Pathspective Review: ISDP Orlando 2017

by | Mar 3, 2017 | Education, Reviews | 2 comments

ISDP 2017 Overal Rating: 4/5

The education was just as good as the weather in Orlando for the two day conference of the 20th Annual International Society of Dermatopathology (#ISDP17).  This was my first time attending ISDP and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the conference.  When compared to other pathology conferences, there are pluses and minuses for sure but overall it was much better than I had anticipated.  I’ve broken down the conference into a couple different categories and then averaged all the results to give an overall rating.

If you were there, don’t forget to comment below and share your favorite and not-so-favorite parts about the conference.

Justin Richey Pathology Communication Calling Results

Calling back results

Location, Orlando: 5/5

The weather was amazing.  Particularly for me flying in from Massachusetts.  The Lake Buena Vista area, adjacent to Disney World was also really nice.  The Hilton is within walking distance to Downtown Disney.  After the meetings I went with some new pathology friends to Downtown Disney and found a nice place to eat, drink (non-alcoholic of course), and joke about living the life of a pathology trainee.  Behind our table was a mock-up of an old radio that kept making radio chatter.  I thought I’d use it to communicate with my clinical colleagues while I was away from the lab.

Posters: 4/5

Elizabeth McKinnon at ISDP 2017

Elizabeth McKinnon at ISDP 2017

With fewer posters than other large meetings, I found it easier to talk to presenters and understand the research they were

presenting.  It can be daunting to go to a larger meeting with hundreds of posters and find helpful information unless you have something specific you are looking for.  Elizabeth McKinnon (@LilDocLiz1, Dermpath Fellow, UMass ’18-’19) is seen here presenting her research on Primary Cutaneous Gamma-Delta

Aaron Phelan ISDP 2017

Aaron Phelan and Mohamed Mustafa at ISDP 2017

T-cell Lymphoma with Central Nervous System Involvement Presenting as Bell’s Palsy.  My alma-mater Indiana University was also well represented by Aaron Phelan, M.D. (PGY-2) and Mohamed Mustafa, MBBS (PGY-1).

Oral abstracts: 4/5

Ryan Romano ISDP 2017

Ryan Romano-Oral Abstract Winner

Residents and Fellows kept to their times pretty well and the research was engaging.  The host was effective and polite in moving everyone along.  Shout out to my friend and colleague Ryan Romano (@DrRyanRomano) from the Mayo Clinic who won first place in the oral abstracts for his research on Lymphocytic Immunophenotype in Lichenoid Keratosis.

Dermatopathology Trainee World Cup: X/5

Why the x?  I probably shouldn’t rate the part the meeting that I participated in right? Otherwise, it would definitely be 5 out of 5! I will say that one presentation given by Wesley Yu about an algorithm to determine whether a melanoma in situ margin is truly negative was really good.  His presentation style was at first obnoxious and I thought for sure he was going to run over time.   I judged too quickly because he was very concise in his description of his algorithm and he ended exactly on time.

Vendors: 2/5

Only a few vendors.  It’s a smaller pathology meeting so this makes sense when compared to USCAP, CAP, ASCP, and ASDP.  As expected there were book vendors present.  Here’s a list of the exhibitors:

  • Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • NovoPath
  • Elsevier
  • Caliber I.D.

ISDP Slide Library: 5/5

This was my first time going to a slide library at a conference.  I’ve attended more than 10 pathology conferences since starting residency and I was always busy with lectures, posters, and exhibitors that I never found the time I guess.  I’m glad I went to this one though.  There was a great mix of cases.  The quality of the histology was also very good.  It made me wonder what my lab could do to improve our histology, as a matter of fact.  As a trainee I also appreciated the detailed descriptions and educational notes on the second page of each case.

ISDP Presentations

This review of all the presentations at ISDP is of course all from my pathspective as an almost new-in-practice pathologist.  I found the basic information and review of need-to-know diagnoses to be the most helpful at this stage in my career.  Here’s a list of the lectures that I attended and what I thought of each:

“Inflammatory patterns – revisited”: 3/5

The bulk of this session focused on new or rare diagnoses.  Some will find this helpful but I unfortunately don’t have the foundation to appreciate all the rare inflammatory diseases.  Images weren’t as easy to see but I would judge this is because inflammatory patterns are difficult to represent with a picture

“Nail Pathology Essentials”: 5/5

This course was excellent! The course director Dr. Beth Ruben is always clear and concise in her presentations.  Just like the title suggests, the information was essential for anyone who reads nail pathology.  I rate the images 5/5 too!  Drs. Adam Rubin, Pier Fanti, and Josette André were all very good and had excellent clinical pathologic correlation.  Take home points were longitudinal sections that run parallel with the direction of the pigment is recommended.  Also, a good nail surgeon makes a good nail pathologist.

A good nail surgeon makes a good nail pathologist

Soft Tissue Diseases: 5/5

Also an excellent review of soft tissue neoplasms that present in the skin.  The images were good quality.  The described both rare and common entities.   The incorporated how to work up cases with IHC and when IHC would not be helpful.  Drs. Billings, Jacobson, Kitzner, Prieto, and Requena all did a great job.  Adult and pediatric cases were presented.  They focused on information that would be useful for everyday dermatopathologists. I hope I can get a copy of their presentations!

“Synoptic Signout – the pros and cons of using the CAP Cancer Protocol Templates” – N/A

I missed this session and went through the slide library instead during this time slot.

“Sabine Kohler Lecture and Award”: 4/5

A large portion of the talk was about the history of human hair.  We place a lot of importance to our hair; how it looks and where it’s located.  Many chemotherapies cause the loss of hair, particularly on the scalp.  Many of the speakers patient’s elect to delay treatment for cancer when the hear that they will lose their hair.  He reported on scalp cooling and how it can help prevent hair loss during chemotherapy treatments.  Patients are now suing doctors and pharmaceuticals for when they lose their hair or for when they don’t regrow their hair after chemotherapy.

I found the talk very interesting!  Those who were expecting a more histologic presentation may have been disappointed after reading the title of the lecture.  If you went without expectations then I thought it was really good!

“Update in Melanocytic Lesions”: 4/5

This session focused on the molecular aspects of melanocytic nevi.  It was true to it’s description of “discussing the molecular biology and critical aberrant genomic mechanisms that occur in the progression of melanoma.”  My favorite quote from this session:

The moderate dysplastic nevus is real. -Iwei Yeh

I couldn’t stay for the final session “Multi-Continental Match.”  If you were able to attend this session, let me know what you thought in the comment box below!

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