The introduction to Cancer Cytopathology's inaugural Supplement (Volume 125/Issue 6/June 2017) leads with the concept that cytopathology is the nexus for patient-centered care. The convergence of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, refinements in imaging and guided biopsies, molecular testing and whole genome sequencing, the emergence of targeted therapies, and the awakening of pathologists to their critical role in patient care, safety and outcomes have created a new force in medicine: pathologists are critical members of the health care team and patients are at the center of their concerns and efforts.
Immersive Cytopathology Experience (ICE) has been redesigned for presentation at a fabulous venue in Reykjavik, Iceland, combining concepts from Diagnostic Cytopathology and classical ICE (a hands-on learning experience at the USCAP Interactive Learning Center). There is monumental value in case-based learning that simulates multidisciplinary collaborative interaction of hospital-based tumor boards. This program is highlighted by the interaction of interventional cytopathologists with a surgeon, exemplary patient, and challenging cases from academic institutions, focusing on head and neck clinical lesions.
Classification schemes, the molecular and genetic basis of head and neck disease, procedural approaches to specimen acquisition and processing, empathetic communication, quality and patient safety, and measuring the non-clinical performance of the academic pathologist contribute texture and depth to this learning experience. The schedule accommodates time for you to experience ICELAND, from The Blue Lagoon to the Northern Lights and locations where Game of Thrones is filmed. USCAP is transforming how we learn and where we learn. From a 15th century convent in Florence to the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Iceland, learners "come from away" for their unique and enduring experience.
Gastrointestinal pathology emerged as a subspecialty in the early 1980s, coincident with development of endoscopy and mucosal biopsy for diagnosis and management of patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Since that time, changes in tissue acquisition techniques and ancillary testing have drastically transformed the discipline; current practice bears little resemblance to that of our mentors. The past two decades have seen an explosion in the number and types of biopsy samples pathologists encounter in daily practice. Virtually every part of the tubular gut is now amenable to visualization and sampling, and most liver biopsies are performed by radiologists who utilize small-caliber needles. As a result, pathologists are expected to generate comprehensive and accurate differential diagnoses for a variety of inflammatory and neoplastic disorders based on limited biopsy material. Pathologists must be able to hone in on key features in order to narrow the differential diagnosis and facilitate patient management.
This course in a charming small city on the north coast of Spain provides an ideal venue and faculty for learning what you need to improve your practice as a general surgical pathologist, gastrointestinal diagnostic specialist or pathologist-in-training.
All instruction will be given in the Aquarium Auditorium but attendees have access to the aquarium exhibits and to the exceptional Bokado restaurant (Chef Mikel Santamaria). There are several pintxo bars adjacent to the aquarium and "old town" is a short walk, so that registrants may engage in the culture of San Sebastian by having the pintox experience at lunch and the end of the instructional day.