Diagnostic Advances in Surgical Pathology & Cytopathology

Course Description

This two-day interactive virtual course will address key updates in hematopathology, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal pathology.  A stepwise approach to pathology diagnosis in these subspecialty topic areas in surgical pathology will be addressed. The course will also provide guidance in the use and interpretation of molecular and immunohistochemical testing in difficult diagnostic scenarios. 

Specific topics that will be covered include: Lymphomas of hematopoietic system and their mimics, new classification of myeloid neoplasms, B cell lymphomas with monotypic plasmacytic differentiation, lymphomas in the gastrointestinal tract, liver, skin and central nervous system and their mimics, challenging diagnosis on peripheral blood smears, mimics of inflammatory bowel disease and check point inhibitor injury in the colon and upper GI tract, WHO 2022 updates in urologic pathology and Gleason grading system.

The format includes interactive didactic sessions by internationally recognized guest speakers and faculty from the University of California at San Diego.

 Target audience: This course is designed for practicing pathologists across community and academic centers and pathology residents and fellows.

Educational objectives

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the 2022 WHO classification of GU tumors for kidney, prostate, testis, bladder and penile cancers, with discussion of new and changed entities.
  • Identify and classify hematopoietic neoplasms in the spleen, liver, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system and skin.
  • Recognize lymphomas that may present as GI polyps.
  • Examine the spectrum of EBV-positive lymphoid proliferations.
  • Recognize the different patterns of necrosis in benign and malignant lymphoid neoplasms.
  • Master the importance of monotypic plasma cells in the diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • Review challenging diagnosis on peripheral blood smears.
  • Discuss the role of genetic changes in the diagnosis and classification of myeloid neoplasms.
  • Distinguish inflammatory and infectious entities in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract from inflammatory bowel disease and drug injury specifically check point  inhibitor injury.


​April 29, 2022
​7:15 am PDT
​Registration Help Desk Open
​7:45 am PDT
Welcome and Opening Comments     
​8:00 am PDT
Splenic neoplasmsDaniel A. Arber, MD
​9:00 am PDT
Malignant lymphomas and mimicsDaniel A. Arber, MD
​10:00 am PDT
​10:15 am PDT
Advances in the classification of myeloid neoplasmsDaniel A. Arber, MD
​11:15 am PDT
Mature B-cell lymphomas with monotypic plasmacytic differentiation       Huan-You Wang, MD, PhD
​12:15 pm PDT
​Lunch Break
​1:00 pm PDT
Peripheral blood smears; a review of common and challenging peripheral blood smear findings, Michelle Don, MD, MS
​2:00 pm PDT
Gastrointestinal lymphoma and mimics, Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD
​3:00 pm PDT
Hepatic lymphoma and mimics, Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD
​4:00 pm PDT
CNS lymphomas and mimics, Vanessa Goodwill, MD
​5:00 pm PDT
​April 30, 2022
​7:30 am PDT
​Registration help desk open
​8:00 am PDT
Who and What’s new in Urologic Pathology WHO 2022, Ed. 5                  Mahul B. Amin, MD
​10:00 am PDT
​10:15 am PDT
Who and What’s new in Urologic Pathology WHO 2022, Ed. 5                 
Mahul B. Amin, MD
​11:15 am PDT
Gleason grading system, Ahmed Shabaik, MD
​12:15 pm PDT
​Lunch Break
​1:00 pm PDT
“Itis” in the upper GI tract, JingJing Hu, MD, PhD
​2:00 pm PDT
​IBD, immune check point inhibitor colitis and mimics: What the practicing Pathologists Need to Know!, Maryam Pezhouh, MD, MSc
​3:00 pm PDT
Skin lymphomas and mimics, Brian Hinds, MD
​4:00 pm PDT
​Final Adjournment


Course Directors

Oluwole Fadare, MD
Professor, Gynecologic and Breast Pathology
Chief of Anatomic Pathology
UC San Diego School of Medicine
La Jolla, California
Mojgan Hosseini, MD
Associate Professor
Director of Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology
Co-Director of Surgical Pathology
UC San Diego School of Medicine
La Jolla, California

Guest Faculty

Mahul B. Amin, MD
Clinical Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Professor of Urology 
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. 
Editor-in-Chief, Advances in Anatomic Pathology 
Vice Chair, Editorial Board, AJCC Staging Committee 
Daniel A. Arber, MD
Chair of Pathology
Donald West and Mary Elizabeth King Professor of Pathology
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD
Director of Surgical Pathology
Medical Director, Anatomic Pathology Laboratories, Moffitt-Long Hospital
Professor, Department of Pathology
UC San Francisco
San Francisco, California

UC San Diego Faculty

 Michelle Don, MD, MS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Associate Director of Clinical Hematology and Hematopathology
University of California San Diego
Vanessa Goodwill, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California San Diego
Brian Hinds, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director of Dermatopathology
University of California San Diego
JingJing Hu, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Anatomic Pathology
University of California San Diego
Maryam Pezhouh, MD, MSc
Associate Clinical Professor
Anatomic Pathology
University of California San Diego
Ahmed Shabaik, MD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
Director of GU Pathology
University of California San Diego
Huan-You Wang, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
Medical Director, Laboratory of Clinical Hematology
Director, Hematopathology Fellowship Program
University of California San Diego


Register Online

MD, PhD - Two Days
MD, PhD - One Day
Allied Health, Residents, Fellows & Active Duty Military$345

Online Registration Deadline is April 27, 2022

Special Needs: Advance notice of special needs is requested at least two (2) weeks prior to the activity start date. Contact Maureen Helinski Clarke to submit your request.

Payment Accepted: Credit Card, Wire or UC Recharge only

Wire Transfers: If you plan on processing a wire transfer to cover your registration fees, please email our CME Administrator, Carissa Aguayo, directly to start the process.

Cancellation Policy: The full course tuition is refundable, less $50 if your cancellation is received in writing, on or before April 25, 2022. No refunds will be allowed after this date.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, UC San Diego is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee.

For further information please contact us at ocme@health.ucsd.edu.


The University of California San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

 AMA: The University of California San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.  

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  

Pharmacists: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing education for pharmacists coursework which meets the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and is accepted as continuing education by the Medical Board of California. 

American Board of Pathology (ABPath) MOC:
This activity meets the American Board of Pathology's Continuing Certification (CC) Program requirements for Lifelong Learning. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables learners to earn up to 15.0 Lifelong Learning credits. 

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Exhibitor Opportunities  

Exhibit Fee - $1000

  • Listed on virtual exhibit hall page with hyperlink to vendor website.
  • Acknowledged in Course Syllabus.
  • Two complimentary admissions to virtual conference.
  • Live chat with attendees via Zoom room at appointed time. *Vendor to supply zoom link.

Please read the UC San Diego CME Exhibitor Policy  then apply to be an Exhibitor.

Please note: Payment is due in full prior to the start of the program and no refunds will be issued for cancellations. Credit Card is the preferred method of payment.

For more information about exhibit opportunities, please contact:

Maureen Helinski Clarke, CMP
Program Manager
Phone: (858) 534-1302
Fax: (858) 534-1896
E-mail: mhelinski@ucsd.edu

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Continuing Medical Education
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La Jolla, CA 92093-0947
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