The 4th Annual Diagnostic Advances in Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology course is a two-day, interactive, virtual course that will address key updates in gastrointestinal, breast, gynecologic, head and neck and lung pathology.  A stepwise approach to pathology diagnosis in these subspecialty topic areas in surgical pathology and cytopathology will be addressed. The course will also provide guidance in the use and interpretation of molecular and immunohistochemical testing in difficult diagnostic scenarios.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Mimics of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus
  • Primary hepatic neoplasms
  • Gastrointestinal polyps and polyposis syndromes
  • Breast fibroepithelial and neoplastic lesions
  • WHO 2020 updates in gynecologic pathology
  • Placental unusual lesions
  • Frozen section and cytologic correlation of pelvic lesions in women
  • Updates in salivary gland pathology
  • HPV related head and neck neoplasia
  • Patterns of acute lung injury

The format includes interactive didactic and video microscopy sessions by internationally recognized guest speakers and faculty from the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Target Audience

This course is designed for pathologists, pathology residents and fellows, and other interested health care professionals across community and academic centers.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Develop an approach to common morphologic patterns seen in breast neoplasia
  • Discuss ancillary diagnostic techniques including immunohistochemistry and molecular diagnostics in the approach to neoplasia
  • Distinguish idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease from its mimics
  • Describe approach to dysplasia in Barret's esophagus
  • Relate value and limitations of immunohistochemistry and histochemical stains in evaluation of Barrett esophagus and related dysplasia
  • Recognize features of low grade vs high grade dysplasia in Barret's esophagus
  • Develop a diagnostic approach to classify primary liver neoplasms, using morphology and immunohistochemistry
  • Describe the most common differential diagnostic entities when encountering fibroepithelial lesions of the breast
  • Develop a diagnostic approach to gastrointestinal polyps, lumps and bumps
  • Recognize features of HPV related head and neck neoplasia
  • Discuss ancillary diagnostic techniques

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