Creating a Better Pathologist
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Feb. 16-18, 2020 - Palm Springs, California

18 CME
17.5 SAMs

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This program is designed for academic, community and private practitioners who embrace practice updates to sustain competency, currency and relevance. It is organized at USCAP’s Interactive Learning Center in Palm Springs, California during “modernism week”, an event which attracts international interest in midcentury modern architecture and design. The “play” on Modern Pathology, USCAP’s high-impact anatomic pathology journal, is timed to highlight transition in Editors-in-Chief with exposition of some highly-cited papers by selected authors whose presentations will be memorialized for exposure on USCAP and Springer Nature websites. The educational content varies from sessions on genomics, informatics and personalized medicine to interactive microscopy and “what’s hot in surgical pathology”. Registrants will have interactive experiences with stellar faculty from highly respected academic institutions, while being exposed to the art and architecture of the midcentury modernists. Palm Springs is a world-class resort destination, available to registrants at high season, who may take advantage of a sunrise hike, yoga and spin classes or golf, tennis, and culinary options. USCAP is transforming not only how we learn but where we learn. This is an exceptional course with a panorama of new information.


  • Understand fundamental concepts in molecular pathology, including their role in surgical pathology diagnoses and what pathologists should be able to communicate to clinicians
  • Become conversant with informatics concepts that modern pathologists should know
  • Improve diagnostic skills when assessing surgical specimens by interactive mentoring at multi-head microscopes with established experts in subspecialty areas, referencing new information in genetics and molecular pathology
  • Comprehend and be able to communicate the clinical relevance of pathology in the era of personalized medicine
  • Maximize peer-reviewed published papers as a resource for practice excellence


  • Laura W. Lamps, MD
    University of Michigan
  • David B. Kaminsky, MD, FIAC
    United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology


  • Robert A. Anders, MD, PhD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Steven D. Billings, MD
    Cleveland Clinic
  • Thomas Brenn, MD, PhD, FRCPath
    University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Julia A. Bridge, MD
    Translational Genomics Research Institute / University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • John N. Eble, MD, MBA, FRCPA
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Alan Hess, Architect/Historian
  • Rohit Mehra, MD
    University of Michigan
  • George J. Netto, MD
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Liron Pantanowitz, MD
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Peter M. Sadow, MD, PhD
    Harvard Medical School
  • Russell S. Vang, MD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


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 18 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) and Lifelong Learning (Part II) credit for the purpose of meeting the ABPath requirements for Continuing Certification (CC).

Physicians can earn a maximum of 17.5 SAM/Part II 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.


Cancellations will be assessed an administrative charge of 25% of the total registration fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations within 14 days of the event. The Academy is not responsible for travel expenses incurred as a result of an event cancellation.