2020 Archived Presentations

ASCT offers member discounts on archived presentations.

You will receive your webinar access information via email from ASCT after payment is received. Using your email address, the ASCT will send you the link to access the webinar. Participants can choose to hear the audio via the phone or over their computer speakers. Each webinar will offer one CE credit as defined by the ASCP CMP.  Archived presentations available for one year from date of purchase.  CE available for one year only from date of original purchase for original registrants only.

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January 8, 2020
The Pursuit of Happiness

Barbara A Crothers, DO
Joint Pathology Center
Silver Spring, MD

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Learning Objectives
• Highlight the impact of stress on healthcare professionals
• Describe some recent evidence for reducing stress
• Provide tools for decreasing stress and increasing happiness

February 26, 2020
Employee Engagement in the Laboratory: Empowering a Positive Workforce

Jodie M. Woodside MS, CT (ASCP)CM
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Rutland, Vermont

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Learning objectives:
• Learn what employee engagement is
• Learn advantages and disadvantages to employee engagement
• Learn ways to engage employees in the lab

March 18, 2020
Aspiration Cytology of Neck Cysts in Adults: Morphologic Features and Ancillary Testing Strategies

Dr. Christopher Griffith 
Cleveland Clinic 
Cleveland, Ohio 

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Learning Objectives:
• Name common differential considerations in adults with a cystic neck mass
• Discuss the challenges encountered in evaluating aspiration material from an adult with a neck cyst
• Identify cytologic features in neck cyst aspirates which increase the likelihood of metastatic carcinoma
• Apply optimal ancillary testing stragtegies to detect high-risk Human Papillomavirus in neck cyst aspiration material

April 22, 2020
Molecular Cytopathology in an Era of Precision Medicine: Doing More with Less

Dr. Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri  
MD Anderson Medical Center
Houston, Texas

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Learning objectives:
• To provide an overview of the current molecular testing performed in cytopathology for clinical management of patients
• To compare and contrast different cytologic specimen preparations and discuss various processing and handling techniques to identify pre-analytical variables for successful molecular testing
• To illustrate the practical implementation of the specimen acquisition process and triage and the issues pertaining to collecting an adequate sample for molecular testing

May 12, 2020  (RE-SCHEDULED TBA)
Cytopathology of Pediatric Small Round Cell Tumors

Dr. Lisa Teot
Boston Children's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the cytologic features of common and uncommon small round cell tumors that occur in children and list differential diagnostic considerations for these entities
  • Describe appropriate ancillary studies to enhance the cytologic diagnosis of pediatric small round cell tumors
  • Discuss the limitations of and diagnostic pitfalls in the cytologic diagnosis of pediatric small round cell tumors


June 10, 2020
Soft Tissue and Bone FNA

Dr. Benjamin Witt
Associate Professor of Anatomic Pathology
University of Utah/ARUP Laboratories
Salt Lake City, Utah
Learning Objectives: 
• Employ cytomorphology to differentiated soft tissue and bone lesions into general diagnostic categories
• Based on morphologic categorization implement directed panels of immunostains to work within the appropriate differential diagnosis
• Gain familiarity with instances wherein fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) testing can inform the diagnosis

July 22, 2020
Importance of ROSE and Role of the Cytotechnologist

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Donna K. Russell, MEd, CT(ASCP)HT
Education Coordinator, Residency/Fellowship Training Program
University of Rochester Medical Center
Program Director, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center/Daemen College
School of Cytotechnology

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of ROSE.
  • Discuss billing procedures for ROSE.
  • Illustrate the practical implementation of specimen acquisition and triage of specimens for ROSE


August 13, 2020
Inspection Readiness in the Era of COVID

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Maria A. Friedlander M.P.A., CT(ASCP)cm, Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs


August 19, 2020
Lower Cutoff Threshold for p16 Staining in Cell Blocks From Head & Neck FNA Specimens Required to Avoid False Negative Results

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Bennett Wilson, MD
Chief Resident
UR Medicine
Rochester, NY 


  • At the conclusion of this talk participants will be able to describe the College of American Pathologists guidelines regarding HPV status determination for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Learners will be able to compare common tools for HPV status determination for surgical and fine needle aspiration cytology specimens.
  • Participants will be able to contrast the unique challenges for the interpretation of the most common testing method, p16 immunohistochemistry.


September 16, 2020 
EBUS-TBNA: Principles for Cytotechnologists to Consider During ROSE (and Beyond)

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Dr. John Stewart
Professor and Cytopathology Section Chief
MD Anderson Medical Center
Houston, Texas

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the 4 main roles of EBUS-TBNA and their impact on ROSE
  • How is adequacy defined?
  • How is FNA technique reflected on the direct smears and how might that impact ROSE?


September 17, 2020 
EBUS-TBNA: Principles & Applications of Molecular Testing in Cytologic Samples  

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Dr. John Stewart
Professor and Cytopathology Section Chief
MD Anderson Medical Center
Houston, Texas
Learning Objectives:

  • What are the two most important criteria for assessing the adequacy of a sample for PCR or NGS-based testing?
  • How many cells are needed to recover 1 ng of DNA, and why do you need to know this?
  • Why is tumor-mapping more easily done on smears than on FNA cell block sections?


October 14, 2020
Wave of the future:  Expansion of the Cytotechnologist Scope of Practice through USG FNA

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Jackie Cuda, BS, SCT(ASCP)CM
Cytology Supervisor UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospital

Karyn Varley, MS, SCT(ASCP)CM
Program Director, Cytology and Histology Schools UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the challenges of introducing US into the FNA practice
  • Implement a plan for training and performance measures for cytotechnologists assisting in USG FNAs
  • Review plans for ongoing competency assessment of cytotechnologist trained in USG FNA


October 28, 2020  
Cytotechnology Education in the time of COVID 

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Jenna LeBlanc MS, CT(ASCP)
Program Director, MS Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology
Albany, NY 

Learning Objectives:
• Compare pre-COVID and post-COVID learning environments 
• Discuss curriculum and technology changes
• Detail the effects of COVID on grading, recruiting and enrollment
• Provide faculty and student prospective


November 18, 2020  
Preparing to Practice Cytology in the 2020s

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Karen M. Atkison, MPA, CT(ASCP)
Consultant:  Education and Training, Instructional Design, eLearning
Medical Diagnostics Expertise

Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT(ASCP) 
Professor & Director
Cytotechnology Education, College of Allied Health Professions
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Learning Objectives:

  • Acknowledge the state of cytology education in the US
  • Appraise and evaluate proposed changes to the Standards, Guidelines and Entry Level Competencies
  • Envision the Cytology lab of the future and assess its impact on you


December 16, 2020
Lynch Syndrome

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Dr. Jennifer Findeis-Hosey
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Director, GI/Hepatobiliary Pathology Service
Director, Pathology Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education 
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the clinicopathologic features of Lynch Syndrome.
  • Interpret mismatch repair protein immunohistochemical stains as pertaining to Lynch Syndrome screening. 
  • Recognize the role of pathology in Lynch Syndrome screening.