2022 CPIP-L Case 12: Molecular Pathology – Preanalytical Factors Affecting Molecular Testing - CPIP1212W.2022
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Learn about various preanalytical factors and how each affects the process of molecular testing so you may better select the highest quality specimens to help ensure success of testing and accuracy of information.

Credit Type: CME
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Launch Date: December 19, 2022
Expiration Date: December 18, 2025 11:59 PM (CT)
Pricing: Junior Member Fee: $10.00
MOC Category: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care

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Precision medicine in cancer increasingly relies on molecular analysis of solid tumor samples. The pathologist’s involvement in coordination and facilitation of patient samples for testing is critical. Preanalytical factors encompass all steps preceding molecular analysis from sample procurement to submission of tissue for testing and includes multiple considerations at each stage of handling. These factors play an important role in the overall quality of the molecular testing and are essential for the pathologist to recognize and optimize to obtain the highest quality results.

This clinical pathology activity is intended for pathologists.

After completing this activity, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of cold ischemic time, fixative time, fixative types, and processing conditions on nucleic acid recovery and downstream testing.
  2. Identify ways to mitigate interferences and artifacts in molecular testing.
  3. Recognize how tissue selection and macrodissection can impact molecular testing.
  4. Select acceptable solid tumor samples for molecular testing in both routine and challenging cases.

Sara L. Cook, MD, PhD, FCAP
Theresa Spivey, MD
Jennifer M. Yoest, MD, FCAP

Related Link
Clinical Pathology Improvement Program

CME Information
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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This activity and evaluation are available December 19, 2022, and expire December 18, 2025, at 11:59 PM (CT). Upon completion of the activity your credit will be awarded. Your certificate may be downloaded from your Transcript.

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2022 CPIP-L Case 12: Molecular Pathology – Preanalytical Factors Affecting Molecular Testing