Continuing Education

Courses to Increase Your FilmArray Knowledge

Continuing medical education aims to help those in the medical field maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas in their field. BioFire is excited to partner with you throughout your scholastic journey.

Your Source for Continuing Education Credits

We want you to succeed, and a key part of that success comes with proper training. We hope that our expanding library of online training courses will provide you with the tools and training you need.

BioFire Diagnostics offers American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) credits. P.A.C.E.® credits are widely recognized in the clinical laboratory profession and can be used to fulfill most continuing education requirements. BioFire Diagnostics is an approved provider of continuing education in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

In addition, CME courses developed by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) accredited providers feature FilmArray content.

Current Courses

When Minutes Count: Timely Diagnosis in Meningitis and Encephalitis

The goal of this webinar is to increase your awareness of newer molecular diagnostic methods for the testing of meningitis and encephalitis and the role of these methods in clinical decision-making.

Discussion Topics:

  • Increased knowledge regarding the key characteristics among laboratory methods for the diagnosis of meningitis and encephalitis
  • Better understanding of the clinical implications of rapid molecular diagnostics for meningitis and encephalitis
  • Increased confidence in the ability to identify key attributes of molecular methodologies, such as multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR), in the diagnosis of meningitis and encephalitis

CME Credits available: 0.50

CME course duration: 30 minutes

Valid for credit through: 8/9/2018

Point-of-Impact Testing in the ED: Diagnostics for Respiratory Viral Infections

During this course you will learn why molecular syndromic testing in a decentralized setting is increasingly important for both disease management and infection control. This course will share the experience and value of Point-of-Impact testing of respiratory viral diagnostics at the University Medical Center Groningen.

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the relative effectiveness of using rapid and sensitive multiplex PCR to aid in the diagnosis of respiratory viral infections
  • Identify how diagnostic stewardship stimulates a co-creative approach
  • Evaluate the compared incremental cost effectiveness of rapid multiplex PCR, traditional PCR, direct-fluorescent antibody and rapid antigen tests for diagnosis of influenza in pediatric patients presenting to the emergency department with influenza-like illness
  • Describe how maximizing detection of influenza at the point of care can reduce unnecessary antibiotic use, laboratory tests and hospitalizations

P.A.C.E.® Course No: 516-001-17

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours: 1.0

Course Duration: 60 minutes

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Clostridium difficile in the Community Setting: Epidemiology and Diagnostic Implications

During this course hear national thought leaders discuss the changing epidemiology of C. difficile and how to identify the laboratory diagnostic options for C. difficile infections.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the laboratory diagnostic options for C. difficile infections
  • Evaluate C. difficile diagnostic testing applicability to outpatients
  • Understand the role of multiplex gastrointestinal testing in the diagnosis of C difficile

P.A.C.E.® Course No: 516-005-17

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours: 1.0

Course Duration: 60 minutes

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Advancing Care in Sepsis: Focus on Timely Diagnosis

The goal of this activity is to improve education in the use and implementation of rapid diagnostic methodologies for sepsis.

Discussion Topics:

  • Increased knowledge regarding key distinguishing characteristics among different rapid diagnostic methodologies for sepsis assessment
  • Greater competence related to practical application of rapid diagnostic methodologies for sepsis

CME Credits available: 0.50

CME course duration: 60 minutes

Valid for credit through: 12/13/2017

Timely Diagnosis of Gastroenteritis: Implications for Patients and Public Health

The goal of this activity is to increase clinicians’ understanding of rapid molecular diagnostic tests, and how different characteristics of these tests can have an impact on the timely diagnosis and spread of gastroenteritis.

Discussion Topics:

  • Burden and etiology of acute gastroenteritis
  • The role of rapid tests in the diagnosis of acute gastroenteritis and evaluation of the returning traveler with diarrhea
  • Comparison of available tests for diagnosis of acute gastroenteritis
  • How rapid diagnostic tests can have an impact on patient care and public health

CME Credits available: 0.50

CME course duration: 60 minutes

Valid for credit through: 12/20/2017

Respiratory Pathogen Detection: An outcome-based study on a first in, first out (FIFO) testing algorithm

During this course you will learn about the clinical and economic impact of a first-in, first-out testing algorithm for detecting respiratory pathogens on patient outcomes in an adult ICU setting. The course will share the experience and value of implementing a multiplex PCR panel as a diagnostic method at Geisinger Health System, an integrated health service organization servicing patients from 45 counties in Pennsylvania.

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss different testing algorithms for respiratory pathogen detection
  • Identify mechanisms to improve turnaround time via test utilization
  • Discuss the impact of a first in, first out testing algorithm on patient outcomes in an ICU setting

P.A.C.E.® Course No: 516-004-16

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours: 1.0

Course Duration: 60 minutes

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Molecular Syndromic Testing: Assessing the Impact on Pediatric Care

The FilmArray Gastrointestinal Panel tests for identification of 22 different pathogens, including bacteria, parasites and viruses from stool specimens in Cary Blair transport media. In this webinar, Jennifer Dien Bard from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will discuss how the FilmArray GI Panel affects patient outcomes for children with gastroenteritis presenting to emergency departments.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe how the FilmArray and the FilmArray GI Panel works
  • Discuss the relative effectiveness of using rapid and sensitive multiplex PCR to aid in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal infections
  • Identify how diagnostics affect patient outcomes for children in the emergency department with gastroenteritis
  • Evaluate rapid turnaround time and how it allows for clinicians to more rapidly diagnose GI illness and recommend the appropriate therapy

P.A.C.E.® Course No: 516-003-16

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours: 1.0

Course Duration: 60 minutes

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FilmArray® 2.0 Online Training Course

This 60-minute course is designed for first-time users of the FilmArray System and will provide an introduction to the FilmArray instrument, assay setup, software result interpretation as well as maintenance and troubleshooting.

Course Objectives:

  • Unpack and set-up the FilmArray 2.0 System
  • Set-up a FilmArray pouch (test) and run it on the FilmArray 2.0 System
  • Describe how the FilmArray 2.0 reports results and review software
  • Discuss a few points on maintenance and common troubleshooting issues of the FilmArray 2.0 System

P.A.C.E.® Course No: 516-102-17

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours: 1.0

Course Duration: 60 minutes

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