2023 Course Information

The focus for the 2023 Banff Course is Gynecological Pathology. The course will provide a forum for sharing information on the current diagnostics of gynecologic tract tumors. The course will aim to cover a range of topics that will be relevant to practicing pathologist and trainees that includes the use of ancillary molecular studies for integrated diagnostics. During the course, world-renowned expert speakers will provide an in-depth review of a wide variety of topics relevant to the practice of Gynecologic Pathology.


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge acquired by a review of common topics in the practice of tubo-ovarian, uterine, cervical and vulvar pathology.
  • Describe the updated 2020 WHO classification of endometrial, ovarian, cervical and vulvar carcinomas, including relevant precursor lesions.
  • Discuss pitfalls and strategies in diagnosing difficult uncommon ovarian neoplasms, endometrial/uterine neoplasms, cervical and vulvar lesions
  • Apply appropriate diagnostic immunohistochemistry markers and ancillary molecular tests relevant to the practice of Gynecologic Pathology.
  • Describe the clinical utility and testing considerations of predictive biomarkers currently in routine use for tumors of the gynecologic tract
  • Describe the common and uncommon abnormalities seen in products of conception specimens
  • Implement quality assurance measures in their practice relevant to this subspecialty area


  • Brooke Howitt, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Robert Soslow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Joseph Rabban, University of California San Francisco
  • Martin Koebel, University of Calgary

The course will be of interest to practicing general and anatomic pathologists, clinicians (gynecologic oncologists), and residents and fellows in-training.

University of Alberta University of Calgary Canadian Association of Pathologists

Committee Information

Course Directors:

  • Dr. Michael Mengel
  • Dr. Dylan Pillai
Executive Director: Ms. Heather Dow
Course Manager: Ms. Meredith Slack

Planning Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Cheng-Han Lee
  • Dr. Sandra Lee

Planning Committee Members:

  • Dr. Soufiane El Hallani
  • Dr. Martin Koebel
  • Dr. Travis Ogilvie

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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:
Gynecological Pathology
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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.

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.