2017 Dermpedia Course: Soft Tissue Tumors Course

Dermpedia 8th Annual CME Course

Soft Tissue Tumors Course~Melanoma Update ~Precision Medicine Testing ~Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Course For Dermatopathologists and Experienced General Pathologists


* Steven Billings, M.D. (Cleveland, OH)

* Thomas Brenn, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPath (Edinburgh, UK)

* Karen Fritchie, M.D. (Rochester, MN)

* Jason Hornick, M.D., Ph.D. (Boston, MA)

* Stephen Lyle, M.D., Ph.D. (Cambridge, MA)

* Paula North, M.D., Ph,D. (Milwaukee, WI)

* Michael Tetzlaff, M.D., Ph.D. (Houston, TX)

* Artur Zembowicz, M.D., Ph.D. (Boston, MA)

Invited Speakers:

* Johanna Moore, M.D. (Santa Maria, CA)

* Rajendra Singh, M.D. (New York, NY)

Dermpedia courses are made available by Dermatopathology Consultations, LLC (Needham Heights, MA), www.dermatopathologyconsultations.com

For more information about this event, please call 1-617-549-1168 or send email to: courses@dermpedia.org

Course Venue:

Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego. A limited block of rooms at a significantly discounted group rate are available through online registration. This oceanfront hotel is the tallest urban waterfront resort on the West coast. Featuring roof-top tennis, pool, whirlpool, firepit, spa, and 24 hour fitness facilities, the Manchester Grand Hyatt is also centrally located.

Course Objectives:

We expect to discuss the following entities:


Thursday 4/20/2017

7:00am -8:00am Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:30am - 10:00am Didactic Session I: Introduction/Staging, Classification and Molecular Diagnostic Adjuncts in Soft Tissue Tumors

  • Artur Zembowicz: Welcome and Introduction
  • Jason Hornick: Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Genetic Techniques
  • Karen Fritchie: Fibrous Tissue Tumor and Fibromatoses
  • Thomas Brenn: CD34-Positive Spindle Cell Tumors
  • Artur Zembowicz: Variants of Dermatofibroma

10:00am - 10:30am: Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:30pm: Didactic Session II - Spindle Cell Neoplasms

  • Steven Billings: Fibrosarcomas
  • Artur Zembowicz: Atypical Fibroxanthoma and Pleomorphic Sarcoma
  • Steven Billings: Various Fibrohistiocytic Lesions
  • Karen Fritchie: Bone Pathology for (dummies)Dermatopathologists

12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Didactic Session III - Vascular Lesions

  • Steven Billings: Rare Variants of Hemangioma
  • Jason Hornick: Intermediate Grade Vascular Tumors
  • Thomas Brenn: Variants of Angiosarcoma
  • Jason Hornick: Chondromyxoid Tumors

4:00pm - 4:30pm: Coffee Break

4:30pm - 6:30pm: Didactic Session IV - Pediatric Vascular Lesions and Other Topics

  • Paula North: Pediatric Vascular Lesions and Malformations
  • Thomas Brenn: Fibrohistiocytic Lesions
  • Johanna Moore: Ischemic Fasciitis
  • Rajendra Singh: PathPresenter.com A Web-Based Personal Library of Soft Tissue (and every specialty) Cases

6:30pm - 8:00pm: Course Reception

Friday 4/21/2017

7:00am - 12:00pm: Optional Small Group Microscope Sessions

12:00am - 12:30pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

12:30pm - 2:30pm: Didactic Session V - Fatty Tissue Tumors

  • Steven Billings: Lipomas
  • Jason Hornick: Liposarcomas
  • Thomas Brenn: Smooth Muscle and Perivascular Tumors
  • Karen Fritchie: Soft Tissue Tumors of Genital Areas

3:00pm - 5:00pm: Didactic Session VI - Pediatric Pathology, Genital Soft Tissue Tumors and Tumors of Uncertain Histogenesis

  • Paula North: Pediatric Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Steven Billings: Cutaneious Clear Cell Sarcoma and Meningioma
  • Steven Billings: Tumors of Uncertain Histogenesis

5:00pm - 5:30pm: Coffee Break

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Didactic Session VII - Teaching Point Presentations

  • Steven Billings: Clues to the Diagnosis at the Edges of Tumors
  • Thomas Brenn: Desmoplastic Melanocytic Tumors
  • Jason Hornick: Melanoma or Bust
  • Paula North: Vascular or Not?

Saturday 4/22/2017

7:30am - 10:00am: Working Breakfast and Didactic Session VIII - Tumors of Uncertain Histogenesis and Neural Tissue

  • Jason Hornick: Tumors with Neural Differentiation
  • Artur Zembowicz: Non-mesenchymal Tumors Mimicking Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Jason Hornick: Cellular Neurothecoma and Plexiform Fibrohistiocytic Tumors
  • Jason Hornick: Epithelioid Sarcoma and Related Entities

10:00am - 10:30am: Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:30pm: Didactic Session IX - Precision Onocology and Pathology Laboratory Practice: Next Gene Sequencing, Targeted Therapies and PD1 Staining

  • Stephen Lyle: Next Gene Sequencing
  • Michael Tetzlaff: Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Didactic Session X - Update on Melanoma and Merkel Cell Carcinoma

  • Michael Tetzlaff: Update on Spitz Tumors and Blue Nevi
  • Artur Zembowicz: Update on Pigmented Epithelioid Melanocytoma
  • Michael Tetzlaff: Update on Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Artur Zembowicz: Concluding Remarks

Course Concludes


Physician Attendee Entire 3 day Course:

  • Early Registration Fee $995 (deadline 3/30/2017)
  • Full Fee $1100

Physician-In-Training, Entire 3 day Course:

  • Early Registration Fee $695 (with complimentary receptions)
  • (deadline 3/30/2017)
  • Full Fee $770

Physician-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 a first-come, first-served basis. In order to qualify for the discounted fees you need to present proof of being in training at registration.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

A refund will be issued if requested on or before March 20, 2017. Refunds are issued in the full amount, less a $50.00 processing fee. After the deadline, only the credits towards tuition for future courses amounting to 50% of the course fee will be offered. All refunds must be requested in writing or by email.

CME Credits:

Approved for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s), (and up to 25 Credits for those participating in optional small group microscopic sessions). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty disclosures will be listed in the Course Handout.

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

Dermpedia 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 timely feedback will be available and is required to obtain SAMs credit.

10 SAMs will be offered.


To preserve the ambience of the course only a limited number of exhibitors will be allowed to present their services or products. 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 break area, allowing ample opportunity to interact with the participants and faculty. The area will be the social center of the course.

The exhibitor's fee includes registration, participation in our official Course Reception and coffee breaks for two representatives. The exhibitors are eligible for any discounts available to 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 7:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday from 7:00am - 1:00pm.

In order to apply, send an email to Margaret K. Cho at courses@dermpedia.org and specify:

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