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Tutorial In Pathology of the GI Tract, Pancreas, and Liver 2023

Original release date:
March 23, 2023
Access to this course expires on:  January 21, 2026 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
CME 30

Course Description
Gastrointestinal pathology emerged as a subspecialty in the mid-to-late 1980s, coincident with utilization of endoscopy with mucosal biopsy for diagnosis and management of patients with gastrointestinal disorders. The widespread availability of endoscopy coupled with advances in tissue acquisition techniques have drastically increased the number and variety of gastrointestinal samples pathologists encounter in daily practice. As a result, pathologists are now required to provide comprehensive diagnostic information based on review of scant material. Classification of tumors is often completed based on interpretation of immunohistochemical stains coupled with molecular analyses to identify druggable targets or underlying germline conditions. Pathologists also direct the evaluation of patients with gastrointestinal complaints, particularly when patients have persistent symptoms or are immunosuppressed. Thus, they must be able to hone in on key features present in biopsy material in order to narrow the differential diagnosis and better direct patient care. This course is intended to address these needs in a succinct and pragmatic fashion. The course includes both lectures and case-based interactive microscopy sessions.

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

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Describe practice approaches to the diagnosis of inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders, with a focus on biopsy interpretation
  • Discuss criteria to facilitate distinction between different causes of esophagitis and gastritis
  • Evaluate biopsy samples from patients with malabsorptive symptoms
  • Classify patterns of colitis and recognize medication-related injuries
  • Recognize inflammatory and neoplastic conditions of the anus and appendix
  • Discuss biopsy interpretation of the liver
  • Discuss diagnostic criteria for pancreatic pathology

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 30 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, Olca Basturk, MD, Larry Burgart, MD, Joel K. Greenson, MD, John A. Hart, MD, Laura W. Lamps, MD, Elizabeth Montgomery, MD, Nicole C. Panarelli, MD

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

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