2018 Diagnostic Cytopathology

January 13, 2018 to January 15, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites, Charleston, SC

2018 Diagnostic Cytopathology

Course Description

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Cytopathologists, in the era of genomic and personalized medicine, are expected to "do more with less" in specimen procurement, sample validation for diagnostic integrity, selection of ancillary tests (including molecular studies) and providing conduits to genetic testing. Small samples collected by image-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy, EBUS and mini-biopsies, touch preparations and core extraction challenge professional expertise and are determinants of therapeutic pathways and patient outcomes.

Patient care is optimized when cytopathologists communicate their diagnostic findings effectively to clinicians and intelligibly to patients. Systematic reporting systems for thyroid, salivary gland and urine are included in this program to enhance information transfer.

Molecular diagnostics are explored in general, with focus on HPV testing in head and neck cancers and as components of cervical cancer screening and prevention.

Challenge areas in diagnostic cytopathology are given particular attention – pancreas and kidney pathology is evolving in criteria, classification and nomenclature, and renal lesions have particular genomic and immunohistochemical profiles.

FNA biopsy has tremendously facilitated the evolution of patient-centered care and assuring cytopathologists of their place on health care delivery teams. Empathy and communication are important elements. Quality initiatives are guardians of patient care and lessons learned from the CAP’s laboratory accreditation program will be discussed.

Whether you're a committed cytopathologist or a pathologist confronted with cytopathology in your general practice, this course will update your knowledge and stimulate your comprehension and confidence.

Charleston is a fantastic venue, a city of art, architecture, historical significance, culinary experiences, and exuberant people.

Course Objectives

      Learn how therapeutically-useful information can be extracted from cellular samples and small
        biopsies utilizing cytomorphological, molecular and genetic techniques
      Enhance communication through the understanding and use of systematic, standardized,
        organ-based reporting systems
      Explore difficult areas of cytopathologic diagnosis in pancreas and kidney
      Understand the role of FNA biopsy in the evolution of empathetic patient-centered care
      Develop methods of practice improvement and quality improvement
      Discover that cytopathology is a community of diagnosticians dedicated to improvement
        of patient outcomes through specialized expertise

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by participating in the CME activities within the 2018 Diagnostic Cytopathology Course.

USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Registrants must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 13.5 SAM credit hours.

USCAP records courses for future educational purposes. By registering for this conference, you consent that your likeness may be used by USCAP.

Registration Pricing

Member Non-Member
Practicing Pathologist Practicing Pathologist
Until Nov 1, 2017 $899 $1,199
Nov 2, 2017 – Jan 13, 2018 $1,099 $1,459
Jan 14, 2017 – On-Site $1,299 $1,729

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations received on or before December 15, 2017, a $50 administrative charge will be due. After that date, cancellations will be assessed an administrative charge of 25% of the total registration fee.

There will be no refunds for cancellations after January 5, 2018.


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