ACE 2015 Program

ACE Program Information

This collaborative two-day Cytopathology education program, designed by the ASCP and ASC, featured a renowned, all-star faculty, and was customized according to survey data from the northeast region! These educational offerings are designed with the goal of engaging Cytotechnologists where they are in their career and to develop new and emerging skills to meet the latest healthcare advances and challenges. 

Talks by cytotechnologists who shared their professional experiences, lessons learned and opportunities to grow in the cytopathology laboratory and beyond! Hearing how they progressed through their careers, and the opportunity to speak with thought leaders from the ASCP and ASC regarding professional and practice trends proved to be an inspiring experience for all.

Pre-Course Materials

The PDF session handouts view well on mobile devices.

Saturday, June 12, 2015 Program

Review of these materials prior to participation at the conference will enhance your learning experience

8:30am - 9:15am    

Old and New Concepts in Cytomorphology - Pre-course

Prabodh Gupta, MBBS, MD

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
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Dr. Gupta is a world-renowned cytopathologist, prolific author and educator whose teachings have influenced generations of cytopathology professionals. This advanced lecture will feature a topic selected by survey responses from the region that overlap with the progressive cytology research experience of Dr. Gupta to support future professional success. This lecture discusses concentration techniques, including cell blocks with special focus on lymph node specimens that are essential for precision medicine. Additionally, techniques will be shared for body cavity fluids, that generally have abundant diagnostic material available for additional studies. 

Dr. Gupta's most recent textbook, Cytohistology: Essential and Basic Concepts (2011), features co-author Zubair Baloch, MD, PhD, also a local Penn expert cytopathologist faculty for this ACE program. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from these experts and meet them in person.


Bethesda System 2014 Update - Pre-Course

Ritu Nayar, MBBS, MD
ASC President Immediate Past-President
Professor of Pathology and Director of Cytopathology,
Northwestern University,
Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital,
Chicago, Illinois
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Dr. Ritu Nayar is a Professor of Pathology and Director of Cytopathology at Northwestern University, Chicago. She is Immediate Past President of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), a member of the Executive Council of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) and in 2015 she was elected as a Trustee for the American Board of Pathology (ABP).

Dr. Nayar's clinical practice includes anatomic pathology, administration, teaching and translational research. She has published over 150 journal articles/book chapters and edited 7 books. Her special interests include gynecologic and thyroid pathology and she is co-editor of the second and third editions of the Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology atlases and a contributing author for the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology atlas. Dr Nayar has been actively involved in organized Pathology for over 25 years, having chaired and served on several committees, in a number of major professional organizations, including the ASC, ASCP, ABP, CAP, USCAP, IAC and the NCI. She currently serves as section editor or editorial board member for eight pathology journals and is a frequent guest speaker and moderator at National and International Pathology Meetings.

Dr. Nayar is the co-editor of the second and third editions of the Bethesda Atlas For Reporting Cervical Cytology. This lecture will outline the impetus behind the 2014 TBS Update, sponsored by the American Society of Cytopathology and review the updates and changes in the 2015 Atlas, the TBS 2001/2014 Websites and the two Bethesda Interobserver Reproducibility Studies (BIRST-2).

Following this lecture, participants should
  1. Understand the value and limitations of cervical cytology as a stand alone screening test in the currently evolving cervical cancer prevention paradigm.
  2. Be aware of the resources available in the 2015 Bethesda Atlas and accompanying Bethesda websites and utilize them effectively to approach the morphologic review of cervical cytology, in concert with ancillary testing, as a diagnostic rather than screening test in the prevention of cervical cancer.

Sunday, June 13, 2015 Program


An Algorithmic Approach to Thyroid FNA Cytomorphology - Pre-Course

Zubair Baloch, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
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The clinical sensitivity for detecting thyroid nodules has increased and the volume of thyroid cytology fine needle aspiration (FNA) cases has risen over the last decades. With this increase, there is a need to improve the diagnostic practice so that significant lesions are treated promptly and fewer thyroidectomies are performed for benign non-neoplastic lesions. The implementation of Thyroid Bethesda Classification System is standardizing the practice of Thyroid FNA cytology. At the same time, a large volume of literature has focused on the development of ancillary techniques for improved Thyroid FNA practice. In particular, molecular techniques hold promise in refining the diagnostic accuracy. The revised American Thyroid Association Guidelines for Patients with Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer states that "it is likely that some combination of molecular markers will be used in the future to optimize management of patients with indeterminate cytology on FNA specimens". The need for disseminating this information is well recognized by the American Society of Clinical Pathology and American Society of Cytopathology. This course provides information regarding the value of cyto-molecular correlation and new developments in the field for enhanced practice.

Educational Objectives:
  • Review the current status of thyroid FNA and challenging aspects of the Bethesda Classification
  • Review common molecular pathways involved in thyroid neoplasia
  • Discuss how ancillary testing may improve our ability to interpret cytomorphologic alterations
  • Discuss the pathologic and clinical significance of molecular alterations in the context of the Thyroid Bethesda Classification System diagnoses

Session Presentations and Handouts

The PDF session handouts view well on mobile devices.

Saturday, June 12, 2015 Program

1.  Here's My Story - All #1, 2 & 3 - Friedlander, Fisher & McNamara

2.  Old & New Concepts in Cytopathology - Gupta

3.  Essentials of Cytomorphology Through Histologic Correlation - Birbe

4.  Making Sense of Gynecologic Cytopathology in Lieu of HPV Testing - McGrath

5.  Bethesda 2014 Update - Nayar

6.  EUS-FNA Made Ridiculously Simple

7.  Clinician's Perspective - Pulmonary EBUS - Hehn

8.  Respiratory Tract Cytomorphology - Solomides

9.  ASC-ASCP Workgroup on the Future of Cytopathology - Workgroup Members in attendance

Sunday, June 13, 2015 Program

2.  Thyroid Nodules - a Clinician's Perspective - Mandel

3.  Practical Concepts in Thyroid Ultrasound - Zafar

4.  Algorithmic Approach to Thyroid FNA Cytomorphology - Baloch

5.  Advanced Case Studies in Cytopathology - LaPolice

    7.  Hands-on FNA-U/S Thyroid Workshop (preregister limit of 30) -          Jones/Zafar

      CMLE/CME Credits

      Participant credit transcripts will be available after June 19 - 

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      4. Identify the "ACE" course in your list of activities

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