Please note: Pre-conference workshop fees are in addition to conference registration fees.

New! Interactive Skills Lab: Practical Solutions to Reduce Infection Risk and Ensure Compliance through Live Clinical Simulations

Presented by APIC
Tuesday, June 13, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center

The Skills Lab is a full day interactive pre-conference workshop that will provide an interactive learning environment to develop critical thinking skills and sharpen observation skills in the areas of the operating room, sterile processing, and the environment of care. Mock clinical settings will provide a relaxed atmosphere to promote discussion and activity while learning about the unique practice settings at specialized individual stations:

  • The Environment of Care Lab (EOC) will go through different patient care settings to recognize EOC opportunities to help identify risks within the inpatient and outpatient clinical practice environment and offer practical solutions to reduce infection.
  • The Operating Room Lab will focus on the surgical scrub, aseptic technique, and surgical skin preps.
  • The Sterile Processing Lab follows instruments from point of use to decontamination and sterilization to storage including specific focus on both Endoscope and Endocavity Systems. This station will enhance the learner’s ability to ensure your department’s compliance with complicated sterile processing procedures through discussion and hands-on activities.



Lela Luper, RN, BS, CIC
Infection Preventionist
Chickasaw Nation Department of Health
Ada, Oklahoma

Joseph Scaletta, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Prevention Director, BMEDDAC
U.S. Deptartment of Defence


Kathleen Kohut, RN, MS, CIC, CNOR
Director, Infection Prevention
Cooper University Health Care
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Healthcare Epidemiologist
Nothside Hospital

Carolyn Caughell, RN, MSN, CIC
Infection Control Practitioner
UCSF Health

Rebecca Alvino, RN, MS, CNS, CIC
Infection Control Practitioner
UCSF Medical Center

Workshop fee: $250 conference attendees, $325 course only. Register here.

New! Consulting: The Next Step in Your Career

Presented by APIC Consulting Services
Tuesday, June 13, 1-4 p.m.
Hilton Portland, Grand Ballroom 1

Are you interested in consulting now or in the future? This interactive course, led by CIC-certified consultants, aims to cover all bases for someone interested in consulting, and for those who would like to standardize their approach for their own newly-established consulting businesses by:

  • Providing an overview of infection prevention and control consulting
  • Identifying the various legal and other professional components necessary for consulting
  • Understanding the types of consulting available, and the expectations of clients
  • Creating a classroom environment where all attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the instructors and the panelists to assist help prepare them to become an infection prevention and control consultant

Learning objectives

By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the types of consulting opportunities available, and be prepared to identify their own niche
  • Describe the steps necessary to establish oneself as a consultant, including legal/liability issues
  • Identify ways in which to get involved in consulting, from launching one’s own business to joining with established businesses like APIC Consulting Services

View course agenda.



Mary L. Fornek, RN, BSN, MBA, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Preventionist
Kenrof IC Consulting, LLC
Yardley, Pennsylvania

Marie Kassai, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Preventionist
MRK Consulting, LLC
Woodland Park, New Jersey

Live Panelists:

Bonnie Barnard, MPH, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Preventionist
Anchorage, Alaska

James Marx, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Preventionist
Broad Street Solutions
San Diego, California

Leslie Kretzu, MA, MIPP
Executive Director
APIC Consulting Services
Arlington, Virginia

Workshop fee: $75 conference attendees, $99 course only. Register here.

Certification Preparatory Course

Presented by APIC
Tuesday, June 13, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center

Are you preparing to take the CIC® exam for the first time? Gearing up for your recertification exam? This highly interactive course helps anyone who is either taking the CIC® exam for the first time or taking the recertification exam by:

  • Focusing on the eight CBIC competency areas and what each competency is really testing
  • Providing practice questions throughout the day that are similar to what you’ll see on the exam
  • Creating a classroom environment where all attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the instructors and each other to help them prepare

Please note that this class won’t teach the basics of infection prevention and control. It will help attendees develop familiarity with the exam’s content and structure and will help develop confidence in taking the exam. View course agenda.

Learning objectives

Through participating in discussions and group activities, by the end of the day, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental concepts of the 8 areas of infection prevention and control practice as defined in the CBIC content outline
  • Discuss how examination questions are constructed
  • Describe the steps in the certification process
  • Identify strategies to assist with test taking and development of study plans

If you have sufficient experience in infection control (recommended two years) and are actively accountable for the infection prevention and control program within your current position, then this is the course for you!



Carol McLay, DrPH, MPH, RN, CIC
CEO, Infection Control International
Lexington, Kentucky


Elizabeth Monsees, MSN, MBA, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Antibiotic Stewardship Program Manager, Patient Care Services Research
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO

Sue Sebazco, RN, MBA, CIC
Infection Prevention/Employee Health Director
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Arlington, Texas

Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Director, Infection Prevention and Control
Greenville Health System
Greenville, SC

Workshop Fee: $295 conference attendees, $375 course only. Register here.