7th Annual CME Course Pathology of Melanoma and Melanocytic Proliferations: Comprehensive Review and Update

    Event Date: 
    Thu, 04/14/2016 (All day) - Sat, 04/16/2016 (All day)

    SAVE THE DATE! APRIL 14-16, 2016



    7th Annual CME Course 

    Pathology of Melanoma and
    Melanocytic Proliferations:
    Comprehensive Review and Update

    Again with High-Definition Projection! 





    Online registration available soon 


    Honorary Guest:Phillip H. McKee, M.D., FRCPath. (France)



    * Arnaud De La Fouchardiere, M.D., Ph. D. (Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon, France)

    * David Elder, M.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA)

    * Pedram Gerami, M.D. (Northwestern University, Chicago, IL)

    * Whitney High, M.D., MEng (University of Colorado, Aurora, CO)

    * Martin C. Mihm, M.D. (Harvard University, Boston, MA)

    * Jeffrey Ross, M.D. (Foundation Medicine, Boston, MA)

    * Janis Taube, M.D. (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD)

    * Sook Jung Yun, M.D., Ph. D. (Chonnam National University, South Korea)

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


    Case presentations illustrating key topics/differential diagnoses related to superficial melanocytic proliferations presented by the authors of this recent book: 


    *Dysplastic nevus vs. superficial spreading melanoma * tramatized nevus vs. superficial spreading melanoma * Lentigo maligna vs. solar lentigo vs. reactive lentifinous nevus vs. acral melanoma * atypical genital nevus vs vulvar melanoma * nail melanoma vs. atypical nail nevus vs. nail lentigo * pigmented spindle cell nevus vs. spitzoid melanoma ... More 


    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 room at a significantly discounted group rate 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.  A

    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, and to improve attendees' diagnostic skills. The main topic of this year’s Course will be the Pathology of Melanoma andMelanocytic Proliferations: Comprehensive Review and Update. The level of instruction is high designed for need of experienced pathologists and fellows preparing for specialty boards. After attending the participants should become familiar with the most common and important types of melanocytic proliferations, be able to assess the need for additional molecular studies in evaluation of difficult melanocytic lesions and have better understanding of approach to diagnosis of difficult melanocytic lesions used by melanoma experts. The Course Faculty, experts in the field, will present a number of interesting cases illustrating salient features and potential diagnostic pitfalls associated with most types of melanocytic proliferations.


    The Course will also include optional faculty-led small group sessions at a multi-headed microscope.

    Agenda (subject to minor changes):

    Thursday 4/14/2016

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

    7:30am - 10:00am Didactic Session I: Introduction

    • Artur Zembowicz: Overview of the current state of the art of pathologyof melaoncytic tumors
    • Sook Jung Yun/Arnaud De La Fouchardiere: Genetics of melanocytic lesions and melanoma: implications for classification, diagnostic tests and emerging treatments
    • David Elder: Epidemiology of Melanocytic Lesions
    • Janis Taube: Emerging treatment options in melanoma: Targeted therapies and immune checkpoint therapies

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

    10:30am - 12:30pm: Didactic Session II: Superficial atypical melanocytic proliferations I

    • David Elder: Dysplastic nevus
    • Sook Jung Yun: Low CSD melanocytic prolifrations
    • Sook Jung Yun: Superficial melanocytic proliferations of acral skin
    • David Elder: Superficial melanocytic pathology

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

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

    • Whitney High: Special variants of melanocytic nevi
    • Artur Zembowicz: Blue nevi and variants
    • Martin C. Mihm: Melanocytic proliferations in children

    4:00pm - 4:30pm Coffee Break

    4:30pm - 6:30pm Didactic Session IV

    • Interesting Case Presentations/Invited Speaker Presentations: TBD

    Whitney High: Medico-legal aspects of practice of pathology

    6:30pm - 8:00pm Official Course Reception
    Friday, April 15, 2016

    7:00am - 12:00pm Show and Tell with Microscopes (optional sessions, separate registration required)

    • 7:00am - 8:00am Artur Zembowicz: Blue nevi, pigmented epithelioid melanocytoma, malignant blue nevi, nevoid melanoma
    • 8:00am - 9:00am Arnaud De La Fouchardiere: Melanocytic tumors with known molecular characteristics
    • 9:00am - 10:00am Pedram Gerami: Melanocytic tumors with known molecular characteristics.
    • 10:00am - 11:00am Sook Jung Yun: Superficial atypical melanocytic proliferations I (acral, mucosal, nail)
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm David Elder: Superficial atypical melanocytic proliferations II

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

    12:30pm - 2:30pm  Didactic Session V: Surgical Pathology of Melanoma

    • Martin C. Mihm: AJCC staging and reporting melanoma: state of the art and insights into the future
    • Pedram Gerami: Clinical perspective I: Clinicopathological correlation in assessment of atypical moles
    • TBD: Soft Tissue Mimics of Melanoma and Melanocytic tumors/ mucosal melanocytic lesions

    2:30pm - 3:00pm: Coffee Break

    3:00pm - 5:00pm Didactic Session VI: Molecular Diagnostic Adjuncts in Melanoma

    • Artur Zembowicz: Melanoma FISH
    • Pedram Gerami: Gene expression profiling
    • Arnaud De La Fouchardiere: Immunohistochemistry and comparative hybridization
    • Jeff Ross: Next Gene Sequencing 

    5:00pm - 5:30pm: Coffee Break 

    5:30pm - 6:30pm Didactic Session VII: Dermatopathology in a Hospital Setting: Teaching Point Presentations 

    • Sook Jung Yun: TBD
    • David Elder: TBD
    • Whitney High: TBD
    • Arnaud De La Fouchardiere: TBD
    • Pedram Gerami: TBD
    • Artur Zembowicz: TBD

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

    7:30am - 10:00am Working Breakfast and Didactic Session VIII: Difficult Borderline Melanocytic Tumors

    • Artur Zembowicz: Introduction
    • Pedram Gerami: Atypical spitz tumors
    • Arnaud De La Fouchardiere: BAPomas and Spitz tumors with gene fusions
    • Pedram Gerami: Difficult melanocytic tumors: lessons learned from FISH and expression profiling

    10:00am - 10:30am Coffee Break 

    10:30am - 12:30pm Didactic Session IX: Variants of melanoma

    • Artur Zembowicz: Conjunctival melanocytic lesions
    • Arnaud De La Fouchardiere: Histologic Variants of Melanoma
    • TBD

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

    2:00pm - 4:00pm Didactic Session X: Atypical Superficial melanocytic proliferations II

    • David Elder: TBD
    • Sook Jung Yun: Melanocytic lesions of the nail unit
    • David Elder: Lentiginous junctional melanocytic proliferations       



    Physician Attendee Entire 3 day course:



    • Early Registration Fee $995 (deadline 3/1/2016)
    • Full Fee $1100


    Physician-In-Training, Entire 3 day Course

    Early Registration fee (with free Course receptions) $695 (deadline 3/1/2106)

    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 15, 2016.  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:

    Applied for 25.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s), 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):

    SAMs are a specific form of Category 1 CME required by the American Board of Pathology 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.  10 SAMs will be offered.

    American Board of Dermatology Maintenance of Certification Requirements: 

    The course will offer 40 Self Assessment Questions.


    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 Patrice Green 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



    Online registration available soon 

    Area amenities include: 


    Some Optional Activities at the Venue (not part of the course, but available through the hotel):


    Marilyn Monroe Spa               4th floor Pool and Whirlpool


    Golf Hyatt                              Roof top Tennis



    Some Additional Area Attractions: 

               San Diego Zoo

    SeaWorld San Diego            





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