ACLPS 2019

ACLPS 2019 Annual Meeting

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Lab Medicine 2019, the 54th annual meeting of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS), will be held May 30 – June 1, 2019, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2019 annual meeting is organized by our local hosts at the University of Utah / ARUP Laboratories. Please join us for an outstanding scientific program, including cutting-edge Young Investigator presentations, an awards banquet at the stunning Natural History Museum of Utah, and a tour of nearby ARUP Laboratories! A special Saturday afternoon educational session will be held for interested trainees at no additional cost, and will focus on high-yield topics in microbiology and infectious disease.

Scientific and Events Program

View the conference schedule here

Educational Short Courses

  • June 1, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Faculty: Marc R. Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM) and Patricia R. Slev, PhD, DABCC

This course will focus on infectious disease/serology in two parts. Dr. Couturier will cover routine diagnostic Parasitology and Gastrointestinal Pathogen detection. Dr. Slev will review Hepatitis and HIV. The four-hour session will include time for questions and discussion.

Training Residents in Genomics (TRIG) Workshop

Next-generation sequencing methods and multi-gene panels have entered clinical care. Regardless of specialty, genomic medicine is becoming an important part of pathology practice. Using a case-based, interactive small-group approach, workshop participants will learn introductory principles related to the development of assays and interpretation of results with a focus on cancer genomics. The workshop will also include practical hands-on instruction with the use of online genomic pathology tools. Members of a national genomics education committee who are experts in molecular pathology, medical education, and genetic counseling have developed the session (

 Faculty:  Richard L. Haspel, MD, PhD; Jason Wang, MD


For general questions please contact Kelli Gard at

Meeting Registration

Registration fees will increase $100 after April 30, 2019. All on-site registration will be $575.

Travel and Accommodations

The Salt Lake International Airport is a Delta Airlines hub and also is served by United, American, Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska, and Frontier. The airport is less than a 15 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. Uber and Lyft both operate in Salt Lake City. As an even more convenient and inexpensive option, the TRAX/light rail train (Green Line) leaves from the airport every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends and stops right across the street from the conference hotel at the Courthouse Station, in slightly over 20 minutes!


There is a reserved room block at the Little America Hotel, located at 500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Please make your reservation as early as possible to get our guaranteed room rate of $199/night. This rate is guaranteed from May 26th through June 3rd in case you would like to extend your stay in Salt Lake City beyond the conference dates. The secured rate is available until April 29, 2019. Click here to reserve a room for the 2019 Annual Meeting. If you would prefer to not use the online reservation link, but would rather call the hotel directly to make your reservations, please let the agent know that you are with ACLPS: 800-437-5288. Note that the ACLPS room rate discount applies to the Tower rooms only.

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Call for Abstracts

  • The abstract submission system for the 2019 ACLPS Annual Meeting Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Program is now open! The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday, February 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • Instructions for submitting abstracts can be found in the Call for Abstracts (download .pdf here).

  • Abstracts must be submitted online at Also posted is the copyright transfer form for presenters who would like their abstracts (if accepted) to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP)

  • Questions related to the YIA program should be directed to the YIA Program Director, Dr. Jorge Sepulveda, at

Sponsorship Activities

If you would like to become a valued sponsor for this meeting, please contact Dr. Brian Jackson. To review the benefits of sponsorship, click here.

Events and Activities

The Thursday evening welcome reception will be held on an outdoor terrace at the Little America Hotel. The Friday evening awards banquet will be held at the award-winning Natural History Museum of Utah overlooking the Salt Lake valley as the sun sets over the Oquirrh Mountains. Tours of ARUP Laboratories will be scheduled before the banquet on Friday.

Exploring Salt Lake City and Utah

The Little America Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. In walking distance are Temple SquareCity Creek Center, and numerous restaurants, bars, and performing arts theaters. Salt Lake City is home to the Utah Jazz NBA basketball team, the Salt Lake Bees minor league baseball team, and Real Salt Lake professional soccer. Trax light rail is free within the downtown zone. 

Attendees who have extra time may consider enjoying the many other attractions in Utah. A 45-minute drive up Parley’s Canyon is Park City, home of world class skiing and outdoor adventures. While the ski season will be over, late spring (May and June) in Park City is ideal for browsing shops along historic Main Street, dining in unique restaurants, exploring hiking trails, and mountain biking.  Other outdoor adventures within an hour driving distance include visiting the Great Salt Lake at Antelope Island and exploring Timpanogos Cave in American Fork Canyon. The Bonneville Salt Flats are within a two-hour drive. For those interested in more ambitious trips, Arches National ParkCanyonlands National ParkBryce Canyon National Park, and Zion Nation Park are all within 5 hours drive from Salt Lake City.