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Despite Conference Cancellations, Education Opportunities Abound

By: Julie Williamson

March 16, 2020

As disappointed as we all are about the cancellation of the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo (and a growing number of other educational events across the country) in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), IAHCSMM wants to remind all Sterile Processing (SP) professionals to explore the many other valuable learning opportunities that exist.

IAHCSMM’s website alone offers a wide range of educational opportunities for all SP professionals, including access to lesson plans, webinars, podcasts and staff training videos. Now is also a perfect opportunity to log into the IAHCSMM member portal to access current and archived issues of PROCESS magazine, and archived editions of Central Source, both of which offer terrific opportunities to brush up on knowledge and educate new and existing staff members. Social media can also be your educational ally, with standards-based advice, recommendations and best practices available at a click of a button (IAHCSMM posts weekly expert Q&As on its social media pages, for example, along with other pertinent news and articles and information links on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter).

Be sure to tap your vendor partners for their own unique educational offerings as well. Even if in-person inservices are curtailed, many vendors offer exceptional online educational opportunities to help keep you and your team sharp and ready to tackle any challenges that may come your way (visit IAHCSMM's Resource Links to link directly to some vendors’ current educational offerings).

Last but certainly not least, we had a variety of timely educational topics ready to be presented at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference, covering decontamination, process improvements, endoscopes, departmental compliance and much more. Because we believe this is important information and was likely a driving factor in registering for the conference, IAHCSMM is actively researching other educational opportunities -- including a virtual conference experience -- to address these topics. Because we are still in a research phase for the feasibility of this virtual conference opportunity, we encourage all members and certificants to seek out their renewal credits in whatever fashion allows them to renew in a timely manner, prior to their annual expiration date.

Julie Williamson is IAHCSMM's Director of Communications.