High-Yield Dermatopathology: Best practices, Algorithms, Clues and Approaches to Critical Problems in Everyday Practice. Advanced CME Course for Experienced Pathologists, Dermatologists and Dermatopathologists

    Event Date: 
    Wed, 05/13/2020 (All day) - Fri, 05/15/2020 (All day)

    News Alert and Update Re: Coronavirus

    Dear Attendees and Prospective Attendees,

    Organizing CME Courses has never been boring or stress-free. In the course of directing 16 events, we have had to overcome a long list of unexpected challenges to produce successful courses that feel effortless for attendees.

    Until recently, due to record attendance nearing venue capacity, the major challenge of the Krakow Course has been how to accommodate all the people who want to come. Last week, though, it became clear that the major risk to the success of this year's Course is coronavirus, its potential impact on people's ability to travel, and concern about health risks associated with holding large events in areas affected by the virus.

    Even though we have not had any cancellations yet, I am sure that many of our attendees or potential attendees have thought about this as well,

    I would like to share my approach to this situation.

    I think that the probability that we may have to cancel or reschedule the Course is not zero. However, it cannot be quantified at this point. I believe that until more information is available, we should proceed as scheduled. Therefore, as of today, the Course is on as planned. We are proceeding with our arrangements, contracts, booking flights for the faculty etc.

    While we are hoping for best, we are also preparing for the worst. First of all, I thought about what criteria we should use to cancel the event. I concluded that the best policy will be to follow recommendations issued by the health authorities at Jagiellonian University, the City of Krakow, Poland, the European Union, and the USA. As of today, these recommendations are to go about business as usual. If they decide that events like ours pose health risks to the participants or to the communities involved, we will cancel the event. I think that we will have better clarity about this in a month or so. Simultaneously, all participants should follow the recommendations of their home countries, communities, and employers. It is possible that the Course will go ahead but some participants will not be able to attend. I also understand that some people just may not feel comfortable travelling. We will make the Course Materials available to these attendees. I will also explore possibility of recording the event or using a streaming service to make the Course available online.

    If the course cannot be held in May, we will try to reschedule it for Fall/2020 or Spring/2021. Working with our colleagues at the Jagiellonian University we have already secured some possible backup dates at our venue. We are assessing feasibility of those dates in terms of availability of the faculty and other services that we need to ensure a successful event. I do not expect making any announcement about these dates until we have to postpone the event.

    For prospective attendees who want to attend the Course may do so here: http://www.cvent.com/d/46q5hh/4W, and take advantage of currently reduced airline tickets, and can stomach some risk, I would recommend purchasing travel insurance while making airline reservations.

    Being a born optimist, I believe that by early April, which at this point I consider as likely deadline for the final decision regarding the Course, we will learn to live with coronavirus and will be able to meet in beautiful Krakow and learn some dermpath from the best teachers at the best and most attended Dermpedia Course ever!

    This is all for now. I will keep you posted.

    Best Regards,

    Artur Zembowicz, M.D., Ph.D.
    Dermpedia Founder and Course Director

    Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
    Tufts Medical School

    c/o Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
    152 2nd Avenue
    Needham Heights, MA 02494

    Tel. 617-549-1168

    May 13-15, 2020 REGISTRATION OPEN


    Online registration available soon


    Course Director:

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


    Local Chair:

    * Grzegorz Dyduch (Krakow, Poland) 



    * Nooshin Brinster, MD (New York, NY)

    * Pedram Gerami, MD (Chicago, IL)

    * Philip LeBoit, MD (San Francisco, CA)

    * Phillip McKee, MB, MD, FRCPath (Boussais, France)


    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: 


    Course Venue:

    Jagiellonian University Medical College

    Krupnicza 33 Str

    Krakow, Poland

    Course Objectives: 

    • Will Learn and Incorporate Best Practices and Approach to Histological Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Conditions, emphasizing the importance on Clinicopathological Correlation.
    • Will Be More Knowledgeable on Updates to Classification of Melanocytic Tumors.
    • Will Have Better Understanding in Histological Differential Diagnosis of Atypical Lymphoid Infiltrates of the Skin.


    Dermpedia Sharing dermatology and dermatopathology knowledge



    Wednesday 5/13/2020

    7:00am -8:00am Registration, Coffee and Polish Pastries

    8:00am - 10:00am Didactic Session I - Lectures: Clinicopathological Correlations in Inflammatory Dermatopathology I

    • Artur Zembowicz: Welcome and Introduction. Approach to Diagnosis of Inflammatory Dermatoses: Which Histological Features Matter and When?
    • Phillip McKee: Clinicopathological Correlations #1. Best Cases from McKee's Derm Facebook Dermatopathology Social Medial Group
    • Philip LeBoit: How I Approach Interface Dermatitis.
    • Q&A

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

    10:30am - 12:30pm: Didactic Session II - Lectures: Clinicopathological Correlations in Inflammatory Dermatopathology II

    • Artur Zembowicz: How to be Helpful in Evaluation of Suspected Drug Eruptions: Focus on Common Drug Rashes.
    • Nooshin Brinster: Sorting out Non-infectious Neutrophilic Dermal Infiltrates
    • Pedram Gerami: Pediatric Inflammatory Conditions of Interest for a Dermatopathologist
    • Q&A

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

    2:30pm - 4:30pm: Didactic Session III - Lectures: Critical Diagnoses of Inflammatory Skin Conditions

