2014 United States & Canadian College of Anatomic Pathology (USCAP) Annual Meeting

A large number of physicians, scientists and allied health staff from Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories are currently at the 103rd annual United States & Canadian College of Anatomic Pathology (USCAP) meeting.

Follow along on this blog as we chronicle our time in San Diego, Calif.

Posted on March 6 at 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Jamie Odem attended the long course, "Practical Points in Gastrointestinal Pathology: A Case Based Discussion of Common Dilemmas," yesterday. The goal of the course was to provide shorter, focused, case-based discussions of practical diagnostic dilemmas that virtually all practicing GI pathologists encounter.

Her favorite talk during the course was, "Gastrointestinal Spindle Cell Lesions – Just Like Real Estate: It’s All about Location," by Elizabeth Montgomery, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD. Upon completion of this talk, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of location in the wall of the gastrointestinal tract when diagnosing spindle cell tumors of the GI Tract
  • Discuss common entities in the differential diagnosis of gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • Understand immunohistochemical labeling pitfalls in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract mesenchymal tumors

Posted on March 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Yesterday, Mayo Clinic Hematopathology Fellows, Dr. Cassie Lee Booth and Dr. Jamie Odem, attended the course "Basic Principles in Cytology."

According to Dr. Booth, "It was a well-executed, comprehensive overview/review of cytology geared towards those of us in training or approaching the boards! My favorite part was hearing how these experts compose their reports - what they include, what they leave out and how far they will push their interpretation. Knowing what to say can be as hard as making the diagnosis!"

During the course, Dr. Odem especially enjoyed a talk from Dr. Wojcik, Loyola University Medical Center, on Urine Cytology at the Basic Principles in Cytology course. Dr. Wojcik discussed:

  • Cellular and non-cellular components of normal urine specimens
  • Pitfalls and limitations of routine urine cytology
  • Limitation of cytology/histology correlation

Posted on March 4 at 4:00 p.m.

Mayo Medical Laboratories' Product Managers Julie Pritt and Brian Button are ready to answer questions related to new test offerings and on how to improve test utilization at USCAP. Stop by and visit them at booth 411.

USCAP_Button, Pritt

Posted on March 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Our Mayo Clinic Hematopathology Fellows continue to have a great time at USCAP. Dr. Jamie Odem had a fantastic afternoon yesterday catching up with old friends during her poster presentation.

Pictured below from left to right: Dr. Yumei Fu (University of Missouri), Dr. Fang Wen (UCSD), Dr. Jamie Odem, Dr. Shuaib Okponobi (Geisinger Medical System), Dr. Qingqing Ding (University of Missouri).

USCAP_Odem friends

Posted on March 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Jamie Odem, Mayo Clinic Hematopathology Fellow, attended the 'Practice Changers' meeting, "Facebook and Twitter: How Pathologists Can Change Their Practice with Social Media,"  by Dr. Jerad Gardner, University of Arkansas for Medical Services, Little Rock, AR.

According to Dr. Odem, after attending the meeting she is now, "inspired to engage with other pathologists in a whole new way! Time to sign up for Twitter!"

Posted on March 3 at 9:00 a.m.

USCAP got off to a great start. According to Dr. Jamie Odem, Mayo Clinic Hematopathology Fellow, she is already enjoying reuniting with old friends. Dr. Odem staffed a "fellowship advice table" last tonight at the fellowship fair, and had a great turnout.

Convention center in Gaslamp district in San Diego, Ca.
Convention center in Gaslamp district in San Diego, Ca.
Dr. Odem at the USCAP fellowship fair
Dr. Odem at the USCAP fellowship fair

Posted on March 2 at 11:30 p.m.

According to Dr. Cassie Lee Booth, Mayo Clinic Hematopathology Fellow, the USCAP evening specialty conference for Hematopathology was an exceptional way to wrap up the day. Several of the cases highlighted the challenges encountered in a consult practice where clinical history, access to specimen, and access to flow cytometry plots (instead of just the reports) are limited and make an already difficult case more challenging!  Dr. Booth loved the opportunity to learn from how others approach and overcome these issues.

