Paul Staats, MD, Zubair Baloch, MD, Sara Monaco, MD, Israh Akhtar, MD, and Kamal Khurana, MD

Sunday November 17, 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. There is currently 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. What would such a curriculum look like in cytology fellowship training programs, and what methods would be most effective at teaching these 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 about how the required competencies will be taught, practiced and evaluated. 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 at the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) Annual Scientific Meeting in Salt Lake City will ask these questions and hopefully, begin to answer some of them.  A broad range of Program Directors and educators will provide their view 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.

See you in Salt Lake City!