Evaluated by: Laura W. Lamps, M.D., UAMS Health, July 8, 2016
Original release date: March 1, 2016
Access to this course expires on: March 1, 2019
The standard approach in teaching inflammatory disorders of the GI tract is to describe clinical and histologic features of individual diseases entities. This is, however, not the best method of establishing diagnoses when practicing pathology at the microscope, where a constellation of clinical, endoscopic, and histologic features must be analyzed and incorporated into a specific diagnosis. Common inflammatory disorders, such as Barrett's esophagus and inflammatory bowel disease, lead to lifelong surveillance and impose a significant burden on the patients and on health care costs. Accurate and unambiguous diagnosis is, therefore, critical for optimal patient management.
This course covers six of the most common and diagnostically challenging areas of inflammatory disorders involving the GI tract including squamous esophagitis, GE junction biopsies, acute and chronic gastritis, upper and lower intestinal biopsies with inflammation ("enteritis"), and acute and chronic colitis. Most of the common, and selected rare inflammatory disorders, are covered within the context of diagnostic algorithms specific to each site. The course is useful for general surgical pathologists, trainees (residents/fellows) in pathology, and for subspecialty GI pathologists interested in novel educational tools for their residents and fellows.
Practicing academic and community pathologists, and pathologists-in-training
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
- Understand and execute an algorithmic approach to diagnosis of common inflammatory disorders of the GI tract
- Understand the clinical importance and relevance of using standardized nomenclature in diagnosis of mucosal biopsy specimens
- Understand the major histologic features that help differentiate clinically and endoscopically similar inflammatory disorders of the GI tract
- Understand common diagnostic pitfalls in non-neoplastic gastrointestinal pathology and how they may have a major impact on patient management.
To earn CME and SAM credit, all learners must take a content-based exam and achieve a minimum score of 80%. If learners do not achieve a passing score of 80%, they have the option to retake the exam. After you pass the test and complete the evaluation, your certificate of completion will be available to view and print by clicking here.