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2012 ASCP Annual Meeting: Renowned Pathologists Deliver Educational Sessions to Keep Ahead in the Fast-Paced Profession

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting offers four energizing days of scientific learning with real-life lessons. Featuring renowned leaders in pathology and laboratory medicine, such as Mark H. Stoler, MD, FASCP, Richard Mac DeMay, MD, FASCP, and Gene P. Siegal, MD, PhD, FASCP, the ASCP Annual Meeting will address the latest trends and topics of prime importance for the entire laboratory team as it continues to take on greater importance in patient-centered care.

“For the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, we have increased the opportunities for more interactive and hands-on learning through Science Connection Central and our educational sessions. The educational sessions for pathologists are designed to keep them ahead of the fast pace of change in the profession.”
—Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, MASCP
This year’s Annual Meeting held in Boston from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 presents a complete slate of brand-new offerings from many of the most respected names in the profession. Education sessions will underscore the latest evidence-based research and best practices, as well as pivotal issues affecting pathology and laboratory medicine professionals at all levels.

Distinguished experts will highlight critical areas of value for the field, including global patient-centric care, cancer prevention and detection, and appropriate test utilization. “For the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, we have increased the opportunities for more interactive and hands-on learning through Science Connection Central and our educational sessions,” said Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, MASCP, Chair, Education Working Group of the ASCP Annual Meeting Steering Committee. “The educational sessions for pathologists are designed to keep them ahead of the fast pace of change in the profession.”

Highlights among the many engaging offerings include:

GYN Cytopathology: Are We Ready for the New Cervical Cancer Guidelines? presented Nov. 1 by Mark H. Stoler, MD, FASCP; David C. Wilbur, MD, FASCP, Marcela DelCarmen, MD, MPH, Brooke Koltz, MD, and Brenda J. Sweeney, CLA(ASCP)SCT,MBCM, highlights recently published new Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines based on the principles of the GRADE guideline development process to more formally evaluate evidence and incorporate the quality of that evidence into recommendations. The panel will present background data to support changes and review the changes to cervical cancer screening guidelines. An interactive question session will follow.

Building Blocks of Cytopathology presented by Richard Mac DeMay, MD, FASCP, on Oct. 31 will be of particular interest for residents and for pathologists preparing for recertification exams in 2016. The course will present 10 basic types of cells, the building blocks of cytodiagnosis. It is intended to be a whirlwind tour of fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy cytodiagnosis. One common problem 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.

Eric G. Bing, MD, PhD, MBA, Kimberly Allison, MD, and John Nkengasong, PhD, will share their expertise at Advancing Patient-Centered Care for Women Across Our Globe: The Laboratory is Part of the Puzzle on Nov. 1. Using breast cancer as a case study, the session focuses on the challenges of defining and delivering patient-centered care to women in different settings across the globe. How do practitioners use the knowledge and tools available to provide the best outcomes for patients, while keeping ever mindful of the patient as a person? The critical roles that pathology and laboratory medicine play in breast cancer diagnosis, management and therapy, present multiple opportunities to deliver quality patient-centered care. Editor’s note: See the interview with Dr. Allison in this issue of ASCP eNews Briefs.

Gene P. Siegal, MD, PhD, FASCP, and Shi Wei, MD, PhD, FASCP, present Small Cell Tumors of Bone: From Clinical Demographics to Molecular Pathology on Nov. 1 and introduce the broad range of small, blue, round cell tumors of bone and how a pathologist utilizes the gross, histopathologic, ultrastructural, cytogenetic, and molecular genetic evidence to reach a diagnosis. Topics to be covered range from neuroblastoma in bone, through Ewing's/PNET and small cell osteosarcoma, to plasmacytoma and metastatic neoplasms.

Resident Review Courses including Transfusion Medicine & Medical Microbiology on Nov. 1, Hematopathology & Cytopathology on Nov. 2, and Chemistry, Laboratory Administration & Hematology on Nov. 3 focus on key topics important for residents as they prepare for the American Board of Pathology examination.

Delivering a First Class Presentation: Effective Use of Power Point and Principles of Public Speaking presented by Elizabeth M. Genega, MD, FASCP, and Richard Haspel, MD, PhD, FASCP, on Oct. 31 is intended for pathologists who use PowerPoint when presenting at medical conferences or national and international education courses and who want to improve their presentation skills and learn to use PowerPoint in a manner that enhances the presentation. The course will involve audience participation in the assessment and modification of suboptimal slides.

The Art of Scientific Writing and Manuscript Review presented by Frank H. Wians, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB, and Steven H. Kroft, MD, FASCP, on Nov. 1 should appeal to both well-published and yet-to-be-published pathologists and laboratory professionals who are interested in learning by an audience participation process 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 be encouraged to prepare and submit scientific manuscripts for publication and to volunteer as reviewers.

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