2018 Annual Scientific Symposium

Holiday Inn Muskegon–Harbor

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Program Schedule

FRIDAY JUNE 1, 2018      7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gather Friday evening to enjoy the camaraderie of friends you haven’t seen in a while or meet some new friends!  Create a “Gather” sign to decorate your own space. This workshop will be led by Jodi Koster, a local artisan and co-owner of the Yankee Pedlar located in Grand Haven, Michigan. Painting is involved, so dress appropriately. Light appetizers and adult beverages will be served. Must register by May 15 to reserve your spot. Fee: $35.00


Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast                          8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Workshops I                                                                              9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

#1 The Art of Embedding

Julie Eusebio

Leica Biosystems – Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Embedding is a critical step to obtaining good sectioning and making the proper diagnosis. The Art of Embedding offers three things to consider:

  • Orientation of tissues according to types and sizes.
  • Troubleshooting, ability to identify inappropriate placement of tissue in molds.
  • Using proper media, most commonly used paraffin.

#2 The Name of the Stains

Jean Mitchell, BS, HT (ASCP)

Newcomer Supply - Middleton, Wisconsin

Harris, Gomori, Van Gieson and many others are common stains and names spoken daily by histologists in their every-day working laboratory environment. But what do we really know about the names and these people we talk about every day? I will explore a name, add a face and detail the history to “the name of the stains” that have been our friends for many years without proper introduction. Isn’t it about time we really got to know them better?

Exhibits & Break                                                                       10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Workshops II                                                                             10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

#3 Grossing Technology for Clinical and Research Histology Laboratory

Izak Dimenstein, MD, PhD, HT(ASCP)

Grand Rapids, Michigan

This workshop is a guide on grossing technique details, such as preservation, filtration, inking, sampling, and orientation for embedding. Embedding automation will be discussed. The grossing techniques of selected gynecological, gastroenterological, and urology specimens will be presented by using examples taken from the grossing table. Grossing diverse types of skin specimens (shave, punch, excision, and other) require special attention. Renal, muscle, and nerve biopsy grossing techniques will also be discussed. Participants will become more familiar with grossing so-called ‘routine’ specimens. Bone grossing is presented for summarization of the pre-analytical phase of specimen processing principles in histology laboratory

#4 Update on Digital Pathology

J. Mark Tuthill, MD

Henry Ford Health System - Detroit, Michigan

Digital Pathology continues to be developed by vendors and deployed in health systems in support of patient care, education, and research. In 2017, the FDA, for the first time, approved a system for primary diagnosis. This session will address the current state of digital pathology using practical examples and recommendations for system selection and deployment.

Awards Lunch/Annual Business Meeting & Exhibitor Fair          12:15 – 1:30 PM

Workshops III                                                                              1:30 – 3:00 PM

#5 Kidney Biopsies in Histology

Sarah Britton, MS, HTL(ASCP)CM

Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak, Michigan

Medical kidney biopsies are crucial to the diagnosis of disease in pathology.  The diagnosis requires not just routine histology but Immunofluorescence and Electron Microscopy.  This presentation will discuss triaging of kidney biopsies to ensure adequate material for each study.  Time will be spent reviewing the commonly required stains on kidney biopsies: PASH, PASM, Masson Trichrome, DIF.  A review of normal kidney histology and changes seen in kidney disease will be discussed.

6 PD-L1 and MMR biomarkers: An overview of their biology and utility in the pathology lab.

Julian Boggiano, PhD

Roche Diagnostics Corporation – Tucson, AZ

An overview of the tumor microenvironment and PD-L1 biology will be presented, followed by information on the PD-L1 testing landscape and assay interpretation. In addition, mismatch repair (MMR) testing in colorectal cancer (CRC) will be discussed along with some examples of IHC staining.

Exhibits & Break                                                                        3:00 – 3:30 PM

Workshops IV                                                                             3:30 – 4:30 PM

#7 Help! I need some antibody, Help! Not just any antibody…

Rachel Workman, MS, HTL(ASCP)

Mercy Health St. Mary’s - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Learn to validate single and dual antibody stains for your laboratory and compliance with CAP.  Where do I start?  What controls or tissues do I use?  How many slides are required?  How do I pick a protocol to use?

#8 BxChipTM

Alysia Styrk, HT(ASCP)CM

Lumea – Orem, Utah

Goodbye with the old, in with the new. Improve patient care, with a new approach to processing prostate core biopsies. In this presentation, we will discuss prostate biopsies through current histology techniques comparatively to a new system, BxChipTM. BxChip™ is a tissue array designed to hold six needle core biopsies; resulting in higher quality slides for your pathologist, less waste, and more savings for your histology department.

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