Short Courses and Special Courses

SC23 - Surgical and Molecular Pathology of Thyroid Neoplasia

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This Short Course session includes up to a half-hour break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs

Faculty

Thomas J. Giordano, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Bruce M. Wenig, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Course Description

Surgical pathology of thyroid tumors remains a challenging diagnostic area with subjective criteria and well-documented interobserver variability. Molecular testing of thyroid nodules is shining light on some of these challenges due to a strong phenotype-genotype correlation that exists in thyroid tumors. We are now at a point where pre-operative molecular testing is impacting the evaluation of nodules and surgical approach. The goal of this course is to present relevant information on the surgical pathology of thyroid neoplasia in conjunction with the latest information on the genetics, genomics and molecular testing of thyroid nodules and cancer.

Specific topics to be presented include:

  • Surgical pathology of thyroid tumors, with recent work on follicular-patterned tumors.
  • Molecular genetics and genomics of thyroid tumors, including recent results from The Cancer Genome Atlas project on papillary carcinoma.
  • Molecular testing of thyroid nodules using FNA materials, including gene expression and genotyping based approaches.

A case-based approach will be used. A strong emphasis will be placed on practical information needed to practice current thyroid pathology.

Learning Objective

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

  • Understand a practical approach to the surgical pathology of thyroid tumors, with special emphasis on follicular-patterned tumors.
  • Explain common somatic genetic alterations in thyroid tumors, including recent results from The Cancer Genome Atlas project on papillary carcinoma.
  • Discuss various molecular tests focused on thyroid nodules currently offered in the marketplace, including their strengths and weaknesses

 

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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