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Crash Course in Cytopathology: Thorax, Soft Tissue, Head and Neck, Liver, Pancreatobiliary and Genitourinary Tract



Original release date:
May 3, 2024
Access to this course expires on:  April 8, 2027 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
CME 11.5

Course Description
Multiple revisions and updates have recently been created for the standardized reporting and classification of cytologic samples from non-neoplastic and neoplastic processes involving the pancreatobiliary tract, liver, thyroid, head and neck (including salivary gland), urine, kidneys, adrenal gland, serous fluids, lung and soft tissue. These standardized reporting schemes provide a framework for the consistent categorization of cytopathology reports and allow cytopathologists to convey clear and consistent diagnostic information, in language uniformly understood by pathologists and clinicians the world over. New developments in the diagnosis, grading and nomenclature are not fully appreciated in the community, often leading to errors in diagnosis and delayed or inappropriate patient management. This case-based course illustrates new guidelines, practical clues, daily challenges, diagnostic pearls and pitfalls, as well as the proper handling of specimens from these sites along with accurate cytologic diagnosis of neoplasms, as well as their distinction from, key cytomorphologic mimics. This course emphasizes the new guidelines (including WHO), pearls, and common pitfalls and offers pathologists a unique perspective into the key diagnostic cytomorphometric signatures of common entities, which they can apply to daily signout in any practice setting.

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

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Learn new concepts and terminological guidelines in the cytologic classification of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions from multiple sites including lung, mediastinum, bone and soft tissue, serous fluids, pancreatobiliary tract, liver, genitourinary tract, adrenal, thyroid, salivary gland and head and neck region.
  • Learn when and how to integrate clinical findings and ancillary tests in precise cytologic diagnosis of lesions from these sites.
  • Recognize the limitations and pitfalls in using/interpreting ancillary studies in the cytologic diagnosis of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions in the lung, mediastinum, bone and soft tissue, serous fluids, pancreatobiliary tract, liver, genitourinary tract, adrenal, thyroid, salivary gland and head and neck region.
  • Use an algorithmic approach to the differential diagnosis for cystic and solid neoplasms in the lung, mediastinum, bone and soft tissue, serous fluids, pancreatobiliary tract, liver, lung, mediastinum, bone and soft tissue, serous fluids, pancreatobiliary tract, liver, genitourinary tract, adrenal, thyroid, salivary gland and head and neck region.

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

Disclosures
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: Adebowale Adeniran, MD, Lester Layfield, MD, Michelle Reid, MD, MSc, William Faquin, MD, PhD

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

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