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USCAP Presents:
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

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USCAP Presents:
Contemporary Cytopathology: A Practical Approach

Cytopathology possesses inherent diagnostic challenges in routine daily practice, compounded in recent years by numerous developments. Novel entities have been described, molecular alterations have been discovered, and multiple major shifts in diagnostic classification schemes have been introduced. It is difficult for pathologists to stay current and maintain proficiency in cytopathology without supplemental training and education.

There is growing demand and expectation by clinicians for pathologists to provide contemporary cytology services in this era of precision medicine, emphasizing cytopathology’s critical role as adjunct to targeted therapies. Accurate diagnosis is paramount to the initiation of appropriate treatment and depends on specific skills, clinical knowledge, awareness of the broad cytomorphologic range and overlap of lesions that may be encountered, and familiarity with ancillary tests.

This course is pragmatic, clinically oriented and stimulating. The selected cases are associated with potential diagnostic challenges and risks in day-to-day practice. Four experts provide an intimate mentoring experience in a superb learning environment that reflects USCAP’s educational standards.

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Zahra Maleki, MD

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USCAP Presents:
Practical Issues in Urologic Pathology - 40 New Cases!

Specimens represented by prostate needle core biopsies, transurethral resection of prostate (TURP), radical prostatectomy, kidney biopsies, nephrectomy (radical or partial), bladder biopsies, cystectomy (radical or partial), cystoprostatectomy, testicular biopsies or orchiectomy are frequently handled by pathology residents/fellows, general surgical pathologists and/or urologic pathologists in academic institutions and private practices. These specimens are associated with potential diagnostic challenges and risks in day-to-day practice. This experienced faculty has selected exemplary cases from their expert consultation files (and routine in-house cases) that illustrate recurrent professional practice gaps in urologic pathology. Through intimate mentoring, you will learn how to approach them, make accurate diagnoses, and avoid traps and pitfalls that could cause diagnostic error. The course is pragmatic, clinically-oriented and stimulating. It will focus on these issues:

• Benign tumor-like lesions of the prostate are often over-diagnosed as prostate cancer or atypical small acinar proliferations

• Secondary tumors involving the prostate are frequently misdiagnosed as prostate cancer

• Histological variants of prostate cancer with important clinical significance are under-recognized

• Therapy-related changes in benign glands and prostate cancer are frequently missed

• Extra-prostatic extension in prostate needle core biopsies is frequently missed • Recently described renal carcinomas are not well-appreciated

• Secondary tumors involving the kidney are occasionally misinterpreted as primary tumors

• Some variants of urothelial carcinoma are under-recognized

• Benign entities that mimic urothelial carcinoma are frequently misdiagnosed

• Testicular tumors still continue to pose diagnostic challenges

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Adeboye O. Osunkoya

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GIPS and USCAP Present:
The Old and The New: A Comprehensive Approach to the GI Tract

This comprehensive approach to the gastrointestinal system is designed to educate general pathologists, junior GI pathologists and pathologists-in-training on problematic areas of common and unusual lesions, the newest guidelines and how they impact the diagnostic process, and practical approaches and tips to avoid diagnostic pitfalls. The structure of this course, divided along the GI anatomic landscape, allows the faculty to emphasize key diagnostic features of inflammatory, infectious and neoplastic pathology as encountered in biopsy and resection specimens. The cases are selected to assist in developing an appropriate differential with emphasis on how to navigate to the correct diagnosis. Supplementary cases and special studies will augment the discussion to present the full morphologic spectrum and show how to incorporate ancillary studies effectively. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to develop and work through the differential diagnostic possibilities and render the best possible diagnosis. This is USCAP mentoring at its best!

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Directors: Gregory Y. Lauwers, MD and Christina A. Arnold, MD

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October 11-14, 2021
Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
Maui, Hawaii


Dermatopathology in Paradise Course



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USCAP Presents:
Hematopathology Tasting Menu: A Sampling of Delightful Diagnostic Challenges

The most recent (2016) WHO classification of hematologic neoplasms delineates specific diagnostic criteria for well-defined neoplastic entities. However, pathologists who diagnose bone marrow biopsies and lymphoid proliferations often face challenges that are not directly addressed by the WHO system or represent reactive conditions that may mimic hematologic malignancies. These include atypical morphologic features, unexpected immunostaining patterns, and discordant genetic features in neoplastic entities. Pathologists often have difficulties applying the WHO criteria if they are not fully concordant with the expected patterns and/or if they are relatively new entities with which pathologists may be unfamiliar. Moreover, there is inherent subjectivity in interpreting morphologic findings and even the results of ancillary testing. The literature contains reports about the intrinsic interobserver variability in making hematopathology diagnoses and pitfalls when applying established criteria. This course aims to bridge the practice gaps between the 'ideal world' WHO classification system and the 'real world' of hematopathology diagnosis by presenting challenging case examples.

