Rana S. Hoda, MD, FIAC, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC and Syed A. Hoda, MD, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
This course is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the Pap test (cervico-vaginal cytological examination). The intended audience includes pathologists wishing to refresh and update their knowledge of this test, fellows and residents.
The emphasis will be on practical matters. First, the relevant anatomical and preparatory aspects of the Pap test will be discussed. Second, the principles outlined in the latest Bethesda System of reporting will be presented. Third, the basic spectrum of cytological findings will be reviewed. Fourth, the cytological (and clinical aspects) of common lesions encountered in the Pap test will be described by using eight illustrative cases. Evolving developments in technical (including liquid-based preparations and HPV-testing) and emerging regulatory (including quality assurance) facets will be portrayed at appropriate points. At intervals, the participants' insights and inquiries will be welcomed.
A CD-ROM containing 50+ classical entities encountered in the Pap test with accompanying legends will be mailed to pre-registrants. A comprehensive syllabus as well as a print-out of the entire PowerPoint-based course material will be distributed at the Meeting.
Upon completion of the course, the participants will be expected to develop an enhanced understanding of current cytological criteria and changing clinical concepts regarding this crucial test.