Education: Resident Sessions

Get the knowledge you need for your future in pathology.

In just four days, you'll get the tools and tutorials you need to strengthen your educational foundation. From helping you prepare for your board exams in the Resident Review Mini-Course to gaining insights into how to stand out in the hiring process, this year's Annual Meeting is a resident's roadmap to success.

Here's a complete look at programming customized for residents like you.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

8:00 AM - 10:00 AMAmerican Pathology Foundation: Mis-Hires: How To Avoid Making One and How To Avoid Being One

Speakers:

  • Lewis Hassell, MD

Description:

Ask anyone you know and they will be able to tell you a horror story about a hiring mistake. These are far too common in the workplace generally, and the laboratory/pathology practice is no exception. In this interactive session, participants will identify from case studies important knowledge, skills and practices critical to success at each phase of the hiring process. Key concepts to be covered will be continuous recruitment, honing, owning and maintaining the process, navigating the interview process with purpose and efficiency, other forms of assessment in advance of hiring, negotiation processes and due diligence, orientation and training, and continued recruitment. Approaching the process from both the perspective of the candidate for employment and the prospective employer will generate enhanced value to participants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Construct a complete identification and screening process to properly enrich a panel of job applicants.
  • Design critical interview/evaluation methods to accomplish the goals of each party in the recruitment dance.
  • Apply effective performance evaluation and feedback methods to retain employees/continue employment.

8:00 AM - 10:00 AMBuilding Blocks of Cytopathology

Speakers:

  • Richard M. DeMay, MD

Description:

Common things occur commonly. So, knowing what the common things are and what they look like will allow you to diagnose most of the cases that come sliding across your microscope stage. This course will present 10 basic types of cells, the building blocks of cytodiagnosis. It is intended as a whirlwind tour of FNA biopsy cytodiagnosis. Among the common problems to be discussed is determining 'Where's the primary?' from a metastasis. Although some useful ancillary testing will be mentioned, the course will focus primarily on basic 'bread and butter' cytomorphology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Cite the 10 building blocks of cytopathology.
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis based on the 10 building blocks.
  • Arrive at a final diagnosis based on the 10 building blocks.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PMDelivering a First Class Presentation: Effective Use of Power Point and Principles of Public Speaking

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth M. Genega, MD
  • Richard Haspel, MD, PhD

Description:

This course is intended for any pathologist who utilizes PowerPoint when presenting at medical conferences or national/international education courses, and who wants to improve their presentation skills and learn to use PowerPoint in a manner which enhances the presentation. Portions of this course will be traditional didactic lecture but much of the course will involve audience participation in the assessment and modification of suboptimal slides. The course will cover creating ideal text slides and slides of pathology images. The basic principles of public speaking will be reviewed with good and poor examples provided. Lastly, the neuropsychology of learning (ie. how one learns) will be reviewed which will help participants to create effective pathology presentations. The benefits of attending this session include learning to create optimal pathology slides with PowerPoint and becoming a powerful and effective speaker.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify optimal from poorly constructed slides of pathology images and text slides and develop the skills required for creating effective PowerPoint pathology slides.
  • Participants will develop an appreciation of presentation skills useful for any type of public speaking.
  • Participants will utilize current knowledge regarding the neuropsychology of learning to create effective pathology presentations.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

8:00 AM - 10:00 AMThe Art of Scientific Writing and Manuscript Review

Speakers:

  • Frank H. Wians, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB
  • Steven H. Kroft, MD, FASCP

Description:

This workshop should appeal to both well-published and never--published pathologists and laboratory professionals who are interested in learning, in an audience participation mode, about effective writing techniques and the manuscript review process. The presenters will cover manuscript preparation from 'Instructions to Authors' to 'Response to Reviewer Comments.' Attendees will suggest improvements to real-world examples from 'deidentified' manuscripts to illustrate the 'do's and dont's' of manuscript preparation, proofreading, journal selection, and response to reviewer comments. Useful tips will be provided on how to review a scientific manuscript that reflects credit on the Reviewer, the authors, and the journal in which the manuscript is published by ensuring the quality and accuracy of both the science and the writing contained in a scientific manuscript. Attendees will be encouraged to prepare and submit scientific manuscripts for publication and to volunteer as Reviewers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn effective writing techniques.
  • Apply effective writing techniques to improve the accuracy-brevity-clarity (the 'abc's' of effective writing) of each sentence in a scientific manuscript.
  • Prepare better scientific manuscripts and manuscript reviews.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMABP Board Exam Discussion/Q&A

