Cytopathology as a discipline has been re-imagined by 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. A new force in medicine is emerging: 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 San Sebastian, Spain, with change in emphasis to interventional diagnostics. There is monumental value in the intersection of case-based learning, multidisciplinary collaborative interaction of care teams, clinical correlations, the partnership with advanced imaging, and awareness of communications, empathy and patient safety.
The schedule accommodates time for you to experience San Sebastian, and nearby Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry. The culinary scene is unparalleled, and the geography is magnificent.
USCAP is transforming not only how we learn but where we learn. Pathologists can benefit from superb teaching with invaluable exposure to cross-cultural experiences.
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.
Dermatopathology in the Desert: Dodging Bullets in the Dermatopathology Wilderness
Differentiating neoplastic from non-neoplastic disorders is one of the most difficult diagnostic challenges in pathology. Accurate diagnosis is paramount to initiate the appropriate treatment. It requires specific skills which often include at least some degree of clinical knowledge, awareness of the broad morphologic range and familiarity with ancillary tests. Errors in the interpretation of skin biopsies, especially in relation to melanocytic tumours, are among the most frequent causes for litigation in surgical biopsy and can lead to unfavorable patient outcomes. There are numerous pitfalls that diagnostic pathologists need to be aware of, including lack of relevant clinical information, sampling error and the wide morphologic spectrum of both inflammatory and neoplastic disorders, often showing overlapping findings and only subtle differentiating features. This special course will elevate your knowledge and polish your diagnostic skills as you interact with experts in a uniquely intimate mentoring environment.
Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Thomas Brenn, MD, PhD, FRCPath
Head and Neck Pathology: Top to Bottom Training to Avoid the Ups and Downs
Head and neck pathology represents a significant portion of surgical pathology practice. Studies have shown this area to be particularly treacherous to community pathologists with up to 53% of diagnoses changed (including 7% with major changes) upon second review at tertiary care hospitals (Kronz and Westra, Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery 2005; 13:81-4).
In recent years there have been numerous developments in head and neck pathology, further complicating this inherent difficulty. Novel entities have been described, pathognomonic molecular alterations have been uncovered, and major shifts in diagnostic classification schemes have been proposed. Many of these concepts were incorporated into the newest editions of the WHO Classifications for Head and Neck and Endocrine Tumors, both of which were published recently.
Taken together, it is difficult for pathologists to stay current and maintain proficiency in head and neck pathology without supplemental training and education. This course is a terrific opportunity to refine your diagnostic skills in a uniquely personal mentoring environment with energetic pathologists whose keen eyes, diagnostic acumen, and a modern approach will create an indelible impression.
This course is designed for general pathologists, practicing surgical pathologists, senior residents and pathologists with special interest in head and neck pathology.
Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Justin Bishop, MD