November Cyto-econference 2017
Nov 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Digital Cytology: Current & Future Practice

Liron Pantanowitz, MD

Director of Cytopathology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Digital cytology is being increasingly used worldwide. This webinar will address digital imaging technology and usage related to current and future practice in the field of cytopathology. Current practical applications of digital cytology include telecytology, proficiency testing and virtual education. Future imaging trends that will be covered include whole slide imaging for Pap tests, image analysis, optical coherence tomography and nanoscale imaging.


Earn 2 credits per webinar

December Cyto-econference 2017
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fine Needle Aspiration and Biopsy in the Management of Ovarian Cancer Including  Potential Pitfalls

Michael Deavers, MD

Professor of Clinical Pathology and Genomic Medicine Houston Methodist Hospital Houston, Texas

Donna M. Coffey, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Genomic Medicine Houston Methodist Hospital Houston, Texas

Ovarian carcinoma is the most common cause of death of patients with gynecologic cancer.  These neoplasms are often high grade and approximately 75% are diagnosed at advanced stage with peritoneal involvement (stage III)  or distant spread (stage IV ).  Currently, many patients receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) prior to definitive surgery. The goal of NACT is to reduce morbidity and mortality and to increase the likelihood of optimal debulking. Many of these patients undergo fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of omental or pelvic tumors to determine the histologic type and grade of malignancy, and to distinguish gynecologic malignancies from other tumors. An accurate diagnosis on FNAB is critical so that the clinician can determine the role of NACT  for the patient.  Reaching an accurate diagnosis involves several steps, including assessment of adequacy (so that sufficient material is available for interpretation and IHC), work-up of the case, and interpretation. This webinar will cover all of these steps and will highlight potential pitfalls.  A case presentation format will be used to cover the most common diagnoses, difficult diagnoses and unusual cases.

Earn 2 credits per webinar

January Cyto-econference 2018
Jan 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration: Challenges & Pitfalls

Sara E. Monaco, MD

Associate Professor University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA)  is an important procedure for evaluating mediastinal masses and lymphadenopathy given its minimally invasive nature and ability to spare patients from having more invasive procedures (e.g. EBUS-TBNA for lung cancer staging in lieu of mediastinoscopy).  The on-site evaluation of these FNAs is essential in order to answer an important question (ex. neoplastic vs. non-neoplastic) and to decide if a more invasive procedure is required.  Due to the importance of the clinical decisions and the need to have rapid answers based on limited material, it is essential for pathologists to understand how far they can go in their immediate assessment and how the diagnosis rendered will impact the surgical decision making. This webinar will emphasize the diagnostic challenges and pitfalls in a case-based approach

Earn 2 credits per webinar

February Cyto-econference 2018
Feb 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Practical Approach to Cervical Squamous and Glandular Lesions

Krisztina Z. Hanley, MD

Assistant Professor Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Georgia

In 2012, the American Cancer  Society and its partner organizations updated the screening and management guidelines for women with abnormal cervicovaginal cytology.  Recently consensus recommendations from the Lower Anogential Squamous Terminology  (LAST) project were published to improve accuracy of histologic diagnosis and to provide optimal patient care in a setting of HPV-related squamous lesions of the lower anogential tract. This webinar will review the new screening recommendations and management guidelines for women with abnormal cytology. Changes from the 2006 guidelines will be highlighted by case-based presentations.  Emphasis will be on risk of disease progression in different age groups and clinical significance of HPV test results on patient management.  The second part of the course will review the LAST  terminology. Representative cytology (Pap smears) and corresponding histologic samples from the same cases will illustrate the different diagnostic categories.  A special emphasis will be given on when and how to select biomarkers to improve accuracy and reproducibility of histologic diagnosis in cervical squamous lesions and selected glandular lesions.

Earn 2 credits per webinar

March Cyto-econference 2018
Mar 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pancreaticobiliary Cytology—Problem  Cases

Judy Pang, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan

EUS-FNAs of pancreatic masses and bile duct brushings are effective modalities in the diagnostic workup of patients with suspected neoplasms. Nonetheless, diagnostically challenging cases are occasionally encountered.  How do we as pathologists communicate our level of concern for neoplasm in our reports when we cannot render a  definitive cytologic diagnosis and how will this affect the patient’s clinical management?  What adjunct testing modalities are available to reconcile indeterminate cytologic interpretations? This webinar will emphasize what pathologists need to include in a report if an indeterminate diagnosis (atypical/suspicious)  is rendered and what the possible clinical implications of that report could be.

Earn 2 credits per webinar