Symposium for Clinical Laboratories

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 Technologists and 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

Registration will open in October 2020. Stay tuned!

SAVE THE DATE!

 

The 2021 CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories is taking place in San Antonio, Texas, June 2 – 5, 2021! 

The Symposium is an ideal education event for accessing education for all levels of laboratory personnel. Attending this event allows you to earn up to 20 CME or P.A.C.E.® credits. We will continue our tradition of offering top-notch education and speakers, networking opportunities, and vendor/product interaction with exhibitors.

Deep in the heart of Texas, San Antonio’s bold culture and historic legacies make it an ideal gateway to Latin American culture and so much more.

The rolling terrain of the Hill Country around San Antonio has drawn charming vineyards, hillside bed and breakfasts, and nationally acclaimed resorts that offer rustic refinement in the most pampering of ways, from championship golf courses to fireside spas and delectable restaurants. As you delve deeper into San Antonio, the essence of the city’s rich culture only grows stronger. Varied cuisines, including famed Tex-Mex, fill the air with rich aromas. Music flourishes: country-western bands, mariachis, folk singers, conjunto—all singing the songs of the city. Art comes alive with river gardens, Spanish colonial architecture, and prestigious museums. But nothing embodies the essence of San Antonio more than the people with their intimate and welcoming nature.

The flourishing River Walk cradles much of San Antonio’s unparalleled charm. Here you’ll find miles of meandering paths along the banks of the San Antonio River connecting hotels, restaurants, shops, historic landmarks and more.

It was this river that originally inspired the settlement of San Antonio, and it still flourishes today as the city’s center.

San Antonio is one of America’s most authentic and passionate cities, spirited with poets and lyricists, painters and sculptors, a city both rich and humble. Become a part of the living mural—and let San Antonio become a part of your heart.

 

Tex-Next: San Antonio Cuisine

Beyond the famous River Walk and the historic walls of the Alamo, San Antonio has a burgeoning culinary scene worthy of every palate. From the city’s unique blend of cultures sprout dishes that are rich in tradition and brimming with innovation. We call it “Tex-Next.” The city is on the fast-track to becoming one of the most celebrated dining destinations in the country. On the world stage, it was designated a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in November 2017.

Authentic Tex-Mex is a must for any trip to San Antonio. The cuisine is ever-present throughout restaurant and family cocinas, yet San Antonio extends well beyond the enchilada. Generational recipes are still being passed down while innovative dishes are popping up with speed and passion.

San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country, an agriculturally rich area, seduce local chefs into becoming foragers. The dining scene is abundant with wild game, locally grown produce and even chiles found only in this region. To complement, the neighboring Texas Wine Trail in the Hill Country is one of the nation’s hottest wine destinations.

As a Gateway to Latin America, San Antonio is uniquely positioned to showcase and celebrate the richness of this cuisine. The third campus of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is located in San Antonio. Dedicated to the foundations of culinary instruction as well as specializations in Latin cuisine, this campus takes advantage of San Antonio’s cultural influences and access to indigenous ingredients. The school’s new full-service restaurant, SAVOR, opened January 2019 at Pearl and features Modern-American cuisine based on the CIA’s curriculum.

The CIA campus is located at Pearl, a food haven and shopping destination. San Antonio is an old brew town that has breathed new life into this well-known brewery in the heart of the city. A cluster of diverse restaurants offers some of the city’s best cuisine—from Central Texas barbecue and on-site brews at The Granary to Botika, where Asian-Peruvian fusion shines, to La Gloria’s street foods of Mexico. Pearl also offers a weekend farmers’ market where locals and chefs alike can gather the region’s bounty. Hotel Emma is a historic riverfront luxury boutique hotel at Pearl, combining the culture, history, and authenticity of the city.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us in San Antonio, Texas for CRI’s Symposium for Clinical Laboratories, June 2 – 5, 2021. 

Symposium Exhibitor Registration will open later in 2020.

Please email Rebecca Adam at radam@criedu.org with any questions or inquiries.

GRAND HYATT SAN ANTONIO

600 E. Market Street

San Antonio, Texas 7820

Phone: (210) 224-1234

Grand Hyatt San Antonio sits in the heart of historic downtown along the famed River Walk. For convenient arrivals and departures, San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is only nine miles away and the San Antonio Station is a quick jaunt from the hotel.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio celebrated its 10th anniversary in March 2018 with the completion of a $19 million renovation of guestrooms, meeting spaces, bar, corridors and lobby. Located along the San Antonio River Walk and next to the Henry B. González Convention Center, the hotel offers 1,003 guestrooms including 46 suites, all with new Hyatt Grand beds and 55-inch flat-screen televisions. Newly-installed plush indigo carpeting, ivory wall coverings and warm wooden tones of teak and birch reflect San Antonio’s lush landscape. In the lobby, visitors are greeted by exquisite wall coverings, Italian tile and marble and stylish furniture with easily accessible electric outlets. Grand Hyatt San Antonio’s 115,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space also received stylish upgrades and have been modernized as well.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio offers three outstanding dining experiences designed to please your palate Texas-style. Whether it’s a taste for hearty prime rib steak or a grab-and-go sandwich, and anything else in between, Grand Hyatt San Antonio has an option for you ­– including room service.

 

 

For more detailed hotel information please visit:

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/grand-hyatt-san-antonio/satgh?icamp=psr_sharelink_satgh

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