This remarkable level of service also accompanies great professional accomplishment. Well known for her expertise in directing large-volume clinical microbiology and diagnostic virology laboratories, Forbes maintains highly productive research and publication programs, focusing most recently on methods of detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogens. She is an award-winning teacher of medical students, residents, and postdoctoral-level microbiologists. Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 1993, she has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) since 1990. The ABMM is a component of the Academy that tests the expertise of microbiologists seeking to direct public health or clinical microbiology laboratories.
Immediately upon becoming a Diplomate, Forbes was appointed to the ABMM Examination Board, sitting on several committees responsible for constructing all parts of the examination. As chair of the ABMM Standards and Examination Committee, she worked diligently to ensure that the competencies tested and the entire examination process accurately reflected current clinical practice. Her commitment has been instrumental in ensuring that ABMM Diplomate status remains a respected and widely recognized measure of professional expertise among microbiologists nationwide.
One of Forbes's most vital contributions has been her editorial work for the journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews. During her tenure as editor-in-chief (19972002), this journal became one of th
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