William D. Edwards, MD, and Joseph J. Maleszewski, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
This course is targeted toward the practicing medical/surgical pathologist (including trainees) who routinely encounters cardiovascular specimens.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participants should be able to: 1) Understand how to dissect and process tissue obtained during a variety of cardiovascular procedures (cardiac transplantation, aortic aneurysm repair, septal myectomy, valvular surgery, and pericardial resection); 2) Explain the basics of cardiovascular disease and the meaning of pathology-related terminology; 3) Formulate accurate diagnoses of cardiovascular disease and convey them in a meaningful way, including when and how to provide a diagnostic comment; and 4) Understand the limitations of the surgical pathology evaluation of various cardiovascular specimens.
Case examples will be provided (in the form of clinical histories, relevant imaging and digital slides) prior to the short course to pre-registrants and will be used to illustrate important concepts and meet the above-described educational objectives. Participants will receive a syllabus at the course. After the course, the PowerPoint presentation used at the Annual Meeting will be available to registrants on the USCAP website.