As required by ASCP, all board-certified pathologists, lab technologists and other such professionals must maintain certification with continuing education courses, seminars or training. ASCP continuing education courses include cytopathology, forensic pathology, clinical chemistry, transfusions and hematology. Students gain knowledge of contemporary scientific and medical research and an understanding of updated procedures and lab technologies through case studies, lab work and classwork. Students can expect to see the following topics:
- Abnormal cells
- Inherited blood disease
- Transfusion safety
- Kidney disease
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List of Courses
Cytopathology deals with disease and abnormal cells. In this course, participants review concepts through case studies. Students are presented cases along with the background information and diagnostic points that went along with said studies. Specific topics may also include biopsies, lesions, bone tumors or various specific types of cancer, such as adenoid cystic carcinoma.
Forensic Pathology Course
In a forensic pathology course, participants focus on causes of death, unusual deaths and forensic techniques in determining instances of death. Rare blood diseases and causes of death may be covered, including pulmonary hypertension, aneurysms and blood infection. Other topics in this course may include infections in newborns, cardiac amyloidosis, accidental deaths and strokes caused by dural sinus thrombosis (blood clot).
Clinical Chemistry Course
In a continued education course for clinical chemistry, professionals review concepts in the endocrine system (pertaining to glands releasing hormones into the blood), toxicology, tumors and autoimmune disease. Specific topics during this course may include neuroblastoma (nerve cell cancer), poisoning, kidney disease and general chemistry testing.
Transfusion medicine deals with the movement of blood or blood components from one vessel or vein to the other. In a transfusion course, participants review the ways of evaluating patients and selecting different blood components. Topics covered also include blood donor safety and eligibility, blood bank requirements and services for transfusion. Students also review basic knowledge of platelets, bacteria, blood-borne disease and pathogens, blood from umbilical cords and transfusion safety.
Hematology pertains to blood diseases and diseases in organs that form blood. A hematology course covers areas of blood disease from benign and malignant diseases to acquired and inherited blood diseases. Specific areas of study include lymph nodes, bone marrow and general properties of blood. Diseases may be covered through lecture and case-study material. Such diseases reviewed may include lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma and histiocytic neoplasm.