Cerix - Cytology
Cytopathology Competency / Milestone Assessment
13. An Overview of Bethesda System

Topic Completed: 1 January 2014

Revised: 4 January 2019, last major update January 2014

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PubMed search: Bethesda System [title]

Zubair W. Baloch, M.D., Ph.D.
Ricardo R. Lastra, M.D.
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Cite this page: Lastra R., Baloch Z. An Overview of Bethesda System. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/cervixcytologycompbethesda.html. Accessed August 24th, 2019.
Medical knowledge
  1. Know the basic outline for reporting cervical cytology according the 2001 Bethesda System
  2. Recognize the adequacy or inadequacy criteria for interpretation of a Pap test
  3. Recognize the differences of adequacy and interpretation when dealing with a conventional smear as opposed to a liquid based Pap test
  4. Understand the general diagnostic categories
  5. Recognize when reporting additional information is of value to the clinician and patient
    • Ancillary testing
    • Automated review
    • Educational notes and suggestions
Practice based learning and systems based practice
  1. Understand the minimum quality and quantity of material present to evaluate in order to consider a specimen as adequate
  2. Understand the various situations, other than quantity of cells present to evaluate, that would render a specimen unsatisfactory or inadequate for evaluation
    • Obscuring factors
    • Specimen not labeled
    • Broken slides
  3. Understand the use of explanatory notes to convey important information that might not be explicit in the standard layout of a report
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