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Grand Rounds: The Akron Children’s Laboratory Journey During COVID


By Jennifer Baccon, MD, PhD, MHCM, Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine , Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

More about Jennifer Baccon, MD, PhD, MHCM

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe the technical and operational challenges inherent to test development and implementation in the clinical laboratory. 2. Summarize the approach Akron Children's Hospital's laboratory took to bring up various types of COVID testing. 3. Differentiate the types of COVID testing and compare and contrast the associated logistical, operational, and technical benefits and constraints.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Technical challenges facing the clinical laboratory during COVID.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


Dr. Baccon has indicated that there are no relevant financial or other relationships with any commercial interests and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

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