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2019 Annual Meeting Long Course - Common Problems in Dermatopathology

Original release date:
May 31, 2019
Access to this course expires on:  March 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
CME 6.5

Course Description
Dermatopathology is a relatively specialized area of pathology requiring additional training; however, skin specimens are commonly encountered in the general surgical pathology practice, frequently constituting a large proportion of the total number of biopsies signed by general surgical pathologists. Accurate diagnosis of these cases entails knowledge of the vast array of potential diagnoses as well as competence in recognizing the histologic clues, which are often subtle, and in integrating the clinical findings. For the practicing pathologist lacking subspecialized training in dermatopathology, diagnosing these specimens may present a daunting task, especially for the less common diseases. In addition, in our age of precision medicine, the information one needs to include in the pathology report often involves ancillary molecular testing. Molecular discoveries with applications in diagnosis, prognosis and management are reported regularly within the literature, and yet, the typical practicing pathologist cannot easily distill this information to that which will meaningfully aid in diagnosis and/ or impact patient care. To this end, the aim of this course is to present the audience with relatively common dermatopathologic lesions and a focus on those entities that create challenges in diagnosis and / or have significant clinical implications. The course will provide a practical approach to common issues encountered in dermatopathology. The audience will be presented with the salient features of each entity, a choice of relevant ancillary tests and tips to avoid misdiagnosis. 

Target Audience
Practicing academic and community pathologists, and pathologists-in-training

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Recognize a variety of dermatopathology cases that are prone to be misdiagnosed
  • Identify histological features that are useful in preventing pitfalls in diagnosis
  • Determine appropriate ancillary studies that help arrive at the correct diagnosis

Continuing Medical Education
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 enduring material for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Beginning in 2021, the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) will no longer require Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) for Part II Lifelong Learning of the Continuing Certification program. For additional information, visit the ABPath website.

The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to USCAP and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. USCAP has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationships: Aleodor Andea, MD, MBA, Victor G. Prieto, MD, PhD, Steven D. Billings, MD, Francisco G. Bravo, MD, Thomas Brenn, MD, PhD, FRCPath, Jason L. Hornick, MD, PhD, Doina Ivan, MD, Elaine Jaffe, MD, Rajiv Patel, MD, Richard Scolyer, MBBS, MD, BMedSi, Michael Tetzlaff, MD, PhD, Carlos Torres-Cabala, MD, Iwei Yeh, MD, PhD

The following IM Coordinator who planned and reviewed content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships: Steven D. Billings, MD

USCAP staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.

To earn CME credit, all learners must complete the evaluation. Your certificate will be available to view and print by  clicking here.

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