2019 IAC Tutorial Rome, Italy


7-9 February 2019

Rome, Italy


All lectures in English

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The historical metropolis of Rome, with its incalculable immensity of archaeological and art treasures invites you to attend a cutting-edge tutorial in February 2019 organized by the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) and Italian Society of Cytology. (SIAPEC).

The tutorial will address key diagnostic issues and various timely and updated topics of significant and practical clinical importance. This comprehensive course will bring some of the world's leading experts in cytopathology to Italy for a 3-day "Cytology immersion in the ancient Roman scenario". Don't delay your registration as seats at the tutorial are limited. Additionally, the charm and magic of the ancient Roman empire will conquer you.. We are ready to welcome you to the "land of Julius Ceasar"

Continuing Medical Education points issued by ???

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The International Academy of Cytology Examinations for pre-approved candidates.
Applications can be sent as e-mail attachement to the IAC office in Germany. Deadline ??. ??.

  • CT(IAC) comprehensive cytotechnology examination. At least three years experience in gyn and non-gyn cytology is necessary. The exam is available in several languages. Further information
  • IAC International Board of Cytopathology examination for medical members (MIAC) with at least two year prior membership. Further information
Tentative Program Registration and payment International and National Faculty

TENTATIVE PROGRAM DAY 1 - Thursday, 7. February 2019
07:00 - 08:00 AM Registration
08:00 - 08:05 AM Opening Remarks, Introduction of Speakers and Tutorial outline D. Rossi 
and S Ali
08:00 - 09:00 AM Lecture - THYROID - "Bethesda 2017" S. Ali 
09:00 - 09:30 AM Unknown case discussion - Thyroid S. Ali 
09:30 - 10:15 AM Lecture - Thyroid - "European Perspectives" G. Fadda
10:15 - 10:30 AM Coffee break
10:30 - 11:30 AM Lecture SALIVARY GLAND - "MILAN"
D. Rossi 
11:30 - 12:00 AM Unknown case discussion - Salivary Gland D. Rossi 
12:00 - 01:00 PM Lunch break
01:00 - 02:00 PM Lecture - BREAST - "YOKOHAMA" F. Schmitt
02:00 - 02:30 PM Unknown case discussion - Breast F. Schmitt 
02:30 - 03:15 PM Lecture URINARY CYTOLOGY - "PARIS" P. Vielh
03:15 - 03:30 PM Coffee break
03:30 - 04:30 PM Lecture - ANCILLARY AND MOLECULAR TESTING  R. Osamura
04:30 - 05:00 PM  Unwind with the Speakers - An informal chat
DAY 2 Friday 8. February 2018
08:00 - 09:00 AM Lecture - LUNG F. Schmitt 
09:00 - 09:30 AM Unknown case discussion - Lung F. Schmitt 
09:30 - 10:15 AM Unkown case discussion - Ancillary/Molecular Testing R. Osamura
10:15 - 10:30 AM Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00 AM Lecture -  LYMPH NODES P. Vielh
11:00 - 11:30 AM Unknown case discussion  - Lymph Nodes P. Vielh
11:30 - 12:00 AM Lecture - URINARY TRACT "PARIS" P. Vielh
12:00 - 01:00 PM Lunch break
01:00 - 01:30 PM  IAC - History and achievements
01:30 - 02:00 PM Lecture - NEUROENDOCRINE TUMORS R. Osamura
02:00 - 03:00 PM Lecture - SEROUS CAVITY EFFUSIONS S. Ali 
03:00 - 03:15 PM Coffee break
03:15 - 04:00 PM Lecture - LIVER S. Ali 
04:00 - 04:30 PM Unknown case discussion - Serous Cavity Effusion and Liver S. Ali 
04:30 - 05:00 PM  Unwind with the speakers
DAY 3 Saturday 9. February 2018
08:00 - 09:00 AM Lecture - PANCREAS S. Ali
09:00 - 09:30 AM Unknown case discussion - Pancreas S.Ali 
09:30 - 10:15 AM Lecture - SOFT TISSUE AND BONE D. Mody
10:15 - 10:30 AM Coffee break
D. Mody 
12:00 - 01:00 PM Lunch break
02:00 - 03:00 PM Unknown case discussion - Gyn Cytology D. Mody and G. Negri
03:00 - 03:15 PM Coffee break
03:15 - 04:15 PM "Boyond all limits" - some unforgettable cyto cases S. Ali and D. Rossi 
04:15 - 04:30 PM Final Question and Answer session
04:30 PM Tutorial concludes

