Strategies in Cytotechnology Education
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This year’s Strategies in Cytotechnology Education highlights four important areas that focus on the continued advancements recognized in the Cytology profession. Session 1 provides a baseline on the current state of our Cytotechnology Programs including a CPRC activity update. Session 2 brings a sharing of ideas from peers on how they designed curriculum to train advanced practice skills at the Master’s level. Session 3 outlines the recommended updates to the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines, which include entry-level competencies. Session 4 facilitates a group discussion on how these changes will impact curriculum, student recruitment and resources. So, if you are a practicing cytologist, pathologist, student, recent graduate, employer or educator, come share your experiences, questions and ideas as we continue to move towards a Master’s level profession.

Session 1:  The State of our Cytotechnology Programs and CPRC Update

Session 2:  Experience Share: Teaching Advanced Practice Cytologist Competencies and Skills

Session 3:  CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines: What’s Changing?

Session 4:  Interactive Workshop: Implementing the Master’s Level Advanced Practices in Cytology – Challenges and Opportunities

Presenters: Karen M. Atkison, MPA, CT(ASCP)CMIAC, Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT(ASCP), Robert Goulart, MD, Kalyani Naik, MS, SCT(ASCP), CPRC Members


Strategies in Cytopathology Education Toward a Competency Based Cytopathology Curriculum: What to Teach, How to Teach, and How to Assess
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The field of Cytopathology is an expansive and rapidly changing discipline encompassing a broad fund of knowledge, reasoning, and skills in pathophysiology, diagnostics, and therapeutics. It is common knowledge that today’s cytopathology education is rapidly moving away from the traditional apprentice models towards a competency-based framework. Among many, the most accepted definition of competency-based education is an outcome-based approach to develop, implement, assess, and evaluate curriculum within the context of defined competencies. Currently, there is growing interest by many healthcare professionals and organizations in restructuring clinical workplace curricula (based on recommendations and requirements issued by professional organizations and accreditation institutions) to develop a competency-based curriculum for medical trainees. However, before one embarks on such a journey the most common questions are, what would it entail to develop such a “curriculum” and what will the final product look like for Cytology Fellowship Training Programs, and above all what methods would be most effective at teaching and assessing these taught skills?

At present, there is clearly a gap to bridge between theory and practice of competency-based education and training at a workplace. Despite broad support and enthusiasm there is much concern and ongoing dialogue regarding how the required competencies will be taught, practiced and assessed. There are also concerns about how exactly these new roles must be taught and whether the whole concept of competency-based training might become a bureaucratic burden rather than a much-needed improvement of the quality of clinical training.

Presenters at this year’s Strategies in Cytopathology Education session will ask these questions, and hopefully, begin to answer some of them. A broad range of Program Directors and educators will provide their views on the skills, incentives, resources, and actions required by cytopathology training programs to implement competency-based education and training. This session will allow ample time for audience participation and moderated discussion in a town hall format.

Presenters: Robert Goulart, MD, Sara Jiang, MD, PhD, Sean McNair, MPH, CT(ASCP), Ritu Nayar, MD, Miriam Post, MD, Roseann Wu, MD, PhD


Leopold Koss Lecture
The Science and Skill of Flourishing
Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The Leopold Koss Lecture will be presented by Douglas A. Smith, who is the author of Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy.

Mr. Smith is a successful business executive, who has served as chief executive of Kraft Foods Canada, chairman and CEO of Borden Foods Corporation, and chairman and CEO of Best Brands Corporation. Since 2004, he has been relishing the second half of his life as a speaker, teacher, writer and business co-founder. He has dedicated himself to learning about, practicing and sharing that which enables people to live and lead abundantly.

This presentation will review key findings concerning who is and isn’t flourishing, what are the benefits that accrue to societies and individuals who flourish, present 13 specific skills that enable one to flourish and share a set of tools that enable one to better practice these skills. Mr. Smith teaches a course in positive psychology at DePauw University and is a co-founder of Positive Foundry, LLC, a business dedicated to bringing the insights of positive psychology to corporations across the country. Doug has a BA and honorary doctorate from DePauw University and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He and his wife have two grown sons and live happily in Columbus, Ohio.

Please read the Book Review of Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy


JASC Panel Dinner
How (and Why) ROSE is Practiced Today
Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) is a valuable service provided by cytopathology laboratories, helping ensure acquisition of adequate specimens for both diagnostic and ancillary testing purposes. However, cytologist opinions and institutional practice patterns of ROSE can vary considerably. To better appreciate the current landscape of ROSE utilization, this special dinner session will present the results of the 2019 ASC ROSE survey as well as provide a PRO/CON discussion reflecting the benefits and limitations to providing ROSE for interventional procedures.


New Frontiers in Cytopathology Lecture
Artificial Intelligence and Pathology: Friends or Foes?
Friday, November 15, 2019 8:00 am – 9:30 am

The field of artificial intelligence is rapidly entering many aspects of health care, so it is not surprising that applications in anatomic pathology are emerging. This session will focus on applications of artificial intelligence to anatomic pathology, particularly those applications relevant to diagnostic anatomic pathology. An introduction will provide a framework for the discussions around these applications.

Presenters: Douglas Clark, MD, Toby Cornish, MD, PhD, Sylvain Berlemont, Michael Quick


State of the Art Symposium
The International System for Reporting Serous Fluid Cytopathology
Friday, November 15, 2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This scientific session will address the developing terminology system for serous fluid cytopathology. The symposium will cover a brief introduction to the background by the moderator followed by presentations covering the different diagnostic categories and their practical application.

The program will include:

  • The International System of Reporting Serous Fluid Cytopathology: An Introduction
  • Best Practice in Handling Serous Fluid Samples
  • The Diagnostic Categories and Clinical Management
  • Histopathological Correlates and Ancillary Testing of Malignant Effusions

Moderator: Ashish Chandra, MD, FRCPath, DipRCPath

Panelists: Barbara A. Crothers, DO, Michael R. Henry, MD, Peter B. Illei, MD, Fernando C. Schmitt, MD, PhD, FIAC