State of the Society Address
Thursday, November 5, 2020
10:35 AM – 11:00 AM

Daniel F.I. Kurtycz, MD
The State of the Society Address is given by the current ASC President, ASC Foundation President and Senior-ranking Cytotechnologist on the Executive Board. The address will cover the latest developments in the Society/Foundation as well as any future ASC Initiatives.


New Frontiers Lecture/Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origins
Thursday, November 5, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Robert Hazen, PhD

How did life arise? Is life’s origin a cosmic imperative manifest throughout the cosmos, or is life an improbable accident, restricted to a few planets (or only one)? Scientists seek experimental and theoretical frameworks to deduce the origin of life. In this context the concept of emergent systems provides a unifying approach. Natural systems with many interacting components, such as molecules, cells, or organisms, often display complex behavior not associated with their individual components. The origin of life can be modeled as a sequence of emergent events – the synthesis of biomolecules, the selection and organization of those small molecules into functional macromolecules, the emergence of selfreplicating molecular systems, and the initiation of molecular natural selection – which transformed the lifeless geochemical world of oceans, atmosphere and rocks into a living planet. This framework guides origin experiments, which can be designed to focus on each emergent step.


Yoga at Your Desk
Thursday, November 5, 2020
12:05 PM – 12:25 PM

Barbara A. Crothers, DO

Break and Virtual Access to Exhibitors:

Take a break! The sedentary nature of cytopathology places us at risk for disease, but here’s a solution- take short yoga breaks at your desk. During the break, you will be introduced to basic seated yoga exercises for those interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle even while confined to the office. The session will emphasize breathe control throughout the postures and end with relaxation techniques. Add these tools to your healthy lifestyle tool kit! No special equipment or clothing are required.


Current Issues in Cytopathology
Small Biopsy Specimens: Applying and Extending Our Expertise

Thursday, November 5, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Moderator: Christopher VandenBussche, MD, PhD
Speakers: Michael J. Thrall, MD
Maureen F. Zakowski, MD
Alain Borczuk, MD
Olca Basturk, MD

Cytopathologists and cytotechnologists are skilled at extracting clinically useful information from small specimens that sometimes contain only rare diagnostic cells. As small tissue biopsies become more common, a growing number of cytopathologists have had the opportunity to apply their skills to these specimens. This session, a collaboration with the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), features both surgical pathology-oriented and cytopathology-oriented experts and their approach to small biopsy specimens.

State of the Art Symposium: The Crystal Glass: A Vision for the Next Decade of Cytopathology

Friday, November 6, 2020
10:00 AM – 12: 00 PM

Moderator: Edmund S. Cibas, MD
Speakers: Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT(ASCP)
Liron Pantanowitz, MD
Syed Z. Ali, MD FRCPath, FIAC
Marc Ladanyi, MD

This session takes a look at what’s in store for cytopathology in the 2020’s: the role of cytotechnologists and how their duties will continue to evolve; the widespread adoption of whole slide imaging; the continuing standardization of cytopathology reporting and associated classification systems; and the growing role of cytology in delivering personalized medicine for our patients.


Koss Lecture: Cancer and its Discontents
Friday, November 6, 2020
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Azra Raza, MD

Cancer will strike 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women. Yet, we are failing spectacularly to improve outcomes for the majority of patients. Our contention is that the real solution to the cancer problem is to diagnose cancer early, at the stage of The First Cell. The footprints of early cancers, the surrogate biomarkers, need to be identified so we can detect the first cell. The rapidly evolving technologies are doing much in this area but need to be expanded. We study a pre-leukemic condition called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with the hope that we can detect the first leukemia cells as the disease transforms to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Towards this end, we have collected blood and bone marrow samples on MDS and AML patients since 1984. Today, our Tissue Repository has more than 60,000 samples. We propose novel methods to identify surrogate markers that can identify the First Cell through studying the serial samples of patients who evolve from MDS to AML.


Papanicolaou Address
Saturday, November 7, 2020
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Edmund S. Cibas, MD

Awarded by the Society since 1958, the Papanicolaou Award is considered the most prestigious honor presented to an ASC member physician or PhD. Recipients are in recognition of meritorious contributions in the field of cytopathology.


Diagnostic Cytology Seminar
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Moderators: Jennifer Brainard, MD
Melissa L. Randolph, BS, SCT(ASCP)
Panelists: Longwen Chen, MD, PhD
Juan Xing, MD
Mariana Canepa, MD
Christa Swisher, BS, CT(ASCP)

The slides and case histories for this unknown case seminar is available for diagnosis on the ASC website The results will be compiled and presented during this Seminar.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this online activity, even if you are unable to attend the  meeting. All responses will be anonymous. You can participate individually or as a group and make it a fun experience for all. The final diagnosis will be posted on the website after the Annual Scientific Virtual Meeting.


Strategies in Cytopathology Education
Sunday, November 8, 2020, 10:30 AM – 12: 00 PM

Kate Hatlak, ACGME Pathology, Executive Director
Ritu Nayar, MD, Trustee of the ABPath
Sara E. Monaco, MD

Part 1: Updates from the ACGME & ABPath for Cytopathology Fellowship Programs

General concepts (1 hour): Lecture based with Q&A

  • ACGME Update
  • ABPath Update
  • Q&A


Strategies in Cytopathology Education (Continued)
Sunday, November 8, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Zubair Baloch, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Morency, MD
Jean-Marc Cohen, MD
Kathryn S. Dyhdalo, MD
Britt-Marie E. Ljung, MD
Sara E. Monaco, MD

Part 2: Pearls of Wisdom from Implementing Changes in Cytopathology Fellowship Programs

Panel Discussion

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