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ASCP Case Reports Offers Rigorous Exercises Covering Newest Topics

Monday, November 12, 2012

As a pathologist, Kristin Olson, MD, looks for continuing medical education (CME) that includes maintenance of certification-required self-assessment modules (SAMs) based on relevant, up-to-date, and compelling topics—with regular online delivery throughout the year, allowing for a more leisurely pace of completion.

“ASCP Case Reports does just that,” she said. “It meets our needs with intriguing case studies that focus on new issues, important differential diagnoses, and ‘can’t miss’ entities in surgical pathology, cytopathology, forensic pathology, hematopathology, transfusion medicine, microbiology, clinical chemistry, and informatics.”

“ASCP Case Reports meets our needs with intriguing case studies that focus on new issues, important differential diagnoses, and ‘can’t miss’ entities in surgical pathology, cytopathology, forensic pathology, hematopathology, transfusion medicine, microbiology, clinical chemistry, and informatics.”
—Kristin Olson, MD

Beginning January 2013, ASCP Case Reports, formerly known as CheckSample, will be available as an online publication of case reports that include comprehensive discussions, images, lab data, and quizzes. It can be used for personal education, a reference tool, for teaching and training, and to earn CME, SAM, and CMLE credits. Customers can download the materials to their computers and store it in their own digital libraries. 

According to a February 2011 survey of CheckSample users, 92 percent of respondents said the product has strong educational value and practical applications; another 73 percent said the knowledge obtained from the reports increased their ability to do their jobs. In addition to using it to fulfill credit requirements, many said they use it to learn about recent advances in the field, for personal improvement, a reference source, and for staff training.

“Our program has found the series to be an exceptionally effective learning exercise for our clinical pathology residency program,” said Roni J. Bollag, MD, PhD, FASCP, Assistant Professor of Pathology at Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, Ga. “This resource forms an integral component of pathology education in our department.” 

Liron Pantanowitz, MD, FASCP, co-editor of the Informatics section of ASCP Case Reports, is pleased that ASCP Case Reports includes pathology informatics. “This is the only place I know of where people can get interactive education in the field of pathology informatics,” he said. “The case-based approach makes it very practical and relevant to people’s practice.      

“We tap experts in the field to write the summaries and discussions,” Dr. Pantanowitz said. “We try to go with expertise of the person in that particular area and what they think are key issues.”

Rachel Novickas, Managing Editor of ASCP Case Reports, said customers will receive two credits per exercise in CME, CMLE, or SAM. The images have an improved resolution over the traditional print version. Customers can buy the complete packages of all sections, excluding informatics, for a total of $2,223.10. The informatics section is packaged separately and costs $299 or $399 for unlimited participation during the year. At the end of the year, ASCP will put all eight sections into a digital format and send them to every subscriber.   

To learn more about ASCP Case Reports, click here or contact Rachel Novickas at 312.541.4891 or via email at casereport@ascp.org


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