2013 Dermpedia Course: Comprehensive Dermatopathology Course on Soft Tissue Tumors and Update on Melanoma

Dermpedia Courses are made available by Dermatopathology Consultations LLC (Boston, MA) www.dermatopathologyconsultations.com

For more information about the venue, please call 1-617-549-1168 or send an email to courses@dermpedia.org

Course Venue:

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. A limited block of rooms at significantly discounted group rate (from $299 per night) available through online registration. This 5 star resort is conveniently located 35 minutes drive time from Phoenix International Airport and 4 hours from Grand Canyon.


Course Objectives:

The objective of Dermpedia Courses is to provide the most comprehensive in-depth updates on selected topics pertinent to everyday practice of skin pathology and dermatology.

Two days of the Course will be devoted to a Comprehensive Review of Soft Tissue Tumors. In this module we will discuss entities and critical differential diagnoses likely to be encountered by general pathologists and dermatopathologists. The Course Faculty, all recognized experts in the field, will present interesting cases illustrating salient features and potential diagnostic pitfalls associated with common and less common soft tissue tumors.

The third day of the Course will be an Update on Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations. This 7 hour module, offered as a separate registration, will provide a practical update on diagnosis, classification and management of melanocytic lesions. This module is intended for a broader audience also including dermatologists and nurse practitioners utilizing skin biopsy in their practice. The Course participants are expected to learn about the importance of clinicopathological correlation in management of pigmented lesions and emerging molecular technologies, markers and treatments of melanoma. A significant amount of time will be devoted to discussing the most common diagnostic problems facing dermatopathologists and pathologists in routine practice.

Participants will be encouraged to submit their own cases for discussion on Dermpedia website. The Course will also include optional small group sessions at a multiheaded microscope.


Topics subject to minor chanages):

Soft tissue tumors #1

-Nodular fasciitis and fibrous/fibroblastic proliferations:
Nodular fasciitis
Ischemic vasciitis (atypical decubitus fibroplasia)
Fibroma of tendon sheath
Extraabdominal fibromatosis
Proliferative fasciitis
Nuchal fibroma
Desmoplastic fibroblastoma (collagenous fibroma)
Plantar fibromatosis
-Pediatric spindle cell tumors:
Fibrous hamartoma of infancy
Infantile digital fibromatosis
Solitary myofibroma
Infantile or congenital fibrosarcoma
Giant cell fibroblastoma
Sclerosing epithelioid fibrosarcoma
Low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma
Hyalinizing spindle cell tumor with giant rosetts
Myxoinflammatory fibroblastic sarcoma
-Fibrohistiocytic and xanthmatous lesions:
Fibrous histiocytoma
Cellular fh
Epithelioid fh
Aneurysmal fh
Lipidized (ankle type) fh
Juvenile xanthogranuloma
Tumoral Atypical Mycobacteria infection
Crystal-storing histiocytosis
Silica reaction
Cutaneous Rosai-Dorfman disease
Atypical fibroxanthoma
Pleomorphic dermal sarcoma
-CD34-positive tumors:
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
Fibrosarcomatous variant of DFSP
Superficial acral fibromyxoma
Solitary fibrous tumor
Bednar tumor
-Various fibrohistiocytic lesions:
Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma
Giant cell tumor of tendon sheaths
Soft tissue giant cell tumor
Granular cell tumors
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor
Calcifying aponeurotic fbroma
Calcifying fibrous pseudotumor
Phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor
Lecture: Molecular adjuncts in diagnosis of spindle cell neoplasms
Chondroid lipoma
Fat free spindle cell lipoma
Pleomorphic lipoma
Spindle cell lipoma
Atypical lipomatous tumor (well-differentiated liposarcoma
Myxoid liposarcoma
Round cell/dedifferentiated liposarcoma
Pleomorphic liposarcoma
-Variants of hemangioma:
Acquired tufted angioma
Hobnail hemangioma
Spindle cell hemangioma
Epithelioid hemangioma
Glomeruloid hemangioma
Epithelioiod hemangioma arising in a large vessel (penis or temporal artery)
Verrucous hemangioma
Masson's tumor
-Congenital and acquired vascular lesions of infancy:
Infantile hemangioma
Congenital hemangiomas non-regressing
Congenital hemangiomas regressing
Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma
Intravascular pyogenic granuloma
-Intermediate vascular tumors:
Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma
Hobnail hemangioendothelioma
Retiform hemangioendothelioma
Composite hemangioendothelioma
Patch-stage Kaposi sarcoma
-Variants of angiosarcoma:
Classic angiosarcoma
Low-grade angiosarcoma
Acquired progressive lymphangioma
Epitheloid angiosarcoma
Radiation-induced atypical vascular lesion
Localized massive lymphedema
Bacillary angiomatosis
Endemic nodular Kaposi sarcoma

