Molecular Diagnostics for Tuberculosis: What Are NAATs and How Do You Use Them?

A 90-Minute Webinar


January 21, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Presented live, via the internet


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Cost: There is no fee for this course.

Credit: This training is approved for up to 1.5 Category 1 ACCME continuing education hours/nursing continuing education hours.

The Curry International Tuberculosis Center designates this webinar for up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

The Curry International Tuberculosis Center is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 12308. This webinar is approved for up to 1.5 continuing education contact hours.

Target audience: Health care professionals who diagnose and treat tuberculosis. This training opportunity is available to a national audience.

Description: This 75-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute Q and A session. In recent years a number of rapid molecular diagnostics for detecting tuberculosis as well as drug resistance have become available both commercially and in public health labs. This webinar will describe the different NAATs (nucleic acid amplification tests) that are available to you, including the Gen-Probe MTD test, the Xpert MTB/RIF test, and Pyrosequencing (PSQ), as well as rapid molecular tests for drug resistance, including PSQ, line probe assays, and the CDC MDDR Service. We will describe what NAATs can and cannot tell you and how to best use these tests for AFB smear positive and smear negative clinical specimens. The webinar will also discuss the interpretation of specific mutations and drug resistance.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

Gisela Schecter, M.D., M.P.H.
Physician Liaison
Tuberculosis Control Branch
California Department of Public Health
Richmond, California

Pennan Barry, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Surveillance and Epidemiology Section
Tuberculosis Control Branch
California Department of Public Health
Richmond, California

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Application: Application deadline was on January 9, 2015.

The Curry International Tuberculosis Center is designated as a Regional Tuberculosis Training and Medical Consultation Center (RTMCC) via a funded cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Curry International Tuberculosis Center serves learners from the western region of the United States; however this training is open to learners in all regions of the U.S..

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