Fourth Edition: Modern Surgical Pathology Through the Expert Eyes of Our Presidents
Pathologists have historically dedicated their efforts to recognizing and classifying patterns of disease based on careful morphologic assessment, unassisted by immunohistochemical and molecular techniques. Many pathologists lack the fundamental skills to interpret patterns of injury or neoplasia that are required to generate a workable differential diagnosis. As a result, they often perform excessive ancillary studies that exhaust materials and contribute to escalating health care costs. Diagnoses may be delayed due to multiple rounds of testing, especially when unusual staining patterns or conflicting results are encountered.
Recent advances in immunohistochemical and molecular techniques have led to a paradigm shift such that we increasingly rely upon ancillary assays to facilitate or establish a diagnosis. This course is intended to emphasize the continued role of histomorphology in the classification of human diseases while highlighting the accomplishments of leaders in our field. All of the faculty members are current, or former presidents of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and/or the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists. These individuals have tremendous knowledge to share with learners at all stages in their careers.