Program Goals

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To provide terms, tools, and applications of lean processing to enhance operational workflow in the molecular diagnostic laboratory.

Target Audience

Clinical laboratory directors, supervisors, technologists, administrators and other diagnostic testing personnel interested in lean applications for the molecular diagnostic laboratory.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Explain the similarities and differences between lean and other continuous improvement methods (philosophies).
  2. Describe the foundational “lean” tools that assist with planning, implementing, and monitoring improvement activities.
  3. Recognize implementation opportunities to enhance testing operation and processes.
  4. Identify additional written materials / tools for more in-depth explanation, use, and implementation of lean activities


P. Shawn Mitchell, M.M.Sc., M.T. (ASCP)
Hepatitis / HIV Molecular Laboratory
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Michael Baisch, B.S.
Systems Engineer
Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interests

Instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

Faculty Disclosures

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this P.A.C.E. accredited activity:

P. Shawn Mitchell, M.M.Sc., M.T. (ASCP) N.A. N.A.
Michael Baisch, B.S. N.A. N.A.

Planners and Managers

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

ASCLS - Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Nothing to disclose Nothing to disclose
DGL - Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
LaRue Highsmith Nothing to disclose
(Spouse - no planning role) Admin: Abbott Laboratories

Credit Designation - Lab Professional, P.A.C.E.®

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science's Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program will provide 1.0 contact hour of credit.

How to Obtain P.A.C.E.® Credit



Viewers are expected to complete the presentation before attempting to submit contact information and the session evaluation. Successful completion will lead to the issuance of a certificate for 1.0 contact hour of P.A.C.E.® approved continuing education. To receive credit, the course must be completed before October 25, 2008.

If you attended the live presentation on October 18th, 2007, and have already received P.A.C.E.® credit for this program, you are not eligible for additional credit.

Participation in this activity should be completed in approximately 1 hours. Please follow these steps in order to receive P.A.C.E.® credit for viewing the webcast: 

  • Read all of the information above.
  • View the complete webcast program.
  • Click on the "Lab Professional" link to apply for P.A.C.E.® credit.
  • Complete the online registration (registration is free).
  • Complete the online test and/or evaluation. Participants must receive a test score of at least 70% and answer all evaluation questions to receive P.A.C.E.® credit.
  • After successful completion of this process, you will be redirected to the ASCLS CE Organizer where you may create and print an official ASCLS P.A.C.E.® certificate based on your attendance and completion of this ASCLS-sponsored P.A.C.E.® approved learning activity.

 Should you have any P.A.C.E.® questions regarding this activity, please contact:

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Release and Expiration

Release date: October 25, 2007
Expiration date: October 25, 2008

Fee Information

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality

Dane Garvin Ltd. (DGL) protects the privacy of personal and other information regarding participants, educational partners, and joint sponsors. DGL and our educational joint sponsors will not release personally identifiable information to a third party without the individual’s consent, except such information as is required for reporting purposes to the appropriate accrediting agency.

Dane Garvin Ltd. and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information.

Medium Used

This program has been made available online.

"Lean Opportunities in the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory"

System Requirements

To view this educational activity you will need a web browser with Javascript and either Flash or HTML5 enabled.  Nearly all modern web browsers will work.

Legal Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not reflect the views of Dane Garvin Ltd. and/or the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. This educational activity may discuss off-label and/or investigational uses and dosages for therapeutic products/procedures that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dane Garvin Ltd. and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science do not recommend the use of any product/procedure outside of the labeled indications. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product/procedure discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product/procedures for approved indication, contraindications, and warnings.


AMPlogo_transp_150.gif     This activity is co-sponsored by the Association for Molecular Pathology.

Commercial Support Statement

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