Diagnostic Challenges In Fine Needle Aspiration and Exfoliative Cytology

Florence, FI IT
October 14, 2015 to October 16, 2015

As the body of knowledge in the field of Cytopathology has increased dramatically over the past few years, especially with regards to application of new technology, the necessity for a course which provides a comprehensive broad-spectrum updates on Cytology has become relevant.

“Diagnostic Challenges in Fine Needle Aspiration and Exfoliative Cytology”  has been planned to be a tool to improve diagnostic skills of pathologists who need in their everyday’s practice to have rapid answers based on limited biological material.

The course will be conducted by Faculty who have extensive experience in dealing with challenging cases in Cytopathology. Introductory didactic lectures will go through a broad range of Fine Needle Aspiration sites that are more amenable to errors including thyroid, lung, salivary glands and abdomen examining areas of diagnostic difficulty and related clinical implications.  Attention will be also paid to Urine cytology in order to review and discuss morphologic criteria to achieve correct diagnoses.

The course will offer participants 5 slide seminar sessions which by using case-based discussion will introduce the important issues and challenging cases both in FNA and Exfoliative cytology. Cases with discrepant diagnoses will be presented, with emphasis on differential diagnosis and detailed cytologic criteria. Pertinent ancillary studies, such as immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry and molecular analyses will be discussed when applicable. Participants will be encouraged to informally discuss cases. 

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Ospedale S.Andrea, La Spezia, Italy. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 17.50 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Target Audience


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the CME activity, the participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the common challenges and diagnostic discrepancies encountered in the field of Fine Needle Aspiration and Exfoliative Cytology.
  • Recognize the causes of pitfalls in Cytopathology practise, and how to best avoid them.
  • Adopt a practical approach to manage with challenging cases.
  • Understand the cytological features seen in problematic Metastatic Malignancies of Unknow Primary and compare different entities which may pose relevant difficulties in differential diagnosis.
Additional information


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 17.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/14/2015 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/16/2015 - 3:00pm CDT
Auditorium S. Apollonia
Via San Gallo, 25 – Florence, Italy
Florence, FI 50129

Auditorium S. Apollonia - Via San Gallo, 25

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Course Organizer:
Franco Fedeli, MD
Anatomia Patologica - Ospedale S. Andrea, La Spezia - Italy

Faculty Board:
Franco Fedeli, MD
Anatomia Patologica - Ospedale S. Andrea, La Spezia - Italy

Saul Suster, MD
Department of Pathology
Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI, USA


Course Directors:
Jan F. Silverman, MD
Department of Pathology and Laboratory
Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Tarik M. Elsheikh, MD
Cleveland Clinic Laboratories
Department of Anatomic Pathology
Cleveland, OH, USA

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Available Credit

  • 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 17.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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