Miraca Life Sciences Holds Annual Review Courses in GI and Liver Pathology for Gastroenterology Boards

In keeping with our established commitment to academic caliber education, Miraca Life Sciences held its annual review courses in GI and Liver pathology for GI fellows and practicing gastroenterologists this fall. These courses, offered to participants free of charge, took place at the Irving and Boston locations. The faculty consisted of an impressive array of Miraca Life Sciences’ experts in GI pathology, as well as a clinical instructor from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (see faculty and lecture topic list on page 4).

The courses provided clinicians a comprehensive review of GI pathology in preparation for their certifying or re-certifying board examination in gastroenterology. Unlike other review lectures, these were focused on pathology images, ensuring that participants would later be able to navigate the pathology portion of the board exam with confidence. In addition, since each lecture included the relevant clinical information for each diagnostic entity, the images were discussed in the context of actual clinicopathologic scenarios. Although the primary purpose was board review, some physicians enjoyed the course simply as a refresher on all major topics in GI pathology. Fellows, residents interested in gastroenterology, and regional clinicians were also invited to attend.

Participants were actively engaged, and lively question and answer sessions followed each lecture. “You could feel the academic pulse at the course,” said Dr. Salima Haque, who is director of the Irving course and had directed a similar course for 16 years as Professor of Pathology at Tulane University. Physicians who attended offered positive feedback. “Thanks so much! Word has spread about how great this conference is!” said one Boston participant. Especially popular with attendees was the complimentary CD-ROM distributed at both courses, which contains all lecture material and is ideal for self-study and review.

Miraca Life Sciences is pleased to have had the exciting opportunity to offer this educational service to the gastroenterology community. Be on the lookout for information on future review courses.

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