Short Courses and Special Courses

SC16 - Surgical Pathology Diagnostic Error Prevention

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 8:00 am - 11:30 am
This Short Course session includes up to a half-hour break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


Raouf E. Nakleh, MD, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
Keith E. Volmar, MD, Rex Pathology Associates, Raleigh, NC

Course Description

This course is focused on how errors occur in diagnostic surgical pathology. The occurrence of errors in the different parts of the test cycle (pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic) will be discussed. This includes specimen identification and handling, diagnostic errors due to lack of clinical correlation, misuse of ancillary studies, non-standard terminology, report construction and distribution. Examples of errors will be presented with discussion of how errors occur and how they may be mitigated.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand the risk for diagnostic error
  • Understand the phases of the test cycle in surgical pathology and the associated risk of each phase
  • Understand the contribution and interplay of various factors to diagnostic error
  • Devise a strategy that helps detect and prevent errors


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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