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2012 ASCP Annual Meeting Reflects Dramatic Changes in Pathology

Monday, September 10, 2012

“These imaging techniques bring the possibility of moving the pathologist from the laboratory to the bedside (or endoscopy suite).”
—David N. B. Lewin, MD, FASCP

The 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting will feature new laboratory technology that has the potential to bring the pathologist to the frontlines of patient care—from the laboratory to the bedside.

Two sessions that especially accomplish this are “In Vivo Microscopy,” taught by Guillermo Tearney, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and “Era of Endoscopic Assessment and Treatment of Esophogeal Neoplasia: ‘Optical Biopsy’ meets Pathology Practice,” taught by Melissa Upton, MD, FASCP, Assistant Director of the Anatomical Pathology Department at the University of Washington Medical Center, and Vani Konda, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago.

“Both of these sessions will look at the use of endoscopic imaging techniques that allow for analysis of the body lining cells without the need for biopsy,” said David N. B. Lewin, MD, FASCP, Chair of the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting Steering Committee. “Some of these imaging techniques have the resolution of histologic techniques. They are particularly relevant at this time as they are potentially changing the field of pathology. These techniques bring the possibility of moving the pathologist from the laboratory to the bedside (or endoscopy suite). If pathologists are at the forefront of this technology, they are the individuals best suited to interpret these images. This has the potential to bring pathology more front and center.”

The 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting will introduce all new content on innovative topics, such as tissue management, transfusion medicine, and personalized medicine.   

“One of the great things about the Annual Meeting is the breadth of offerings,” Dr. Lewin said. “There are a multitude of presentations that appeal to the entire laboratory team–both anatomic and clinical pathology laboratory professionals–and those in training. There are presentations tailored to each of those groups and more general sessions to bring the entire group together.”

An ASCP Tissue Management Workgroup has put together a session on tissue management. “It is very difficult to find sessions anywhere on tissue management for pathologists, nurses, and medical laboratory professionals,” said Carolyn Burns, MD, FASCP, Medical Director of Transfusion Services at Strategic Healthcare Group, Indianapolis, Ind. The session titled, “Tissue Transplantation: It’s All About Teamwork,” will address many types of tissue transplantation, including tendons, bone grafts, heart values, veins, and corneas. Faculty will include representatives from The Joint Commission, the American Association of Tissue Banks, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There will be a brief discussion about how to initiate a program in your facility or system.

The sessions on transfusion medicine will be lead by a team of presenters, including experts Jonathan H. Waters, MD, a Professor with the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, and President of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, and Richard Haspel, MD, FASCP, an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, a pathologist who specializes in platelet transfusions.    

“Transfusion medicine is something that all pathologists and laboratory professionals need to keep up with,” Dr. Burns said. 

Rana Hoda, MD, PhD, FASCP, Chief of the Papanicolaou Cytology Laboratory and Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship Training Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, is teaching three courses.

She will team teach a hands-on workshop, titled “Principles and Practice of Pathologist-Performed Ultrasound-guided FNA of the Head and Neck,” with David Lieu, MD, FASCP, a cytopathologist in practice in Alhambra, Calif., and Jean-Marc Cohen, MD, Director of the Fine Needle Aspiration Service at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City.

For the second session, which focuses on glandular lesions in Pap test cytology, Dr. Hoda has invited a gynecologic oncology surgeon from Weill Cornell Medical College to provide clinical management aspect to these challenging lesions. She is also leading a breakfast roundtable discussion of the role of human papillomavirus test in Pap test cytology, a topic that has changed the practice of Pap test cytology and guides patient management.

Two of the sessions developed by the ASCP Annual Meeting Education Working Group focus on the business of cytopathology, and personalized medicine and cytopathology. The first addresses billing codes, practice, board certification and maintenance, and foreseeable changes. The second addresses the fact that today’s cytopathology diagnosis is no longer limited to confirming malignancy but also expands to sub-typing the malignant tumor for a specific ancillary test and treatment modality.

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