“The diagnosis by aspiration is as reliable as the combined intelligence of the clinician and pathologist makes it.” (Stewart 1933). The use of the combined intelligence would lead us to the melting point where different ideas dissolve in an equilibrium. The main purpose of the congress is to find this equilibrium.
Melting point sessions (MP) will to be organized as plenary sessions which will discuss the main hot topics of today’s cytology with the involvement of the congress delegates i.e., with active participation of the working part of European cytologists.
Each MP session will have two Chairs and three Experts who will initiate introductory talks raising burning, sensitive problems. One of the Experts will be a young cytopathologist, while another one will be an experienced pathologist without any whatsoever involvement in cytopathology! The Chairs will conduct the hopefully open and mutually gently aggressive discussions and the floor will be open for all delegates to contribute to the topic.
MP 1: Gynecology I.
Quo vadis „basic” cytology?
MP 2: Gynecology II.
Combined activity leads to true, reliable, safe judgement of cervical cancer risk.
MP 3: Thyroid
Developing popularity, developing scientific background, growing diagnostic expectations
MP 4: Breast
Evergreen method with controversial practice,
style, results for the future
MP 5: Lymph Node
Cellular, molecular, therapy oriented, diagnostic and follow-up method which is possibly to overgrow histology
MP 6: Mesenchymal Lesions
Endless combination of rare diagnoses, methods, primary vs. second look sampling…… and intelligence
MP 7: Serous Fluid
Fluids with and without cells and its multifaceted clinical significance
MP 8: Non-Diagnostic Categories
Comparative discussion of the categories
MP 9: Molecular Cytology
The level of final truth is not necessarily written in the DNA, but nothing happens without functioning DNA/RNA…
MP 10: Scientific Publication
Who drives who and what is influential enough
MP 11: YEFCS
(Young Cytopathologists’ Session)
Realities and dreams in a young cortex…
MP 12: Where is the Real Significant
Place of Cytology in the Field of Diagnostic Morphology? Who is who in the lab and why?
MP14: New Terminology
Can we attain a common terminology in cytopathology: the rationale and the way forward
Stemness and plasticity as driving forces in the history and the future development of cytopathology
Slide Seminars (with scanned slides) and Workshop
SL Gynecology – Endometrial
SL Gynecology – HPV and Biomarkers
SL Lymph Node
SL NIFTP Thyroid
SL Pancreatobiliary Cytology
SL Serous Fluids
WS Pancreas GI Soft Tissue
Platform (Traditional) Sessions
PS EFCS Scientific Committee
PS Head & Neck (Salivary Gland Milan II)
QUATE Course and Exam