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2021, May 15-19: USCAP - ICE: Immersive Cytopathology Experience


May 15-19, 2021 - San Sebastián, Spain

Available Credits 26.75 CME

Schedule | Faculty | Travel | Activities


Cytopathology as a discipline has been re-imagined by the convergence of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, refinements in imaging and guided biopsies, molecular testing and whole genome sequencing, the emergence of targeted therapies, and the awakening of pathologists to their critical role in patient care, safety and outcomes. A new force in medicine is emerging: pathologists are critical members of the health care team and patients are at the center of their concerns and efforts.

Immersive Cytopathology Experience (ICE) has been redesigned for presentation at a fabulous venue in San Sebastian, Spain, with change in emphasis to interventional diagnostics. There is monumental value in the intersection of case-based learning, multidisciplinary collaborative interaction of care teams, clinical correlations, the partnership with advanced imaging, and awareness of communications, empathy and patient safety.

The schedule accommodates time for you to experience San Sebastian, and nearby Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry. The culinary scene is unparalleled, and the geography is magnificent.

USCAP is transforming not only how we learn but where we learn. Pathologists can benefit from superb teaching with invaluable exposure to cross-cultural experiences.


  • Utilize exemplary index and expository cases from cytopathology services of academic centers to understand relevant clinicopathologic diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of disease
  • Understand morphologic, molecular, genetic and cytologic features of selected lesions and how they are classified
  • Refine skills for interaction with patients and clinicians, including empathic communication and how the ideal interactive health care team operates
  • Explore how to optimize quality and patient safety with principals of root cause analysis, systems improvements, error reporting, disclosure and apology and scenario role play
  • Enhance clinical interplay among cytopathologists, radiologists, clinicians, surgeons, patients and interdisciplinary members of health care teams


  • Celeste N. Powers, MD, PhD
    Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • David B. Kaminsky, MD, FIAC
    United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology


  • Lukas Bubendorf, MD, PhD
    University Hospital Basel
  • Francesco S. Celi, MD, MHSc
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Arnaud de la Fouchardiere, MD, PhD
    Cancer Care Hospital, Lyon
  • William C. Faquin, MD, PhD
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • John Feller, MD
    Desert Medical Imaging
  • Britt-Marie E. Ljung, MD
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Giao Q. Phan, MD, FACS
    Virginia Commonwealth University/Massey Cancer Center
  • Sacha Rothschild, MD, PhD
    University of Basel
  • Miguel A. Sanchez, MD
    Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center
    at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
  • Austin B. Wiles, MD
    Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

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 26.75 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.