Soft tissue tumors #2
-Smooth muscle and perivascular tumors:
Cutaneous leiomyosarcoma
Glomus tumor
Malignant glomus tumor
Perivascular myoma/pericytoma
Pilar leiomyoma
Metastatic GIST (for fun)
Rhabdomyomatous hamartoma of skin
-Soft tissue tumors of the genital areas:
Myofibroblastoma (of breast)
Angiomyofibroblastoma (vulvar)
Cellular angiofibroma
Aggressive angiomyxoma
-Chondromyxoid tumors:
Mixed tumor/parachordoma
Superficial angiomyxoma
Cutaneous PEComa
Pleomorphic angiectatic tumor of soft parts
Ossifying fibromyxoid tumor
Didactic session VI: Tumors with neural differentiation
-Neural tissue tumors:
Soft tissue perineuroma
Sclerosing perineuroma
Hybrid schwannoma/perineurioma
Derm sheath myxoma
Epithelioid schwannoma
Cellular neurothecoma
Plexiform fibrohistiocytic tumor
Epithelioid sacoma, proximal type
Epithelioid sarcoma
Epithelioid sarcoma missed as granuloma annulare
Subcutaneos granuloma annulare
Cutaneous clear cell sarcoma
Cutaneous menigioma
Ectopic meningothelial hamartoma

Melanoma (also available as a separate registration)

  • Update on histologically ambiguous melanocytic lesions.
  • Classification of melanocytic lesions
  • Melanoma FISH in evaluation of histologically ambiguous melanocytic lesions
  • FISH in melanoma: new probes and future directions.
  • Soluble adenylate cyclase in diagnosis of melanoma
  • Dysplastic nevi: clinician's perspective
  • Classification and grading of atypia in melanocytic nevi.
  • Atypical melanocytic tumors of childhood
  • Staging and reporting melanoma including sentinel lymph node sampling
  • Braf-targeting therapies in melanoma
  • Atypical genital nevus
  • Lentigo maligna
  • Denovo intrapithelial melanocytic dysplasia
  • Nail melanoma
  • Lentiginous melanoma
  • 8q24 melanoma
  • Pigmented epitheliod melanocytoma
  • Conjunctival melanoma

Daily Agenda:

Thursday, 4/11/2013

  • 7:00am-8:00pm Registration/Continental Breaskfast
  • 7:30am-10:00am Didactic session I: Fibrous tissue tumors, fibromatoses and immunohistochemistry (click here to see cases to be discussed during this session)
    • (T. Menzel) Nodular Fasciitis and Fibrous Fiborblastic Proliferations
    • (J. Hornick) Pediatric Spindle Cell Tumors
    • (S. Billings) Fibrosarcomas
    • (A. Gown) Molecular Adjuncts in diagnosis of spindle cell tumors
  • 10:00am-10:30am Coffee break
  • 10:30am-12:30pm Didactic session II: Fibrohistiocytic tumors (click here to see cases to be discussed during this session)
    • (A. Zembowicz) Variants of dermatofibroma and xanthomatous lesions
    • (T. Brenn) Fibrohustiocytic tumors Part II Rosai-Dorfman disease and atypical fibroxanthoma
    • (R. Scolyar) CD34 Positive tumors
    • (S. Billings) Various fibrohistiocytic and other lesions
  • 12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch break (on your own)
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Didactic session III: Vascular tumors (click here to see cases to be discussed during this session)
    • (S. Billings) Variants of hemangioma
    • (T. Mentzel) Vascular lesions of infancy
    • (R. Scolyer) Intermediate grade vascular tumors
    • (J. Hornick) Retiform hemangioendothelioma and Dabska tumor
    • (T. Brenn) Angiosarcoma
  • 4:00pm-4:30pm Coffee break
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm Didactic session IV: Lipomatous tumors (click here to see cases to be discussed during this session)
    • (S. Billings) Lipomas
    • (P. McKee) Reflections on a lifetime in dermatopathology
    • (T. Mentzel) Liposarcoma
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm Official Course Wine and Cheese Reception

Friday, 4/12/2013

  • 7:00am-12:00am Show and Tell with Microscopes Sessions (optional, separate registration required)
    • 7:00am- 8:00am Zembowicz (melanoma)
    • 8:00am- 9:00am Billings (soft tissue)
    • 9:00am-10:00am Brenn (soft tissue and melanoma)
    • 10:00am-11:00am Hornick (soft tissue)
    • 11:00am-12:00am Mentzel (soft tissue)
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch break (on your own)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm Didactic session V: Smooth muscle, perivascular chondroid tumors (click here to see cases to be discussed during this session)
    • (T. Brenn) Smooth muscle and perivascular tumors
    • (T. Mentzel) Soft tissue tumors of genital areas
    • (J. Hornick) Chondromyxoid tumors
    • (S. Billings) Tumors of uncertain histogenesis
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm Coffee break
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm Didactic session VI: Tumors with neural differentiation (click here to see cases to be discussed during this session)
    • (J. Hornick) Neural tissue tumors
    • (S. Billings) Cellular neurothekoma and plexiform foborhistiocytic tumor
    • (J. Hornick) Epithelioid sarcoma
    • (T. Mentzel) Clear cell sarcoma and meningothelial tumors
  • 5:00pm-5:30pm Coffee break
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm Didactic session VII:A teaching point: Faculty competition (click here to see cases to be discussed during this session)
    • (S. Billings) Living on the edge: clues to diagnosis at the periphery of
    • (T. Brenn) EGR as a useful endothelial cell marker
    • (J. Hornick) Not all S100-positive malignant tumors are melanomas: how not to confuse melanoma and MPNST
    • (T. Mentzel) Tumoral extrafacial granuloma faciale: Not all tumors are neoplasms
    • (R. Scolyer) How to avoid misdiagnosing metastic melanoma as a primary
    • (A. Zembowicz) Best practice of signing out a superficial biopsy of a dermal tumor consistent with AFX

