June Cyto-econference 2017
Jun 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Cell Block, the Empowerment of Cytology in Precision Medicine

Melissa L. Randolph, BS,  SCT(ASCP)

Technical Coordinator, Cytopathology Indiana University Health Indianapolis, Indiana

This webinar will provide the participants with tools to help assess adequacy of the cell block during the procurement phase. Discussion will focus on how different types  of fixation contribute to the ability of the specimen to coagulate or solubilize during centrifugation. The importance of developing both a consistent process for creating a cell  block, as well as taking the time to educate histology colleagues of pre-analytic issues that are directly proportional to the success of  the preparation. Additional techniques that can be incorporated in the lab using both alcohol fixed and air dried smears to salvage ancillary testing despite cell block failure will  be addressed.


Earn 2 credits per webinar

July Cyto-econference 2017
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Patterns and Pitfalls of Common and Uncommon Entities of the Endocervix

Blythe K. Gorman, MD

Assistant Professor Houston Methodist Hospital Houston, Texas

This is a case-based didactic  webinar that explores a variety of endocervical lesions with emphasis on the  correlation between cytology and histology. Participants will be presented with a  spectrum of cases, with diagnoses ranging  from benign to premalignant to malignant. A review of common and uncommon entities will focus on how pathologists can avoid pitfalls, use ancillary studies appropriately, and distinguish among morphologically  similar entities. Participants will also get pointers on differentiating between high  grade squamous lesions involving glands and true glandular lesions, as well as insights into the pitfalls associated with metaplasia,  polyps, and endometrial sampling. Key features for diagnosis and work up of  uncommon lesions will also be discussed,  including various subtypes of endocervical  adenocarcinoma. In addition, a review of current management guidelines for glandular lesions will facilitate more effective  communication of diagnoses to other  members of the patient’s healthcare team.


Earn 2 credits per webinar

August Cyto-econference 2017
Aug 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Quality Improvement in Cytopathology

Stephen Raab, MD

Professor of Pathology University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, Mississippi

So you want to improve your cytopathology laboratory quality? This webinar examines how cytopathology laboratories implement quality improvement activities by providing theoretical and practical examples. Laboratory patient care quality improvement takes place through three main methods: 1) model-based change (e.g., process adoption from what works in other labs), 2) process-based change (e.g., Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle of incremental improvement), and 3) worker-focused-based change (e.g., transformational change based on worker empowerment). Strengths, weaknesses, outcomes, barriers, and training for these different methods of change will be discussed.

Earn 2 credits per webinar

29th European Congress of Pathology
Sep 2 – Sep 6 all-day
September Cyto-econference 2017
Sep 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pulmonary Cytology Guidelines – PSC  Companion

Lester Layfield, MD

Professor and Chair, Pathology and  Anatomical Sciences University of Missouri Health System Columbia, Missouri

This webinar describes the recommendations by the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology for categorization of respiratory specimens. The categorization scheme includes diagnostic criteria as well as malignancy risk estimates for each category. Six categories are used: non-diagnostic, negative for malignancy, atypical,  neoplastic, suspicious for malignancy, and malignant.  The two indeterminate categories of atypical and suspicious are clinically useful because they stratify malignancy risk.  The neoplastic category is useful for its ability to deal with non-malignant neoplasms and stratify them into benign and low grade. Molecular testing of non-small cell carcinomas will be briefly addressed. These 60-minute webinars begin at 3:00 pm  Eastern Time on the fourth Tuesday of each month (with the exception of December,  which is the second Tuesday).


Earn 2 credits per webinar