Short Courses and Special Courses

SC26 – Colonic Polyps – Daily Problems Only Pathologists Understand

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


David F. Schaeffer, MD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hector Li-Chang, MD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

Course Description

This course aims to provide the participants with practical solutions to daily problems encountered in the histological assessment of colonic polyps. The course is designed to update practicing surgical pathologists and pathologists-in-training on the variety of histologic diagnoses resulting from the endoscopy polyp. Particular focus will be placed on recent developments in serrated colonic lesions and malignant polyps. The course is planned as a series of case presentations including the following common scenarios: malignant colonic polyps, serrated colonic lesions, dysplastic lesions in the setting of inflammatory bowel disease, multiple colonic polyps as part of a hereditary predisposition, unusual polypoid lesions, and prominent mucosal folds without any evidence of dysplastic changes. Each case presentation will encompass discussion of the histopathological features, differential diagnosis, adjuvant diagnostic techniques, and how to best communicate with your clinicians through a clear and concise pathology report to facilitate patient management. Recent advances in both diagnosis and biology will be particularly highlighted.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Handle malignant polyps in a clinically meaningful way
  • Understand diagnostic criteria and follow-up recommendations for serrated lesions
  • Recognize the significance of polypoid dysplasia in IBD and use appropriate terminology
  • Understand when to raise the possibility of a polyposis syndrome


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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