Neuropathology cases provide a particular challenge for practicing surgical pathologists because they are less common than cases from other organ systems, typically comprising fewer than 1% of cases in most practices, and are relatively more complex. Consequently, pathologists have less experience with neuropathology which translates to less comfort in making diagnoses. These mentoring sessions with experts are intended to provide practicing pathologists and pathologists-in-training with strategies relating to how to approach a case, differential diagnostic considerations, ancillary testing useful to resolving differential diagnoses, and the clinical implications of their diagnostic decisions. This is your opportunity to increase your comfort level, confidence and expertise in the interpretation and classification of neuropathology cases you will inevitably see in your diverse practices.
Practicing academic and community pathologists, and pathologists-in-training
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
Develop an approach to handling commonly encountered lesions of the central nervous system
Learn how to generate differential diagnoses for neuropathologic cases encountered in routine practice
Understand how effectively to employ ancillary testing to resolve differential diagnostic possibilities
Refine communication skills in conveying important information in the final report of neuropathologic lesions
Increase confidence and comfort in dealing with neuropathology
Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Certification
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 enduring material for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 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 (ABPath) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) and Lifelong Learning (Part II) credit for the purpose of meeting the ABPath requirements for Continuing Certification (CC). Registrants must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit. Physicians can earn a maximum of 15 SAM/Part II credit hours.
The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to USCAP and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. USCAP has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.
The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationships: Richard A. Prayson, MD, MEd; Mark L. Cohen, MD; Bette Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, MD; Anthony T. Yachnis, MD
The following IM Coordinator who planned and reviewed content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships: Steven D. Billings, MD
USCAP staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships
An Approach to Intraoperative Consultation – Richard A. Prayson, MD, MEd
Dural Based Lesions – Bette Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, MD
Evaluating Astrocytomas and Oligodendrogliomas and Differentiating Them From Each Other and Their Look-Alikes
Miscellaneous Cases Encountered in General Practice
Vascular Related Lesions of the Central Nervous System