A Day In The Sign Out


Baltimore Convention Center – Ballroom (400 Level)

Join faculty as they provide a practical approach to handling cases that routinely pass through the surgical pathology service. These sessions are open to everyone, however they may be most beneficial for trainees and junior faculty members. Presenters will use digital slides to approach each case with a brief discussion of the key diagnostic features that help determine a specific diagnosis, then conclude the case with recommendations for language to use in signing out the case.

Emma E. Furth, MD

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Gastrointestinal Pathology/Liver Pathology

A Derivative Approach to Problem Solving Cases and Development of Effective Communication Skills in Reporting: A Day in the Sign Out Life of a Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathologist


The presenter will use a series of cases to demonstrate a systematic approach to cases that are not clear-cut, thereby enabling learners to cope with uncertainty while rendering their diagnoses. Developing a solid understanding of normal structure and function and incorporating clinical data into the analysis will help learners derive the final diagnoses or, in many cases, the differential diagnoses. Participants will learn how to better communicate with colleagues through effective reporting that conveys meaningful information rather than descriptions of histologic findings.


  • Develop a consistent and logical approach to evaluating features of the gross specimen and slides based upon a deep understanding of normal structure and function.
  • Use problem solving to develop and refine a diagnosis or set of possible diagnoses.
  • Learn key language skills to write effective and impactful reports.


Dr. Emma E. Furth is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with expertise in gastrointestinal and liver diseases. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology followed by attending the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine receiving her M.D. degree. Following her Pathology residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty where she has remaines. She is passionate about patient care and advocacy, teaching, mentoring, and research.

G. Pétur Nielsen, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology

A Day on the Bone and Soft Tissue Service


This session will discuss common and uncommon neoplastic and non-neoplastic bone and soft tissue lesions encountered during bone and soft tissue signout.


  • How to approach and work up bone and soft tissue tumors.
  • Recognize some common and uncommon non-neoplastic bone and soft tissue lesions.


Dr. G. Petur Nielsen was born in Iceland and earned his medical degree from the University of Iceland. He completed his residency training in anatomic pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a fellowship training in surgical pathology and bone and soft tissue pathology at the same institution. He is currently a Pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School as well as the director of bone and soft tissue pathology,  and electron microscopy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Nielsen has published over 250 articles and case reports, several book chapters and is the co-author of a textbooks on bone and soft tissue pathology. He has given short courses at the USCAP, lectured throughout the US and the world. He has received teaching awards and was recently awarded a Doctoris Honoris Causa at the Universitatea de Medicina si Famacie, Victor Babes in Romania for his contribution and teaching in Timisoara, Romania. His research, teaching and clinical activities focus on bone and soft tissue pathology and electron microscopy.