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
Patologia Interactiva: Actualización basada en caso
Como disciplina, la Patologia siempre esta en constante evolucion. Es necesario que el patologo se mantenga actualizado en los desarrollos de la practica importantes para el manejo de pacientes, desde cambios en guias de manejo hasta el surgimiento de nuevos criterios diagnosticos y herramientas ancilares. En este proceso de actualizacion, patologos practicando en paises de habla hispana requieren informacion en su idioma. Desafortunadamente, la mayoria de publicaciones, incluyendo recomendaciones escritas por organismos internacionales como la OMS, son escritas primariamente en ingles. Una educacion optima en patologia, que promueva una implementacion exitosa de los ultimos avances y recomendaciones, tiene que incorporar el idioma primario del practicante. Con esta importante premisa en mente, este curso organizado por USCAP busca ser una fuente de informacion de alta calidad y un formato practico e interactive completamente en Español.
The discipline of pathology is in constant evolution. The pathologist is required to stay current in practice developments that impact patient care, from changes in practice recommendations to emerging diagnostic criteria and ancillary techniques. Continuing medical education exists for this purpose. Pathologists practicing in Spanish-speaking countries, however, may find it challenging to stay updated. First, most of the peer-reviewed literature is in English. Second, most of the consensus and evidence-based recommendations by international organizations and professional societies (such as the World Health Organization and the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting) are also primarily in English. Finally, the discovery and characterization of new diagnostic entities and ancillary tools, as well as the implementation of novel practices, often occurs first in English-speaking institutions. Optimal training and proficiency in pathology, as well as successful implementation of practice recommendations, need to diversify by incorporating the learner's primary language. With this in mind, USCAP’s intention with this course is to provide high-quality continuing medical education in Pathology completely in Spanish, in the context of an intimate mentoring environment that simulates residency training.
Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Carlos Parra-Herran, 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