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2021, August 8 - 12: USCAP - Tutorial in Pathology of the GI Tract, Pancreas and Liver


August 8-12, 2021 - Sint-Janhospitaal, Bruges, Belgium

Available Credits 28 CME

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Gastrointestinal pathology emerged as a subspecialty in the early 1980s, coincident with development of endoscopy and mucosal biopsy for diagnosis and management of patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Since that time, changes in tissue acquisition techniques and ancillary testing have drastically transformed the discipline; current practice bears little resemblance to that of our mentors. The past two decades have seen an explosion in the number and types of biopsy samples pathologists encounter in daily practice. Virtually every part of the tubular gut is now amenable to visualization and sampling, and most liver biopsies are performed by radiologists who utilize small-caliber needles. As a result, pathologists are expected to generate comprehensive and accurate differential diagnoses for a variety of inflammatory and neoplastic disorders based on limited biopsy material. Pathologists must be able to concentrate on key features in order to narrow the differential diagnosis and facilitate patient management.

This course in a charming medieval city in Belgium, built on canals, provides an ideal venue and faculty for learning what you need to improve your practice as a general surgical pathologist, gastrointestinal diagnostic specialist or pathologist-in-training. The Sint-Janshospitaal has been partially converted to a modern conference facility, but retains the essence of its tenure as a medical facility, supported by a fascinating museum.


  • Understand critical concepts in the diagnosis of pancreatic neoplasia
  • Explore polyposis, hereditary cancers and Lynch Syndrome
  • Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis for chronic hepatitis and biliary disease
  • Distinguish between medication-related injury and other inflammatory conditions of the GI tract
  • Explore various neoplasms that affect the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas
  • Distinguish lymphoproliferative diseases that affect the gut
  • Learn about biomarkers that facilitate accurate diagnosis of GI disease


  • Rhonda Yantiss, MD
    Weill Cornell Medicine


  • Henry D. Appelman, MD
    University of Michigan
  • Lawrence Burgart, MD
    Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Wendy L. Frankel, MD
    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Joel K. Greenson, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals
  • John A. Hart, MD
    University of Chicago
  • Elizabeth A. Montgomery, MD
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions


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 28 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


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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.

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