Alan L. Schiller, M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and Andrew E. Rosenberg, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
This course is the only one offered by the USCAP which covers practical non-neoplastic orthopaedic pathology. Surgical specimens from patients suffering from garden variety orthopaedic disorders represent some of those most commonly encountered by surgical pathologists, yet are frequently the least understood. The course begins by building a foundation of knowledge based on the normal physiology and histology of bone and joints, which helps provide a framework for the subsequent discussion of the morphology of arthritis, important conditions of the synovium, common crystal deposition diseases, mensical problems and some congenital abnormalities. Entities such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, crystalline diseases (gout, CPPD), Gaucherís disease, joint mice, synovial chondromatosis, torn and degenerated menisci, pathology of prosthetic joints and pigmented villonodular synovitis, will be discussed.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to identify basic fundamentals of bone growth and recognize key histologic features needed for diagnosis; define basic mechanisms regarding bone and joint pathology which are unique; and recognize pathophysiology of non-tumorous conditions of bone and joints.
This course is designed for residents, fellows and surgical pathologists. The format will vary, but will include case discussion leading to didactic presentation for different pathologic conditions. Registrants will be mailed a CD of representative case material prior to the course and a syllabus will be distributed at the course.