Modern Surgical Pathology
Through the Expert Eyes of APSS-USCAP

October 26-29, 2018

Available Credits 32 CME, 32 SAM

Course Description

This inaugural co-branded interactive microscopy course presents the synergistic union of expert surgical pathologists from the prestigious Arthur Purdy Stout Society and from USCAP, collaborating (through education of pathologists) to eliminate a variety of practice gaps in diagnostic surgical pathology. For example, there is a misdiagnosis rate of about 10% in breast biopsies, but for some notoriously problematic lesions, the rate is even higher.

A review of the literature and the collective clinical experience of this faculty as consultant surgical pathologists have clearly documented areas in diagnostic surgical pathology that remain problematic even for experienced pathologists. Examples include the categorization of proliferative breast lesions, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, small glandular proliferations in the prostate, and soft tissue lesions. With the frequent use of core needle biopsy, pathologists are often faced with the challenge of distinguishing these entities on small specimen samples.

The value of this course is its intent to eliminate diagnostic errors by highlighting pitfalls and approaches to resolve them using routine microscopic examination of H&E-stained sections and immuno-stains. The role of newer adjunctive molecular tests will also be discussed where appropriate. Thus, this course addresses medical knowledge and competence with the goal of improving clinical practice.

Course Objectives

  • Evaluate diagnostic criteria and clinical significance of various common and uncommon benign, in situ and malignant lesions of the breast, GI and GYN tract, prostate, lung, head and neck and soft tissues in core needle biopsy specimens and surgical specimens
  • Describe differential diagnostic problems commonly encountered in these sites and develop strategies to resolve them in the practice environment
  • Eliminate diagnostic error by highlighting pitfalls and approaches to resolving them in surgical pathology using both routine microscopic examination of H&-stained sections and immuno-stains
  • Discuss the uses and limitations of immunohistochemistry in diagnostic surgical pathology
  • Discuss the role of newer adjunctive molecular tests where appropriate
  • Address both medical knowledge and competence with the goal of improving clinical practice


USCAP Interactive Center

500 South Palm Canyon Drive
Suite 307
Palm Springs, CA 92264

USCAP Interactive Center

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