Technician Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What can we expect at the 2019 Technician Workshop?

  • Back by popular demand, the Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology lab will be held on Thursday morning at 8:00 am.  All technicians are invited to attend.
  • An additional workshop was added on Thursday afternoon beginning at 2:30.  She THIS PAGE for more details.
  • Friday night will be a FREE night to get out and do what you’d like in the Houston area.
  • Case reports will be presented on Saturday morning.
  • Following the Case Reports, there will be concurrent sessions for those relatively new to the technician field, as well as sessions that are more applicable to those technicians with five or more years of experience.  The tracks were developed with input from technician attendees and members.
  • The VTCS business meeting will take place over lunch on Friday from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided for those who wish to attend.  In addition, technicians are invited to attend the VCS Membership Lunch on Saturday from 12:00 – 2:00pm.
  • The closing event will be held at the Houston Space Center.  Resident Awards and the Technician Case Report winner will be presented at this event.

Question: What is included in the conference registration fee for the 2019 Technician Workshop?

  • Both Thursday workshops are included in the conference registration fee.
  • There are a variety of meals typically provided throughout the conference although that changes from year to year based on sponsorship.  Refer to the conference schedule for details.  When you register you will be asked which of these meals you will attend.
  • Mid-morning and afternoon food & beverage breaks are provided each day.
  • Light hors-d’oeuvres are available at the Welcome Reception.
  • On Saturday afternoon from 12:00 to 2:00, VCS will host its annual membership meeting and lunch.  All members are invited to attend at no additional cost.
  • One ticket to the Saturday evening closing event, which includes food and beverage, is included in your registration fee.  You must register for this, as well as the transportation, if you plan to attend.

Question:  What time does the conference end?  Technicians will have a closing session that will end at approximately 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 19th.  The closing event will take place at the Houston Space Center on Saturday with buses departing at 6:30 pm from the Houston Marriott Marquis.  Return time is 10:00 pm. You will find a complete conference schedule here.


Additional questions about the 2019 Annual Conference, including registration, transportation and accommodations can be found under the General Information tab, under Frequently Asked Questions or by clicking here.