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Exposure to Communicable Diseases & HIV within Our Working Environment

Exposure to Communicable Diseases & HIV within Our Working Environment

A Presentation by Dr. Jerry Santiago, HTL(ASCP)QIHC

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)

Event Details

A "Straight Talk"


The Importance of Exposure to a Communicable Disease and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus within Our Working Environment*

Presented by

Jerry Santiago PhD

Jerry Santiago, PhD, HTL(ASCP)QIHC

Professor of Histology/Program Director Histologic Technology

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Zoom Webinar

*Earn 2 CEUs toward license renewal at no cost to IFDF members (firm establishment owners, individual members, and affiliate members). See details below.


Many lines of work represent exposure to communicable diseases, also known as infectious or transmissible diseases. These are illnesses derived from an infection that can occur by contact with blood and bodily fluids, breathing in an airborne virus, or being bitten by a specific vector. The human immunodeficiency virus has been one of the most notorious means of infection that has evolved through the years. This workshop will dive into the transmission of various infectious diseases, preventive measures, and treatment. Emphasis will be given in the precaution and risk reduction in the workplace related to the transmission and infection caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus leading to the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.



  1. Provide information on the transmission, control, and prevention of communicable diseases and HIV infection.
  2. Provide information on the care and treatment of persons with communicable diseases and HIV-AIDS infection.
  3. Identify risky and safe behaviors within our professions
  4. Establish an awareness of attitudes associated with HIV infection and AIDS.


About Dr. Jerry Santiago

My name is Jerry Santiago; I am a certified histotechnologist and have worked in the anatomical and clinical labs, including performing autopsies since 1993. As part of my career, I worked with tissue samples, performing various tests leading to a final diagnosis. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Colorado State University and completed my histotechnology internship at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. I received my Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Education with a concentration in Professional Studies from Capella University. For the past 10-years, I have been the program director for the Histologic Technology program at Florida State College at Jacksonville. I teach various courses at FSCJ, including all histology courses, medical terminology, and infectious diseases for the funeral services program.


My passion for teaching has inspired me to present workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. Currently, I am involved with various professional organizations such as the College of American Pathologists serving in the Histotechnology Quality Improvement Program Committee, the American Society for Clinical Pathology Histotechnology Certification exam committee, and recently elected as President-Elect for the National Society for Histotechnology.

To obtain 2 continuing education credits:
  • You must be an IFDF member (firm establishment owner, individual member, and affiliate member).
  • You must attend the full webinar to obtain credit; partial credit will not be awarded.
  • You must login to Zoom using your full name and remain logged into the webinar for the entirety of the event.
  • Prior to or immediately after the event, forward your FL license number to Ruth Bedell, to sign up for CE credit.
  • IFDF will issue documentation granting credit within 2 weeks post-event after verifying full attendance.
Not an IFDF member? You can join as an Individual member and earn up to 12 CEUs/year at no cost by attending the monthly "Straight Talks."

For More Information:

Ruth Bedell, PhD, QAS
Ruth Bedell, PhD, QAS
Associate Director for Outreach Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (850)222-0198