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.
OUT OF THE MOLD: The Emergence of Modern Dermatopathology Imagined Through Maladies in Wax
USCAP is transforming not only how we learn, but where we learn. This course will be taught by a world class faculty in one of the most historically important settings in dermatopathology, La MusÃ©e des Moulages, the dermatology wax works museum of HÃ´pital Saint Louis. Dynamic lectures will provide panoramic insight into relevant aspects of dermatopathology including inflammatory dermatoses, melanocytic tumors, cutaneous lymphomas, soft tissue tumors and adnexal tumors. In addition to learning cutting-edge dermatopathology, you will immerse yourselves in the medical history of dermatology and dermatopathology in one of the most important archives of cutaneous diseases. The charm and glamour of Paris with its varied culinary, artistic and architectural allures will make your learning experience even more significant!
Course Director: Steven D. Billings, MD