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PHO Rounds: Microbiology - The Future is Here: Whole-genome Sequencing and Drug Resistance Reporting for Clinical Cases of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Utilizing whole genome sequencing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a clinical test is providing comprehensive detection of resistance in New York with a rapid turnaround time (TAT) resulting from numerous improvements in the TB whole genome sequencing (WGS) assay to date. This specialized testing is routinely improving patient management and supporting epidemiological investigations. This session will provide an overview of the utility of a TB WGS program for clinical testing in a public health laboratory and will also discuss the experience and learnings since implementation.

Presenter(s): Kimberlee Musser

Kimberlee Musser, Ph.D. is a Clinical Director for New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center and the Chief of Bacterial Disease, overseeing the bacteriology and mycobacteriology testing programs. She has overseen bacterial public health reference testing, surveillance and outbreak investigations for more than 20 years. 


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


PHO Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 22 Jan 2020