Speakers:

  • Betsy D. Bennett, MD, PhD, MASCP Executive Vice President, American Board of Pathology

Description:

ABP Board Exam Discussion/Q&A

2:15 PM - 4:15 PMResident Review Course - Transfusion Medicine & Medical Microbiology

Speakers:

  • Carole Vogler, MD
  • Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, FASCP
  • Robin Chamberland, MD

Description:

This resident review mini-course focuses on topics in transfusion medicine and medical microbiology important for residents to have a sound understanding of as they prepare for the American Board of Pathology examination. We will highlight established key principles as well as new, practical information in these two areas and focus on pearls useful in clinical practice and when sitting for board examinations, and on topics that are traditionally the most challenging for residents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply basic and esoteric knowledge in transfusion medicine and microbiology likely to be included on board examinations and encountered in clinical practice to answer practical clinical questions.
  • Analyze how participants compare to their peers in their knowledge in transfusion medicine and microbiology likely to be tested on board examinations and used in clinical practice.
  • Establish knowledge base in specialty areas of transfusion medicine and medical microbiology including knowledge of established principles and new information in each of the specialty areas presented.

4:15 PM - 6:15 PMSmall Cell Tumors of Bone: From Clinical Demographics to Molecular Pathology

Speakers:

  • Gene P. Siegal, MD, PhD, FASCP
  • Shi Wei

Description:

This session will introduce the broad range of small, blue, round cell tumors of bone and how one utilizes the gross, histopathologic, ultrastructural, cytogenetic and molecular genetic evidence to reach a diagnosis. The content will be delivered via conventional lecturing supplemented by an audience response system and question and answer period. Topics to be covered range from neuroblastoma in bone, through Ewing's/PNET and small cell osteosarcoma to plasmacytoma and metastatic neoplasms. Eight to 10 entities will be covered over the 120 minute period of instruction. Key to understanding will be the integration of the traditional demographic, imaging and histopathologic evaluation of these lesions with molecular approaches. It will assume only a minimal understanding of molecular biology and proposes to present the information in a low stress, easy to digest format which should maximize retention.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create a differential diagnosis based on patient's age, gender, bone and bone site involved.
  • Recognize the most common small, blue, round cell bone lesions based on histologic, immunohistochemical, ultrastructural and molecular characteristics.
  • Identify and differentiate the most common primary and metastatic small, blue, round cell tumors of bone.

5:15 PM - 6:15 PMMaintenance of Certification: Update 2012

Speakers:

  • Betsy Bennett, MD, PhD

Description:

This session will review the current requirements of the American Board of Pathology Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. The four parts of MOC will be explained and examples will be given of how the requirements may be met. Changes effective in 2013 for the reporting requirements for more than one certificate will be explained in detail. The structure of the examination (Part 3) and the components of systems based practice (Part IV)will be reviewed. Initiatives by state and federal agencies encouraging participation in MOC by all pathologists will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the components of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
  • Explain the reporting requirements for each 2-year period in the 10-year MOC cycle and describe activities that will meet these requirements.
  • Plan MOC activities required to meet requirements of each reporting period.

Friday, November 2, 2012

2:00 PM - 3:00 PMEthical Dilemmas Facing Physicians-In-Training

Speakers:

  • Lauren B. Smith, MD

Description:

Examples of ethical dilemmas facing residents will be presented. The presentation will include approximately 5 cases. Topics include everyday issues that confront residents as well as more unique situations. While many cases are specifically geared toward issues in pathology, broader topics that apply to all specialties will also be presented. The cases include discussions of honesty, professionalism, knowing what you don't know, handling 'sticky' situations, and how to handle situations in which fellow residents need assistance/intervention due to substance abuse/mental health impairment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize ethical dilemmas in daily practice.
  • Think more critically when ethical issues arise.
  • Know resources that are available if ethical issues arise.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PMPractical Applications of Different Learning Styles

