The Role of the Cytopathologist in the Frontline of Genomics Laboratory
Fernando Schmitt, MD, PhD, FIAC
The main role of the cytopathologist is to provide an accurate diagnosis and to report the baseline expression of prognostic and predictive biomarkers to guide clinicians for optimal therapeutic strategies. The incorporation of molecular techniques to refine diagnosis and specially to detect molecular alterations related to the therapy are a reality in most laboratories. These alterations are important not only in the moment of the diagnosis but also in the progression of disease. Pre-analytical factors can affect the quality of these tests and the involvement of the cytopathologist in the acquisition of the specimen is essential and related to better quality of the material analyzed. This webinar will address the role of the cytopathologist in all major steps in the management of cancer patients, since the sample of the material in the FNA clinic until the final interpretation of the molecular tests in the context of the morphology in a multidisciplinary approach.
This educational activity is designed for pathologists, cytopathologists, cytotechnologists, students and other members of the cytopathology community.
- Provide a better quality of material for molecular tests controlling pre-analytical factors that affect the quality of the tests
- Understand the results of the more common molecular tests
- Incorporate the results of molecular tests in the cytological reports
Professor of Pathology
IPATIMUP and Medical Faculty of Porto University
The presenter has no conflicts of interest or financial relationships to disclose.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Statement
The American Society of Cytopathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Society of Cytopathology designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
American Board of Pathology Maintenance of Certification (CC)
This product can help fulfill the CME requirements and Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) mandated by the American Board of Pathology Continuing Certification (CC) process. Earn up to 2.0 SAM Credit Hours.
Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (CMLE)
The ASC designates this activity for a maximum of 2.0 Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (CMLE) credit hours for non-physicians. The CMLE credit hours meet the continuing education requirements for the ASCP Board of Registry Certification Maintenance Program. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Cytotechnologists with Licenses in Florida and California
This program is approved for 2 continuing education credits in the State of Florida and 1 in the State of California. The credit on each link is good for three years from the live presentation date.
- 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 California Credits
- 2.00 CMLE
- 2.00 Florida Credits
- 2.00 MOC II
- 2.00 Participant