2019 APIC ALC Program Overview

Our unique curriculum has been carefully designed to repeat workshops to ensure that you don’t miss out on fundamental learning concepts.

Day 1 | October 26

7-8 AM
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Power up for your day and discover innovative solutions from organizations on-site.

8:15-10 AM
General Session: Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP
(Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP)

Arjun Srinivasan
Arjun Srinivasan, MD, FSHEA, Captain, USPHS, Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


This session will focus on current and emerging IPC trends, issues, challenges, and patient safety concerns related to microbiology and antibiotic stewardship. You will also have an opportunity to discuss and apply key concepts and frameworks through a scenario-based approach, followed by a Q&A session.




10-10:30 AM
Break: Exhibit Hall

10:30 AM-12 PM
General Session: Cleaning, Disinfection, Sterilization
(Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization)

Judie Bringhurst, MSN, RN CIC, Infection Preventionist, Outpatient Care and Instrument Reprocessing, Hospital Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Hospitals


From complex instructions to a lack of standardization, IPs face many challenges around cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. This session will address these issues and provide methods to overcome challenges, using frameworks, tools, and case studies—applicable across healthcare settings, including outpatient areas.





12-1 PM
Lunch: Exhibit Hall
Enjoy lunch and spend more time in the Exhibit Hall, getting new ideas to bring back to your facility

1-2:30 PM//Workshops // Both workshops are repeated on Sunday at 8:30 AM
The Care and Keeping of Endoscopes: A How-To Session for IPs
(Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization)
Rebecca Taylor Alvino, RN, MS, CNS, CIC, CNOR, Infection Control Practitioner, UCSF Health

This workshop will introduce the basic anatomy of flexible endoscopes, highlight the variations and complexities between these devices, and walk through each step of flexible endoscope reprocessing. Gain a fundamental understanding of the tools, skills, and systems necessary for your facility to safely use and maintain endoscopes.

Microbiology for the IP
(Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP)
Sharon Williamson, MT(ASCP)SM, CIC, FAPIC, Senior Director of Infection Prevention, Texas Health Resources

This workshop will provide an overview of basic microbiology, including organism identification and susceptibility interpretation, various testing methodologies performed by the microbiology lab, and definitions and mechanisms of resistance for multi-drug resistant organisms. You have the opportunity to utilize case scenarios to connect your interpretation of microbiology results to IPC actions.

2:30-3 PM
Break: Exhibit Hall
Continue to explore our Exhibit Hall, designed exclusively to provide solutions and ideas for IPs.

3-4:30 PM // Workshops Both workshops are repeated on Sunday at 10:30 AM
Becoming an Expert IP for the Sterile Processing Department
(Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization)
Alison Sonstelie, BS, CRCST, CHL, Supply Chain Operations Manager, Sanford Health

Gain a common vocabulary and practical tools and strategies to enhance collaboration and understanding between the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). This workshop will help IPs better communicate with SPD staff. Deepen your understanding of common issues and challenges through scenario-based examples, activities, and discussion.

How to Use the Microbiology Lab 
(Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP)
Tim Landers, PhD RN CNP CIC FAAN, Epidemiologist and Associate Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University

This session will address collaboration with the microbiology lab to ensure proper sample collection, transportation, and process. We will explore the role of the IP in quality assurance for microbiology specimens and laboratory collaboration to ensure data can be used to inform IPC programs.

4:40-5:25 PM
General Session: Emerging Technologies – Presentation and Panel Discussion

Tim Wiemken, PhD, MPH, FAPIC, CIC, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University Center for Health Outcomes Research 

Technological change is taking place at an unprecedented rate. Given the wide scope of IPC work, IPs need to be continuously learning and monitoring the possible IPC impacts of a broad range of current and emerging technologies, including machine learning, information systems and patient care technology, diagnostic testing, telemedicine, and new environmental technologies.





5:30-7 PM
Evening Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
After your first day of immersive learning, join us for our evening reception to network and connect with your peers and exhibitors.

Day 2 | October 27

7:30-8:15 AM
General Session: The Future is Here: Applying APIC’s Updated Competency Model to Guide IPC Practice

Susan A. Dolan (Left), RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC, Nurse Epidemiologist, Children’s Hospital of Colorado; Past President, APIC; Member. APIC Competency Model Revision Task Force and

Heather Bernard (Right), DNP, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Director of Infection Prevention at Mohawk Valley Health System Vice Chair, APIC Professional Development Committee; Member, APIC Competency Model Revision Task Force. APIC’s updated Competency Model advances the profession by outlining future-oriented competency domains that support the professional development of IPs during the next 3-5 years of their practice. Led by two members of the Competency Model Revision Task Force, this session will outline practical strategies for using the model to strengthen and guide professional development for you and your teams.



8:30-10 AM // Workshops
Both workshops are repeated from 1 PM on Day 1
The Care and Keeping of Endoscopes: A How-To Session for IPs 
Microbiology for the IP 

10-10:30 AM
Break: Exhibit Hall The intimate Exhibit Hall allows you an opportunity to discover solutions, ideas, and innovations. Find products and services that will enable you to implement the processes and solutions you’ve just discovered in sessions.

10:30 AM-12 PM // See Saturday at 3 PM
Becoming an Expert IP for the Sterile Processing Department
How to Use the Microbiology Lab Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP

12-1:30 PM
Lunch: Exhibit Hall

1:30-3 PM // Workshops
Both workshops are repeated Sunday this afternoon at 3:15 PM
The ABCs of SPD, OR, and IPC Collaboration
(Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization)
Carole Leone RN, MSN, CIC, FAPIC, Infection Prevention Consultant Center for Clinical Excellence, BJC Healthcare; Carol Sykora, MBA, MEd, MT(ASCP), CIC, FAPIC, Infection Prevention Consultant, BJC HealthCare; Sara Vinson, BA, CRCST, Sterile Processing Manager, Barnes-Jewish Hospital; Martin Gitonga, RN, BSN, MHA, Clinical Manager, Neuro and Otolaryngology Perioperative Department, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

This workshop will feature a panel of subject matter experts: an IP, a Sterile Processing Department Manager, and an Operating Room Manager/Educator. Hear advice for promoting positive interaction and collaboration across departments.

Antibiotic Stewardship: Understanding and Optimizing the Role of the IP 
(Microbiology and Antibiotics for the IP)
David Witt, MD, FIDSA, CIC, Infectious Disease Specialist and Regional Hospital Epidemiologist with Kaiser Permanente

This workshop will help empower you to speak comfortably about antibiotic stewardship (ABS), understand the basic choices involved, and find and advocate for the optimal role of an IP in ABS.

3-3:15 PM
Break: Exhibit Hall This is your last chance to visit our solutions marketplace! Make the most of your time in St. Louis and get inspired by our Exhibit Hall.

3:15-4:45 PM//Workshops
Both workshops are repeated from today at 1:30 PM
The ABCs of SPD, OR, and IPC Collaboration 
Antibiotic Stewardship: Understanding and Optimizing the Role of the IP

4:50-5:30 PM
General Session: Interactive ALC Wrap-Up Panel Discussion The last two days have been full of content and information to help you discover how to be more effective and efficient in your role as an IP. Join us for this closing session where we will high-light the main themes and discuss practical strategies you can use to implement what you have learned.