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A Practical Approach to Problematic Breast Lesions

Evaluated by: 
David B. Kaminsky, M.D., FIAC, January 16, 2018
Original release date:  February 20, 2018
Access to this course expires on:  January 16, 2021
CME/SAMs 11.5

Course Description

In general, there is a misdiagnosis rate of about 10% in breast biopsies, which may be even higher for some notoriously problematic lesions. This course (through intimate mentoring) attempts to reduce or eliminate diagnostic error by highlighting pitfalls and illustrating practical approaches to resolve them, using routine microscopic examination of H&E-stained sections with appropriate ancillary testing. The intended outcome is improved clinical practice and patient outcomes.

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

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:

  • Evaluate diagnostic criteria and clinical significance of various common and uncommon benign, in situ and malignant lesions of the breast 
  • Describe differential diagnostic problems commonly encountered in breast pathology and develop strategies to resolve them in the practice environment 
  • Utilize the latest information on the uses and limitations of immunohistochemistry in resolving diagnostic problems in breast pathology

Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification
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 11.5 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 11.5 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:  Laura C. Collins, M.D., Edi Brogi, M.D., Ph.D., Stuart J. Schnitt, M.D., Hannah Y. Wen, M.D., Ph.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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