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FOC U034 - Molecular Diagnostics in Dermatopathology: Melanoma and Other Applications

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Sunday, March 23

CME Credits: 1.00

Location: Mile High Ballroom 1DEF

Time: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Director: Gregory A. Hosler, MD, PhD - Handout

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • List molecular assays used in the diagnosis and management of melanoma.
  • List molecular assays used in the diagnosis of lymphoma, soft tissue tumors, infectious disease, and genodermatoses.
  • Discuss these assays in terms of appropriate utility and limitations.

While molecular testing has exploded in many fields of medicine, only few tests are currently available in dermatology. This is changing. This session focuses on current molecular testing for dermatologic disease, with emphasis on applications for melanoma. Testing for lymphoma, soft tissue tumors, infectious disease, and genodermatoses is also covered. Methods include next generation sequencing, PCR-based mutational assays, comparative genomic hybridization, fluorescence in situ hybridization, and microarrays, among others. The focus of this forum is to increase awareness of available testing, discuss appropriate and evidence-based applications, and provide basic insight on performing and interpreting select tests.