.

Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

Questions or Comments
Please direct them to Karen Barron at or 734-232-6751.

Planning Committee

Karen Barron, Allied Health Education
Oliver Bichakjian, Pathology Informatics
Ashley Boguslaski, Pathology Administration
Lauren Branson, Pathology Administration

Anastazia Hartman, Pathology Communications
Lynn McCain, Pathology Communications
Alexis Snyder, Necropsy
Andrew Szczembara, Point of Care Testing

Julianne Szczepanski, Pathology House Officer
Brent Temple, Pathology Communications

Ric Valdez, Professor, and Director of Clinical Pathology
Carol Young, Microbiology