Companion Society Meetings

Joint Meeting of American Society for Clinical Pathology and Binford-Dammin Society of Infectious Disease Pathologists

Technology Applications and Limitations in the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


Dan A. Milner, MD, MSc(Epi), American Society for Clinical Pathology, Chicago IL
Patricia V. Adem, MD, Westchester Medical Center, WMCHealth, Valhalla NY

Course Description:

Ensuring proper utilization of existing and emerging diagnostic technologies will always be an essential duty for the practicing pathologist, as we are obligated to strive for optimal allocation of testing and the human resources necessary to support the activity. This is particularly important in the context of infectious diseases, since appropriate and timely interventions are imperative for patients, and also in the interests of preserving public health. Our series of speakers will update the audience on methods to optimally leverage resources in the diagnosis of infections across a wide continuum of environments, ranging from point of care methods in the field to cutting edge technology. This session will inform on field diagnosis of infections in resource limited environments via gross and microscopic assessments, applications and limitations of telepathology and emerging molecular techniques, and we will also explore the role of interdisciplinary consultations in the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe field methods to diagnose infectious diseases
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of whole slide scanning
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of molecular methods for the diagnosis of infections
  • Leverage an interdisciplinary approach to enhance infectious disease diagnoses


8:30 AM Field Sample Collection, Biosafety Concern, and Utilization of Resources for Infectious Disease Pathology
Wun-Ju Shieh, MD, MPH, PD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
9:15 AM Is Telepathology Useful for the Diagnosis of Infections?
Ann Marie Nelson, MD, Joint Pathology Center, Silver Spring, MD
10:30 AM The Promise and the Pitfalls in the Molecular Diagnosis of Infection
Audrey Schuetz, MD, MPH, FCAP, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
11:15 AM Interdisciplinary Approach to Infectious Disease Diagnosis
Jeannette Guarner, MD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and Joint Meeting of American Society for Clinical Pathology and Binford-Dammin Society of Infectious Disease Pathologists. The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this live activity for a maximum of
3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The 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). Physicians must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 3 SAM credit hours.


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