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2020, October 26-29: Crash Course in Gastrointestinal, Liver and Pancreaticobiliary Pathology: An Emphasis on Current Guidelines and WHO Updates


Oct. 26-29, 2020 - Palm Springs, California

Available Credits 24.5 CME / 24 SAMs

Schedule | Faculty | Social Distancing Guidelines


Based on cumulative experience from subspecialty-based GI practices, this faculty ensemble has identified pathologic entities and concepts in GI, liver and pancreatic pathology that continue to pose diagnostic challenges on a daily basis. Such challenges relate directly to interpreting limited biopsy samples, generating succinct differential diagnoses (particularly for inflammatory conditions, medical liver injury, non-adenocarcinoma neoplasia of pancreas, and non-GIST mesenchymal tumors), the impact of genetics on diagnosis and classification, constantly changing disease classifications and the fluidity of practice guidelines in the context of emerging evidence-based data. This course is designed to provide systematic algorithms for assessing malabsorption disorders, gastritis, colitides, neoplasms, pancreatic inflammatory and neoplastic diseases, and medical liver biopsies that can be implemented in daily practice.

Case discussions will facilitate understanding of basic and recent concepts in terminology, prognostic features, and basic pathobiology for practicing pathologists, enhanced by current management guidelines relevant to Barrett esophagus, IBD-related dysplasia, appendiceal mucinous lesions, pancreatic inflammatory diseases and neoplasms, hepatic inflammatory diseases and neoplasms, and mesenchymal tumors.

You can expect a highly engaging mentoring experience that will improve your performance and practice while learning in a unique destination location orchestrated by USCAP to achieve optimal satisfaction.


  • Review the spectrum of inflammatory disorders affecting upper and lower GI tract and discuss diagnostic pearls for accurate classification
  • Assist participants in recognizing histologic features used to grade Barrett and IBD-related dysplasia, differentiate dysplasia from reactive atypia and understand current guidelines for managing dysplasia in these settings
  • Provide a practical diagnostic approach to colorectal polyps, polyposis syndrome, appendiceal neoplasms and mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Discuss a pattern-based approach to liver injury with the help of ancillary stains and learn to classify liver neoplasms on limited samples
  • Learn the algorithmic approach to diagnose non-neoplastic and neoplastic pancreaticobiliary disorders and their mimics, especially in small biopsies


  • Deepa T. Patil, MBBS, MD
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School


  • Vikram Deshpande, MBBS
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Sarah M. Dry, MD
    University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD
    University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Nicole C. Panarelli, MD
    Montefiore Medical Center – Moses Division
  • Rhonda K. Yantiss, MD
    Weill Cornell 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 24.5 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 24 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.


In the context of the pandemic crisis, USCAP is indefinitely suspending its cancellation policy on all scheduled and upcoming courses until there is a resolution or return to normalcy. However, we encourage you to register (without penalty) for advertised courses (months ahead) in anticipation of return to face-to-face conferences. You can secure your position in advance and cancel, if necessary, with full refund.

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