Symposium for Clinical Laboratories


The 2019 Symposium will be held April 3 - 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV!

2019/04/03 08:00:30

COLA Resources Inc. (CRI®) is a medical laboratory education and consultative organization that uses a unique approach to guide laboratories of all sizes: interactive education. At the CRI Symposium for Clinical Laboratories, attendees participate in EDUCATION FOR LABORATORY EXCELLENCE – making a positive impact for quality patient care.

Participants can attend a wide selection of educational sessions, earn up to 20 CME or P.A.C.E® credits, network with healthcare professionals and visit the exhibit hall featuring the latest laboratory technology, equipment and supplies.

Who Attends Symposium

  • Physicians
  • Laboratory Directors
  • Laboratory Technical Consultants
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Testing Personnel
  • Other Healthcare professionals

The Symposium is YOUR opportunity to meet personal, professional, and organizational goals at a reasonable cost. We have designed the curriculum for continuing education that’s critical to operating a successful and compliant medical diagnostic laboratory. The educational sessions will offer:

  • Continuing education for lab staff to enhance competency and maintain state licensure
  • CME credits for physicians to qualify as the laboratory director for a moderate complexity laboratory, as outlined by CLIA
  • Tools and guidance for:
    • Meeting the requirements of CLIA, COLA, and other accrediting organizations
    • Improving laboratory processes and procedures
    • Preventing laboratory errors
    • Improving efficiency and promoting quality in laboratory operations

The Symposium for Clinical Laboratories includes Keynote General Sessions of broad interest, and a choice of breakout sessions addressing various needs and interests. Subject content presented includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Clinical testing topics
  • Quality Control
  • Quality management and improvement
  • Safety and Phlebotomy 
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Laboratory management and operations
  • Inspection Preparation

CRI is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by:

  • The ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. P.A.C.E.® continuing education credits are accepted by all states with continuing education requirements for laboratory personnel licensure
  • The Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel, Division of Medical Quality Assurance at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
  • The California Division of Laboratory Science, Department of Laboratory Field Services

CME Accreditation Information:

The Lab Director Curriculum of CRI’s Symposium for Clinical Laboratories will be submitted for CME approval by the American Academy of Family Physicians.


CRl’s Symposium for Clinical Laboratories is taking place April 3-6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2019 schedule is finalized and will continue our tradition of past events by offering top notch education, networking and vendor exhibits.

Physician for LD Qualification                   Any other attendee 

       $750                                                    $700

Please Note: Topics and schedule are subject to change.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

8:15am – 4:00pm                            LCMS Workshop

10:00am – 7:30pm                          Registration

Thursday, April 4, 2019

7:00am – 8:30am                            Lab Director Session

7:00am – 8:45am                            Breakfast

8:45am – 10:00am                          Opening General Session

10:00am – 10:30am                       Exhibits & Break in Exhibit Ballroom

10:30am – 12:00pm                       Breakout Sessions A (There will be 6 educational sessions to choose from)

12:00pm – 1:00pm                         Lunch

12:30pm – 1:30pm                         Dessert & Exhibits in Exhibit Ballroom

1:30pm – 3:00pm                            Breakout Sessions B (There will be 6 educational sessions to choose from)

3:30pm – 5:00pm                            Breakout Sessions C (There will be 6 educational sessions to choose from)

5:30pm – 7:30pm                            Symposium Welcome Reception! Poolside!

Friday, April 5, 2019

7:00am – 8:30am                            Lab Director Session

7:00am – 8:45am                            Breakfast

8:45am – 10:00am                         Opening General Session

10:00am – 10:30am                       Exhibits & Break in Exhibit Ballroom

10:30am – 12:00pm                       Breakout Sessions D (There will be 6 educational sessions to choose from)

12:00pm – 1:00pm                         Lunch

1:00pm – 2:30pm                            Breakout Sessions E (There will be 6 educational sessions to choose from)

2:30pm – 3:30pm                            Ice Cream Social & Exhibits in Exhibit Ballroom

3:30pm – 5:30pm                            PM General Sessions

4:30pm – 6:00pm                            Concurrent Lab Director Sessions

Saturday, April 6, 2019
(Please note, this day’s sessions are part of the Lab Director Track, however, other attendees are welcome to attend.)

7:00am                                                Breakfast

7:00am – 11:30am                           General Sessions

11:30am                                              Conclusion


The 2019 LCMS Workshop will be held April 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV!


