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Head and Neck Pathology: Top to Bottom Training to Avoid the Ups and Downs

Original release date:
February 8, 2022
Access to this course expires on:  December 11, 2024 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
CME 12

Course Description
Head and neck pathology represents a significant portion of surgical pathology practice. Studies have shown this area to be particularly treacherous to community pathologists with up to 53% of diagnoses changed (including 7% with major changes) upon second review at tertiary care hospitals (Kronz and Westra, Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery 2005; 13:81-4). In recent years there have been numerous developments in head and neck pathology, further complicating this inherent difficulty. Novel entities have been described, pathognomonic molecular alterations have been uncovered, and major shifts in diagnostic classification schemes have been proposed. Many of these concepts were incorporated into the newest editions of the WHO Classifications for Head and Neck and Endocrine Tumors, both of which were published recently.

Taken together, it is difficult for pathologists to stay current and maintain proficiency in head and neck pathology without supplemental training and education. This course is a terrific opportunity to refine your diagnostic skills with energetic pathologists whose keen eyes, diagnostic acumen, and a modern approach will create an indelible impression.

Target Audience
This course is designed for general pathologists, practicing surgical pathologists, senior residents and pathologists with special interest in head and neck pathology.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Recognize the updated WHO terminology of salivary gland carcinoma
  • Develop a diagnostic approach to the encapsulated follicular-patterned thyroid nodule
  • Describe the algorithmic approach to HPV testing in a head and neck cancer
  • Develop a diagnostic approach to the “small round blue cell” sinonasal tumor
  • Recognize the appropriate differential diagnosis for sinonasal glandular proliferations

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 12 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 and IM Coordinator reported no relevant financial relationships: Justin Bishop, MD, James S. Lewis, Jr., MD, Lisa Rooper, MD, Lester D. R. Thompson, MD

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

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