2017 Annual Meeting

SC46-Open Confession is Good for the Soul: Memorable Mistakes and What We’ve Learned

March 10 2017, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Description

SC46-Open Confession is Good for the Soul: Memorable Mistakes and What We've Learned

Session Credits: 3 CME and 3 SAMs

Faculty: Rhonda K. Yantiss, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY and Laura Lamps, MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

The increased use of endoscopy in the evaluation of patients with gastrointestinal complaints has resulted in a tremendous increase in the variety and complexity of diseases encountered by surgical pathologists. Numerous textbooks, scientific articles, and educational courses address the differential diagnoses of these disorders, but very few resources, and even fewer lecturers, disclose specific errors that they have encountered (or committed) during daily practice. This course is designed to address common mistakes and pitfalls in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology, using specific problematic cases that illustrate errors and problematic issues. We will also provide a practical, organized algorithmic approach to common diagnostic issues (including a discussion of pertinent molecular tests, immunohistochemical stains, and clinical information) that will help participants avoid diagnostic errors. Our course will be organized to benefit practicing general surgical pathologists and pathology trainees. However, pathologists with specialty expertise in other areas might also benefit from the emphasis on common mistakes that this course will provide.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize common pitfalls in the practice of GI and hepatobiliary pathology and strategies to avoid them
  2. Develop an algorithmic approach to the differential diagnosis of common entities in GI and hepatobiliary pathology
  3. Discriminate between early gastrointestinal neoplasms and their potential mimics
  4. Appropriately classify neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, and liver and identify problems in their differential diagnoses, especially in the areas of frozen section and small needle biopsies

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