This activity features three articles from the Molecular Cytopathology: Update On Molecular and Cytogenetic Applications of Cytologic Specimens—PART I and II special section in the November and December 2016 issues of Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Two of the articles included in this activity illustrate how and in what settings cytology samples offer advantages over small biopsies for routine molecular testing and even next-generation sequencing, and the third article reviews the current state of molecular testing for thyroid specimens derived from fine-needle aspiration
The activity also includes a 15-question post-test written by the article authors: Dr. Maria Arcila, Dr. Dara Aisner, Dr. Oscar Lin, and Dr. Daniel Merrick. The post-test checks your understanding of key points and contains brief case scenarios that allow you to apply article concepts.
The following articles are included in the activity:
- Shaozhou Ken Tian, J. Keith Killian, Natasha Rekhtman, Ryma Benayed, Sumit Middha, Marc Ladanyi, Oscar Lin, and Maria E. Arcila (2016) Optimizing Workflows and Processing of Cytologic Samples for Comprehensive Analysis by Next-Generation Sequencing: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Experience. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: November 2016, Vol. 140, No. 11, pp. 1200-1205.
- Dara L. Aisner, Mathew D. Rumery, Daniel T. Merrick, Kimi L. Kondo, Hala Nijmeh, Derek J. Linderman, Robert C. Doebele, Natalie Thomas, Patrick C. Chesnut, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Wilbur A. Franklin, and D. Ross Camidge (2016) Do More With Less: Tips and Techniques for Maximizing Small Biopsy and Cytology Specimens for Molecular and Ancillary Testing: The University of Colorado Experience. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: November 2016, Vol. 140, No. 11, pp. 1206-1220.
- Ming Zhang and Oscar Lin (2016) Molecular Testing of Thyroid Nodules: A Review of Current Available Tests for Fine-Needle Aspiration Specimens. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: December 2016, Vol. 140, No. 12, pp. 1338-1344.
After completing this SAM eligible activity and post-test, you should be able to:
- Choose among common tests to manage patients with indeterminate cytology diagnosis in thyroid lesions.
- Identify when the diagnosis should include molecular testing in combination with clinical, radiographic, and cytologic findings.
- Identify optimal specimen triage and handling techniques when performing molecular testing with scant samples.
- Employ accurate communication practices between the ordering clinician, physician performing the biopsy, couriers, and processing lab.
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CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 3.75
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Section 3 Credit
Accreditation in Canada: This event is an Accredited Self Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association Canadienne des Pathologistes. You may claim a maximum of 3.75 hours equivalent to 11.25 credits.
You have a total of three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you correctly answer 70% or more of the post-test items, you may claim credit. CME/SAM credit can be applied to the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Self-Assessment Module (SAM) requirements. The AMA requires that you pass the post-test in a enduring program to claim credit; therefore, if you do not pass, you cannot claim credit.
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