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**2020 Symposium/Convention Top Ten Package

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The 2020 Annual Symposium/Convention featured over 60 amazing sessions, but the ones below topped the charts!  This package of sessions includes the top 10 most highly rated workshops and is a great way to experience a variety of topics that fellow histology pros loved the most.  

Sessions Included in this Package:

  • Culling Memorial Lecture: Preanalytics: The Imprecision in Precision Medicine Sponsored by Poly Scientific R&D Corp 
  • Crash Course In Histology: Recognize 20 Tissues In 60 Minutes – Can It Be Done? 
  • General Session: The BEST Tools for Managing Modern Stress, Overwhelm, and Burnout 
  • General Session: Pathology and Pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 Associated with Fatal Coronavirus Disease, United States 
  • Special Stains: Success and Safety 
  • Psychology of Leadership 
  • Stump The Safety Man 
  • Troubleshooting Diagnostic IHC Testing 
  • Mortui Vivos Docent - COVID-19 Autopsy Case Review 
  • De-Mystifying AI: Artificial Intelligence Applications in Histology 

 

  • Preanalytics: The Imprecision in Precision Medicine

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    Recognizing the widespread and growing importance of molecular data derived from patient specimens, especially those from cancer patients, the Personalized Healthcare Committee (PHC) of the CAP established the Preanalytics for Precision Medicine Project Team (PPMPT) to develop a basic set of evidence-based recommendations for preanalytics for both tissue and blood specimens that could be implemented in routine pathology practice.

    Precision medicine is beset with an insidious imprecision: namely, the control of the preanalytical steps that impact the quality and integrity of patient biospecimens from which all molecular data is derived. All procedures, practices and environmental factors to which the biospecimen is subjected prior to a laboratory analysis are known as preanalytical factors. Artefactual alterations caused by these factors may skew the data from molecular analyses, render the analysis data uninterpretable or even preclude analysis altogether if the quality of specimen is severely compromised. As a result, patient care and safety may be affected1and medical research dependent on patient samples may be compromised. Despite these issues, there is no requirement to control or document preanalytical variables in routine clinical practice in pathology with the single exception of the guidelines for breast cancer tissue jointly developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and are included in the Accreditation Checklist of the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP).

    Recognizing the widespread and growing importance of molecular data derived from patient specimens, especially those from cancer patients, the Personalized Healthcare Committee (PHC) of the CAP established the Preanalytics for Precision Medicine Project Team (PPMPT) to develop a basic set of evidence-based recommendations for preanalytics for both tissue and blood specimens that could be implemented in routine pathology practice. In a 5-year effort, the PPMPT reviewed all relevant scientific data on the impact of preanalytical steps on nucleic acids and proteins in human tissue and blood specimens. This work informed a set of evidence-based practice recommendations for key preanalytical factors for tissue and for blood. If these recommendations are widely employed, the preanalytical factors having the strongest detrimental effect on the molecular integrity of patient biospecimens would be both controlled and documented and the fitness for molecular analysis of patient specimens would be assured. The PPMPT is currently revising the CAP LAP checklists to include requirements for control and documentation of key preanalytics. The revised checklists then will be approved by the relevant CAP committees and leadership and piloted for six months before becoming LAP requirements. It is envisioned that this historical step will elevate the molecular quality of patient specimens and assure their integrity for both clinical care and translational research.

    Ref: Compton CC, Robb JA, Anderson MW, et al. Preanalytics and precision pathology: Pathology practices to ensure molecular integrity of cancer patient biospecimens for precision medicine. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2019; 143:1346-1363.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD, FCAP

    Professor, Life Sciences

    Arizona State University

    Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD is an academic pathologist specializing in gastrointestinal disease. She is a Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, and a Professor of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She is the Chief Medical Officer of both the National Biomarker Development Alliance and an Affiliated Scholar in the ASU Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program. Since February 2020, she has been the Medical Director of the ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Laboratory. She is the Chair of the Precision Medicine Core of the AJCC and the Chair of the Preanalytics for Precision Medicine Project Team of the College of American Pathologists. She serves as the editor-in-chief of the Nature review journal Current Pathobiology Reports. She is a former Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Gastrointestinal Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Pathologist-in-Chief of the Boston Shriners Children’s Hospital. More recently she has served as the CEO and President of the Critical Path Institute (2012), the Director of the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research and the Director of the Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies program at the National Cancer Institute (2005-2011), and the Strathcona Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at McGill University and Pathologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Center.