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International and National Faculty
Tutorial Chair and Course Director
Dr. Syed Ali, FIAC

Professor of Pathology and Radiology.

Director of Cytopathology

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Balitmore, Maryland, USA

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Dr. Guida Fadda



Dr. Dina R Mody, MIAC

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director of Cytology Laboratories
Houston Methodist Hospital and Bioreference labs
Weill Cornell College
Houston, Texas, USA

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Dr. Giovanni Negri



Dr. Robert Y. Osamura, FIAC

Professor International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW)

Director Diagnostic Pathology Nippon Koukan Hospital
Tokyo and Kawasaki Japan

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Dr. Diana Rossi

C-responsabel of the Italian national group of Head and Neck Pathology-GIPATEC-Siapec

Division of Anatomic Pathology and Histology
Catholic University-Fondazione Policlinico Universitario "A. Gemelli"
00168, Rome


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Dr. Fernando Schmitt, FIAC
Professor of Pathology, Medical Faculty, Porto University and Head of Molecular Pathology, IPATIMUP, Porto, Portugal
Dr. Philippe Vielh, FIAC

Director of Cytopathology, National Laboratory of Health, Luxembourg.


Invited Faculty 2017 Hong Kong

Tutorial Course Directors:
Syed Z. Ali, Chair, IAC Education Committee, IAC
Gary M. K. Tse, President, HKIAP 
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Tutorial Chair
Dr. Syed Ali, FIAC

Professor of Pathology and Radiology. 

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Balitmore, Maryland, USA

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Dr. Fernando Schmitt, FIAC

Head of Pathology, Medical Faculty, Porto University.

Porto, Portugal

 R Osamura

Dr. Robert Y. Osamura, FIAC

Professor and Director of Diagnostic Pathology

International University, of Health and Welfare (IUHW) Sanno Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

P Wakely jr

Dr. Paul E. Wakely Jr.

Dept. of Pathology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, U.S.A.

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Dr. John H. F. Smith, MIAC

Director at North of England Pathology & Screening Education Centre, Sheffield, England


2017 Hong Kong Tutorial

Many thanks to the hard-working faculty, the local team for a great time as well as the excellent organization at the Postgraduate Education Centre of the Prince of Wales Hospital and of course thanks to the very studious registrants.


 27 - 29 October 2017


(l-r) Dr. Volker Schneider (Chairman, International Board of Cytopathology examination. Dr. Fernando Schmitt and Dr. Paul Wakely.

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(l-r) F. Schmitt, S. Ali, P. Wakley, R. Osamura, V. Schneider and G. Tse


Hall3 day2 

The excellent auditorium with very concentrated registrants.

