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  Suggested Topics 2012

 

Updated December 21, 2011

The topics below are divided by committee area of expertise, and are meant to be thought-starters. Any topic that an author or committee feels is important will be considered. Prior to submission the author should contact the NewsPath® staff or editor for topic approval at newspath@cap.org.

2012 Topics

  • Newly-Approved Hepatitis C Drugs: What Clinicians Need to Know What the New Therapies Mean for Patients
  • Targeted Therapies and Companion Diagnostic Tests
    (Pharmacogenomics)

Autopsy Committee

  • Submit any topics to the NewsPath editor for consideration.

Cancer Committee

  • Colon cancer screening—ACS Guidelines
  • Breast cancer prognostic markers
    (ER, PR, Her2/neu etc.)
  • Genetic testing for Breast Cancer
    (Also a possible topic for the Molecular Pathology Committee)
  • Genetic testing for Colon cancer
    (Multiple articles if necessary—e.g. FA, HNPCC etc.)
    (Also a possible topic for the Molecular Pathology Committee)

Cytopathology Committee

  • Role of FNA in EUS procedures for pancreatic masses
  • EUS-guided FNA an overview
  • The role of location-guided (imager) technology in Pap test screening
  • Cervical Cancer Screening—ACS Guidelines

Forensic Pathology Committee

  • Submit any topics to the NewsPath editor for consideration.

Neuropathology Committee

  • Submit any topics to NewsPath editor for consideration.

Surgical Pathology Committee

  • Angiosarcoma Breast
  • Dysplasia in the Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Histological Features of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)

Immunohistochemistry Committee

  • Advances and uses of immunohistochemistry
    (general and specific)

Histotechnology Committee

  • Submit any topics to the NewsPath editor for consideration.

Chemistry Resource Committee

  • Preanalytic variation in laboratory tests
  • Update on cholesterol testing
  • Interpretation of liver enzymes
  • Evaluation of renal function
    (serum and urine)
  • Evaluation of serum proteins: SPEP
  • Clinical uses and significance of PSA
    (total and intact)
  • Clinical uses and significance of CRP =
  • Clinical uses and significance of BNP
  • Clinical uses and significance of ischemia-modified albumin

Instrumentation Committee

  • Submit any topics to the NewsPath editor for consideration.

Special Chemistry Committee

  • General principles of TDM
    (general and specific)
  • Infertility testing
    (Also a possible topic for the Reproductive Medicine Committee)
  • Evaluation of gonadal dysfunction
  • Evaluation of adrenal dysfunction
  • Evaluation of pituitary dysfunction
  • Evaluation of Ca+2/Phos metabolism

Toxicology Resource Committee

  • Acetaminophen toxicity
  • Alcohol testing
  • Heavy metal testing
  • Emergency drug testing
  • Drugs of abuse screening
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Environmental toxins

Quality Practices Committee

  • Submit any topics to the NewsPath editor for consideration.

Coagulation Resource Committee

  • Diagnosis and management of Hemophilia A and B
  • Diagnosis and management of Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Diagnosis and management of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia
  • Laboratory evaluation of lupus anticoagulants/anti-phospholipid antibodies
  • Laboratory evaluation of DIC
  • Laboratory evaluation of Hypercoagulability (Multiple articles if necessary)
    • Factor V Leiden
    • Protein C deficiency
    • Protein S deficiency
    • Antithrombin III deficiency
    • Hyperhomocystinemia
  • Lab management of patients on Heparin
  • Lab management of patients on LMW Heparin
  • Lab management of patients on Coumadin

Diagnostic Immunology Resource Committee

  • Work-up of ANAs and connective tissue diseases
  • Allergy testing
  • Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Immunodeficiency testing
  • Vasculitides

Hematology/Clinical Microscopy Resource Committee

  • Urine microscopy
  • Examination of a peripheral blood smear
  • Hemoglobin electrophoresis
  • Sickle cell testing
  • Red cell osmotic fragility testing
  • Flow cytometry
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma

Reproductive Medicine Committee

  • Infertility testing
    (Also a possible topic for the Special Chemistry Committee)
  • Prenatal Testing for Down’s Syndrome
  • Prenatal Testing in Advance Maternal Age (35 and older)
  • Semen analysis

Point of Care Committee

  • Submit any topics to the NewsPath editor for consideration.

Transfusion Medicine Resource Committee

  • Update on infectious risks of blood products
    (Focus on non-bacterial)
  • Platelet refractoriness
  • Platelet antibodies
  • Graft versus host disease
  • Hemolytic transfusion reactions
  • Basic blood bank testing
    (type and screen vs. type and cross)
  • Update on donor deferrals
  • Transfusion triggers
  • Blood product substitutes
  • TTP/HUS

CAP/ACMG Biochemical and Molecular Genetics Resource Committee

  • Newborn genetic screening
  • Submit any additional topics to the NewsPath editor for consideration.

CAP/ACMG Cytogenetics Resource Committee

  • Submit any topics to NewsPath editor for consideration.

Histocompatability/Identity Testing Committee

  • Submit any topics to the NewsPath editor for consideration.

Microbiology Resource Committee

  • 2010 Chicago Death of Person With the Plague
  • Bird Flu Coming Back
  • Creating a Disease Weather Map
    (Per the New York Times article about possible anthrax scare)
  • H1N1 Testing—What Clinicians Need to Know
  • Laboratory evaluation of perinatal infections
  • Update on Anthrax

Molecular Pathology Committee

  • Genetic testing for Breast Cancer
    (Also a possible topic for the Cancer Committee)
  • Genetic testing for Colon cancer
    (probably represents multiple topics – e.g. FA, HNPCC etc.)
    (Also a possible topic for the Cancer Committee)
  • Laboratory evaluation of Hypercoagulability (Multiple articles if necessary)
    (Also a possible topic for the Coagulation Resource Committee)
    • Factor V Leiden
    • Protein C deficiency
    • Protein S deficiency
    • Antithrombin III deficiency
    • Hyperhomocystinemia
 

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