Thanks to all who made the ASDP 51st Annual Meeting a huge success!

ASDP 51st Annual Meeting
November 6-9, 2014
Chicago Hilton and Towers
Chicago, IL USA

Meeting Attendees: 
If you pre-registered for the meeting, you should have already received an email with a link to the evaluation and survey so you can claim your CME.

If you registered at the meeting, you will receive an email within two weeks of the meeting with a link to the evaluation and survey.

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Meeting Highlights

Our Plenary Program includes:

Our Optional Program includes:

  • Self-Assessment in Dermatopathology -- Attend this two-part course and earn 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™, 6.5 AAD Recogized Credits, 6.5 SAMs or 100 MOC SA Question Credits. Fee: $205.
  • Consultations in Dermatopathology -- Don't miss your chance to register for a consultation -- 33 of the 57 sessions have already sold out! Consultation sessions permit 30 minutes of individual study and 45 minutes of interaction with the course director. Earn 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ per consultation attended. Fee: $105 per consultation.
  • ASDP Quality and Performance Improvement Program -- Satisfy ABD MOC Component 4 & ABP MOC Part IV! Participants must bring 10 de-identified slides and corresponding reports to the meeting. During the session, each participant will independently review slides and reports of another participant, and provide feedback on slide quality, accuracy, and report quality. Fee: $150 for ASDP members, $250 for nonmembers. Read the course description for complete details.
  • Mini Course - Soft Tissue -- This course will focus on selected difficult areas in soft tissue pathology. The course will predominantly focus on particular clinical groups of soft tissue tumors.  There will be a focus on soft tissue tumors of specific sites: acral, head and neck and genital soft tissue tumors, as well as pediatric soft tissue tumors.  
    NOTE: The Mini Course is sold out. Due to high demand and limited space, seats will only be held for 15 minutes after the start of the course. All unclaimed seats will be released to those waiting on a first come, first served basis at 9:15 a.m. No exceptions.

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ImageA Note from the Program Committee Chair

Dear Colleagues:

Greetings on behalf of the ASDP Program Committee! 

I hope that you are planning to attend the 51st annual meeting of the Society in Chicago this year?  A stimulating program is in the works, so, please plan a brief escape from your desks in November, to live and learn in the Windy City.  As always, a broad spectrum of educational events will be on offer, but let me entice you with some of the highlights. 

Courtesy of an interesting “title twist” on Short Course I, we will see “What’s New in Dermatopathologists?” instead of the traditional “What’s New in Dermatopathology?” In this forum, a hand-picked group of young dermatopathologists will deliver an invigorating series of lectures on popular topics, thereby showcasing emerging talent in our field. 

Come to grips with perennial problematic “nuggets,” such as alopecia, by attending Short Course II, where rubrics such as “Hair Style,” “Hair-Brained Schemes” and “Splitting Hairs” promise enlightenment and entertainment. Hedge your bets against “deep waters” by fortifying your knowledge of soft tissue pathology at the newly introduced mini-course on this topic. Insure yourselves against the landslide of developments in molecular pathology by attending the well-structured basic science course where a review of the basics will lead seamlessly to the practical application of these techniques in melanocytic, soft tissue and lymphoid neoplasia. 

Benefit from the accrued knowledge and wisdom of senior members of the society at events such as the Helwig Lecture, to be delivered this year by Dr. Wilma Bergfeld.  Tune in to Short Course III where “Diagnostic Words of Wisdom” are not to be missed.  Bask in the privilege of learning from premier educators in Dermatopathology as recipients of the Nickel Award distill for us the essence of their thinking in an aptly titled Short Course IV “A Nickel for Your Thoughts.” 

All of this, and more besides – don’t miss it! 

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago, 

Noreen M.G. Walsh, MD
Chair, ASDP Program Committee, 2014

Continuing Medical Education

The American Society of Dermatopathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Dermatopathology designates this live activity for a maximum of 35 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting (Program #254100) is recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology for 35 AAD Recognized Credit(s) and may be used toward the American Academy of Dermatology’s Continuing Medical Education Award.

Learning Objectives

After attending the ASDP 51st Annual Meeting, participants should be able to:

  • Develop overall diagnostic skills in dermatopathology following exposure to clinical and histopathological aspects of a broad range of dermatologic diseases.
  • Describe recent advances in diagnosing soft tissue pathology and their impact on the practice of dermatopathology.
  • Diagnose a wide range of challenging areas of dermatopathology, such as the pathology of the nail and hair follicle/alopecia and develop a practical approach to handling such cases.
  • Evaluate relevance and appropriate utilization of innovative diagnostic tools in the investigation of inflammatory and neoplastic dermatopathology cases.
  • Identify molecular tests for diagnosis and prognosis of cutaneous neoplasms with emphasis on melanocytic, hematopoietic, and soft tissue tumors.
  • Utilize sophisticated technology in the realm of dermatopathology through an informed and fiscally responsible approach.
  • Outline new scientific dermatopathologic endeavors and discoveries, conveyed by junior and senior colleagues involved in research.
  • Identify the challenges and rewards of an academic career in dermatopathology though exposure to relevant role models and establishment of fruitful professional connections.
  • Identify national policies relevant to the practice of dermatopathology and gain awareness of how professionals in the field can influence decision making.
  • Demonstrate an approach toward diagnosis of various challenging skin biopsies and generate relevant differential diagnoses.