Short Courses and Special Courses

SC27 - Needle Biopsies of Mesenchymal Neoplasms: Algorithmic Approaches and New Strategies for Diagnosis

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


Xiaohua Qian, MD, PhD; Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Vickie Jo, MD; Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Course Description

Core needle biopsy and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) are increasingly being employed as a first-line approach to evaluate soft tissue tumors. While numerous diagnostic immunohistochemical and molecular tools are now available, there remain inherent challenges in soft tissue pathology and unique difficulties in evaluating small biopsies with limited tissue availability, especially FNAs. This course will review algorithmic diagnostic approaches to needle biopsies of mesenchymal neoplasms, with emphasis on morphologic patterns, diagnostic clues, novel entities and biomarkers, and appropriate use and interpretation of ancillary studies. This short course is intended to benefit practicing surgical pathologists and cytopathologists, senior residents and fellows, and pathologists at any level with soft tissue pathology interest or practice.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize common morphologic patterns of mesenchymal tumors on FNA smears to guide tissue triage and formulate appropriate differential diagnoses
  • Use an algorithmic approach to efficiently work up cases on limited material
  • Recognize the clinical significance of classification and grading of mesenchymal tumors


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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