2013 Comprehensive Dermatopathology Course on Soft Tissue Tumors and Update on Melanoma (also available as a separate registration)

    Event Date: 
    Thu, 04/11/2013 (All day) - Sat, 04/13/2013 (All day)

    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.


    Online registration available soon


    • Steven D. Billings, M.D., (Cleveland, OH)
    • Thomas Brenn, M.D., Ph.D. (Edinburg, UK)
    • Allen Gown, M.D. (Seattle, WA)
    • Jason L. Hornick , M.D., Ph.D. (Boston, MA)
    • Cynthia M. Magro, M.D. (New York, NY)
    • Thomas Mentzel , M.D. (Friedrikshaven , Germany)
    • Phillip H. McKee, M.D. (Sedona, AZ), 
    • Michael S. Rabkin, M.D., Ph.D. (Pittsburgh, PA)
    • Richard Scolyer, BMedSci MBBS MD FRCPA FRCPath  (Sydney Melanoma Unit).
    • Artur Zembowicz, M.D., Ph.D. (Boston, MA)


    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 competitio(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


    Hyatt Regency Sottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

    Optional Activities at the Venue:

    Golf Outing

    Welcome to a golfer's paradise in the Valley of the Sun, where 27 holes of championship golf grace the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa. The renowned and private Gainey Ranch Golf Club is exclusively available only to members and Hyatt guests. Surrounded by incredible scenery, under beautiful blue skies, Gainey Ranch offers a year-round exciting challenge for golfers of any skill level.  Each of the three distinct nine-hole courses of our Scottsdale golf resort, designed by Benz and Poellot, offers a different experience for players. The Lakes features varied terrain in a garden-like setting and plays around a variety of water features. Dunes is set along dramatic terrain, reminiscent of Scottish Courses. Arroyo, the longest and most open course, features a meandering desert wash that provides a natural hazard throughout the nine. On a daily basis, two nines are linked together to build a different 18-hole experience, which has been rated one of the top 75 golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest and one of the top 100 resort golf courses in the world by Golf Magazine,The Dermpedia Practical Dermatopathology Update Golf Outing includes all Green and Cart fees.  Prizes for Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive.  Tee times will be arranged by the course beginning at 8 AM.  Join your colleagues for a round of golf at one of the most spectacular courses in America.

    Taliesin West Tour

     Frank Lloyd Wright, recognized as the 20th century's greatest architect, literally created Taliesen West "out of the desert."  Wright and his apprentices gathered rocks from the desert floor and sand from the washes to build this desert masterpiece. Taliesin West showcases Wright's brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.Visit Wright's private office, the Cabaret Cinema, Music Pavilion, Seminar Theater and Mr. and Mrs. WRight's recently renovated personal living space which are all linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the rugged sonoran desert and Valley below.  Knowledgeable guides explain how the architecture relates to the natural desert and provide an overview of Wright's basic theories of design.  In addition, guests will visit the dramatic Living Room and sit in Wright-designed furniture.  Your guide will also provide an inspiring overview of Wright's design theories, the history of the site, and the interesting activities of the Taliesin Fellowship Community.  Finally, refreshments will be served in the colorful Taliesin Fellowship dining room with added in-depth commentary.

    Saddle Up

    Whether you're a drugstore cowboy or a city slicker, it's time to saddle up.  And we've got the horse for you!  Relax as our professional guides take you on the most scenic horseback riding trails in Arizona.  Enjoy the breathtaking sites as you wander by flowering cactus, rugged mountains, and abundant plant and animal life during your ride.  This scenic trail ride meanders through the lush Sonoran Desert, and gradually climbs to grassy mesas with soaring cottonwoods, sandy washes, and spectacular views.  A true Southwestern experience.  Includes round trip transportation via deluxe vehicles, professional wrangler guides and a one and one half hour trail ride.

    Online registration available soon


    For more information about the Hyatt please call 1-888-421-1442 or send an email at courses@dermpedia.org.

    To view pictures from the last year's 2012 Course: Melanoma Update, Critical & Urgent Diagnoses and Alopecia, view Gallery

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