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Tutorial in Pathology of the GI Tract, Pancreas and Liver 2021

Original release date:
September 20, 2021
Access to this course expires on:  August 8, 2024 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
CME 23.75

Course Description
Gastrointestinal pathology emerged as a subspecialty in the early 1980s, coincident with development of endoscopy and mucosal biopsy for diagnosis and management of patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Since that time, changes in tissue acquisition techniques and ancillary testing have drastically transformed the discipline; current practice bears little resemblance to that of our mentors. The past two decades have seen an explosion in the number and types of biopsy samples pathologists encounter in daily practice. Virtually every part of the tubular gut is now amenable to visualization and sampling, and most liver biopsies are performed by radiologists who utilize small-caliber needles. As a result, pathologists are expected to generate comprehensive and accurate differential diagnoses for a variety of inflammatory and neoplastic disorders based on limited biopsy material. Pathologists must be able to concentrate on key features in order to narrow the differential diagnosis and facilitate patient management.

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

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Understand critical concepts in the diagnosis of pancreatic neoplasia
  • Explore polyposis, hereditary cancers and Lynch Syndrome
  • Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis for chronic hepatitis and biliary disease
  • Distinguish between medication-related injury and other inflammatory conditions of the GI tract
  • Explore various neoplasms that affect the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas
  • Distinguish lymphoproliferative diseases that affect the gut
  • Learn about biomarkers that facilitate accurate diagnosis of GI disease

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 23.75 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 financial relationship(s) that have occurred within the last 24 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. USCAP has reviewed all disclosures and mitigated all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationships: Rhonda K. Yantiss, MD, Larry Burgart, MD, Wendy L. Frankel, MD, Joel K. Greenson, MD, John A Hart, MD, Elizabeth A. Montgomery, MD

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

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