Short Courses and Special Courses

SC20 - Advances in the Cytologic Diagnosis and Reporting of Salivary Gland Lesions with Histologic Correlations

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
This Short Course session includes up to a one-hour break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


William C. Faquin, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Esther D. Rossi, MD, PhD, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
Zubair Baloch, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Course Description

This short course will use a case-based approach to present a review of the cytomorphologic features of key salivary gland lesions. The discussion will include an approach on how to formulate a differential diagnosis based on cytomorphologic features in various cytopreparations, the utility of ancillary studies, and correlation with histopathologic follow-up. This short course will also address the need for a risk-based framework for classifying salivary gland FNA specimens and discuss the recently proposed “Milan system for Reporting Salivary Gland Cytopathology.” All participants will have access to web-based salivary gland FNA cases for preview before the course along with an online syllabus.

The discussion will be centered around ten FNA cases that will include both cytology and corresponding histology to initiate a discussion regarding differential diagnoses and pitfalls in the cytologic interpretation of various types of salivary gland lesions. The topics to be covered include: General evaluation of salivary gland FNA; introduction of the Milan System; non-neoplastic lesions such as chronic sialadenitis; matrix-producing neoplasms; tumors with prominent basaloid or oncolytic features; neoplasms with clear cell features; and cystic lesions. Cases of high grade carcinomas, lymphocyte-predominant lesions, and metastatic disease will also be included to expand the differential.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize the key cytologic and histologic features of commonly encountered salivary gland tumors
  • Formulate differential diagnoses and discuss diagnostic pitfalls
  • Understand the role and limits of FNA and the use of ancillary techniques in the evaluation of salivary gland 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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