Short Courses and Special Courses

SC48 – The Spectrum of Neuroendocrine Neoplasia: Challenges and Pitfalls

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


Ozgur Mete, MD, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
Sylvia L. Asa, MD, PhD, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
Stefano LaRosa, MD, Ospedale di Circolo, Varese, Italy

Course Description

This course focuses on the challenges and pitfalls of the large spectrum of neuroendocrine proliferations. Uniform application of terminology, grading and staging schemes along with a practical diagnostic roadmap for practicing pathologists to guide clinical management and genetic testing will be emphasized. The role of ancillary tools that is often critical in the correct diagnosis and prognostication of these pathologies, and the subtle differences between these various clinically distinct entities will also be discussed in a case-based approach. The familial predisposition syndromes that underlie many of these lesions will also be discussed from a molecular histopathology prediction perspective. The course will be constructed as a series of case presentations of varying lengths that will provide a comprehensive overview of clinicopathologic features of common neuroendocrine neoplasms of various sites. This course is designed for general pathologists, residents, fellows and pathologists with special interest in this area. A comprehensive syllabus, virtual slides and still images, along with clinical histories, will be posted on the USCAP website for review by registrants prior to the meeting. After the meeting, all course registrants will also be able to access to the PowerPoint slides presented at the USCAP Annual Meeting along with the text portion of the syllabus on the USCAP website.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Accurately classify various neuroendocrine tumors
  • Implement diagnostic, prognostic and predicative biomarkers for neuroendocrine neoplasms
  • Recognize challenges and pitfalls in the diagnosis of various neuroendocrine neoplasms


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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