Short Courses and Special Courses

SC21 - Practical Molecular Diagnostics for the Practicing Surgical Pathologist

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


Laura J. Tafe, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Maria E. Arcila, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Course Description

The rapid advances in genomic medicine and technology have sharpened the clinical impact of pathology. Regardless of subspecialty or extent of training, the modern surgical pathologist is now asked to meet the challenge of genomic personalization and offer guidance on what test to perform, where to perform it, how to perform it and provide an integrated interpretation of the results. Selecting the right laboratory, the appropriate test for the material at hand and decoding a molecular pathology report represent complicated tasks with significant consequences for patient care. This short course will focus on basic concepts of specimen and test selection, testing methods and interpretation that are practical for the surgical pathologist.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize the indications and specimen requirements for molecular testing
  • Determine when and how to choose a laboratory for a send out test
  • Discuss basic features of testing platforms/methods and recognize the limitations of molecular testing
  • Decipher complex molecular pathology reports
  • Demonstrate familiarity with online data bases and references that can aid in interpretation of molecular tests


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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