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Events: ACB National Training Courses

The ACB training courses are intended to supplement training given in the laboratory and at local level. They are aimed at clinical scientists and medics studying for FRCPath. However, members who wish to refresh their knowledge will be encouraged to attend. The courses are held every two years (the alternative year to the management training course).

The course is currently aimed at those within the Clinical Biochemistry profession but the other disciplines have been approached to join these courses and provide suitable content. 

The subject matter of each course is discussed with the trainees committee and Regional Tutors and approved by the Education Committee. Subject matter concentrates on subjects that are not taught on Masters courses and is focussed on topics that are not found or can be difficult to grasp in textbooks. We like to use workshop based learning where possible. Specialist analytical techniques, understanding EQA, troubleshooting within the laboratory, dealing with duty biochemist scenarios and specialist clinical biochemistry knowledge such as toxicology, paediatrics, CSF are the type of subjects that we like to cover. The Education Committee welcomes content suggestions from all members. 

To get the best out of these courses a basic clinical biochemistry knowledge is required. As some of the course will be workshop based some preparatory work may be assigned to delegates. 

17-19 October 2016: ACB Training Course - Birmingham

The Education Committee are pleased to inform you that the ACB residential training course for 2016 has been rescheduled.  The two day training course will be held at the University of Birmingham Conference Park, Lucas House 17th – 19th October 2016

The training course is being organised by Dr Rachel Webster and Dr Karen Smith and the following topics will be covered:

  • How to pass to FRCPath practical examination
  • Duty Biochemist in a multi-disciplinary world
  • Inborn Errors of metabolism – what the biochemist needs to know and do!
  • Interactive Inborn errors of metabolism case session
  • How to perform critical appraisal
  • Calculations
  • Clinical Biochemistry costing exercise

This event will be workshop based. The full programme will be available in due course.

These courses aim to provide knowledge that is not easily available in textbooks but is vital to our role as Healthcare Scientists and enable passing the FRCPath examinations.

All residential and non-residential places have now been filled

Further information regarding future training courses will be made available here in due course.


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Updated 25th August 2016

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