Friday, 27. October 2017
08:00 AM Registration


09:00 Opening Remarks

S. Ali

Lecture Cytology of thyroid lesions

S. Ali

Unknown case discussion Thyroid lesions S. Ali
10:30 Break


Video-Microscopy Thyroid lesions S. Ali
Lecture Cytology of salivary gland lesions P. Wakely
12:00 Luncheon
Unknown case discussion Salivary gland lesions P. Wakely
Video Microscopy Salivary gland lesions P. Walely
Lecture Cytology of breast lesions F. Schmitt
14:45 Break
Unknown case discussion Breast lesions F. Schmitt
Lecture Neuroendocrine Tumors R. Osamura
Lecture Ancillary and molecular testing R. Osamura 
Unknown case discussion Ancillary testing R. Osamura
Informal chat Unwind with the speakers S. Ali, R. Osamura
R. Schmitt,
P. Wakely
Saturday, 28. October
09:00 AM Lecture Cytology of lung lesions F. Schmitt
Unknown case discussion Lung lesions F. Schmitt
10:30 Break
10:45 Video Microscopy Lung lesions F. Schmitt
Lecture Head and neck- miscellaneous P. Wakely 
12:00 Luncheon
13:00 Lecture  Cytology of lymph nodes P. Wakely 
Unknown case discussion Lymph node lesions P. Wakely 
Lecture The Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytopathology S. Ali
14:45 Break
IAC History and achievements R. Osamura
F. Schmitt
Lecture Cytology of serous cavity effusions S. Ali 
 16:15 Informal chat Unwind with the speakers S. Ali, R. Osamura
F. Schmitt
P. Wakely 
Sunday, 29. October 
09:00 AM Lecture Cytology of pancreatic lesions S. Ali 
Unknown case discussion Pancreatic lesions S. Ali
10:30 Break
Lecture Cytology of liver lesions S. Ali
Lecture Cytology of soft tissue lesions F. Schmitt
12:00 Luncheon
Update Bethesda 2014 for gyn. cytology J. Smith
Lecture Patterns and pitfalls in gyn. cytology J. Smith
14:45 Break
Unknown case discussion Gynecological cytology J. Smith
Video microscopy Gynecological cytology J. Smith
Informal chat Unwind with the speakers

S. Ali, F. Schmitt,

J. Smith

16:30 Tutorial concludes


IAC Executive Meeting Yokohama 2016

Saturday, May 28th, 2106, 9AM - 4PM


Link to PDF of all slides shown in Yokohama

The links below are the reports submitted prior to the meeting as PDFs.  

The order of presentation may vary according to convenience on the day. 

  1. Opening of Meeting and request to sign-in. (Roll call). P. Vielh
    Draft Minutes Executive Meeting,Milan 2015 (777 KB). The Minutes have to be approved or amendments requested before the end of this meeting.
  2. Report of Scientific Program and Local organizing Committee 2016 International Congress. (To be presented on location)
  3. Report of Nominations Committee  (77KB)
  4. Report of Membership Committee (383 KB)
  5. Report of interim committee to explore reduction in fees for developing countries (PDF 177KB - Country Classifications - 12 pages)
  6. Report of the Secretary-Treasurer (672KB)
  7. Report of Editor
    he introductory information has been removed and the report reduced for this viewing only (PDF 316KB)
  8. Report of the Budget and Finance Committee (412KB)
  9. International Cytopathology Awards Committee (119KB)
  10. International Cytotechnology Awards Committee (53KB)
  11. International Board of Cytopathlogy Committee (76KB)
  12. Cytotechnology Registry and Certification Committee (393KB)
  13. Continuing Education Committee (244KB)
  14. Preliminary report of 2019 Congress Sydney
  15. Site Selection Committee (Verbal)
  16. Omnyx/Training Program Project (Progress in regard to pilot training program in Honduras) (177KB)
  17. ASC/IAC proposals (496KB) - letter from ASC
  18. Selection of location for 2017 Annual General Meeting
  19. Other Business 

CT(IAC) examination - Holding the exams

The CT(IAC) Comprehensive Cytology Registry Examination.

 To sit for the examination the candidates have to apply in advance and have their application approved. The deadline for receipt of applications is always 8 weeks before the examination date. At that time we know how many people have registered for each exam. The application and payment forms are available at the IAC website.

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What the IAC needs from you in advance

Depending on the examination location the candidates may have traveled a long way to attend and may need to book flights or hotels.

The contact person should provide the IAC with the following information once the examination date has been confirmed.

  • Information for exam candidates to find the exam site, with map if possible, with instructions for local transport, parking and hotels suggestions and any other relevant information
  • What time to be at exam site for signing-in
  • Contact information of exam proctor on-site with mobile number
  • Full postal address and phone number (land line and/or Mobile) and contact details of contact person who is to receive the examination materials and return them

What is needed at the examination site?

