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CLMA: California dreamin'.

For those of you not keeping score, CLMA's annual meeting in sunny Anaheim, CA, this month is the second of the 3 major industry meetings held on the left coast. Coincidence? Or have industry association members taken up surfing? Inquiring minds want to know.

Even if you can't swim or just watched "Jaws" for the 50th time, not to worry--there's still plenty to do inland, starting, of course, with the conference itself. From June 24--28, CLMA 2000 promises a breadth of educational and recreational events as well as the latest innovations in the exhibit hall, some of which are profiled in this section.

Full- and half-day workshops kick off the educational seminars on the 24th, followed by 4 days of sunrise seminars, industry workshops, poster sessions, and breakout sessions. Educational tracks range from outcomes and compliance to information technology and professional development

Not to he missed. In keeping with its mission of following emerging laboratory management trends, CLMA has lined up an impressive list of general session speakers. For example, Sunday's keynote address at 9 am will be given by management guru Rick Barrera, who has been hired by the likes of AT&T and IBM to teach employees how to achieve peak performance. Then, on Monday the 26th at 9 am, former editor of JAMA and current editor-in-chief of, George Lundberg, MD, will address current trends in pathology and the future of healthcare.

As was done last year, the COLA conference will run concurrently with the CLMA conference. As the premier accrediting body for physician's office labs, COLA offers sessions on POL-related issues, such as negotiating payment from managed care organizations and a regulatory compliance update.

New additions and opportunities. This year, CAP is sponsoring a brand-new track that will focus on pathology and related issues. These sessions include "Medical Direction: Pathology and Laboratory Management in a Healthcare Alliance," on Monday at 4 pm, and "The Role of the Pathologist and the Role of the Laboratory Manager in Improving Operations," on Tuesday at 9 am.

Also new in 2000 is the advanced-level track. In response to requests by members, there are a number of sessions for the more experienced attendee. Sessions include "Challenges of Managing Patient Information in a Wired Culture," on Wednesday at 9 am, and "Systems Thinking: Managing the Pieces as Part of the Whole," on Tuesday at 2:15 pm.

In addition to the opportunity to earn continuing education credits from ASCP, ASCLS, California, Florida, and AMTIE, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey will offer 2 graduate courses in conjunction with the conference. One is on human resources management and the other is on clinical systems management. There is an online portion of the course as well as the classroom seminar.

Fun in the sun. Try not to spend every minute in the classroom. Take advantage of extracurricular offerings like the 9th Annual Fun Run/Walk or the first golf outing to benefit the CLMA. Official tours are scheduled for Wednesday from glamorous Hollywood to the gorgeous beaches of the Orange County coastline to beautiful San Diego.
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Date:Jun 1, 2000
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