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Coagulation Testing: How Do We Get the Best Results?

Hemostasis/thrombosis is one of the most complex area of laboratory practice. While the impact of preanalytical variables on coagulation testing is well known, it can be difficult to control.

In this CAPcast, Dr. Kristi Smock, a pathologist and Medical Director at ARUP Hemostasis/Thrombosis Laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, discusses some of the best practices to ensure quality in the preanalytic phase of coagulation testing as well as identifying coagulation tests subject to requirements for calibration and AMR verification.

Cervical Adenocarcinoma: Cytology and Histology of Usual Type Adenocarcinomas and Special Variants

Many pathologists struggle with diagnostic questions surrounding cervical adenocarcinoma. In this CAPcast, Drs. Christina Kong and Teri Longacre, both pathologists with Stanford Healthcare in California, discuss the diagnostic challenges related to cervical adenocarcinoma, criteria for distinguishing reactive changes, as well as explaining the Silva classification system and how it applies to invasive adenocarcinomas.

Subspecialty Practice in Surgical Pathology: Pros & Cons

Subspecialty signout is becoming increasingly common in surgical pathology. In this CAPcast, Dr. Christa Whitney-Miller, Director of Surgical Pathology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, talks about what’s driving this change as well as the benefits and drawbacks.

How to Succeed as a Laboratory Director? Hard and Soft Skills.

Effective laboratory management not only benefits the staff, but improves patient safety and patient care. However, many laboratory directors grapple with serious issues related to budget constraints as well as responding effectively to demanding clinician colleagues, according to Dr. Paul Bachner, a professor and immediate past chairman of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

New Classifications for Cytology: Paris System for Urinary and Milan System for Salivary Gland

In this CAPcast, Dr. Jeffrey F. Krane, chief of the head and neck pathology service at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, and Dr. Eva Wojcik, Chair of Pathology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, discuss what pathologists need to know about these two new classification systems.

Pathologists Meeting With Patients: The Diagnostic Management Team Conference

In this CAPcast, Dr. Timothy Allen will discuss the real-time anatomic pathology diagnostic management team conference, a new concept in which the pathologist joins clinical and radiologic colleagues in real time, using HIPAA-compliant Skype technology, to discuss with a patient (and possibly also the patient’s family) the patient’s disease process including diagnosis, current treatment, and future management.

Crucial Survival Tips For The New Medical Director

New laboratory directors are rarely prepared for regulatory and accreditation issues that face them. Even very seasoned pathologists and laboratory directors struggle to keep up with new regulatory requirements that pose high risk. In this CAPcast, Dr. Christina M. Wojewoda, a pathologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, discusses these issues and shares her perspective on what new medical directors need to know about regulatory, accreditation, and compliance issues.

From Social Media to the Water Cooler: How Pathologists Can Be Better Communicators

Learning how to communicate effectively is a critical skill for pathologists, particularly those who are new in practice. Patients and clinicians rely on the pathologist’s ability to communicate— be it a pathology report, an email, at a tumor conference, a medical staff meeting or through the various types of social media. Indeed, a solid communication strategy will elevate your professional standing and more importantly, lead to better patient care, according to Dr. Eric Glassy.

MACRAscopic Analysis: What Pathologists Need to Know about CMS’s New Quality Payment Program

In this CAPcast, Dr. Diana Cardona discusses what pathologists need to know about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, also known as MACRA. Dr. Cardona, the Medical Director of the Surgical Pathology and Immunopathology Laboratories at Duke University Medical Center.

Why Soft Tissue Pathology Is Fun…Really!

Soft tissue pathology is uncommon in most settings. Many benign things look malignant and vice versa, sometimes presenting significant challenges for the general pathologist. But having a basic understanding of soft tissue pathology will aid in proper diagnosis and understanding when a consult is warranted, explains Dr. Nicole Riddle in this CAPcast interview.

How Pathologists Can Navigate the Gray Zones of Unprofessional Behavior

Unprofessional behaviors may occur at any level in any organization and can compromise workplace morale as well as patient care. In fact, unprofessional or unethical behaviors are among the most common reasons for disciplinary action taken by licensing boards and professional organizations.

In this CAPcast interview, Dr. Suzanne Powell discusses some common examples of unprofessional behavior, some approaches to responding to such behavior, and how to navigate sensitive issues of discrimination and privacy. Dr. Powell is Vice Chair of pathology at Houston Methodist, as well as Education Director of the AP/CP Residency Program.

How One Pathologist Helps Patients Confront the Dragon They are Slaying

When a breast cancer patient wanted to actually see her cancer cells—what she called the dragon she was slaying, she turned to Dr. Lija Joseph, a pathologist at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts. Since March of last year, Dr. Joseph has opened her laboratory to over 30 patients, allowing them to view their tissue under a microscope.

In this CAPcast interview, Dr. Joseph shares her experience with patients and how it has impacted her practice as a pathologist.

#Pathologists: The How’s and Why’s of Tweeting

Twitter use by physicians, especially pathologists, continues to rapidly grow. Twitter provides an easy-to-use communications platform for rapid education, news, and networking that helps busy pathologists stay engaged and informed without taking up much time. Many pathologists see the benefits of joining Twitter but are unsure about how to get started, according to Dr. Jerad Gardner, who is leading a session on this topic at CAP18. In this CAPcast, Dr. Gardner discusses why Twitter is a powerful tool for pathologists, his experience on Twitter helping patients and colleagues, as well as how to confront some common challenges when getting started on this social media platform.

Can you Hear Me Now? The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback Effectively

In the laboratory setting, feedback (or the lack thereof) extends beyond self-improvement and ultimately impacts patient care. In this CAPcast, Duke Health pathologist Dr. Sara Jiang discusses how to give and receive feedback effectively.

CAP18: What’s In It For Me?

This year’s CAP annual meeting features 25 new courses, creating a diverse portfolio of programs central to every pathologist’s daily practice.

In this CAPcast, Duke University pathologist Dr. Sarah Bean discusses how attending CAP18, held in Chicago, Oct. 20-24, can benefit pathologists. Dr. Bean is the Chair of the CAP Curriculum Committee.

How Residents Can Benefit from Attending CAP18

CAP18 offers a diverse portfolio of programs that are central to daily practice. The meeting enables participants to increase their breadth and depth of knowledge on “bread and butter topics” as well as gain insight into advances in pathology. In this interview, Dr. Eli Morey, chair of the CAP’s Residents Forum, discusses how the meeting can benefit residents.

Why I’m Attending CAP18: One Leading Pathologist’s Take

What does a leading pathologist get out of the CAP annual meeting? In this CAPcast, Dr. Jennifer Hunt, Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, discusses why she is attending CAP18, and what keeps her coming back to this annual meeting year after year.

Leading Social Media Physician Influencer Dr. Kevin Pho: Why Pathologists Should Be on Social Media

Not only is Dr. Kevin Pho a board-certified internal medicine physician, he is also a pioneer in the presence of physicians on social media, a topic he details in a book that he co-authored entitled, “Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices.”

Dr. Pho is the CAP18 spotlight speaker, and in this CAPcast interview, he will discuss how pathologists can make a profound difference through social media.