For those who seek to learn about "Westgard Rules", Quality Control, and other topics about Laboratory Quality Management, Westgard QC can provide the best training, either through books, online courses, or public or private workshops.
Below follows some general details about Westgard Workshops and Training
Learn from the Recognize Authority on Quality Control
Online or Face-to-Face, In-house or in public
Since its inception in 1992, Westgard QC has trained thousands of healthcare professionals in QC, QA, method validation, and other critical laboratory skills. Our workshops, training and mentoring are designed to provide appropriate levels of learning to our target audience. While our public workshops provide a high level overview of a given topic and are targeted to a general audience, our consulting services are designed to work closely with a development team and is typically specific to a given project/application. We can also customize our training material based entirely on your needs and requests.
Dr. Westgard has given thousands of public presentations on hundreds of topics. Presentations can be as simple and straightforward as PowerPoint slideshows, or can be as complicated and interactive as question-and-answer, problem-solving while learning and using software.
The following types of workshops are available:
- Public - open to all.
- Sponsored Public - open to the public, with preference give to sponsors clients, staff, etc.
- In-house - closed to the public, with topics and materials entirely customized to the client
Attending a public workshop is how many people make their first acquaintance with Westgard QC and the tools and technology of advanced Quality Control. If a few of your staff want to learn the latest in QC, sending them to a Westgard workshop is sure to produce results.
Sponsoring a public workshop is an easy, inexpensive way for companies to demonstrate their commitment to quality. Invite your clients and you provide them with a service as well - they learn that you value quality, that you value your customer, and that the service you provide is a quality one.
Having an in-house workshop is ideal for companies who need quick, focused results on a project. If you're working on a deadline and need training for your staff right now, an in-house workshop allows you to specify the topic for training, In-house workshops are also great for institutions that need immediate improvements in their QC practices. If you're QC is failing badly and you don't know where to start, start with a Westgard workshop.
Here are just a sample of the topics Dr. Westgard has covered in the past:
- Risk Analysis, Risk Management, and Risk Guidelines
- Cost-Effective Quality Management
- Tools, Technology and Training for Laboratory Quality Management
- Quality Control Planning for Laboratory Healthcare
- One-Minute QC Planning
- Basic QC Practices
- Basic Method Validation
- Basic Planning for Quality
- Six Sigma Design and Quality Control
- Sigma-metrics and tools
Dr. Westgard and his associates can cover a tremendous breadth of subjects with ease, offering years of insight and experience - as well as the tools to get things done. Audiences at a Westgard workshop are not just educated, they are immediately equipped with the tools they need to take practical action.
Westgard QC, Inc. was the first company to offer accredited online courses through both the AACC and ASCLS. Thousands of participants from over 30 countries have taken our online courses, including classes at the University of Maryland, University of Texas-San Antonio, UT-Pan American, University of North Dakota, Idaho State University, Mayo Clinic, Michigan Technological University, as well as site licenses with the California VA system, US Army, and many corporations.
Here are some of the online courses currently offered through Westgard QC:
Each participant in an online course receives their own individual username and password. They have the ability to learn at their own pace, and at the end, take an online exam at the and receive their ACCENT or PACE continuing education credits - for courses like Basic QC Practices, 15 credits are given, a full year's supply for most continuing educational requirements. Participants also have the ability to post their questions to an online forum, and so interact with their peers, or they can e-mail Dr. Westgard directly with any questions or comments that they may have.
When multiple staff wish to take an online course, the most cost-effective method is a site license. Typically, you can save more than 50% off the regular rates when you have 10 or more staff interested in taking the same online course. We guarantee that your site license will save you as much, if not more, than you spend. This makes the site license a tremendously convenient and economic training option; Westgard QC has arranged them for hospitals, universities, health systems, private corporations, as well as the VA system in California, and several Army medical groups.
However you slice it, a site license and/or an individual participant registration is far cheaper than spending thousands on travel, hotel accommodations, etc,. in order to send your staff to conferences.