These cases will illustrate how to interpret correctly and apply morphologic criteria in diagnosing hematologic neoplasms (including newer entities), how to avoid diagnosing malignancy in benign mimics, and how appropriately to integrate the results of ancillary testing with the morphology, particularly when there are discordant or unexpected results. We will provide participants with guidelines on how practically to approach such cases and avoid misdiagnosis, thereby improving their performance in daily practice. The target audience is general pathologists who diagnose bone marrow and lymphoid lesions, practicing hematopathologists and hematopathology fellows.

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Robert P. Hasserjian, MD

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USCAP Presents:
Gynecologic Pathology
Navigating Histologic Mimics and Other Diagnostic Pitfalls

Specimens from gynecologic organs constitute a significant component of most surgical pathology practices, which necessitates that practicing pathologists remain updated on advances in this dynamic, constantly evolving field. The diagnosis of gynecologic tract diseases can be challenging, and fraught with potential pitfalls that may have clinically significant consequences. Classical diagnostic issues in gynecologic pathology have revolved around the potential for non-neoplastic diseases, benign neoplasms, and malignancies to mimic each other, and for different histotypes of malignancies to display morphologic and/or immunophenotypic overlap. Within this context, pathologists must remain updated on newer approaches to disease classification, disease staging, and tumor grading. In this interactive microscopy course, the faculty will present cases wherein one lesion may potentially be mistaken for another due to varying degrees of morphologic and/or immunophenotypic overlap between them, or in which a cancer may be misclassified regarding grade, stage or primary site for a variety of reasons. The diverse case-mix will include those derived from both routine and consultation practices, reflecting the broad spectrum of gynecologic pathology. The presentation of cases will be clinically oriented, with an emphasis on day-to-day practical issues, and on accurately classifying each case within the context of a lesion-specific differential diagnosis

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Oluwole Fadare, MD

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October 18-21, 2021
Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
Maui, Hawaii


Surgical Pathology Course



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USCAP Presents:
Modern Surgical Pathology Through the Expert Eyes of APSS-USCAP: THIRD EDITION

The Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists and USCAP continue their collaborative commitment to provide superb education for practicing pathologists. The Third Edition is designed to eliminate a variety of practice gaps in diagnostic surgical pathology. The faculty’s review of the literature and collective clinical experience as consultant surgical pathologists have revealed areas that remain problematic for pathologists. Examples include the categorization of proliferative breast lesions, biopsies of genitourinary tract, classification of inflammatory conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract, distinction between usual interstitial pneumonia and its mimics, and the differential diagnoses of salivary gland tumors.

This interactive microscopy course attempts to eliminate diagnostic errors by highlighting pitfalls and approaches to resolve them using routine microscopic examination and immunohistochemistry. The roles of adjunctive molecular tests will be discussed as appropriate.

Thus, this course will address both medical knowledge and competence with the goal of improving clinical practice.

Registrants will have the opportunity to experience USCAP’s new international headquarters and learning center at the heart of vibrant Palm Springs, California, a unique and fascinating resort destination.

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Marisa Nucci, MD

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USCAP Presents:
Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology from Head to Toe: An Anatomical Approach

Bone and soft tissue pathology is challenging, even for experienced surgical pathologists. Mesenchymal tumors are rare, show a wide morphologic spectrum with significant histologic overlap between benign and malignant tumors and between mesenchymal and non-mesenchymal tumors. Moreover, the classification of bone and soft tissue tumors continues to evolve with rare "new" entities being described with ever-increasing frequency on the basis of distinctive molecular or histologic features. As the field grows more complex, surgical pathologists may struggle to stay up to date with new entities, changes in staging guidelines, recently developed immunohistochemical and molecular diagnostic tests, and may therefore struggle with accurate diagnosis. To help resolve these issues and update your current knowledge, USCAP is offering a unique mentoring opportunity with experienced educators who can help you focus on these updates through interactive dialogue and shared exemplary cases.