  • Crash Course In Histology: Recognize 20 Tissues In 60 Minutes – Can It Be Done?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    For this presentation, there will be no in-depth discussion of tissue structure details. Instead, this fast-paced, drill-based presentation is meant to introduce novice microscopists to the following anatomical pathology sites and for the audience to learn to recognize all of the tissues within the space of an hour: Liver, lung, pancreas, adipose tissue, collagen, smooth muscle, lymphoid tissue, bone, cartilage, thyroid, colon, small intestine, skeletal muscle, peripheral nervous tissue, central nervous tissue, spleen, stomach, breast, skin, and kidney.​

    This presentation is targeted to those of us who stumbled into the field of histology. Without knowing that we would end up in a field that we have grown to love, many of us did not take a histology course which would have helped us to prepare for life a the end of a microscope. Although we do not do the diagnosing of the disease states, the world of histology under the microscope is fascinating and, as histotechs, we are responsible for making sure that appropriate controls are tested and that they have been stained correctly. Recognizing the tissue types is important in performing quality work. For this presentation, there will be no in-depth discussion of tissue structure details. Instead, this fast-paced, drill-based presentation is meant to introduce novice microscopists to the following anatomical pathology sites and for the audience to learn to recognize all of the tissues within the space of an hour: Liver, lung, pancreas, adipose tissue, collagen, smooth muscle, lymphoid tissue, bone, cartilage, thyroid, colon, small intestine, skeletal muscle, peripheral nervous tissue, central nervous tissue, spleen, stomach, breast, skin, and kidney.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Sheila Criswell, MS, CT(ASCP), HTL, MLS, MB, SH, QIHC

    UTHSC

    National meeting presentations should be informative and stimulate intellectual understanding in areas relevant to the field of histotechnology. I have worked in the field of histology for 11 years and, after receiving HTL ASCP certification, have been teaching for 8 years at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, a position which has been very gratifying. I am currently course director for six courses directly related to histology/histotechnology and several other courses related to the clinical lab. In addition to teaching, I currently am pursuing a doctorate degree in molecular biology at the University of Memphis.

  • The BEST Tools for Managing Modern Stress, Overwhelm, and Burnout

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    This presentation provides an overview of the foundations of stress and outlines the mental and physical effects of stress

    Modern day life seems more stressful than ever. When stress increases, and our coping resources can’t keep up with the stressful demands, overwhelm and burnout can happen. This presentation provides an overview of the foundations of stress and outlines the mental and physical effects of stress. We will also cover the potential benefits of stress and the personality characteristics that lead to overwhelm and burnout. The second half of the presentation focuses on practical strategies to reduce and manage stress using my BEST format.

    Kelly Donahue, PhD

    Holistic Health Psychologist, Speaker, Author

    Dr. Kelly Donahue is a clinical health psychologist, coach, and mind-body change expert. Her private psychology practice, established more than 12 years ago, specializes in the areas of anxiety, stress, depression, weight loss, behavior change, and health issues. She is passionate about empowering people to practice essential self-care strategies that nourish the body and mind so that her clients, including working moms, executives, health care providers, and empty-nesters can achieve their optimal health. She received her MA and PhD in clinical psychology and behavioral medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her training includes mind-body medicine, coaching, integrative mental health, and holistic nutrition. Dr. Donahue worked in public health for the U.S. Army for many years, spending one of those years as a psychologist and resiliency trainer for health care providers at a military hospital in Germany. Dr. Donahue is the author of Everyday Self-Care: Your Proven, Holistic Guide to Feeling Better and the co-creator of The Healthy Change School. Dr. Donahue has published her research in peer-reviewed journals as well as in the popular press. She has created a series of courses to support making healthy changes for mind and body (e.g., weight loss, anxiety, sleep) in her online school, The Healthy Change School. Dr. Donahue loves spending time outside, reading, and traveling.

  • Pathology and Pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 Associated with Fatal Coronavirus Disease, United States

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    The session included a discussion of Factors contributing to the Emergence of Infectious Diseases, ​Different outbreaks of unexplained illnesses investigated by IDPB/CDC and the ​Pathology and pathogenesis of SARS-Co-V-2.​

    A discussion of Pathology and Pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 Associated with Fatal Coronavirus Disease.  The session included a discussion of Factors contributing to the Emergence of Infectious Diseases, Different outbreaks of unexplained illnesses investigated by IDPB/CDC and the Pathology and pathogenesis of SARS-Co-V-2.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 


    Sherif Zaki, MD, PhD

    Chief, Infectious Disease Pathology Activity

    Centers for Disease Control

  • Special Stains: Success and Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    In this workshop we will examine special stain procedures and factors involved assuring stain quality.​

    In this workshop we will examine special stain procedures and factors involved assuring stain quality. We will discuss evaluation criteria and troubleshooting for some carbohydrate and connective tissue stains. We will review staining protocols for microorganisms and tissue pigments assess tips for optimization. This workshop will will also cover the proper handling and disposal of reagents used in special stains.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Maureen Doran, MS, HTL(ASCP)

    Ms. Doran has been a histologist over 35 years and specializes in laboratory safety. She is co-owner of a woman owned small business that performs animal, plant and research histology. She chaired the NSH Health and Safety committee for 20 years. She is an avid cyclist and certified group fitness instructor who loves to teach Pilates/Yoga. 

