Quest-CFP CME on Laboratory Medicine

(Family Practice Skills Course #71)

In conjunction with the College of Family Physicians (CFP), Quest Laboratories organised a CME on Laboratory Medicine on Saturday, 21 October 2017 as part of our continuous endeavours to reach out to the many clinicians we serve daily.

Sharing their expert insights at this event were:

Associate Prof Robert Hawkins
Senior Consultant
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Dr Cynthia Chee
Senior Consultant
Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Dr Sharon Saw
Scientific Officer
Department of Laboratory Medicine
National University Hospital

Kickstarting proceedings was Prof Robert Hawkins’ presentation on Pre- and Post-Analytical Factors Affecting Laboratory Results. Given the centrality of laboratory test results in the diagnosis and management of diseases, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of those results is therefore of utmost importance. Prof Hawkins explored some of the most common variables in the pre- and post-analytical phases of the laboratory testing process that can affect test results and complicate the interpretation of those results.

Dr Cynthia Chee then shared on Tuberculosis in the Community, during which the spotlight was focused on latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and the two current methods of diagnosis – the tuberculin skin test (TST) and the interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs). Particular attention was drawn to the newest IGRA available – the QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus, along with the importance of targeted testing for LTBI. To further facilitate the clinical management of LTBI, Dr Chee also presented her recommendations for LTBI treatment.

Rounding up the session was Dr Sharon Saw’s presentation entitled Updates on Thyroid Function Tests. Dr Saw focused particularly on Graves’ disease, its pathology, its occurrence during pregnancy, and the monitoring of anti-thyroid drug treatment.

As a follow-through on the topics covered in these 3 seminars, an hour-long interactive workshop based on case studies was subsequently conducted, giving participating clinicians the chance to delve more deeply into the various issues touched upon earlier.

We are delighted this CME on Laboratory Medicine was a highly enriching and fulfilling experience for participants and organisers alike.