Journey to the Center of the Chest
An expert’s perspective on mediastinal pathology
Mediastinal pathology has a fascinating specificity in surgical pathology, because it is focused primarily on a single gland (the thymus) that involutes as we age, is more prominent in children than in adults, and requires a unique approach to diagnosis and clinical course. The infrequency of mediastinal tumors influences evolution of expertise by individual pathologists and their institutions. The recent introduction of new classification and staging schemas poses a novel challenge for those confronted with assessing mediastinal lesions. It is essential for practicing pathologists to become familiar with new modalities that impact treatment options and clinical outcomes. It is even more important to become familiar with the diversity of tumors that can occur in the mediastinal compartment. This course provides a unique opportunity for a tutorial in mediastinal pathology by a single internationally recognized expert from MD Anderson Cancer Center. It is limited to 17 attendees, so register now!
Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Cesar A. Moran, MD
THORAX DECONSTRUCTED – Experts’ Guide to What Can Go Wrong Inside the Chest
Pathologists are generally unfamiliar with a variety of entities in lung, pleural, cardiac and mediastinal pathology, leading to diagnostic errors and creating practice gaps requiring attention. The panorama covered in this interactive microscopy course includes interstitial lung disease, lung infections, pulmonary vasculitis, mesothelial proliferations, mediastinal neoplasia, lung allograft rejection and mimics, heart transplant rejection and distinction from mimics, best practices for optimal triage of lung cancer samples for molecular testing, the cytology of pleural effusions, criteria for aortic vasculitis and other large vessel pathology, recognition of heart valvular pathology, criteria for diagnosis of giant cell arteritis, native heart biopsy interpretation and thoracic soft tissue neoplasms. This faculty ensemble has the professional experience to improve your practice with confidence. You will see cases that make an indelible impression. Breathe easy: this is USCAP, at the heart of education.
Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Directors: Henry D. Tazelaar, MD & Andrew Churg, MD
DIAGNOSTIC PATHOLOGY UPDATE 2020
USCAP is a transformative leader in pathology education, creating better pathologists with updates in relevant information requisite for their performance and professional growth. The Academy is sensitive to the personal and cultural needs of practicing pathologists by providing conferences that welcome them with their families to exotic destination venues at which they are enriched with new knowledge and unusual experiences. The 2020 Diagnostic Pathology Update course combines expert subspecialized, academic faculty with exposure to ocean and rain forests symbolic of the dichotomy that is Costa Rica. From zip-lining to surfing, this tropical paradise brings pathologists into contact with the cuisine, agriculture, art and geography of a unique country that values education as its primary core value. Costa Rica has eliminated its standing army to use the savings from defense to improve education, health care and a durable social safety net.
USCAP is changing not only how we learn, but where we learn by re-imagining the learning environment and continuously elevating the quality of content. Experience top educators. Refine cognitive skills. Hold coffee beans in your hand. Inhale vapor from raging waterfalls. Witness rainbows in the evanescent colors of iguana skins. Feel sunsets scalding your memory.
Course Director: Rhonda K. Yantiss, MD & Jason L. Hornick, MD, PhD