Modern Surgical Pathology Through the Expert Eyes of APSS-USCAP
This second-edition, co-branded interactive microscopy course presents the synergistic union of expert surgical pathologists from the prestigious Arthur Purdy Stout Society and from USCAP, collaborating (through the education of pathologists) to eliminate a variety of practice gaps in diagnostic surgical pathology. For example, there is a misdiagnosis rate of about 10% in breast biopsies, but for some notoriously problematic lesions, the rate is even higher.
This faculty's review of the literature and clinical experience as consultant surgical pathologists have clearly documented areas in diagnostic surgical pathology that remain problematic even for experienced pathologists. Examples include the categorization of proliferative breast lesions, bladder biopsies, small glandular proliferations in the prostate and inflammatory skin lesions.
This course attempts to eliminate diagnostic error by highlighting pitfalls and approaches to resolve them using routine microscopic examination of H&E-stained sections and immuno-stains. The role of newer adjunctive molecular tests will also be discussed where appropriate. The intent is to address medical knowledge and competence with the goal of improving clinical practice.
Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Marisa Nucci, MD
Perplexing Problems in Breast Pathology (and How to Solve Them)
This course is designed to eliminate a variety of practice gaps in diagnostic breast pathology. In general, there is a misdiagnosis rate of ~10% in breast biopsies. For some lesions which are notoriously problematic, the misdiagnosis rate is even higher.
Review of the literature and the faculty's clinical experience as consultant breast pathologists have clearly documented areas in breast pathology that remain diagnostic problems even for experienced pathologists. These include the categorization of proliferative breast lesions, the classification of in situ lesions, papillary lesions, fibroepithelial lesions, spindle cell lesions, vascular lesions, the distinction between invasive and in situ lesions, and the proper classification of a variety of uncommon benign and malignant lesions. In addition, with the frequent use of core needle biopsy of non-palpable breast lesions, pathologists are often faced with the challenge of distinguishing these entities on small specimen samples.
This interactive microscopy course attempts to eliminate diagnostic error by highlighting pitfalls and the approaches to resolving them by using routine microscopic examination of H and E-stained sections and immunostains. The role of newer adjunctive molecular tests will also be discussed where appropriate.
This course will address both medical knowledge and competence with the goal of improving clinical practice.
Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Stuart J. Schnitt, 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