Saturday, 4/13/2013

  • 7:30am-10:00am Didactic session VIII/Continental Breakfast: Update on histologically ambiguous melanocytic lesions: promise and pitfalls.
    • (R. Scolyer) Melanoma field: where we are and where we are going
    • (A. Zembowicz) Diagnostic adjuncts in diagnosis of melanocytic proliferations
    • (C. Magro)Borderline melanocytic tumors
  • 10:00am-10:30am Coffee break
  • 10:30am-12:30pm Didactic session IX: Nevi
    • (T. Brenn) Atypical melanocytic tumors of childhood
    • (R. Scolyer) Staging and reporting melanoma including evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes
    • (M. Rabkin) Classification and grading atypia in melanocytic nevi
    • 30 minute Q & A: Faculty Panel session with all faculty from Melanoma Course participating
  • 12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch on your own
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Didactic session X: Varia
    • (R. Scolyer) Amelanotic cellular blue nevus, Nail melanoma, Deep penetrating nevus
    • (T. Brenn) Atypical genital nevus
    • (C. Magro) Superficial atpical Spitz tumor and De Novo Intraepidermal Melnoctyic Dysplasia
    • (A. Zembowicz) Syringotropic Melanoma PEM Conjunctival Melanoma


Physician Attendee Entire 3-Day Course including Update on Melanoma:

  • Early registration fee (with free Course Reception) $975 (Deadline 1/31/2013)
  • Full fee $1050

Physician Attendee Update on Melanoma Course ONLY: $450

Physician in Training Entire 3-Day Course including Update on Melanoma :

  • Early registration fee (with free Course Reception) $595 (Deadline 1/31/2013)
  • Full fee $670

Physician in Training Update on Melanoma Course ONLY: $250

Nurse Practitioner Melanoma Only: $350

Physicians in Training Discount: We set aside a limited number of significantly discounted) admissions for physicians in training (residents and fellows). These admissions will be sold on the first-come, first-served basis. In order to qualify for the discounted fees you need to present a proof of being in training at the registration

To receive the discount you have to register as "physician in training" and enter "physician in training" code during registration.

Refund/cancellation policy

A refund will be issued if requested on or before Monday, March 11th. Refunds are issued in the full amount, less a $50.00 registration processing fee. Substitutions are always welcome. Refunds will not be issued after the specified date. All refunds must be requested in writing.

CME Credits:

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of dermatopathologists, pathologists, dermatologists and other health care professionals who incorporate dermatopathology consultations or procedures in their practice.

Community Medical Centers is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Community Medical Centers designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education. Support given by educational funding from Dermatopathology Consultations LLC..

Faculty disclosures are pending and any relevant disclosures will be listed.

American Board of Pathology Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs):

Community Medical Centers has been approved by the American Board of Pathology to provide Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs). SAMs are a specific form of Category 1 CME required by the ABP as part of its Maintenance of Certification Program. A self-assessment post-test -- with defined acceptable performance and performance and timely feedback will be available and is required to obtain SAMs credit. At least 10 SAMs will be awarded.


To preserve the ambience of the Course only a limited number of exhibitors will be allowed to present their services or products at the Course. Each exhibiting company will be provided with one 6 feet x 30 inches (or 16 inches if requested) table and free power outlet. The tables may be located in the breakout/coffee room allowing ample opportunity to interact with the participants and faculty. The room is located between the lecture room and the open patio and will be the social center of the Course.

The exhibitor's fee ($1,750) includes registration, participation in an official Course Reception and coffee breaks for 2 representatives. The exhibitors are eligible for all the resort discounts available to the students. The exhibitors will be asked to set up their displays according to the Hyatt policy. The exhibitors are responsible for all the costs of set up and transportation. The floor hours are Thursday and Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

In order to apply, please send an email to Patrice Green at courses@dermpedia.org and specify:

  1. Company Name
  2. Company Address
  3. Brief Description of the Products/Services
  4. Contact Person (Name, Address, email, telephone, fax)
  5. Number of Representatives

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