COLA: Interpreting flow cytometry

Session recorded on August 11, 2017.

Speaker: James Verbsky, MD, PhD

Viewers can earn credit by completing the posttest questions.

Flow cytometry is a powerful tool in evaluating immune defects, when used appropriately. The assays used are sensitive and specific. Challenges to testing may include false positives due to inadequate blood samples, insufficient DNA, some medications (like heparin) that may inhibit the testing procedure. To accurately interpret flow cytometry results, allergists need to be able to understand the mechanism of flow cytometry and how to deal with abnormalities in the test results. This video will cover the mechanism of flow cytometry, how to interpret test results, and what indicators to look for before ordering flow cytometry.

Target Audience

Practicing Allergists / Immunologists
Fellows-in-Training

Learning Objectives

After viewing the video recording, learners should be able to…

  • Describe the mechanism of flow cytometry
  • Use flow cytometry to evaluate immune deficiencies
Additional information
Disclosure: 

As required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and in accordance with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) policy, all educational planners, presenters, instructors, moderators, authors, reviewers, and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that have occurred within the past 12 months. The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit www.accme.org. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. It is required that disclosure be provided to the learners prior to the start of the activity.

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All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.

Jay Portnoy, MD, Planner
Speaker, Honorarium: Thermofisher, Boehringer Ingelheim

The following have no financial relationships to disclose:

Paul Dowling, MD, Planner
James Verbsky, MD, PhD, Speaker
 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
08/29/2017
Course expires: 
08/21/2019
Cost:
$35.00
Rating: 
0

James Verbsky, MD, PhD
Associate Profeessor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Rheumatology
Medical Director, CIRL
JMF Diagnostic Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies

Accreditation
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support
There is no commercial support for this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
08/29/2017
Course expires: 
08/21/2019

Price

Cost:
$35.00
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