Annual Training Conference

The 16th Annual AFQAM Training Conference will be held in Scottsdale, AZ on October 10th-13th, 2017. Information on conferences beyond 2017 can be found on the Training Opportunities page.

Accommodations

Chaparral Embassy Suites Hotel
5001 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
1-800-528-1456
Group Code: AFQAM 2017

OFFICIAL REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

Registration costs will be the same as last year:  Early $250 for Member/Applicant, $300 for Nonmember  (Late registration will be $50 more-date to be announced).  The registration application should be ready soon.

This year we are focused on tools for a quality manager/team member with topics including:  What to do when **it hits the fan, QA responsibilities, Correction vs Corrective Action, Internal Auditing, Root Cause Analysis, and more!

If you would like to be a part of the meeting by assisting at a workshop or participating in the round table discussions, there is still time.  Please contact Richard Remy if you are interested!

Room reservations can be made starting now for the Scottsdale Embassy Suites by calling 1-800-528-1456. Please let them know you are AFQAM 2017.  Rooms are $179/night.  The room rate includes a made to order breakfast and evening happy hour.  All rooms are suites.  October is beautiful in Arizona!

We are also planning a unique evening event at TOPGOLF in Scottsdale.  Golfing experienced not required!  It is like lawn darts, meets bowling, using golf clubs.  Anyone can play!

If you have any questions about the upcoming conference, please contact Mindy Raines.

Tentative Agenda

Date Start Time End Time Function Speaker/Topic
Tuesday October 10th 7:00 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM 9:00 AM General
Session
Keynote Speaker
Sharon

Knutson-Felix
9:00 AM 9:30 AM General
Session
Effectiveness
of Peer Review and Complexity of Case Reports
George Herrin
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Morning
Break
10:00 AM 11:30 AM General
Session
ANAB(ASCLD/LAB)
Patti Williams
A2LA
Randy Querry
11:30 AM 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM 2:30 PM General
Session
OSAC Update
Kris Cano
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM 5:00 PM General
Session
Business
Meeting
Wednesday October 11th 7:00 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM 8:30 AM General Session  Vendor Presentations
8:30 AM 9:00 AM General Session  Process Creation and Implementation
Sharon Nakich
9:00 AM 9:30 AM General
Session
QA Manager Survey Results
Erin Forry
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Morning
Break
10:00 AM 12:00 PM General
Session
What to do When
the S**t Hits the Fan
Kris Cano
12:00 PM 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 3:00 PM General
Session
Laboratory
Safety: Emerging Drug Concerns
Jessica Toms
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM 4:00 PM General
Session
Legislation, PCAST, and Commision Updates
Erin Forry
4:00 PM 5:00 PM General
Session
What it means to be an ASQ Member: How to Get Involved
John Knappenberger
Thursday October 12th 7:00 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM 12:00 PM Breakout
Session A
Validation
Richard Remy 
8:00 AM 12:00 PM Breakout
Session A
Root Cause Analysis
Think Reliability
12:00 PM 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 3:00 PM Breakout
Session B
Horizontal and Vertical Internal Auditing
Cindy Moran
1:30 PM 3:00 PM Breakout
Session B
Investigating Complaints
Kris Cano & Lt. Matt Evans
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Afternoon
Break
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Breakout
Session C
Correction vs Corrective Action
Stewart Raley
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Breakout
Session C
 Quality System Above and Beyond
Lori Nix
Friday October 13th 7:00 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM 9:00 AM General
Session
Responsbilitites
of QA Manager Roundtable
Abby Schwaderer
9:00 AM 10:00 AM General
Session
TBA
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Morning
Break
10:30 AM 12:00 AM General
Session
Ethics and Forensics
Dean Gialamas