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2018, Oct. 6-7: Placental Pathology - A Tour of Common and Rare Pathologies with a Focus on Clinical Relevance


Oct. 6-7, 2018

15 CMEs / 11 SAMs

Course Schedule     Faculty Biographies

The placenta provides a wealth of information, retrospectively about the fetus and prospectively regarding the infant.  Its examination is an essential component of the autopsy in cases of fetal or infant death, often gives useful insights of the diagnosis and treatment of sick newborns, and reflects the impact of maternal disorders on pregnancy.  Yet, most pathologists have had little or no education or training in the examination of the placenta, including its histologic appearance in health and disease, and particularly the range of appearances with gestational age.  Pathological examination of the placenta is probably the most under-utilized pathologic assessment of any human tissue.

This focused course provides the unique opportunity to learn from two experts in an intimate mentoring environment, and to close the practice gaps that reflect deficits in teaching and learning the extraordinary variants of placental pathology and how they relate clinically to infant and maternal management.

Course Objectives

  • Enhance confidence in diagnosing and reporting clinically significant placental pathologies
  • Enhance confidence in diagnosing and reporting gestational trophoblastic neoplasia
  • Understand the critical diagnoses that necessitate immediate reporting


  • Theonia K. Boyd, M.D.
    Boston Children’s Hospital / Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
  • Drucilla J. Roberts, M.D.
    Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

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.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by participating in the CME activities within the October 6-7, 2018 Interactive Microscopy Course.

USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Registrants must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 11 SAM credit hours.

USCAP records courses at the Interactive Learning Center for future educational purposes. By registering for this course, you consent that your likeness may be used by USCAP.

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