The Banff Pathology Course is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP), Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary to provide a continuing medical education activity for practicing pathologists, residents and pathologists' assistants.


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Course Dates

Next course:

Sept. 9-11, 2021 - Molecular/Lymphoproliferative

Future Courses:

Sept. 8-10, 2022 - Urogenital Pathology

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2023 - Gynecological Pathology

2021 Course Information

The focus for the 2021 Course is Molecular and Lymph Node Pathology. The course will provide a forum for sharing information on current standards, emerging technologies and applications of molecular diagnostics in the daily practice of the surgical pathologist. In addition the 2021 course will also focus on recent developments in Lymph Node Pathology. During the course, the participants will discuss molecular techniques, their applications, interpretation, limitations, and related quality assurance challenges across the diagnostic and methodological spectrum. In addition, an in depth review of the diagnosis and classification of benign lymph node pathology and lymphoproliferative disorders will be offered to the participants.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Deliver basic diagnostic approaches in lymph node pathology as a non-subspecialized pathologist
  • Review recent up-dates in neoplastic and non-neoplastic lymph node pathology
  • Describe novel insights from molecular diagnostic methods, their applications and limitations across the anatomical pathology spectrum
  • Discuss diagnostic pitfalls and Quality Assurance principles in molecular and lymph node pathology

The course will be of interest to residents, fellows, practicing general and sub-specialized, anatomic and molecular pathologists and pathologists’ assistants.

Course Directors: Dr. Michael Mengel & Dr. Halgrimur Benediktsson
Executive Director: Ms. Heather Dow
Local Committee Chair: Dr. Imran Mirza (Imran.Mirza@APLabs.ca )

Lymph Node Pathology

  • Dr. Iwona Auer (Calgary)
  • Dr. Meer-Taher Shabani-Rad (Calgary)
  • Dr. Afshin Shameli (Calgary)
  • Dr. Adnan Mansoor (Calgary)

Molecular Pathology

  • Dr. Adrian Box (Calgary)
  • Dr. Etienne Mahe (Calgary)
  • Dr. Faisal Khan (Calgary)
  • Dr. Iyare Izevbaye (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Cheryl A Mather (Edmonton)


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by Canadian Association of Pathologists.  You may claim a maximum of 17.5 hours.  Credits are automatically calculated.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists. You may claim a maximum of 3.5 hours.  Credits are automatically calculated.

There are 8 sessions with SAQs.  Each questions is considered 10 minutes of assessment for a total of 3.5 hours in Section 3.

To qualify for Section 3 credits, participants must complete the pre-test, attend the course and complete the post test.

Take the pre-test here!

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Amercian Medical Association (AMA), physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Information on this process can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.

Disclosure of Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest

In keeping with accreditation guidelines, speakers participating in this event have been asked to disclose to the audience any financial involvement with industry or other organizations that may potentially influence the presentation of the educational material. Disclosure may be done verbally or using a slide prior to the speaker's presentation.

Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act

The registration information is collected under the authority of the Alberta FOIPP Act. This information is required to register you in the course, prepare the course material for your use, and will be used to notify you of other courses or pertinent information. The financial information is used to process applicable fees and is retained for future reference. This information will not be shared with any other individual or organization.  If you have any questions about the collection or use of this information, please contact banffpathology@eventsmgt.com.