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Colorado Society  of Histotechnology
Spring Symposium, Denver CO
University of Colorado Health Science Center
March 4, 2000

7:30 am  -  8:00 am
Registration to be held in the foyer of the Dennison Auditorium
Session 1: to be held in Dennison Auditorium (0.6 CEUs)
8:00 am
Microwave Technology,  Steven Slap, MA, M.Phil, Energy Beam Sciences, Inc.,
The lecture will discuss how microwaves work, explore the applications to
which  microwave  ovens  can  be  put  to  use in the Histology Lab and
identify its limitations and potential safety hazards.
9:30 am  -  10:00 am
Break to be held in Humphrey?s Lounge with the exhibitors
10:00 am ? 10:30 am
Online Classes
Steven Slap, MA, M.Phil., Patsy Ruegg, HT(ASCP)
Presentation of  histology related classes to be offered online in a new
outreach program sponsored by NSH
10:30 am ? 11:30 am
Legal Issues Surrounding Autopsies,  Mark D. Orton, MD A case based review
of Colorado law regarding autopsies.
11:30 am  -  12:30 p.m.
Lunch to be held in Humphrey?s lounge and adjacent room
12:30 pm ? 1:00 pm
Business Meeting to be held in the classroom adjacent to Humphrey?s lounge
1:00 pm  -  2:30 pm
Characterization of Tumors and Tissue Elements by Paraffin Section
Immunohistochemistry,  Richard W. Brown, MD
This workshop is designed to provide histotechnologists performing
immunohistochemical stains on a routine basis with a better understanding of
antibodies which can be applied to paraffin sections and the ways in which
they are used for diagnosis.  Included in the discussion will be commonly
utilized markers for carcinomas, leukemia/lymphoma, soft tissue tumors, and
primary brain tumors as well as newer ?tumor specific? markers, prognostic
markers, and antibodies to infectious agents.  Specific areas of discussion
for each group of antibodies include 1) the antigen identified and its
distribution in both normal and neoplastic tissue, 2) antibody-specific
technical factors, and 3) cellular localization of both true positive and
potential false positive staining.
2:30 pm ? 3:00 pm
break in the Humphrey?s Lounge with the exhibitors
3:00 pm ? 4:30 pm
Characterization of Tumors (continued)
Session 2 to be held in the Classroom adjacent to Humphrey?s Lounge
(0.6 CEUs)
8:00 am  -  9:00 am
Breast Cancer Research,   John McGinley HTL(ASCP)
This presentation will focus on a new animal model developed by Dr.  Henry
J.Thompson at AMC Cancer Research Center in Denver. This model is
considerably shorter than conventional models.  In addition, it gives breast
cancer  researchers the opportunity to study both premalignant and malignant
lesions, similar to those occurring in humans. The model can be used to
study mammary development, carcinogenesis and is ideal for rapid screening
of chemopreventive agents, i.e. tamoxifen, vorozole, retinoic acid, etc.
Topics for discussion will range from rodent necropsy and mammary gland
whole mount preparations to immunohistochemistry and image analysis. The
importance of proper and consistent histologic technique will be addressed
as well as challenges faced by histotechs in a research setting.
Session 2 continued?
9:00 am  -  9:30 am
Break in Humphrey?s Lounge with the exhibitors
9:30 am  -  10:30 am
Hot Topics in  Breast  Pathology: Histotechnologists as Crucial Members of
the Breast Diagnostic Team, Meenakshi Singh, MD
The talk will have a clinical component that will focus on Sentinal node
biopsy, Her-2-neu and ER/PR receptors and will emphasize the crucial role
that the histotechnologist plays as a member of the breast diagnostic team.
The second component will include a comparison of the pathology of mammary
lesions in an experimental model with human breast lesions.
10:30 am   -  11:30 am
Rapid Diagnosis of Viral Infections for the 2000?s,  Chris Robinson, MD
Abstract: Describe current methods for rapid diagnosis of viral infections
and the need for close communication between the virology and histology
laboratories to improve the quality of diagnostic services.
11:30 am  -  12:30 pm
Lunch in Humphrey?s Lounge  and adjacent classroom 12:30 p.m.  -  1:00 p.m.
Business meeting in classroom adjacent to Humphrey?s Lounge 1:00 p.m.  ?
2:00 p.m.
Hospital vs Physician vs Insurance Billing: The True Chaos Theory  Jackie
Driscoll, MT(ASCP)
Understand the relationship between all the involved parties in billing and
reimbursement issues.  Jackie has worked in all three areas and will discuss
this conundrum of conflicting concepts.
2:00 pm  -  2:30 pm
Break in Humphrey?s Lounge with the exhibitors
2:30 pm  -  3:30 pm
Billing/CPT4codes/ICDP codes/007 codes and Corporate Compliance,  Barbara
Davies, HT(ASCP)
Feel overwhelmed with understanding the billing process? Is it clear as mud?
Diagnosis and billing codes will be presented, as well as some practical
3:30 pm  -  4:30 pm
Round  Table  Discussion  on  Billing  Issues,  moderated by Barbara Davies,
          Bring   your  billing  issues  to  the  table.   Is  your
     compliant?   Need  clarification on terminology?  The only dumb
question is
the one that is never asked.
For March 4 CSH Spring Symposium
Name:   _____________________________________________
Session 1  ___   morning (0.3 CEUs)

Address:   ___________________________________________
                 __   afternoon (0.3 CEUs)

Session 2
__   morning (0.3 CEUs)

Phone:   (Home)  ________________   (Work) _______________
afternoon  (0.3 CEUs)
Registration fee:     $   50         CSH Member                     Enclosed
is my check   (payable to CSH.)   $75         Non-member
Pre-registration only, funds following
Registration to be sent to:  Stephanie  Emmons, CSH Registrar, 19533 Wcr 52,
LaSalle CO, 80645 email:

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