  • The examination requires microscopes, (see seating plan) projection facilities and writing space for each candidate to complete the written exam without having a neighbour too close.
  • Each examination has to be monitored by someone who has already passed the exam or will not want to sit the exam in the future. 

Examples of timing of IAC cytotechnologyexamination

CT(IAC) Comprehensive Cytology exam

Mins Start Finish
Registration, seating and explanations 30 08:30 AM  09:00 AM
Glass slides x 30 3 minutes each 90 09:00 AM 10:30 AM Timed
Short stretch break 10 10:30 AM 10:40 AM
Visual Images x 35 1 minute each 35 10:40 AM 11:15 AM Timed
Written x 80 1 minute 80 11:15 AM 12:35 PM Own time
(No more that 80 Minutes)


Seating arrangements for 20 or less candidates.
Practice has shown that is it wise to set up and test each microscope the evening before.

  • If you have more than 20 candidates a different seating plan will be sent with the material.
  • If you have to set up in classroom style please inform us and you will be sent a different seating plan. 

2014 20 less Seating plan GLASS SLIDE setup

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Instructions sent to the examination candidates

Each exam candidate receives:

  • a confirmation that they are accepted to sit the exam and a receipt for the examination fee
  • instructions on how to find the exam location and what time to be there
  • contact information of monitor on site (mobile number)
  • instructions on how to complete the IAC answer forms


Proctor instructions for preparation and during the examination.

A package will be sent to the person responsible by courier and will contain


Thirty glass slides for the microscopic section of the examination Please check to see that slides arrived in good shape.


A CD with visual images in PowerPoint format. Please test in advance that the CD is compatible. If the CD is imported on to a Notebook the file must be deleted after use.


Hard copies of examination exam sheets (microscopic, visual image and written) sufficient for number of candidates accepted for the exam ALL examination papers must be returned


Proctor copies of the examination in the event there should be questions during the examination regarding terminology or translation of questions These copies must be returned along with all copies of the questions from the candidates.


Special scantron answer forms for each of the Cytotechnologist examinations, and/or Sandard answer forms for each of the Cytopathologist examinations. The header portion of the scantron form for the visual image examination is slightly different from the glass slide and written examination forms.


Registration/Sign-in sheet - 2 copies Please do not accept last minute candidates who have not been approved by the IAC Central Office.


No. 2 pre-sharpened pencils to be distributed to the candidates prior to the examination Please bring a timer and a pencil sharpner


  1. Please check the Sign-in Sheet to see if there are any notes indicating fee due, letters of recommendation due, etc.
  2. Each candidate must sign in
  3. Please remind candidates to check both the mailing address and the email address (if provided) for any corrections or changes
  4. Candidates can be seated and get comfortable at a microscope. There should be sufficient space for both exam sheet and answer sheet
  5. Answer sheets and pencils can be handed out and the top completed with name and P Number.
  6. Slides are passed out and the number noted on each scan answer sheet.


The candidates should be instructed to carefully fill out each circle they select on the scanning answer form. It is best to begin at the center of each circle and work outward to complete the fill-in process. The candidate should not press too heavily because the paper may be torn. If a change is made by the candidate the eraser should be used to erase as thoroughly as possible the original mark without tearing paper.

  1. The most common mistake and one that may cost the examinee to fail the exam
    • As Proctor when you pass out the microscopic glass slides please check with each candidate to see that the slide number corresponds to the case number that the candidate will use to evaluate that particular slide. The number can now be marked on each answer form.
    • ONLY ONE CANDIDATE WILL BEGIN WITH CASE NUMBER 1; ALL THE OTHER CANDIDATES WILL BEGIN THE SCANNING ANSWER FORM WITH THE NUMBER OF THE SLIDE THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN, i.e., the candidate who receives microscopic slide number 3 should begin with the history for Case number 3 and begin at Slide 3 on the scanning answer form.

The second most common mistake and one that affects all the candidates.

