Pathology At The Speed Of Thought

Course Overview

Common And Challenging Diagnostic Dilemmas On Frozen Section Service

Common And Challenging Diagnostic Dilemmas On Frozen Section Service

October 4 - 7, 2019

Physicians Can Earn A Maximum Of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Physicians Can Earn A Maximum Of 24 SAM Credit Hours
USCAP Member $1,099, Non-Member $1,499, Pathologist-in-Training $899
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Course Description

Frozen section diagnosis can be challenging, particularly when the pathologist is handling the case alone.  This difficulty may be compounded by dramatic and irreversible surgical implications.  Frozen section interpretation is totally based on the histologic features since ancillary testing, including immunohistochemistry and molecular studies are not available.  Time is crucial to make a confident diagnosis because the patient is on the operating table under general anesthesia, and the surgeon needs to know a specific answer to make a decision on the subsequent procedure.  This is one of the times that a pathologist guides the hands of a surgeon.

The intra-operative consultation service is a critical component of a hospital-based pathology practice; it involves every sub-specialty surgery and almost every organ/system.  A solid general pathology foundation is essential; keeping updated on new entities is extremely valuable.

Although books and chapters on frozen section diagnosis are available, organized lectures are rarely focused on frozen section diagnostic skills and pitfalls, particularly in the molecular era.  Intimate mentoring around the microscope mimicking real time frozen section analysis has not been previously used.

This course addresses diagnosis under pressure and provides practicing pathologists and pathologists-in-training with guidance on how to handle diagnostic dilemmas on the frozen section service, avoid equivocation and effectively communicate with surgeons.

Course Objectives

      Understand the common clinical scenarios and indications that frozen section
        diagnoses aid in determining the surgical procedure.
      Become familiar with the common and critical artifacts to avoid misinterpretation.
      Improve diagnostic skills during the frozen section procedure with enhanced
        confidence, competence and efficiency, thereby reducing turn-around-time.
      Understand that deferral is a valid option to avoid uncertain interpretation
        and potential errors.
      Enhance communication with the operating surgeon, particularly when the
        histomorphology is uncertain, and there is potential for harmful error.

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 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 (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Continuing Certification (CC).

Physicians can earn a maximum of 24 SAM credit hours.


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Registration Pricing

USCAP Member Non-USCAP Member
Practicing Pathologist Pathologist-in-Training Practicing Pathologist
$1,099 $899 $1,499

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations received one month or more before the course starts, a $50 administrative charge will be due. After that date, cancellations will be assessed an administrative charge of 25% of the total registration fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations one week before the event.

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