The intent of this course is to provide a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere for learning from an outstanding
faculty lecturing on important topics. The setting is informal and there is time for 1:1 interaction
with the faculty. The schedule provides for ample free time, making this a great opportunity for a
This course provides updated knowledge for practicing surgical pathologists, academicians, and residents.
It addresses the resolution of diagnostic problems relative to each of the major organ systems. The
course fee includes a comprehensive syllabus and a CD-ROM containing an illustrative powerpoint
presentation for each topic presented, totaling over 3,500 images. This course is presented in a lecture
format by a distinguished faculty with time allowed for questions at each session.
This is the 20th year the course has been given and it has consistently received outstanding
evaluations by the participants. Comments from registrants on last year's evaluation forms included:
* The syllabus and the CD are an invaluable resource! Making these available to
participants clearly indicates the USCAP's commitment to education. * This was an all around excellent
course. It was well designed for the experienced community hospital pathologist. Bravo! and Thank You!
* The focus on common problems was great. * The information on practical uses for new technologies was a
great help. * I am extremely grateful for the CD-Roms which will enable me to jog my memory of the
topics in the future. * The CDs make this USCAP course stand out from all other courses and puts this
organization at the leading edge. * All the speakers were eloquent. The question and answer sessions
yielded much practical information. * The single best course in diagnostic
surgical pathology that I've ever attended! * The best conference I've
attended in my 31 years of practice. * Speakers were uniformly excellent! * A great course in a great
location! * Outstanding speakers and topics for the practicing pathologist! * A great benefit of this
course for me was the ability to personally interact with the expert faculty.
NEW for 2007!
- New topic - Immunohistochemistry
- New speakers for gastrointestinal, gynecologic and soft tissue pathology
- Revisions in other presentations
Challenges in Diagnostic Surgical Pathology was a new feature for the 2006 course, and it was a great
success and will be presented again this year. This evening session features case presentations by
several of the faculty. Each case will be selected to illustrate a relatively common and troublesome
diagnostic issue that is likely to be encountered by most practicing pathologists.
Course Learning Objectives
- To sharpen existing diagnostic expertise in the major organs/subspecialities presented and to show how newly acquired information, recent technological advances and updated concepts are used in the daily practice of diagnostic pathology.
- To provide an understanding of current standards, techniques, criteria, classifications, etc. in areas where training and self-study may give less than ideal exposure.
- To stimulate interest in new developments and to assist in recognition of the benefits and limitations of new technologies.
Up to 35 hours of CME credits are available at this course, or you may choose to use a portion of the
credit hours as SAMs (Self-Assessment Modules) for American Board of Pathology maintenance of
certification. The USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology to offer Self-Assessment
Modules. The USCAP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Academy takes responsibility for the
content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.
"The Academy designates this educational activity for a maximum of 35 AMA PRA
Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of
their participation in the activity."
Course Fees and Registration
Early registration is advised since the size of the available conference room may necessitate closing
of enrollmentYou may register online, or download a PDF of the registration to be mailed. The course
registration fee includes course tuition, a comprehensive syllabus and a CD with representative
Powerpoint presentations for each lecture, continental breakfasts, break refreshments, lunch on Sunday,
Tuesday and Thursday. There is a Welcom Reception on Sunday evening for registrants and accompanying
Refunds of fees, less $50 administrative fee, will be made until June 30, 2007. Refunds after that
date will be subject to a 50% penalty, but registrants will receive course materials.
A number of exciting options for local tours will be provided by Discover Banff Tours. A hospitality
desk will be located in the meeting registration area to assist you with planning your schedule onsite.
You can also visit their website at www.banfftours.com to book
your tours in advance.
The course will be held at the Banff Park Lodge, 222 Lynx Street Banff, Alberta, Canada. Banff, located
in the center of Banff National Park, is a
great place for a "working/family vacation" with spectacular mountain scenery and dozens of world-class
restaurants, nightspots and pubs. There is a wide range of activities, events and entertainment. The
Banff Centre for the Arts offers many performance events and festivals. There is more information about
the area on the Banff National Park of Canada website. See the Town of Banff website for a complete list of restaurants.
Information on "How to Get There"
The major gateway to Banff is Calgary
International Airport. Shuttles and vans operate from the airport directly to Banff Park Lodge (see www.banff.com/transportation/index.htm for more information or to make a reservation).
Avis is offering discounted car rentals for attendees during our meeting.
Driving Instructions from the Calgary International Airport to the Banff Park Lodge are below. The total
driving distance is approximately 144 km/90 miles. You should plan for an estimate driving time of 2
hours, pending road and weather conditions. Driving Instructions from the Calgary International Airport
to the Banff Park Lodge are below. Also see the attached PDF maps. Please drive carefully, watch out
for wildlife on the road and obey all warnings, speed limits etc.
The town of Banff is located in Banff National Park You will be required to purchase a National Park Pass
to enter the park. The Park Gates are located on the highway just after the town of Canmore. Group park
passes (up to 10 people in a vehicle) vary from about $10.00 per day to around $70.00 for an annual pass.
- When you leave the Calgary International Airport, follow Barlow Trail South - you will go through approximately four traffic lights, (the number may have changed since we got these directions, but it is around 5 km/ 3 miles.
- Take the exit for 16th Avenue West, to Banff (exit is on the right hand side).
- Follow 16th Avenue West through the city of Calgary.
- At the west end of Calgary, 16th Avenue changes names and becomes Highway 1 West (TransCanada Highway 1). Continue on Highway 1 West until you have passed the town of Canmore where you will be required to stop at the Banff National Park gates and obtain a valid park pass.
- After the Park Gates keep following Highway 1 west.
- Take the second exit for the town of Banff. This exit is called Banff/Mount Norquay.
- At the end of the exit, turn left and cross over the highway.
- After crossing the train tracks and passing the hospital, you will find the Banff Park Lodge, the meeting location, just past the first traffic light, on your right hand side.