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Common Challenges in Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology – Harvard Medical School

October 29, 2016 - October 30, 2016


The objective of this course, offered by the Division of Women’s and Perinatal Pathology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, is to provide a comprehensive review of problematic areas of obstetric and gynecologic pathology.  The course combines classroom lecture, high-quality microscopic screen projection, discussion of challenging cases and interactive post-tests with audience participation.  Topics include frequently misdiagnosed entities and strategies to recognize their diagnostic features with the goal of avoiding patient mismanagement. Early malignancy, epithelial, mesenchymal and trophoblastic neoplasia, borderline and malignant pelvic epithelial neoplasia, and use of special stains and biomarkers will be covered.

The course is relevant to any pathologist or clinician interested in female genital tract pathology and the detection of gynecologic cancer.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Integrate up to date pathophysiologic concepts into diagnostic practice
  • Recognize sampling and interpretive limitations in diagnosis of gynecologic pathology
  • Identify and apply appropriate diagnostic criteria for commonly misdiagnosed obstetrical and gynecological lesions
  • Develop strategies to apply new scientific information into the diagnosis process
  • Review the reasons experts might disagree on diagnosing certain lesions
  • Implement strategies to avoid patient mismanagement when diagnostic conflicts are encountered

Target Audience

The Target Audience for this course is Pathologists and Gynecologists.


Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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