2.5 CME/SAM CREDITS
Accurate and timely diagnosis of infectious entities in tissue and cytologic preparations requires recognition of characteristic morphologic features, formulation of an appropriate differential diagnosis, and interpretation of ancillary stains and studies. In this practical case-based course, faculty will present a spectrum of common infectious entities with an accompanying discussion of diagnostic approaches. The presentation will focus on common challenges, such as differentiation of yeasts in respiratory specimens, recognition of bacteria and their mimickers in tissue, and selection and interpretation of special stains (eg, Warthin-Starry silver stain for spirochetes, tissue Gram stain, and Ziehl-Neelsen stain). Participants will take away a pragmatic diagnostic approach for daily practice with an emphasis on developing a differential diagnosis, recognizing infectious mimickers, and making full use of the available resources. Following this session, participants may complete a related online self-assessment module, available through December 31, 2012. More details will be provided in the course.
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Abdelmonem A. Elhosseiny, MD, FCAP
Bobbi S. Pritt, MD, FCAP