Your event registration fee covers all General Sessions, Workshops and the Exhibit Fair. 

General sessions are open to all attendees.  Workshops do not require pre registration and are attended on a first come first serve basis. 

The full day session, "Preparing for the HT/HTL Certification Exam" does not cost an additional fee, but requires pre registration.

Friday, June 13, 2014
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM General Session I: A Histology Guide to Stain Validation
Presented by Hazel Richardson, Quality Assurance Specialist, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Validating special stains and H and E staining procedures is an integral part of a laboratory’s quality assurance program. Interpretation and application of CAP validation requirements listed in the All Common and Anatomic Pathology checklists can be confusing when applied to the histology laboratory. This presentation will provide practical tips and examples on how these specific requirements have been interpreted as well as demonstrating a histology specific, structured approach to the validation and verification of special stains, H and E stains, controls and staining equipment. This will be of special interest to those laboratories seeking or renewing CAP accreditation, or for those laboratories who want to improve quality assurance measures.
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM Preparing for the HT/HTL Certification Exam
Presented by Michelle Hart, HT(ASCP), Senior Histology Technician, Christiana Care

This workshop is designed to help the candidates study for the Histotechnician (HT) certification exam. An overview of the Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) exam process and a review of the subject matter and study material useful for the exam will be presented. A study outline, which uses subject matter criteria published by the Board of Certification, as well as study hints will be shared. Students in a distance learning program, in a self-study situation, and those preparing for the Histotechnologist (HTL) exam will find this workshop useful. Extensive handout material covering all aspects of the process will be available for attendees.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Refreshment Break
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM Workshop A: Pathology of the Pancreas: Gross Examination is the First Step Towards the Correct Diagnosis
Presented by Ralph Hruban, MD, Professor of Pathology and Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital

A careful gross examination of surgically resected pancreatic tumors is critical to establishing the correct diagnosis. This is particularly true for cystic neoplasms. Documenting the relationship of cysts to the larger pancreatic ducts, the location of the mass (head vs. tail), the presence or absence of a central scar, and the character of the cyst fluid are all critical diagnostic features. The key diagnostic features of the main cystic neoplasms will be discussed with an emphasis on their gross features. In addition, new molecular techniques are on the horizon that will improve the classification of tumors of the pancreas. These new molecular approaches will be introduced. At the completion of the presentation, the audience will be able to: Give an example of a cystic neoplasm that preferentially arises in the tail of the pancreas; Identify the most common cyst contents; Recognize the importance of documenting the relationship of cysts in the pancreas to the pancreatic duct system.
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM Workshop B: Capital Equipment Purchasing
Presented by Janet Tunnicliffe, MLT ART, Anatomic Pathology Regional Laboratory Scientist, Fraser Health Authority

For years histologists have heard the term ”doing more with less” but we have always thought of it as being related to the patient specimen, in the current financial climate this term is now being applied to capital equipment. This presentation will highlight what issues need to be considered beyond the initial cost of the equipment and provide potential solutions on how to ensure that the equipment purchased meets the current needs and the ever expanding technical volume.
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM General Session II: Barcoding Technology and "eHistology" - Creating a Made to Order System
Presented by Janice Alvarez, HT(ASCP), Pathology Division Project Manager, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution

This presentation will give the attendees a first-hand account of one institutions journey through the many facets of implementing a self-developed barcoded workflow system, from specimen grossing to slide distribution, in a high volume complex medical institution. The transition from pencil and paper to barcode scanners, and “on demand” slide label printing, will also be introduced from the histotech’s perspective.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Refreshment Break
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Workshop C: Muscle Biopsy Basics
Presented by Jean Mitchell, HT(ASCP), Region IV Director, National Society for Histotechnology

Preparation of artifact free muscle biopsy tissue for clinical diagnosis presents a unique challenge to the histologist. A brief introduction of clinical findings and symptoms that lead to a patient undergoing a muscle biopsy and the types of muscle biopsies that are performed will be discussed. An overview of transport, handling and the special procedures that muscle biopsies require for optimal results will be presented as well as the panel of stains routinely employed for muscle biopsies and the reasons why these stains are required. Case histories will be used to show the importance and diagnostic impact that muscle biopsies have in patient care.
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Workshop D: CAP Anatomic Laboratory General Checklists: What's New
Presented by Hazel Richardson, Quality Assurance Specialist, Johns Hopkins Hospital

The latest CAP checklists have both new and amended checklist requirements. This session will provide a review of the changes, and will discuss how those changes can be best interpreted and practically applied in anatomic pathology based laboratories. Some of the additions to the checklist include Mohs specific requirements, so this presentation will also be of interest to those laboratories preparing Mohs surgery specimens.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM General Session III: Building Effective Teams
Presented by Lois Anderson, CM, Lab Manager, Johns Hopkins University

Teams constructed on foundations of shared commitment and common objectives have the greatest potential for success. The most productive work environments are those where individuals are empowered, productive, contributing and happy. Combined with great skill and know-how, these are the building blocks for effective teams. This presentation will provide current and emerging leaders with strategies for building effective teams.

