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MDS Curriculum Closes the Knowledge Gap of Deadly Disease

Monday, October 21, 2013

ASCP has developed a holistic curriculum to educate general pathologists and hematopathologists about Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), a rare, but deadly blood disorder that is difficult to diagnose and treat.

“CheckPath is considered a premier simulation in training programs for pathologists. A sophisticated simulation is used, allowing the participant to diagnose a case and receive three levels of feedback including correct/incorrect, peer and peer institution.”
— Eric Parks, PhD

A six-part educational series titled, “The Diagnosis, Classification, and Clinical Care of MDS (DC3-MDS),” created from a recording of a three-hour symposium on MDS at the ASCP 2013 Chicago annual meeting, will be available online in November. To receive three continuing education credits, users need to register at www.mdslearning.com and complete the post-test questions.

Also available as part of the curriculum are the MDS CheckPath Cases which includes a combination virtual slide/digital image-based assessment program, in which 10 cases of MDS-diagnostic entities are presented online. Upon submission of their answers, each participant will receive a full diagnostic interpretation, focusing on differential diagnoses and the importance of molecular cytogenetics. This activity offers 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in addition to meeting requirements for the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Parts II (SAMs CME credit) and IV (Evaluation of Performance in Practice).

“CheckPath is considered a premier simulation in training programs for pathologists,” says Eric Parks, PhD, ASCP Director of Education Design and Technology. “A sophisticated simulation is used, allowing the participant to diagnose a case and receive three levels of feedback including correct/incorrect, peer and peer institution.”

Rounding out the curriculum are the MDS Multimedia Case Studies, tutorials designed to assist pathologists, hematopathologists, and oncologists in diagnosing and classifying MDS. Each of the four unique cases includes a discussion of the case by a renowned pathologist and oncologist, followed by a series of questions with feedback for the learner. This activity offers 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in addition to meeting requirements for ABP’s MOC Parts II (SAMs CME credit).

Both the MDS CheckPath Cases and the MDS Multimedia Case Studies are available for free as part of an educational grant from Celgene. To register, click here.


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