Short Courses and Special Courses

SC51 – Common Questions in Gastrointestinal Pathology: Pitfalls and Pearls from Daily Consensus Conference

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This Short Course session includes up to a 30-minute break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


Deepa T. Patil, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Ana E. Bennett, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
John R. Goldblum, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Course Description

In the current era of standardized clinical care, providing succinct, accurate, and standardized reports is becoming increasingly important for optimal clinical management. Based on the cases reviewed at our daily GI Pathology Consensus Conference in a subspecialty-based practice, we have identified pathologic entities and concepts in GI pathology that continue to pose diagnostic challenge on a regular basis. This course is designed to address topics, such as, grading of Barrett’s esophagus (BE) and idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-related dysplasia, recognizing variants of IBD, applying updated classification of serrated polyps, recognizing pitfalls in diagnosing malignant colorectal polyps, approach to intraepithelial lymphocytosis-pattern of injury in small bowel biopsies, neuroendocrine proliferation in gastric biopsies, and controversies related to colon cancer staging.

Each topic will be introduced by an illustrative case/diagnostic dilemma that was shared at our Consensus Conference. This case-based format will then serve as a platform to discuss the diagnostic approach, differential diagnoses, and diagnostic pitfalls. Both general and subspecialty pathologists, in a community-based or an academic setting, as well as pathologists-in-training, will benefit from this course.

Virtual slides and/or still images, along with histories, will be posted on the USCAP website for review by pre-registrants prior to the meeting. All course participants will receive web access to the PowerPoint presented at USCAP Annual Meeting along with the text portion of the syllabus and a comprehensive reference list.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize histologic features used to grade Barrett’s and IBD-related dysplasia.
  • Use a practical approach to classify IBD and colorectal polyps (serrated and malignant polyps).
  • Systematically evaluate intraepithelial lymphocytosis pattern of injury in small bowel biopsies and neuroendocrine proliferation in gastric biopsies.
  • Understand controversies related to colorectal cancer staging.
  • Compose succinct reports that follow standardized practice guidelines.


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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