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Dermatopathology in the Desert: Practical Dermatopathology


  • Steven Billings, M.D., Course Director, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Jerad M. Gardner, M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
  • Alex Lazar, M.D., Ph.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Melissa P. Pulitzer, M.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Evaluated by: David B. Kaminsky, M.D., FIAC, August 25, 2016
Original release date: August 25, 2016
Access to this course expires on: May 13, 2019
CME/SAMs 15.5

Course Description
Practical Dermatopathology recalls the historical sessions in dermatopathology given in Palm Springs by Dr. Bernard Ackerman, an annual event that attracted dermatopathologists and dermatologists to his charismatic personality and profound knowledge. Under the direction of Dr. Steven Billings of the Cleveland Clinic, a vibrant, modern and pragmatic version of dermatopathology offers the morphology of soft tissue and melanocytic lesions, adnexal tumors, cutaneous lymphoma and inflammatory skin lesions with molecular correlations. The faculty are preeminent and engaging. 

Target Audience
Practicing academic and community pathologists, and pathologists-in-training

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Learn diagnostic criteria and develop an effective approach to the diagnosis of difficult melanocytic neoplasms.
  • Learn diagnostic criteria and develop an effective approach to the diagnosis of cutaneous lymphomas.
  • Learn diagnostic criteria and develop an effective approach to the diagnosis of cutaneous soft tissue tumors.
  • Learn diagnostic criteria and develop an effective approach to the diagnosis of inflammatory dermatoses, with an emphasis on how to produce effective pathology reports.
  • Learn the value and limitations of ancillary diagnostic tests in the evaluation of entities discussed in course.
  • Apply ancillary diagnostic tests in a cost-effective approach.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Registrants must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 15.5 SAM credit hours. 

The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to USCAP and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. USCAP has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationships: Steven Billings, M.D., Jerad M. Gardner, M.D., Alex Lazar, M.D., Ph.D., Melissa P. Pulitzer, M.D.

USCAP staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.

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.
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