Continuing Education

Molecular Virology Workshop


Target Audience

This activity is intended for virology technicians, technologists, laboratory supervisors, laboratory directors, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in diagnostic molecular biology.

Statement of Need

This one-day interactive workshop focuses on practical aspects of molecular diagnostics and on exciting new technologies, with this year’s sessions encompassing pre-analytic considerations of molecular virology, together with advanced sequencing technologies and their potential applications to diagnostic clinical virology.

Educational Activity Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of verification and validation, as they relate to molecular diagnostic testing
  • Understand how the use of multi-organism panels affects the appropriate design and execution of verification and validation procedures
  • Design verification and validation procedures specific to quantitative (viral load) tests
  • Identify and select near-patient or random-access technologies for detection of viral pathogens
  • Understand the potential advantages and limitations of near-patient or random access technologies and their potential applications in various patient care settings


The France Foundation and ASM adhere to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of the planning committee, content reviewers, and faculty’s commercial relationships will be made known at the activity. Speakers are required to openly disclose any limitations of data and/or any discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentations.

This activity is sponsored through an educational collaboration by ASM and The France Foundation.

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Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The France Foundation, American Society for Microbiology, and Pan American Society for Clinical Virology. The France Foundation is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

This meeting is being held in cooperation with the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology.


Credit Designation

The France Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has determined that physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in this CME activity are eligible AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Diplomates of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, Diplomates of the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology, and Registrants of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists who are MDs and DOs may earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ toward recertification. All other Diplomates and Registrants may claim Participation, CA or FL credits toward recertification. Each professional should claim credit commensurate with their level of participation in the activity.

The American Society for Microbiology is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences through the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program.

Florida Board Of Clinical Laboratory Personnel
The American Society for Microbiology is accredited by the Florida Department of Health to offer continuing education for Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel. All sessions designated for CME credits will also qualify for Florida CE credits toward license renewal.

California Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS)
The American Society for Microbiology is accredited by the California Department of Health Services to offer continuing education for California Clinical Laboratory Scientists. All sessions designated for CME credits will also qualify for California CE credits toward CLS license renewal.

Other CE Licenses
You may obtain a Participation Statement of Credit by completing the activity evaluation. This is a detailed statement that documents your participation in the activity.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, The France Foundation will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.

Education Disclaimer

The primary purpose of the sessions at CVS is education. Information presented, as well as publications, technologies, products, and/or services discussed, are intended to inform you about the knowledge, techniques, and experiences of professionals who are willing to share such information with colleagues. A diversity of professional opinions exists in the fields discussed at CVS and the views of the CVA faculty are offered solely for educational purposes. Faculty's views neither represent those of ASM nor constitute endorsement by the association. The ASM disclaims any and all liabilities for damages to any individual attending CVS and for all claims which may result from the use of this information, publications, technologies, products, and/or services at CVS.


Claim Credits using

  1. Keep your badge! You will need your registration confirmation number or badge ID to claim your credits.
  2. Login to the ASM CE Portal with your ASM Single Sign On (SSO) user name and password. If you do not have a user name and password, select the “Need Help Logging In?” link.
  3. Once logged in, you will be directed to your “My Activities” page.
  4. Click on the “Claim Credits for Live Meetings” button on the right side of the screen.
  5. Select “22nd Molecular Virology Workshop” from the Available Activities table.
  6. On the Activities Overview Page, scroll to the bottom of the page to enter your badge ID. The badge ID may be obtained from your printed badge or from your emailed confirmation letter.
  7. Select which session you attended and are claiming credits for. Choose what type of credit you would like to claim. The Clinical Virology Symposium offers four types of continuing education credit. Please choose the certificate that is applicable to your needs:
      - Continuing Medical Education for physicians AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
      - Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®)
      - California Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS)
      - Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel
       - Participation
  8. Answer evaluation questions and submit.


DISCLOSURE: It is the policy of The France Foundation to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities. All faculty, activity planners, content reviewers, and staff participating in CME activity will disclose to the participants any significant financial interest or other relationship with manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s)/device(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services included in this educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent a person with a relevant financial or other relationship from participating in the activity, but rather to provide participants with information on which they can base their own judgments. The France Foundation has identified and resolved any and all conflicts of interest prior to the release of this activity. A listing of faculty disclosures will be made available at the start of each session.

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.