  • Psychology of Leadership

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    The psychology of leadership considers leadership development processes from leadership assessments to strategic leadership development initiatives.

    The psychology of leadership considers leadership development processes from leadership assessments to strategic leadership development initiatives.  The process of leading and the choice to work in leadership are important in the development of individual skills that can make a difference in personal success.  Through this workshop, attendees will be able to identify the values and traits of leaders, identify different leadership styles, and understand how to lead in a changing environment.  This course takes the basic understanding of leadership and applies psychology principles to motivate employees.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    AnnaStacia Penrod, BS, MBA, HTL(ASCP)

    Account Executive

    • Ms. Penrod is currently an Account Executive with Epredia.  Prior to joining Epredia she was Histology Lab Supervisor with Quest Diagnostic and a Histology Lab Supervisor with Mercy Medical Center. She holds her MBA, and is currently working her Doctorate of Philosophy.  She holds a Bachelors of Science from Iowa State University and was awarded her HTL in 2014. 

  • Stump The Safety Man

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    Discuss topics such as proper Histology PPE, CJD risk, and formaldehyde handling in this highly interactive presentation.​

    Can you stump the Safety Man? Can you find solutions to tricky lab safety situations? Become a contestant and find out in this session which uses a game show format to teach important lab safety information. Discuss topics such as proper Histology PPE, CJD risk, and formaldehyde handling in this highly interactive presentation.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP) SLS CQA(ASCP)

    Lab Safety Officer

    Sentara

    Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP) SLS, CQA (ASQ) has more than 25 years experience as a certified medical technologist. He was a laboratory manager for 10 years before becoming the laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, a system of twelve hospitals and more than 20 laboratories and draw sites in Virginia and North Carolina. As “Dan the Lab Safety Man” he provides consulting, education and training throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has written many peer-reviewed articles and laboratory safety reference books. As the "super hero of lab safety," Dan's goal is to improve safety in labs around the world!

  • Troubleshooting Diagnostic IHC Testing

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    This lecture will highlight common problems that can occur during pre-analytical, analytic, and post-analytic stages of testing.

    Studies have shown that up to 30% of all immunohistochemical tests are sub-optimal for interpretation which can impact patient diagnosis and, subsequently, treatment. This lecture will highlight common problems that can occur during pre-analytical, analytic, and post-analytic stages of testing. Specific topics including fixation, microtomy, antigen-retrieval, primary antibody selection, and use of appropriate controls will be discussed.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Richard Cartun, MS, PhD

    Director, Histology/Morphologic Proteomics

    Hartford Hospital

    I currently serve as the Director of Histology, Immunopathology, and the Martin M. Berman, MD Morphologic Proteomics Laboratory at Hartford Hospital, a large tertiary care hospital in Hartford, CT.  I have been doing immunohistochemical testing for more than 40 years now and, as a result, have extensive knowledge in the technical aspects and interpretation of this valuable laboratory test.

  • Mortui Vivos Docent - COVID-19 Autopsy Case Review

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    A case review of 2 Covid-19 autopsy reports from The University of Vermont Medical Center.

    Mortui Vivos Docent  - The dead teach the living - in this case review of 2 Covid-19 autopsy reports from The University of Vermont Medical Center. We will review the clinical background as well as the autopsy findings. Histological slides will be shown and reviewed.

    Valerie Cortright

    Supervisor

    Valerie Cortright is currently serving as the Histology and Surg Path Supervisor at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She has over 15 years of both clinical and research Histology. Val is currently a committee member with the NSH/CAP HQIP, and has been a grader for the past couple of years. Val is a long time member of the NSH, and has served on the VT/NH Society for many years.

    Sharon Mount

    Director of Autopsy Service

  • De-Mystifying AI: Artificial Intelligence Applications in Histology

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    This workshop will help to define the term AI, and look at its application in various aspects of Pathology and Histology.

    In recent years, the term AI (Artificial Intelligence) has become a buzz word in the scientific community - particularly in Pathology. More often than not, scientists have been given a directive to investigate AI solutions with no real detail beyond that. AI can mean many different things in many different contexts. This workshop will help to define the term AI, and look at its application in various aspects of Pathology and Histology. By framing the concepts in a user-friendly manner, we can minimize some of the barriers to adoption and look at various levels of application. These will include: Deep learning networks designed to identify and eliminate artifacts in slide preparation, segment structures within tissue sections, identify cells and phenotypes, and identify pathology scores based on tissue morphology. By providing real time examples of using AI in practical Pathology and Histology applications, we can de-mystify the concept of AI and make it accessible to scientists both in and outside of the computer lab.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Adam Smith

    Adam Smith specializes in digital pathology and image analysis workflows. He received is bachelor’s in Biology from Ursinus College, and honed his skills in histology and digital pathology at Merck & Co., Inc. Adam currently works for Indica Labs, Inc. where he is passionate about using creative problem solving to provide image analysis solutions to his customers.