Clinical Pathology Conference

Moderator: Ellen Eisenberg, DMD

Course Description (2.5 Credit Hours):

Six (6) diagnostically challenging cases contributed by members of the Academy will be analysed for differential diagnostic discussion by  six (6) individual Academy members. The latter individual case discussants are each given minimal information about the presenting complaint/finding  and one or more representative clinical photographs and/or imaging. They then present their approach to the differential diagnostic possibilities, given the limited information at hand. Following the case discussant, each respective case contributor  will then present the case’s actual diagnostic work up in its entirety. The complete history and examination findings, the differential diagnostic considerations and the final diagnosis will be revealed. The implications of the diagnosis, including its etiology, pathogenesis,  management and prognosis will be discussed.

Objectives of Course:

  1. To present cases that are diagnostically challenging and/or classic in their presentation, thereby offering an opportunity for participants to expand  and enhance their clinical and histopathological acumen
  2. To provide a forum for sharing current understanding of the etiology and pathogenetic mechanisms of diseases presenting in the oral-maxillofacial region
  3. To share evidence-based knowledge of contemporary approaches to management of diseases, both local and systemic in origin, that can present in the oral-maxillofacial region
  4. To provide information on the prognosis of the conditions presented

At the end of this course the participant:

  • Will recognize a range of clinical features, imaging findings and historical information that will enhance their knowledge of pathologic entities, and  their approach to differential diagnoses.
  • Will know the pathogenetic mechanisms of the diseases discussed.
  • Will understand how the pathophysiology of each disease impacts the diagnostic workup and rationale for contemporary management options.
  • Will know the prognosis of each of the entities presented–treated and untreated.

Discussants                                                               Contributors

Case 1 Dr. Anna Trzcinska                                    Dr. Molly Smith

Case 2 Dr. Reshma Menon                                    Dr. Mark Bernstein

Case 3 Dr. Steven Barket                                       Dr. Robert Kelsch

Case 4 Dr. Angela Ritchie                                      Dr. Catherine Poh

Case 5 Dr. Stefanie Wetzel                                     Dr. Mark Bernstein

Case 6 Dr. Annie McLean                                       Dr. Kevin Torske