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20th September, 2015, in Milan, is scheduled the QUATE Aptitude Test in cervical cytology.
The QUATE (Quality Assurance, Training and Examinations committee) Aptitude Test is an international examination for cytotechnologists who fulfill the criteria for accreditation in their own countries. It is designed to provide an objective assessment of a cytotechnologist’s competence to screen cervical samples and it takes place under the auspices of the European Federation of Cytology Societies (EFCS).
The exam can be taken in English, German or Italian language and the candidates can choose whether to use conventional slides or liquid phase preparations (ThinPrep or SurePath).
The entry fee is 80 € if the applicant is already registered for the European Congress of Cytology, which will begin the next day, or € 150 if you claim the examination only.
A certificate of competence of the European Federation of Cytology will be released on the same day to the Candidates who pass the exam.
The rules for participation and evaluation are available here.
Monday 4th to Friday 8th
The tutorial took place at the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Ljubljana, within walking distance of the centre and the hotel in which most of the participants were staying. The local hosts were Helena Gutnik and Margareta Strojan-Fležar.
The tutorial was attended by 50 people from 14 countries: Australia (2), Belgium (2) Croatia (5), Israel (2), Italy (6), Netherland (1), Norway (1), Oman (1), Romania (1), Saudi Arabia (2), Slovenia (22), Sweden (2), United Arab Emirates (1), United Kingdom (2). Speakers were from Austria, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the UK.
Of the 50 delegates, 53% were non-medical (cytotechnologists and biologists), 41% medical (pathologists, residents); 6% did not respond to this question.
The EFCS website attracted 34% of delegates, while 40% attended the tutorial because of personal recommendation. 19% had attended a previous tutorial and 94% would recommend the tutorial to colleagues. Other advertisements and websites attracted between 4 and 7.5% of delegates each.
The tutorial followed the established programme, with microscope slide-based workshops and lectures.
The gynaecological cytology covered 1.5 days, with slides of both conventional and liquid based slides in all the presented topics. In the following 4 days on non-gynaecological cytology were covered urinary cytology, breast, lymphomas, salivary glands, respiratory tract, serous effusions, thyroid, biliary tract and tumours of the childhood. The Eurocytology teaching website was also presented.
On Wednesday evening, a dinner was offered to all the delegates and lecturers.
All candidates submitted evaluation sheets on receiving their certificates of attendance. Lectures and workshops could be scored as excellent (1), average (2), weak (3) or inadequate (4). All average scores were between 1.0 and 1.8 indicating a highly successful and well-received tutorial.
The three most successful speakers were scored as ‘excellent’ in 99%, 96% and 96% of their evaluations, respectively. The percentage of ‘excellent’ scores for gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology were 80% and 83% respectively.
Delegates (29 of 50) provided helpful free text comments concerning improvements that could be made to the workshops and timing of lectures, which the organisers will take account of next times.
The evaluations confirm another successful tutorial and reflect the high quality of the local organisation and venue.
The 9th tutorial will take place in Denmark in 2016. Details of the date and venue will be announced shortly on the EFCS website.
Handouts and lectures
Expo Milano 2015 is a non-commercial Universal Exposition with some very unique and innovative features. Not only is it an exhibition but also a process, one of active participation among a large number of players around the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. It is sustainable, technological, thematic and focused on its visitors. Open from May 1 to October 31, 2015.
M. Branca and A.L. Filho
This book describes the screening programs for CC prevention, whether organized, opportunistic or spontaneous and also their merits and weaknesses. Monitoring of the pathways and procedures of CC screening are mandatory in order to minimise the risks (wrong diagnosis, over-diagnosis, over-treatment) and maximize the benefits. In an optimal setting, the women should be the focus of the screening intervention and receive basic information on the crucial points of CC screening, so as to improve women’s collaboration and compliance. The availability of alternative new screening tools to detect pre-cancer lesions provide new opportunities for CC prevention, as do HPV vaccines implemented in early life before viral exposure.
After the first insertion of the "Call for Cytologists"in the EFCS WebSite,
an interesting experience started and we publish now the first report on it.
(Note by WebMaster)
The Association of Italian Pathologists “Pathologists beyond the Borders” NGO (Patologi oltre Frontiera – http://www.patologioltrefrontiera.it) is carrying on a project for the creation of a screening program for the most frequent female cancers in Nigeria.
The project concerns the implementation of a screening program for cervical cancer (by Pap smear) and breast cancer in IMO State, one of 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in a territory with a population of about 4.5 million inhabitants, with center in the capital, Owerri.
A collection of documents on the history, mission and future of cytopathology is harvested here: testimonies of those who lived the experiences of cytology as a pioneer in Europe and worldwide. We would like contributions , supports, criticisms and suggestions to make this session more interesting and participated. If you have material for publication here, please contact .
The Pathologist's role explained to the people: the invisible roots that support and strengthen clinical medicine. A movie prepared by the Italian Society of Pathology SIAPEC (text in English or in Portuguese languages, voices in Italian language).
A bunch of interesting, entertaining and informative events on the history of Cyto-Pathology by Dr Nadir Paksoy, actually presented in the Plenary section under the title of "Residents puzzles", at the 36th European Congress of Cytology held in Istanbul on 21-25 September 2011
A partial copy (what has been possible to recover) of the first version of the EFCS WebSite, managed by Alain Verhest
A 37-years tale! Lecture by O.A.H. Husain at the
EFCS from 1969 to 1989
The pioneers: an editorial in Acta Cytologica (1996)
Cytotechnologists 40 years after. A survey in Europe by Veronica Anic on education and training for Cytotechs.
Gabrijela Kocjan, MD, MB BS
Winifred Gray, MB BS, FRCPath
Tanya Levine, MA(Oxon), MBBS, RCDipPath(Cyto), FRCPath
Ika Kardum-Skelin, MD, PhD
Philippe Vielh, MD, PhD
Here's a succinct yet comprehensive guide to diagnosis in both gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology. Diagnostic Cytopathology Essentials provides quick answers to diagnostic problems in the cytological recognition and interpretation of a wide range of disease entities. It delivers the dependable guidance you need - in a user-friendly format that makes essential facts about any given condition easy to find and apply.