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Elizabeth G. Demicco, MD, PhD

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USCAP Presents:
Mesenchymal Tumors: From Head to Toe (and Everything in Between)

Mesenchymal tumors are inherently diagnostically challenging, but a significant practice gap in their interpretation has developed as new entities and genetic abnormalities have emerged. Diagnostic challenges are associated with distinguishing benign spindle cell proliferations from high grade sarcoma due to histologic and immunohistochemical overlap. In addition to benign and malignant categories, contemporary classification of mesenchymal neoplasms emphasizes lesions with intermediate biologic potential, including those that are locally aggressive or rarely metastasize. There are circumstances in which pathologists can render only descriptive diagnoses without precise classification. New discoveries in molecular genetics have clarified some of these problematic lesions. Furthermore, there are newly described entities that practicing pathologists should be aware of so that tumors are appropriately diagnosed and optimally treated. This course, presented by expert mentors and educators, explores a comprehensive panorama of lesions and anatomic sites.

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Andre Pinto, MD

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USCAP Presents:
Breast Pathology for All Ages: Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls (And How to Stay Out of Trouble)

Based on multi-institutional practices handling large volumes of breast pathology cases at established cancer centers and cumulative consultation cases, this expert faculty has identified areas that pose diagnostic and interpretative challenges in recurrent problematic areas deserving attention: intraductal epithelial proliferations and microinvasive carcinoma, lobular neoplasia including LCIS variants, papillary lesions, and benign vs malignant spindle cell lesions. The interpretation of immunohistochemical stains (IHC) with focus on predictive markers can also be challenging. This interactive microscopy course is designed to illustrate distinct challenging entities and problematic issues, with practical approaches to their resolution in real time, in the context of intimate mentoring.

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Edi Brogi, MD, PhD

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USCAP Presents:
Liver Pathology P’s and Q’s: The Perplexing and the Quotidian

This comprehensive approach to pathology of the liver, gallbladder and biliary tree is designed for junior and experienced pathologists who encounter these specimens in daily practice. Medical advances in management of patients with liver disease have dramatically changed the histologic patterns encountered in liver biopsies which are increasingly obtained from patients with multiple medical problems who take multiple medications. Classification of tumors of the liver, biliary tree and gallbladder has also become increasingly complex.

This course is intended to provide clarity on the common and uncommon patterns of injury seen in liver biopsies. Usual and unusual causes of acute hepatitis, chronic hepatitis and cholestatic liver disease will be discussed. Tools to solve challenging metabolic and pediatric liver disease will be provided. Guidance will be given on how to interpret liver biopsies from patients with complex systemic diseases. A substantial portion of the course will address how to approach tumors involving the liver, biliary tree and gallbladder. Correct classification requires recognition of specific morphologic features, judicious use of immunohistochemistry and selective application of molecular diagnostics.

This superb faculty will synthesize and deliver this information in the context of intimate mentoring and personalized attention to detail.

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD

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USCAP Presents:
A Colorful Cornucopia of Digestive Tract Pathology

The gastrointestinal tract remains one of the most common sources for surgical pathology specimens. As a result, the difficulties and gray areas in this subspecialty are encountered quite often by pathologists each day. The existence of interobserver variability in many gastrointestinal diagnoses compounds this issue. In contrast, the liver and pancreas give rise to a broad spectrum of uncommon disease entities, making it difficult for pathologists who don’t specialize in these organs to gain diagnostic proficiency. Finally, the WHO recently released the newest edition of their Digestive Tract Tumours blue book which contains key updates and subtle changes that may be unfamiliar to many practicing pathologists.

This course will tackle the professional practice gaps that exist in gastrointestinal pathology, focusing on uncommon findings, obfuscated differential diagnoses, new entities and changes to existing entities.

It is a perfect complement to the preceding course, Liver Pathology’s P’s and Q’s: The Perplexing and the Quotidian (January 25-27, 2021).

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD

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USCAP Presents:
Challenges in Hematopathology

Distinguishing between reactive and neoplastic proliferations in blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen and extra-nodal hematopoietic tissues, as well as accurately classifying neoplasms once they are identified, are essential for appropriate patient care. Pathologists struggle with differentiating reactive from neoplastic conditions in these organs, as well as in properly classifying hematopoietic neoplasms once they are diagnosed. This highly respected expert faculty will provide a unique mentoring experience in an intimate study environment at USCAP’s Interactive Learning Center. They intend to cover diagnostic criteria for new entities in the 2016 WHO Classification of Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Neoplasms and provide useful morphologic clues and ancillary techniques to help you distinguish neoplastic and reactive conditions..

Course Location: Palm Springs, CA
Course Director: Daniel A. Arber, MD

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Save the Date
June 12-15, 2022
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Del Mar, CA


Surgical Pathology Course



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Save the Date
October 3-6, 2022
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa at Kaanapali
Maui, Hawaii


Dermatopathology in Paradise Course



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Save the Date
October 10-13, 2022
Surgical Pathology Course
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa at Kaanapali
Maui, Hawaii


Surgical Pathology Course



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