“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success." --Stephen Covey
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Exhibit Fair
Make sure to include the Exhibit Fair as part of your Summer Symposium Experience. Don't miss this opportunity to preview laboratory equipment, supplies & services for your lab.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch With Exhibitors
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Workshop E: Building and Maintaining a High Quality Biorepository
Presented by Brenda Rabeno, MBA, MLS(ASCP), Christiana Care Health System

A biorepository exists to collect, handle, store and disseminate specimens that are needed for both current and future research. Each of these functions require that standard operating procedures are followed therefore it is important to understand the protocols of your researchers and be prepared to make adjustments as their research evolves or changes direction. Building and maintaining relationships with research nurses, surgeons, operating room staff, pathologists and histology staff is crucial. In order to be successful, all of these stakeholders must be engaged in the goals and objectives of the biorepository. The collection of relevant, well-annotated clinical data is another key component of a biorepository which must be managed by rigorous policies in order to maintain patient’s privacy and confidentiality. Patient recruitment is an on-going process that will also be dictated by the researchers and their protocols. Informed consent is an interactive exchange between a healthcare professional and the patient; it is critical that the patient choose to voluntarily donate specimens and have a full understanding of the risks and benefits associated with participation. In order to build and sustain a biorepository, each of these factors must be considered initially and reevaluated continuously.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Workshop F: Repurposing & Other Thrifty Shades of Green
Presented by Karen Wittler, HT(ASCP), Histotechnician II, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Going Green; The Journey continues…. A clever repurposing project was largely responsible for our Histology Lab winning the Johns Hopkins Hospital 2013 Sustainability Award for “The Greenest Department”.
I will retrace the path taken from an NSH workshop titled “Green Histology” to the award recognizing our efforts to Go Green. This level of success comes with the responsibility to take on more difficult challenges.
Challenges all of us in the field of Histology must face. We have to reduce our exposure to hazardous solutions to create a safer work environment, which is a darker shade of Going Green. The contest for the JHH 2014 “Greenest Department” is ON. The entries have been remarkable. I will share the many cost saving and environmentally friendly measures taken by our rivals, but until June, Histology’s entry will remain TOP SECRET.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Refreshment Break
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Workshop G: Hey! Hey! It’s all about DNA: Molecular Diagnostics and Techniques
Presented by Olga Kochar, M.S., Director of Laboratory and Transfusion Services with GWUH, Faculty with GWU

This is an excellent Workshop for those that earning to learn essential concepts in molecular diagnostics and molecular diagnostics impact on the identification of novel markers of human diseases, develop and apply useful molecular assays to monitor disease, determine appropriate treatment strategies, and predict disease outcomes. We will start with the discussion of the essential knowledge about nucleic acids and chromosome structure, continue to types of mutations, and end with specimen collection and actual mutation detection. It does not matter if you are just starting out or if you have been working with molecular techniques for a while, I am sure I can offer a new glimpse into the amazing world of human genetics.
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Workshop H: Tech Snap Shots: 90 Minutes, 4 Great Topics
Pediatric Autopsy & Histopathology
Presented by Heather Hardy, Assistant Director – Histology Core Lab, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Pediatric autopsies rely on histological and gross anatomical investigation to give a definitive diagnosis. Histopathology is often the most beneficial factor to present important information to physicians and families. This presentation will give an overview of the pediatric autopsy process and highlight how histopathology findings can often give concluding results to families of pediatric patients.

Histology: Believe it or Not, 1001 homemade remedies and tips in the world of Histology and Cytology.
Presented by Janice Alvarez, HT(ASPC), Pathology Division Project Manager, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
Hair spray, Slim Jims, Crazy Glue, hedgehog quills….really?! A fun-filled look at some of the tried and true, and also not so true quick fixes used in Histology and Cytology over the years. Be prepared to share your experiences about using unusual “tools”.

Controlling IHC Controls
Presented by Nichelle Gray, BS, Clinical Laboratory Coordinator, Johns Hopkins
Control tissue for use in Immunohistochemistry, is an essential component to determine stain signal reliability specific to protein markers used in the diagnostic process. Therefore the establishment of a standardized intralaboratory workflow, in the application of slide tissue controls as part of routine staining, is conducive to ease and efficiency and makes possible the effective cross training of laboratory staff unfamiliar to IHC practices. A standardized control routine can reduce the rate of error and decrease the number of procedures repeated by the staff in their daily practice.

How I Learned Animal Histology: According to a Rookie
Presented by Calla Walinsky, Histology Technician, Huntingdon Life Sciences
Learning Histology is an art form, especially for a recent college graduate with no prior exposure. This presentation will take you through how a novice Trainee technician learned the art of Histology, by training and using prior knowledge of Anatomy and Science. It will also address ideas and problems faced when learning new tasks such as Grossing different Animal species, Processing, Embedding, Microtoming and Staining, as well as explain how I overcame and succeeded at competently
performing those tasks all in under 3 years.
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