2024 Cleveland Clinic Laboratories Soft Tissue Pathology Course – Registration Now Open

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Comprehensive & Immersive Soft Tissue Pathology Course

May 16-19, 2024

InterContinental Hotel at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus | Cleveland, OH

Join us for an Interactive, Immersive, and Comprehensive Soft Tissue Pathology Course

This four-day course is a one-of-a-kind experience set in the heart of one of the country’s busiest soft tissue pathology consultation practices.

Participants will have the opportunity to digitally preview a wide variety of soft tissue cases spanning from benign lesions and reactive mimics to high grade sarcomas, followed by interactive case-based discussions with world-renown faculty. Interspersed lectures focusing on a practical approach to common diagnostic scenarios will complement these case sessions.

During this course, pathologists will develop skills and tools to work-up and triage mesenchymal lesions encountered in every-day practice.

Symposium Director

Karen Fritchie, MD

Karen Fritchie, MD
Director, Soft Tissue Pathology

Course Objectives

  • Comprehend the utility of immunohistochemical, molecular techniques, and radiology studies in the work-up of soft tissue tumors
  • Develop a work-up strategy for the diagnosis of mesenchymal neoplasms
  • Identify common and uncommon soft tissue tumors
  • Recognize pitfalls commonly encountered in soft tissue pathology

Course Includes:

• Access to over 100 digital soft tissue cases
• Opportunity to tour our CCF pathology department
• Designated time for questions and discussion with faculty
• After-hours reception with participants and staff

Who Should Attend? 

Pathologists, Pathology Residents & Fellows

CME Credits

This live activity is approved for continuing medical education credits.  Read more.

Faculty Presenters

John Goldblum, MD

John Goldblum, MD
Chair, Department of Pathology

John Reith, MD
Staff Pathologist, Orthopaedic Pathology

Steven D. Billings, MD

Steven D. Billings, MD
Staff Pathologist, Dermatopathology & Soft Tissue Pathology

Scott Kilpatrick, MD

Scott Kilpatrick, MD
Director, Orthopaedic Pathology
Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Brian Rubin, MD, PhD

Brian Rubin, MD, PhD
Chair, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute

Josephine Dermawan, MD, PhD

Josephine Dermawan, MD, PhD
Director, AP Molecular Pathology
Staff Pathologist, Soft Tissue & Orthopaedic Pathology

Jesse McKenney, MD

Jesse McKenney, MD
Staff Pathologist, Genitourinary & Gynecologic Pathology


Visit clevelandclinicmeded.com/live/courses/comprehensivesofttissue/ for complete registration information.

In-person fee includes:
Continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Saturday reception (in-person only), and online access to faculty PowerPoint presentations in PDF format pre and post-course.

Virtual option fee includes:
Access to view lectures and online access to faculty PowerPoint presentations.

Early Bird
on or before April 1, 2024

April 1, 2024

Physician (MD, Scientist, PhD)



Resident* / Fellow*






*A letter from the program director is required to receive the discounted fee. If the letter is not received two weeks prior to the activity, the full physician fee will be charged.

Group Discount Available
Groups of three or more from the same office/institution will receive a $100 discount on the full registration fee. Registrants must call 216.444.9990 to receive a promotional code for special pricing.

Registration and Cancellation
Preregistrations are accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, May 13, 2024. Register onsite after this date. Contactless registration on your own device will be required.
In case of cancellation, an email notification is required to process your refund. A full refund will be issued if canceled by May 2, 2024. After May 2, 2024, a $125 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be issued after May 6, 2024.

For questions about registration or cancellation, email [email protected] or call 216.448.8710.

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel or postpone an activity at our sole discretion. In the unlikely event that this occurs, any registration fee(s) paid will be refunded. Be advised that Cleveland Clinic is not responsible for related costs including airline tickets, hotel costs, or any similar fee penalties incurred as a result of any meeting cancellations or changes.

General Information

Visit clevelandclinicmeded.com/live/courses/comprehensivesofttissue/ for complete registration information.