Join us for an intermediate/advanced level Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Workshop on Wednesday April 3, 2019 8:15am – 4:00pm at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Lunch is provided.


This full day workshop offers 6 P.A.C.E.® credits and is intended for experienced users of LCMS technology. It features sessions by scientific and operational experts to share knowledge, perspectives and useful resources on this exciting and highly complex technology. Topics include:

  • Screening biological samples
  • Confirmation testing by mass spectrometry
  • Comparison of sample preparation techniques
  • Instrument troubleshooting
  • Proficiency testing and bi-annual comparison testing


For introductory level LCMS, including LCMS basics and considerations before implementing, there will be a Symposium Session offered on Thursday April 4.


Registration fee is $299, discounted to $249 if you are also attending the Symposium.


Tropicana Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV



Set on the famed Four Corners with commanding views of the Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton – is a Penn National Gaming destination and boasts stylish rooms, suites and luxury villas, complete with acclaimed restaurants, premier entertainment options and a 50,000-square-foot casino.

The resort redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers by providing a casually elegant experience on The Strip, all with a South Beach rhythm and vibe. The property also features Glow® a Mandara Spa and fitness center, Laugh Factory Comedy Club and restaurants such as Robert Irvine’s Public House, Bacio Italian Cuisine, Oakville Steakhouse, Barista Cafe, Fresh Mix, South Beach Food Court, and the newly opened Savor the Buffet.


Room Rates and Amenities

Reservations must be made by March 6, 2019, to receive the discounted nightly hotel rate of $99. A daily resort fee of $20 will be charged, plus the current Clark County room tax of 13.38%. Rates are valid, Sunday, April 1 through – Sunday, April 7, 2019.  You must identify yourself as a CRI® Symposium participant when making reservations.


The Daily Resort Fee Includes:

  •             High-speed wireless internet in your guest room
  •             Two bottles of water
  •             2 for 1 show tickets to laugh Factory (Sunday through Thursday)
  •             2 for 1 cocktails at Oakville Steakhouse from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  •             Unlimited fitness center access
  •             Free Parking


Scam Alert! Only use the Hotel Reservations link on this page to make your hotel reservations. Do not respond to emails or phone calls that claim to be from the Tropicana or housing management affiliated with our group, they are not legitimate.


The McCarran Las Vegas Airport is approximately 3 miles from the Tropicana Hotel.  The Tropicana does not offer shuttle service to/from the airport.

Please see the links below that may be helpful in making your travel plans.

Ride Share Information (Uber/Lyft):

Taxi Information:

Shuttle Information:

Group shuttles are an economical way to get from the airport to most major hotel/resorts. While en route, group shuttles make multiple stops at locations along the way.

Explore Vegas



Whether you’re a high roller or a low-key lounger, Las Vegas has something to offer

everyone! Sample fare from top chefs and abundant buffets, try your luck at one of

the world’s premier casinos, or take in a fabulous show.


According to Trip Advisor, these are just a few of the top rated FUN things to

do in Vegas!

  • The High Roller
  • Stratosphere Tower
  • The Strip
  • Fremont Street Experience
  • Walking Food Tours


Shows that will be available during April 2019! Get your tickets now!

  • KA – MGM Grand – Martial arts & acrobatic adventure
  • The Beatles “LOVE” – The Mirage – Musical legacy of The Beatles
  • Michael Jackson One – Mandalay Bay – Acrobats, music and dance
  • Mystere – Treasure Island – The Original Cirque show
  • “O” – Bellagio – Aquatic tapestry


A few other top highlights:

  • Top Golf
  • Hop on/hop off Big Bus city tours
  • Hiking Tours of Valley of Fire & Red Rock Canyon
  • Helicopter tours of Las Vegas, Sunset & Twilight
  • ATV off-road Colorado River or Mojave Desert Tours
  • Golden Knights Hockey


Most popular tours:

  • West Rim Grand Canyon
  • Grand Canyon Bus Tour
  • Hoover Dam Tours

Click below to download the Symposium brochure and session descriptions

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Symposium Exhibitor Registration now open!

Click here to view the Exhibitor Prospectus

Click here to view the Exhibitor Service Manual

Click here to view Sponsorship Opportunities

Come exhibit with us at the CRI Symposium for Clinical Laboratories!

Please email with any questions.

A special thank you to our 2019 symposium sponsors.


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