  • Candidates should pass to the right ONLY when the Proctor says "PASS". The reason this is important is that one candidate may have a difficult case and wishes to utilize the entire allotted time while the candidate sitting to the left completes his/her case and passes the slide to the right. The candidate wishing to take the whole time may inadvertently pass the slide from the candidate on her left to the candidate on her right, thus causing the slides to be out of order.
  • FOR THE CYTOTECHNOLOGIST EXAM, the candidate must be instructed to reply to both Level A and Level B. The candidate MUST make a selection or an educated guess for each slide. If a candidate does not fill in Level A of any question it will be scored as a missed case. The Level B section MUST also be completed
  • Under Level B the candidate should be as specific as possible but also take into consideration the more serious entity for the patient, i.e.; If the slide shows invasive squamous cell cancer and a few trichomonads are present, invasive squamous carcinoma is the correct choice.
  • Another example would be if fungal elements are present, in addition to herpes. Herpes identification is more important than the fungal infection (herpes must be identified).
  • FOR THE CYTOPATHOLOGIST EXAM, the candidate must select and circle his/her diagnosis from the responses listed for each slide.
  1. Glass slides 1-30 are circled. The candidate is only responsible for the circled area.
  2. The candidate is given three minutes for each slide. Announce "30 seconds left" after 2 and a half minutes. Announce pass after three minutes. 
  3. As a representative of the International Academy of Cytology, and before the candidates begin the examination, it is a nice gesture to wish them Good Luck
  5. THEN COLLECT THE 30 GLASS SLIDES. Hint: sometimes the glass slides are left on the microscope stage and sometimes they are left under the examination forms.

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  1. This is a multiple-choice format. THERE IS ONLY ONE BEST ANSWER. Please make this clear to the candidate. If more than one answer is selected, the candidate will not be given credit for answering even if one of the choices is correct. The candidate MUST make a selection or an educated guess for each question. If no answer is selected the question will be marked as incorrect.
  2. First show the six projected visual image slides which give the candidates information about the examination. The seventh slide is image #0. This is to acquaint the candidate with the lighting, etc. Establish the lighting using the transparency marked 0. Can the candidates see the questions and the projected visual image marked 0 at the same time? Slides numbered 1 – 35 consist of the actual examination images (numbered 1 - 72 for Cytopathology exam).
  3. One minute for each question.
  4. QUESTION TO ASK: Can you read the answer form, read the questions, and see the projected visual image well enough to complete the examination?




  1. This is a multiple-choice format. THERE IS ONLY ONE BEST ANSWER. Please make this clear to the candidate. If more than one answer is selected, the candidate will not be given credit for answering even if one of the choices is correct. The candidate MUST make a selection or an educated guess for each question. If no answer is selected the question will be marked as incorrect.
  2. Candidates may complete this portion of the examination at their own pace within the allotted time period of 80 minutes.
  3. Sample question - Written Cytotechnologist ExaminationQuestion written example
  4. FOR THE CYTOPATHOLOGY EXAM, the candidate must select one answer and circel his/her answer from the responses listed for each question.
  5. Each candidate is given one minute for each written question. The candidate may go at his or her own pace. It is helpful if after 40 minutes the candidates are reminded they have 40 minutes to go in the event that some candidates are slower than others.
  6. Since the written examination is given last the candidate may leave the examination site as soon as he or she has completed the examination.  Candidates are not permitted to take more that 80 minutes for the written examination. The examination questions and answer forms must be collected by the Proctor as the candidate leaves the examination room.

All questions should be answered. This refers to all the examinations but is especially true for the glass slide examination.
Both Level A and Level B must be answered on the Cytotechnologist microscopic exam. The candidate should give their best guess if they do not know the answer.

Please advise the candidates that examination results will be mailed approximately eight weeks after the examination materials are received in the IAC's offices.

Return addresses for examination materials are:
Send all exam paper materials (scantron sheets, exam questions, registration signature sheet(s) to:
Karen Gianni
2538 W Pensacola
Chicago, IL 60618 USA (pre-addressed and paid mailer/shipping label included)
Phone: 773-203-0782
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Send all glass slides, CD, pencils to:
Shirley E. Greening, MS, JD, CFIAC
IAC Registrar
337 W. Seymour Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tel: +1 215 991 6929
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