APPIA Tops Program: Optimize Patient Outcomes by Improving PreAnalytics

Recorded On: 11/17/2020

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This presentation introduces the Tissue Optimization and Pre-analytic Standardization (TOPS) program developed by the Anatomical Pathology Patient Interest Association (APPIA). It provides a better understanding of how the lack of standardization of pre-analytic factors has the potential to negatively impact the quality of the tissue specimen for downstream diagnostic and molecular testing. Examples of best practices to help optimize tissue preservation and quality and how these can be implemented in clinical practice are discussed.

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

David G. Hicks, MD

Director of Surgical Pathology

University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Hicks Professor and Director of IHC-ISH Laboratory and Breast Subspecialty Service at URMC. His innovative approaches to improving efficiency and quality in surgical pathology have been highlighted in publications and invited lectures sponsored by national pathology organizations. He has implemented a subspecialty-based surgical pathology system, combining disease-specific diagnostic and prognostic expertise with translational research based on organ systems and disease categories.

As a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Immunohistochemistry Standardization, and co-author of their consensus recommendations, he is a leader in the emerging effort to achieve the full potential of immunostaining as a tissue-based quantitative ELISA test. He has been appointed to an ASCO/CAP panel that is developing national guidelines on estrogen receptor testing in breast cancer, having served recently on a similar panel that made important recommendations to improve HER2 testing in breast cancer.


Optimize Patient Outcomes by Improving Pre-Analytics
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Objectives: Understand pre-analytic factors * Outline the process of tissue fixation * Understand how poor fixation leads to poor tissue quality that can impact diagnosis and treatment decisions * Describe best practices to optimize tissue preservation and quality * Provide tools to facilitate practical implementation of best practices
Final Exam
20 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  14/20 points to pass
20 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  14/20 points to pass This is the exam for the APPIA Tops Program course Optimize Patient Outcomes by Improving PreAnalytics. On the following pages, you will find an exam based on the material contained within the webinar. Please answer each question. Your progress through the exam will be bookmarked, so you can continue from the last question you answered at a later date. To pass you must receive a 70% or greater. You have a maximum of 3 attempts. Once you have successfully passed the exam you will be able to complete the course survey and print your CEU Certificate. CEU hours will also be added to your CE Tracker transcript at nsh.org.
On Demand Webinar Survey
2 Questions
2 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your CEU certificate.
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available