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Independent Study with an Expert: The Challenge of Diagnosing Squamous Dysplasias and Variants of SSC in the Head and Neck

Original release date:
January 7, 2021
Access to this course expires on:  July 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
CME 1.5

Course Description
Squamous cell carcinoma and its precursor lesion, squamous dysplasia, are among the most frequently encountered and clinically significant lesions in the head and neck. Biopsies and resection specimens containing these lesions can pose significant diagnostic challenges. This program will explore a wide range of practical issues in the evaluation and classification of head and neck squamous lesions including distinguishing reactive/inflammatory atypia from dysplasia, diagnosing microinvasive carcinoma, and avoiding diagnostic pitfalls. In addition, key histomorphologic features used to subclassify selected variants of squamous cell carcinoma and the clinical relevance of these variants will be explored. The use of ancillary studies such as immunohistochemical markers and the application of CAP guidelines for HPV-testing will also be discussed.

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

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Avoid diagnostic pitfalls in the evaluation of head and neck squamous dysplasia and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Be familiar with key histomorphologic features used to classify selected clinically significant variants of squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Know when and how to apply national guidelines for high-risk HPV testing in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas

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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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: Bill C. Faquin, MD, PhD

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