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Journey to the Center of the Chest: An expert's perspective on mediastinal pathology

Original release date:
November 20, 2023
Access to this course expires on:  October 12, 2026 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Course Description
Mediastinal pathology has a fascinating specificity in surgical pathology, because it is focused primarily on a single gland (the thymus) that involutes as we age, is more prominent in children than in adults, and requires a unique approach to diagnosis and clinical course. The infrequency of mediastinal tumors influences evolution of expertise by individual pathologists and their institutions. The recent introduction of new classification and staging schemas poses a novel challenge for those confronted with assessing mediastinal lesions. It is essential for practicing pathologists to become familiar with new modalities that impact treatment options and clinical outcomes. It is even more important to become familiar with the diversity of tumors that can occur in the mediastinal compartment. This course provides a unique opportunity for a tutorial in mediastinal pathology by a single internationally recognized expert from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Expand the knowledge of mediastinal pathology in general.
  • Determine which features are important in separating some of the most common thymic tumors.
  • Become familiar with different staging schemas.
  • Become familiar with different nomenclatures.
  • Determine which cases need further work-up with immunohistochemistry or molecular techniques.

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 8 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: Cesar A. Moran, MD

The following IM coordinator reported no relevant financial relationships: Monica Garcia-Buitrago, MD

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

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