Short Courses and Special Courses

SC03 – Unusual Breast Lesions Every Pathologist
               Needs to Know About

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This Short Course session includes up to a one-hour break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


Stuart J. Schnitt, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Laura C. Collins, MBBS, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Course Description

Some breast lesions are relatively uncommon and are infrequently encountered by most pathologists. Lack of awareness or recognition of such lesions may result in an incorrect diagnosis, in turn resulting in improper patient management. The purpose of this course, therefore, is to familiarize attendees with a number of breast lesions that are either infrequently encountered, recently described or for which new information is available, in order to permit the proper recognition and diagnosis of these lesions. The material presented will be of practical relevance to general surgical pathologists, pathologists with a particular interest in breast pathology, and pathology trainees. The course will utilize a case-based format. Attendees will be provided with case histories and images or virtual slides prior to the course. Each case will be used as a springboard for discussion of an uncommon breast lesion. For each case, brief clinical histories will be presented, the histologic features will be illustrated, and the differential diagnosis and role of adjunctive immunostains and/or molecular assays helpful in arriving at the correct diagnosis will be discussed. Topics to be discussed will include: solid papillary carcinoma with reverse polarity; mucinous variant of invasive micropapillary carcinoma; acinic cell carcinoma; cystic neutrophilic granulomatous mastitis; angiosarcoma; myofibroblastoma; adenomyoepithelioma; and invasive Paget disease.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the diagnostic features for several uncommon but important breast lesions
  • Employ adjunctive immunohistochemical and molecular assays to help arrive at the correct diagnosis of uncommon breast lesions
  • Describe the clinical and therapeutic implications of these uncommon breast lesions


Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification

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.

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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