The American Society of Dermatopathology

Dermatopathology Seminars

adsp-telemedicine.pngNew this year! We are thrilled to offer 12 new sessions not tethered to a microscope. Each Dermatopathology Seminar will be held in a Zoom room. Only attendees who register in advance will have access to the session. See the schedule of Dermatopathology Seminars below.

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per session

Fee: $75 per session


  • Sessions will be offered in the afternoons, Thursday, November 5, through  Wednesday, November 11.
  • Each session is scheduled for one hour and fifteen minutes.
  • All sessions are limited to 30 participants.
  • A $75 registration fee per session is required; the exception is Dr. Kovarik's Seminar, which does not require additional fee, but is still limited to 30 attendees. However, Dr. Kovarik's Seminar will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing to all meeting attendees.

Note: Select seminars with care. All selections are final. ASDP will not assist in the exchange, trading or resale of tickets prior to or during the annual meeting.

  • Due to the conflicting schedules of the seminars and consultations, online registration is required.
  • If you need assistance with online registration, contact ASDP and staff will assist you.


Thursday, November 5

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CST
Seminar 1
Point-Counterpoint: Ethical Controversies in Dermatoapthology
Seminar Director: Benjamin K. Stoff, MD
This interactive, case-based seminar will review foundational and contemporary ethical controversies in dermatopathology using a point-counterpoint format. Practical approaches to resolving ethically-challenging scenarios in dermatopathology will be discussed. Cases will be drawn from the ASDP member survey data about ethical issues in dermatopathology, as well as recent literature.
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST
Seminar 2 -- FULL!
Clinicopathologic Correlation and When to Suspect COVID-19 in the Skin
Seminar Director: Carrie Kovarik MD
Patients with COVID-19 can present with a variety of cutaneous manifestations. Some of the most commonly reported morphologies are: morbilliform, pernio-like, urticarial, macular erythema, vesicular, papulosquamous, and retiform purpura. This seminar will highlight when to consider COVID-19 on the histologic differential diagnosis, the broad array of potential histologic findings, and possible links to patient outcomes. Note: this seminar will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing to all meeting attendees
Friday, November 6
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CST
Seminar 3
Artificial Intelligence in Dermatopathology: Where are We?
Seminar Directors: Jason B. Lee, MD and Kiran Motaparthi, MD
As integration of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to increase throughout all medical specialties, the development of AI-augmented dermatopathology is in its early stages. This seminar will provide updates on the status of deep learning in dermatopathology and explore its future roles and their potential impact on the specialty.
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST
Seminar 4
The Latest and Greatest! What’s new in Dermatology, Pathology and Dermatopathology Diagnostics
Seminar Director: Nicholas Logemann, DO
The fields of dermatology and dermatopathology reside at a unique juxtaposition where clinical and pathologic diagnostic modalities frequently overlap (e.g., reflectance confocal microscopy).  Diagnostic methods continually evolve and this session will provide a broad overview of the vast array of new, developing and sometimes lesser known diagnostic tests, devices and technologies employed by both dermatologists and dermatopathologists.
Saturday, November 7
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CST
Seminar 5
Nevus, Melanoma or Something Else? Mesenchymal Tumors with Melanocytic Differentiation
Seminar Director: Konstantinos D. Linos, MD
Many soft tissue tumors can be encountered in superficial locations. This seminar, will focus on challenging mesenchymal  neoplasms with true melanocytic differentiation, which often fall subject to many diagnostic pitfalls. In addition, selected S100/SOX10 positive mesenchymal tumors that can potentially create diagnostic difficulties will also be covered.
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST
Seminar 6
Mistakes Not to Make – Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Cutaneous Lymphomas
Seminar Director: Alexandra C. Hristov, MD
This session will focus on easy to make mistakes in the diagnosis of cutaneous lymphomas that have significant implications for patients.  In particular, reviewed cases will include: aggressive lymphomas mimicking mycosis fungoides, rare variants of lymphomatoid papulosis that resemble more aggressive lymphomas, primary cutaneous CD4-positive small/medium lymphoproliferative disorder (how to recognize it and how to distinguish it from more aggressive lymphomas), important differential considerations in the diagnosis of primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type, and pitfalls in the diagnosis of primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma.
Sunday, November 8
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CST
Seminar 7
Problematic Pigmented Lesions: An Approach to Diagnosis
Seminar Director: Alina G. Bridges, DO
This session will provide a practical approach to the diagnosis of problematic pigmented lesions, including general guidelines, suggestions for common challenges, potential diagnostic pitfalls, opinions from trusted colleagues, and appropriate use of ancillary immunostains and molecular techniques. Entities discussed will include non-melanocytic lesions that can mimic melanocytic lesions, malignant melanoma variants that can mimic benign lesions. Difficult to resolve pigmented lesions, including atypical Spitz lesions, cellular blue nevi and deep penetrating variants, and nevi from special sites will also be presented.
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST
Seminar 8
The "Path" to Understanding, Navigating and Avoiding Medical Malpractice Litigation
Seminar Director: Jodi J. Speiser, MD
This seminar will explore the basic tenets and principles of malpractice litigation, tools for testifying at malpractice depositions, and present opportunities for risk mitigation in the histologic diagnosis of cutaneous neoplasms.
Monday, November 9
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CST
Seminar 9
Interesting Cases from Northwestern
Seminar Director: Joan Guitart, MD
The essence of excellent dermatopathology hinges on its approach to rare and exceptional cases that require diagnostic resolution to guide therapy, yet fail to conform to practice dogma. This seminar will highlight a variety of challenging cases from Northwestern with emphasis on clinical and laboratory correlation, and other strategies currently available to solve each case.
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST
Seminar 10
Dermatopathology Appropriate Use Criteria: Incorporating Them Into Your Everyday Practice
Seminar Directors: Claudia I. Vidal, MD & Patrick O. Emanuel, MBChB, Dip Arts
The ASDP recently developed appropriate use criteria (AUC) to help guide dermatopathologists in the selection of ancillary tests. In this seminar, participants will review cases and discuss with subgroup experts how the AUC can be applied. 
Tuesday, November 10
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST
Seminar 11
Business Administration Skills for Making Ethical Decisions and Optimizing Health Care
Seminar Director: Vesna M. Petronic-Rosic, MD, MSc, MBA
This seminar will focus on specific knowledge acquired from an M.B.A. that enhances the financial, analytical, crisis management and leadership skills professionals rely on in order to excel in their careers and optimize patient care, while maintaining ethical decisions that sustain professional and personal integrity.
Wednesday, November 11
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Seminar 12
Artificial Intelligence in (Dermato)Pathology
Seminar Director: Randie H. Kim, MD, PhD
This seminar will provide an introduction to the concept of deep learning and its applications in healthcare. The role of deep learning in the field of pathology, with a closer look into its strengths and limitations will also be discussed.