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Annual Advances In Cytology – Harvard Medical School

June 5, 2016 - June 9, 2016


The scope of cytopathology practice has grown increasingly complex in recent years, with exposure to specimen types not previously sampled using cytologic methods and the wide application of techniques like endoscopic and endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration. “Advances in Cytology” will provide pathologists and cytotechnologists with a comprehensive overview of and update on diagnostic cytology. The emphasis will be on light microscopic criteria, with the incorporation of immunocytochemistry, molecular biology, and automation as they apply to cytology.

The lecture format of our course is supplemented by question and answer sessions and three diagnostic slide seminars. Slide seminar images will be available for review prior to the course. A half-day session is devoted to recent advances in the application of molecular, cytogenetic, and quantitative methods as adjuncts to cytologic diagnosis. Every participant will receive a comprehensive course syllabus in paper and electronic format, and for an additional fee, a limited number of participants (18 maximum) will have the opportunity to attend an evening session at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital independently reviewing an extensive collection of teaching cases. The course directors will be available to review and discuss cases with participants at a multi-headed microscope.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the full range of diagnostic approaches to complex cytological problems in all body sites.
  • Evaluate current and potential applications of automated screening, liquid-based preparation methods, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics and immunohistochemistry.
  • Assess the impact of new technologies on cytology practice.
  • Apply consensus guidelines for the management of gynecological conditions and abnormalities.

Target Audience

This course is targeted to Physicians and Cytotechnologists. This course may also be of interest to specialty physicians who practice in Oncology & Hematology, Pathology, Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, or Obstetrics & Gynecology.


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