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2019, Feb. 23-24: Head and Neck Cytopathology: Practical Tools for Common Cases


Feb. 23-24, 2019

17 CMEs / 17 SAMs

Course Schedule     Faculty Biographies

Early diagnosis of a myriad of benign and malignant diseases (presenting as swellings) affecting the head and neck provides the best chance for successful treatment.  Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) is an expedient and cost-effective method to sample these masses and is the primary biopsy method for thyroid and salivary glands and a useful approach to evaluate lymph nodes.  The majority of practicing pathologists have not completed formal fellowship training in cytopathology and do not have a diagnostic paradigm for these relatively common specimen types.  This course is intended to help close the gap by building a strong foundation in head and neck cytopathology and familiarizing attendees with the common diagnostic challenges encountered when evaluating FNA specimens from the thyroid, salivary glands and lymph nodes.  The outcome should be an increase in the number of definitive diagnoses, reduction in equivocal diagnoses, and mitigation of repeat FNA or subsequent invasive procedures. The target audience is general pathologists with an interest in cytopathology, pathology residents and fellows, surgical pathology fellows and cytopathology fellows.

Course Objectives

  • Become competent in diagnosis of some of the most common lesions in head and neck cytopathology
  • Establish a systematic approach to some of the diagnostic dilemmas in head and neck cytopathology
  • Understand the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology and the Milan System for Reporting Salivary Gland Cytopathology
  • Learn how to triage FNA specimens from squamous lesions of the head and neck and how to test for HPV in this setting
  • Cultivate pathologists’ confidence to avoid equivocation, reporting delays, and repeat or additional diagnostic procedures

Course Director

  • Elham Khanafshar, M.D., MS
    University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Britt-Marie E. Ljung, M.D.
    University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


    • Sarah M. Calkins, M.D.
      University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
    • Annemieke van Zante, M.D., Ph.D.
      University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

    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.

    The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABPath requirements for Continuing Certification (CC).

    Physicians can earn a maximum of 17 SAM credit hours.

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    For cancellations received on or before one month before the event, a $50 administrative charge will be due. After that date, cancellations will be assessed an administrative charge of 25% of the total registration fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations after one week before the event.

    The Academy is not responsible for travel expenses incurred as a result of an event cancellation.

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