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2021, February 4-6: THORAX DECONSTRUCTED Experts’ Guide to What Can Go Wrong Inside the Chest


February 4-6, 2021 - Palm Springs, California

Available Credits 21 CME

Schedule | Faculty | Social Distancing Guidelines


Pathologists are generally unfamiliar with a variety of entities in lung, pleural, cardiac and mediastinal pathology, leading to diagnostic errors and creating practice gaps requiring attention. The panorama covered in this interactive microscopy course includes interstitial lung disease, lung infections, pulmonary vasculitis, mesothelial proliferations, mediastinal neoplasia, lung allograft rejection and mimics, heart transplant rejection and distinction from mimics, best practices for optimal triage of lung cancer samples for molecular testing, the cytology of pleural effusions, criteria for aortic vasculitis and other large vessel pathology, recognition of heart valvular pathology, criteria for diagnosis of giant cell arteritis, native heart biopsy interpretation and thoracic soft tissue neoplasms. This faculty ensemble has the professional experience to improve your practice with confidence. You will see cases that make an indelible impression. Breathe easy: this is USCAP, at the heart of education.


  • Establish the criteria for diagnosis of a variety of areas in pulmonary pathology
  • Establish criteria for the diagnosis of mesothelioma and benign mesothelial proliferations
  • Provide pathologists with the tools to interpret post-transplant heart and lung biopsy specimens
  • Establish criteria for the diagnosis of malignant and benign mediastinal lesions
  • Help pathologists be able to provide clinically meaningful diagnoses of native heart endomyocardial biopsy specimens


  • Henry D. Tazelaar, MD
    Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Andrew Churg, MD
    University of British Columbia/Vancouver General Hospital


  • Brandon T. Larsen, MD, PhD
    Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Anja C. Roden, MD
    Mayo Clinic Minnesota
  • Maxwell L. Smith, MD, PhD
    Mayo Clinic Arizona


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 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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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