    • Philip LeBoit: Granulomatous Dermatitis: Always Difficult Histological Differential Diagnosis In Spite of Decades in Practice. Clues to Specific Diagnoses and Pitfalls to Avoid.
    • Artur Zembowicz: Problem Areas in Diagnosis of Vasculitis and Vasculopathies: Beyond Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis
    • Nooshin Brinster: Key Histological Differential Diagnoses in Cutaneous Rashes: How to Confirm or Exclude Psoriasis or Connective Tissue Disease
    • Q&A

    4:30pm - 5:00pm: Coffee Break

    5:00pm - 7:00pm: Optional Slide Seminar - The Most Instructive Cases of My Career Part I

    • Artur Zembowicz
    • Philip LeBoit
    • Nooshin Brinster

    Thursday, 5/14/2020

    7:30am: Coffee and Polish Pastries

    8:00am - 10:00am Didactic Session IV- Lectures: Melanocytic Lesions and Melanoma I

    • Artur Zembowicz: 4th Edition of WHO Classification of Melanocytic Tumors: Translation of Genetic Pathways into Everyday Practice of Pathology
    • Pedram Gerami: Gene Fusion-Associated Melanocytic Tumors
    • Philip LeBoit: Intermediate-Grade Melanocytic Tumors: Melanocytomas, Nevoid Melanoma and Melanocytic Tumors of Uncertain Potential
    • Q&A - 

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

    10:30am - 12:30pm: Didactic Session V - Lectures: Melanocytic Lesions and Melanoma II

    • Artur Zembowicz: Classification and Grading of Benign Melanocytic Nevi: Why Size 4mm Become Criterion for Diagnosis of a Dysplastic Nevus in WHO Classificaiton of Skin Tumors and How to Avoid Missing Melanoma
    • Pedram Gerami: Melanocytic Tumors in Children Including Spitzoid Neoplasms and Congenital Nevi and Proliferative Nodules: Melanoma in Children is Rare But Does Occur.
    • Artur Zembowicz: Ophthalmic Pathology for Dermatopathologists. Mucosal Site and Specialized Ocular Adnexa Require Modification of Criteria Applicable to Extracutaneous Locations. How to Avoid Common Errors Made by Dermatopathologists and General Pathologists Diagnosing Lesions on the Eyelid and Conjunctiva
    • Q&A - 

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

    2:30pm -4:30pm: Didactic Session VI - Lectures: Various Topics

    • Artur Zembowicz: Non-mesenchymal mimics of soft tissue tumors or Fibrohistiocytic Tumors
    • Philip LeBoit: Pathologists Role In Clinicopathological Correlation: When Are We Responsible For the Final Diagnosis?
    • Nooshin Brinster: Words of Wisdom and Lessons Learned: Best Practices to Prevent Errors and Increase Diagnostic Accuracy in Routine Dermatopathology Practice
    • Q&A - 

    4:30pm - 5:00pm: Coffee Break

    5:00pm 7:00pm: Optional Slide Seminar : The Most Instructive Cases of my Career, Part II

    • Artur Zembowicz
    • Philip LeBoit
    • Pedram Gerami

    7:30pm - 9:00pm: Course Reception

    Friday, 5/15/2020

    7:30am - Coffee and Polish Pastries 

    8:00am - 10:00am: Didactic Session VII - Alopecia

    • Phillip McKee: Clinicopathological Correlations: Best Cases From McKee's Derm Facebook Dermatopathology Social Medial Group 2
    • Artur Zembowicz: Alopecia For Dummies. Algorithmic Approach to Diagnosis of Alopecia: How to Diagnose 80% of Alopecia Cases in a Minute or Less
    • Nooshin Brinster: How To Sort Out Difficult Alopecia Cases: Clinicopathological Correlations
    • Q&A - 

    10:00am - 10:30 - Coffee Break

    10:30am - 12:30pm: Didactic Session VIII - Lectures: Lymphomas and Atypical Lymphoid Infiltrates - Importance of Clinicopathological Correlation

    • Artur Zembowicz: Approach to Diagnosis of Atypical Lymphoid Infiltrates: Separating Mycosis Fungoides from it's Mimics
    • Philip LeBoit: Cutaneous Lymphomas: Beyond Mycosis Fungoides. How Not to Miss Aggressive Lymphomas and Not Overdiagnose Benign Lymphoid Infiltrate
    • Pedram Gerami: Cutaneous Lymphomas and Lymphoid Dyscrasias in Childhood: Lessons from Busy Lymphoma Clinic and Consultation Service
    • Q&A - 

    Course Concludes




    Physician Attendee:

    • Early Registration Fee 695$ (deadline 1/15/2020)
    • Full Fee $ 795.00

    Physician-In-Training/Retired Pathologist/ :

    • Early Registration Fee $595 (deadline 1/15/2020)
    • Full Fee $695


    • Exhibitor Fee $ 1500

    Optional Slide Seminars:

    •  $75 per Seminar

    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 April 13, 2020.  Refunds are issued in the full amount, less a $75.00 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:

    Community Medical Centers (CMC) has been reviewed by the Institute for Medical Quality, a subsidiary of the California Medical Association, and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for 6 years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that CMC delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.


    The ACCME System employs a rigorous process for evaluating institutions' CME programs according to standards that reflect the values of the educator community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire change, and champion improvement in healthcare. Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care, health, and wellness of their patients.


    We have applied for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s), (and up to 20 Credits for those participating in optional slide seminars). 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.


    In order to apply, send an email to Margaret K. Cho at  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


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