Speakers:

  • Catherine Stakenas

Description:

To be successful in today's dynamic, information-intensive world, organizations know they must encourage and support effective, lifelong learning at all levels of the organization. This seminar introduces the Personal Learning Insights Profile®, the reliable, easy-to-use learning strategy you need. It's designed to help people identify their personal learning approach, communicate their learning needs, and access more effective learning resources. The result? Enthusiastic learners who are able to more quickly develop new capacities, discover new ways of thinking, and achieve new levels of innovative performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning Purpose – Some people have more of a desire to learn when the information is practical and can be put to use immediately. Others are more interested in learning when the information is new and informative, but not necessarily useful at that time.
  • Learning Structure – Some people prefer to have information presented in a specific format so they can easily make connections and see what's coming next. Others prefer a more general format so they can create their own structure for the information and organize it so it makes sense to them.
  • Learning Activity – Some people prefer to actively participate with others when learning. They enjoy discussion and participating in a variety of learning activities. Others are more reflective in their learning. After taking in new information, they prefer to take some time to consider it before reacting.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PMResident Review Course - Hematopathology & Cytopathology

Speakers:

  • Carole Vogler, MD
  • Riccardo Valdez, MD
  • Swati Mehrotra, MD FASCP

Description:

This resident review mini-course focuses on topics in hematopathology and cytopathology important for residents to have a sound understanding of as they prepare for the American Board of Pathology examination. We will highlight established key principles as well as new, practical information in these two areas and focus on pearls useful in clinical practice and when sitting for board examinations, and on topics that are traditionally the most challenging for residents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply basic and esoteric knowledge in hematopathology and cytopathology likely to be included on board examinations and encountered in clinical practice to answer practical clinical questions.
  • Analyze how participants compare to their peers in their knowledge of hematopathology and cytopathology likely to be tested on board examinations and used in clinical practice.
  • Establish knowledge base in specialty areas of hematopathology and cytopathology including knowledge of established principles and new information in each of the specialty areas presented.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

8:00 AM - 10:00 AMResident Review Course - Renal, Soft Tissue & Bone

Speakers:

  • Carole Vogler, MD
  • Ema A. Berbescu, MD FASCP

Description:

This resident review mini-course focuses on topics in renal pathology and soft tissue and bone pathology important for residents to have a sound understanding of as they prepare for the American Board of Pathology examination. We will highlight established key principles as well as new, practical information in these two areas and focus on pearls useful in clinical practice and when sitting for board examinations, and on topics that are traditionally the most challenging for residents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply basic and esoteric knowledge in renal pathology and soft tissue and bone pathology likely to be included on board examinations and encountered in clinical practice to answer practical clinical questions.
  • Analyze how participants compare to their peers in their knowledge in renal pathology and soft tissue and bone pathology likely to be tested on board examinations and used in clinical practice.
  • Establish knowledge base in specialty areas of renal pathology and soft tissue and bone pathology including knowledge of established principles and new information in each of the specialty areas presented.

12:30 PM - 2:30 PMResident Review Course - Chemistry, Laboratory Administration & Hematology

Speakers:

  • Carole Vogler, MD
  • Mary Mayo, PhD
  • Daniel D. Mais

Description:

This resident review mini-course focuses on topics in chemistry, laboratory administration and hematology important for residents to have a sound understanding of as they prepare for the American Board of Pathology examination. We will highlight established key principles as well as new, practical information in these two areas and focus on pearls useful in clinical practice and when sitting for board examinations, and on topics that are traditionally the most challenging for residents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply basic and esoteric knowledge in chemistry, laboratory administration and hematology likely to be included on board examinations and encountered in clinical practice to answer practical clinical questions.
  • Analyze how participants compare to their peers in their knowledge of chemistry, laboratory administration and hematology likely to be tested on board examinations and used in clinical practice.
  • Establish knowledge base in specialty areas of chemistry, laboratory administration and hematology including knowledge of established principles and new information in each of the specialty areas presented.

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