2024 Parasitology Workshop


This interactive workshop will provide hands-on laboratory experiences, presentations by subject matter experts, a review of laboratory identification methods, and an algorithmic approach to parasite identification, including conventional and molecular techniques. 

Accessibility statement: The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (MCCMS) strives for inclusive learning and training environments. If you experience or anticipate experiencing any disability-related barriers, please contact Disability Access Services at MCCMS.DS@mayo.edu

Conference Information

Date: Aug.16–17, 2024

Location: Mayo Clinic, Downtown Campus, 100 2nd Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55905

Note: This program will be in person only and will not be live streamed.

Presented by: Mayo Clinic Laboratories

Questions: Contact the Education Department at 800-533-1710 or 507-284-3156, or email mcleducation@mayo.edu.

Learning objectives

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Practice/hone skills for making blood films. 
  • Refresh skills for morphologic ID of parasites. 

Intended audience

This workshop is designed for clinical microbiology fellows and pathology residents seeking additional hands-on laboratory experience in identifying important human parasites; clinicians interested in global health; physicians preparing to take the CTropMed or DTM&H examinations; infectious diseases fellows and practicing ID physicians interested in the laboratory identification of parasites; and laboratorians including medical laboratory scientists and laboratory directors who want to gain general hands-on laboratory experience in parasite identification. 


Friday, Aug. 16, 2024

7:30 a.m. | Course Registration

8 a.m. | Welcome – Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

8:10–8:40 a.m. | Introduction to Blood Parasite Lecture Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

8:40–10 a.m. | Malaria Testing Algorithms and Cases – Blaine Mathison, B.S., M(ASCP)

10–10:30 a.m. | Break

10:30–11 a.m. | Blood Film Laboratory Bobbi Pritt, M.D.; Heather Morris; Felicity Norrie

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Blood Parasite Laboratory Bobbi Pritt, M.D.; Heather Morris; Felicity Norrie

12:30–1:15 p.m. | Lunch

1:15–1:45 p.m. | Intestinal Parasites and Stool Processing Lecture – Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

1:45–3:45 p.m. | Intestinal and Miscellaneous Parasites Laboratory Bobbi Pritt, M.D.; Heather Morris; Felicity Norrie

3:45–5 p.m. | Optional Tour of Mayo Clinic Laboratories

5–6:30 p.m. | Reception 

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2024

8–9 a.m. | Case Presentation – Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

9–10 a.m. | Entomology Lecture and Cases – Blaine Mathison, B.S., M(ASCP)

10–10:15 a.m. | Break

10:15 a.m.–Noon | Entomology Lab Bobbi Pritt, M.D.; Heather Morris; Felicity Norrie

Noon | Closing Remarks/Adjourn


All attendees will have the option to sign up for an interactive tour of the Parasitology, Bacteriology, Clinical Microbiology Core Laboratory, and the Clinical Microbiology Molecular Laboratory (where laboratory-developed molecular tests are performed).


Course directors

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Planning committee

Heather Morris, MT(ASCP)

Felicity Norrie

Mayo Clinic Faculty

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Heather Morris, MT(ASCP)

Felicity Norrie

Guest Faculty

Blaine Mathison, B.S., M(ASCP)


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 10.00 P.A.C.E.® contact hours.

Travel and accommodations

There are various ways to travel to Rochester, Minnesota. Please visit Experience Rochester for information on flying and shuttle services available.

The hotels listed below are within walking distance to the Mayo Clinic downtown campus, where the workshop will take place.

Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area

10 East Center Street

Rochester, Minnesota 55904

Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown

225 Broadway Ave S

Rochester, Minnesota 55904

Hotel Indigo Rochester – Mayo Clinic Area

220 Broadway Ave S

Rochester, Minnesota 55904

Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area

101 First Avenue SW

Rochester, Minnesota 55902


$425: Physicians/Scientists

$375: Residents/Fellows/Allied Health

The registration fee includes tuition, syllabus (provided online), break refreshments, and welcome reception. As this workshop is limited to the first 24 fully registered attendees, early registration is strongly encouraged.

Cancellation policy and fine print

If you cancel your participation in this conference on or before July 26, 2024, your registration fee, less a $75 administrative fee, will be refunded. Mayo Clinic Laboratories Education Department must receive written notification of your cancellation. No refunds will be made after July 26, 2024.

Mayo Clinic Laboratories reserves the right to cancel or postpone any conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Mayo Clinic Laboratories must cancel or postpone this conference, Mayo Clinic Laboratories will refund the registration fee but is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.