Program Description: 

This educational activity is designed to provide both didactic teaching around current clinical pathology issues and interactive discussion of current issues confronting the clinical laboratories.  Pathology residents are assigned current cases that illustrate important, problematic, or interesting issues in the particular Clinical Pathology Area in which they are rotating.  Presentations are developed under the guidance of teaching faculty, and are designed to occupy one half of the one-hour time frame.  These are intended to be highly interactive case presentations with a didactic portion that typically involves an in depth literature review. The second half of the conferences involves presentation of challenging on-call cases, with broad input from trainees and faculty regarding appropriate handling of such cases, including technical, reporting, medical, and laboratory management issues.

Clinical pathology encompasses the broad field of non-anatomic laboratory medicine.  It includes fields as diverse as clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, and transfusion medicine, and effectively intersects with every area of clinical medicine.  As such, the volume of information needed to competently practice clinical pathology is enormous, and each sub-discipline within clinical pathology is advancing rapidly due to continuous progress in knowledge and technology.  Furthermore, many patient care issues are cross multiple CP disciplines, yet they are often handled in “silos.”  This exercise promotes robust interdisciplinary discussion of patient care issues in the laboratory.  Additionally, lab management issues are an important part of clinical pathology practice, yet few educational exercise address competencies in this area.  Finally, this conference will routinely address issues of systems-based practice and practice-based learning and improvement, competencies that are traditionally difficult to address in CME programs.

Target audience: 


Physician Assistants

Learning objectives: 
  1. Participants will be able to discuss important current issues in the various disciplines of clinical pathology.

  2. Participants will be able to place laboratory issues in a clinical context, and be able to provide timely and appropriate consultation to clinicians.

  3. Participants will be able to critically analyze a body of literature related to a specific laboratory topic and develop a best-practice approach to laboratory medicine.

  4. Participants will be able to discuss the performance characteristics of various laboratory tests, and understand their clinical value and their limitations.

  5. Participants will understand the basic technical aspects of various laboratory methodologies.

  6. Participants will become familiar with important aspects of daily laboratory management.

Faculty & credentials: 

In accordance with the ACCME® standard for Commercial Support Number 6, all in control of content disclosed any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Names:  Steven H. Kroft
Professor of Pathology, Vice Chair for Clinical Pathology
Phone:  414-805-6966

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclosure.


Patricia Wolf
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 805-8449
Session date: 
02/20/2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm CST
Dynacare Lab Building
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Pathology Aministration 18-Headed Scope Room
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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