RANA S. HODA, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC and SYED A. HODA, M.D., Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
This course is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of Pap (cervico-vaginal) smears. The intended target audience includes pathologists-in-training and pathologists wishing to refresh and update their knowledge of Pap smears.
The emphasis shall be on practical matters relating to various aspects of the Pap smear test. Firstly, a brief review of the test's background, preparatory techniques and microscopic examination shall be presented. Secondly, the principles outlined in 2001 Bethesda System for reporting of Pap smears shall be detailed. Thirdly, the cytological (and clinical) aspects of all of the usual, and a few of the unusual, lesions encountered in such smears shall be discussed utilizing eight illustrative cases. Lastly, developments in technical (including liquid-based preparations and HPV-testing) and regulatory (including quality assurance) facets of Pap smear shall be presented.
During the course, the participants' insights and inquiries shall be welcomed. Upon completion of the course, the participants shall be expected to develop a better understanding of (1) current diagnostic criteria, (2) changing clinical concepts, and (3) emerging ancillary tests and regulatory issues related to Pap smears. A set of transparency slides and a slide key will be mailed to registrants prior to the meeting. A syllabus will be distributed at the course.