InterContinental Cleveland
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Hotel Accommodations
A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the InterContinental Cleveland through April 16, 2024, at 5 p.m. EDT.

To make reservations, please call the Hotel Reservation Department at 855.765.8709 and reference the CCF Soft Tissue Pathology Program or reserve online at https://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/live/courses/comprehensivesofttissue/ to receive the special rate of $209, plus tax.

Faculty Disclosure
The Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education has implemented a policy to comply with the current Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Integrity and Independence requiring mitigation of all faculty conflicts of interest. Faculty declaring a relevant financial relationship will be identified in the activity syllabus.

For further information about this activity, contact Karen Fritchie, MD, at [email protected].

Americans with Disabilities Act
Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education fully intends to comply with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need assistance, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the activity.

In support of improving patient care, Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation
American Medical Association (AMA)
Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 28.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

American Board of Pathology MOC (ABPath)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, earns 28.75 credits toward the Lifelong Learning requirement for the American Board of Pathology’s Continuing Certification program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting credit. Credit will be reported within 30 days of claiming credit.

Certificate of Participation
A certificate of participation will be provided to other healthcare professionals for requesting credits in accordance with their professional boards and/or associations.

Study References
Faculty presentations will also be available online in PDF format pre and post-course. You will have access to download or print the slides.

Health and Safety
As participants are responsible for their own health choices, the use of masks by all participants at this event is optional. Additionally, attendees are not required to verify vaccination status nor to provide a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Please note this is subject to change based on the most recent status of CDC, local and/or state guidelines.


Thursday, May 16, 2024

7:30 am          Continental Breakfast

8:00 am          Course Introduction and Welcoming Remarks – Karen Fritchie, MD

8:15 am          Slide Preview, Staff Q&A


11:00 am        LunchOn Your Own


12:00 pm        When (and when not) to do MDM2 fluorescence in situ hybridization  Karen Fritchie, MD

1:00 pm          Adipocytic tumors (slide review) – John Goldblum, MD


2:30 pm          Break


3:00 pm          Smooth muscle/pericytic tumors and their mimics (slide review) – John Goldblum, MD

4:00 pm          Soft tissue tumors with skeletal muscle differentiation (slide review) – Scott Kilpatrick, MD

5:00 pm          Matrix-forming mesenchymal neoplasms (slide review) – Karen Fritchie, MD


6:00 pm          Adjourn

Friday, May 17, 2024

7:30 am          Continental Breakfast

8:00 am          Slide Preview, Staff Q&A


10:15 am         Tour of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pathology Optional (non-CME)


11:00 am         Lunch On your own


12:00 pm        Common myofibroblastic lesions (slide review) – Karen Fritchie, MD

1:30 pm          Practical approach to uterine mesenchymal neoplasms Jesse McKenney, MD

2:30 pm          Fibrohistiocytic tumors Steven Billings, MD


3:00 pm          Break


3:30 pm          Practical approach to synovial biopsies – John Reith, MD

4:30 pm          Tumors of uncertain histiogenesisSteven Billings, MD


6:00 pm          Adjourn

Saturday, May 18, 2024

7:30 am          Continental Breakfast

8:00 am          Slide Preview, Staff Q&A


11:00 am         Lunch On your own


12:00 pm        Vascular tumors – Steven Billings, MD

1:30 pm          Diagnosing soft tissue tumors with “NextGen” immunohistochemistry Scott Kilpatrick, MD


3:00 pm          Break


3:30 pm          The importance of morphologic correlation with molecular resultsJosephine Dermawan, MD, PhD


6:00 pm          Reception with Attendees & Cleveland Clinic Staff

Sunday, May 19, 2024

7:30 am          Continental Breakfast

8:00 am          Slide Preview, Staff Q&A

10:00 am        Peripheral nerve sheath tumors Brian Rubin, MD, PhD

11:00 am        How to work up a pleomorphic sarcoma Karen Fritchie, MD

12:00 pm        Course Conclusion & Adjourn