SEACM (The SouthEastern Association for Clinical Microbiology) was founded nearly 40 years ago by a group of clinical microbiologists interested in increasing educational opportunities for clinical microbiologists at the bench. Since that time, the organization has stayed true to its intention of providing continuing education at a reasonable cost to individuals at any professional level who practice clinical microbiology.
Educational programs are offered twice during the year. State meetings take place in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia during the spring months. These one-day programs usually consist of two to three one-hour presentations/lectures. The state meetings take place at a location within driving distance (two to three hours of automobile travel) for the majority of members in a particular state. The annual meeting, held in late October/early November, is open to the entire clinical microbiology community with the location of the meeting rotating among the four member states. At these meetings, which last three to four days, pre-convention workshops are offered the first two days. These workshops are followed by a one and a half day general session consisting of a series of one-hour presentations/lectures. Both the one-hour presentations and the workshops are taught by individuals who are recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise in clinical microbiology. SEACM also invites distributors and manufacturers of microbiology products to exhibit as part of the general session activities. Meeting attendees benefit from the opportunity to see and learn more about the latest products and technology available to clinical microbiologists. Exhibitors are able to show their products directly to the laboratorians who actually use their wares.
It must be emphasized that the present and future operations of the Association depend entirely on volunteers. If you would like to help the Association to continue its work, please contact officers of the Association at the spring or annual meetings.