Join us in Washington DC for a full program that begins on Saturday, November 10th with the ever popular Sign-out with Professors, Strategies in Cytopathology and Cytotechnology Education sessions, and an array of workshops, video microscopic tutorials, and panel luncheons. The cytomorphology course will be returning this year as “CASE (NOT) CLOSED: Shedding Light on Cytomorphologic Grey Zones” in a new podcast-length format of short 15-minute presentations moderated by Ritu Nayar, MD. Sign-up for one or both sessions: Part 1 is basic and Part 2 is advanced.

Ever wonder what the brain of a hip hop musician looks like? You’ll have the chance to find out Sunday morning at the Koss Lecture as University of California San Francisco (UCSF) otologist Charles Limb, MD talks about the neural basis of musical creativity. If you’d like a sneak peek, check out his TED talk “Your Brain on Improv.” In the afternoon, hear the perspectives of clinicians and pathologists as Martha Pitman, MD moderates the State of the Art session focusing on the diagnosis and management of patients with pancreatic diseases. Walk away with a better understanding of how to approach pancreas cytology and what your diagnosis means to the surgeon.

How often have you skimmed over and mentally filtered out lactobacilli on Pap smears and mixed oral flora in sputum specimens? It turns out these microorganisms and others may be important to your health. Martin Blaser, MD, Director of the Human Microbiome Program at New York University (NYU) and author of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, will be talking Monday morning about the New Frontier of the microbiome. Also on Monday morning, Guest Speaker John Iafrate, MD will discuss the genetic mutational landscape of lung cancers and how the data is used in diagnosis and treatment.

The ASC Foundation’s Cytology Shark Tank returns for 2018! Experience the thrill and excitement Monday afternoon as three finalists pitch their innovative ideas live on-stage for the chance of winning $50,000 over two years for research. Liron Pantanowitz, MD will return as MC with an all-new panel of judges, including last year’s Shark Tank winner, Vivian Weiss, MD, PhD. Before the sharks swim, there will be a time of celebration as we unfurl the 100 Years of Color with a historical perspective on Pap smears, and as we hear the Papanicolaou address from the 2018 recipient of the Papanicolaou Award.

During the day on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, choose from a wide array of sessions including Sign-out with Professors, Video Microscopy Tutorials, Workshops, Trainee Enrichment seminars, and Roundtable Discussions. And you won’t want to miss the Platform Presentations and Abstract Posters on Sunday and Monday, as well as the chances to network at the President’s Welcome Reception (Sunday) and the Foundation Reception (Monday). Hope to see you there!

Christina S. Kong, MD
Chair, Scientific Program Committee