Posted on Feb. 28 at 3:00 p.m.

Presentation Schedule

The following representatives from Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories are scheduled to present.

3.1 "New Perspective in Interstitial Lung Disease" Kevin Leslie, M.D., Thomas Colby, M.D., Henry Tazelaar, M.D. 7-10 p.m. CC Ballroom 20 A
3.2 "Current Issues in the Diagnosis and Classification of Peripheral T-Cell Lymphomas" Andrew Feldman, M.D. 1:30-5 p.m. CC Ballroom 20 A
3.2 "Selected Topics in Gynecologic Pathology, Honoring Robert E. Scully, MD: His life and legacy" Debra Bell, M.D. 1:30-5 p.m. CC Ballroom 20 BC
3.2 "Interactive Molecular Pathology 2014"  Kevin Halling, M.D., Ph.D. 1:30-5 p.m. CC 32 AB
3.3 "CAP-ADASP Interpretive Diagnostic Error Reduction through Targeted Case Reviews" Raouf Nakhleh, M.D., Vania Nose, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, MA  10:20-10:40 a.m. CC Exhibit Hall DE Pod #1 Booth #716
3.3 "Cardiac Pathology in Systemic" Disorders Joseph Maleszewski, M.D. 9:00 p.m. CC 24 A-C
3.4 "Special Course – Basic Principles in Cytology 2014" - Respiratory Cytopathology Michael Henry, M.D. 10:45 a.m. CC 30 A-D
3.4 "Special Course – Basic Principles in Cytology 2014" - Lymph Node Cytopathology: A Practical Architectural Pattern Approach         Matthew Zarka, M.D. 11:30 a.m. CC 30 A-D
3.4 "The Most Important Take Home Message" Sami Nasr, M.D. 7:30 p.m. CC 24 A-C
3.4 "Intracellular Organisms and Their Morphology in Infectious Disease" Bobbi Pritt, M.D. 8:42 p.m. CC 32 AB
3.6 "SCo6-Common Challenging Problems in Bone and Soft Tissue Path" Andrew Folpe, M.D.,  Andrew Horvai, M.D., Ph.D from University of California, San Francisco 8-11 a.m. CC 33 AB
3.6 "SC19-Practical Cardiovascular Pathology"  William Edwards, M.D., Joseph Maleszewski, M.D. 1-4 p.m. CC 25 C
3.6 "SC55-Tubulointerstitial and Vascular Diseases of the Kidney"  Samih Nasr, M.D., Chris Larsen, M.D., Nephropath, Little Rock, AR 1-4:30 p.m. CC 30 E
3.6 "SC59-Frozen Section Diagnostic Pitfalls and Pearls in Head and Neck Path"  Jim Zhai, M.D., Yash Patil, M.D., University of Cincinnati, OH 1-4:30 p.m. CC 25 AB
3.6 "SC63-A Morphology Guide to Unwind Common Overlapping Patterns in GU Tumors"  Rafael Jimenez, M.D., Gladell P. Panner, M.D., University of Chicago, IL 1-4:30 p.m. CC 29 C
3.7 "SC56-Salivary Gland Pathology / Histopathologic Criteria and Clinical Relevance" Joaquin Garcia, M.D., Kerry Olsen, M.D., Bruce Wenig M.D., Beth Israel Medical Center & St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospitals, NY 8-11:30 a.m. CC 30 CD


103rd header_2The United States & Canadian College of Anatomic Pathology (USCAP) is hosting its 103rd Annual Meeting March 1-7 in San Diego, CA. As pathology’s largest meeting with over 100 courses, 27 companion meetings and numerous special events, USCAP is led by a faculty of pathology thought leaders and offers unique opportunities to learn, collaborate and earn needed CME/SAMs hours.

Attendees can visit Mayo Medical Laboratories at booth #411 to speak to representatives about recent advancements in laboratory testing. Mayo Medical Laboratories will also be represented throughout the annual meeting in several presentations and abstracts.

Check back throughout the week for live updates from the meeting.


Kelley Schreiber

Kelley Schreiber is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her new kitten, and exploring new foods.