The Home Study Course is intended for the practicing colposcopist or practitioner who is seeking to develop or enhance his/her colposcopic skills. The goal of the course is to present colposcopic cases that are unusual or instructive in terms of appearance, presentation, or management, or that demonstrate new and important knowledge in the area of colposcopy or pathology. Participants may benefit from reading and studying the material or from testing their knowledge by answering the questions.
The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The ASCCP designates this education activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The ASCCP also designates their educational activity for 1 Category 1 credit hour of the ASCCP's Program for Continuing Professional Development. Credit is available for those who choose to apply. The Home Study Course is planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME's Essential Areas and Elements.
The clinical history and images in the Home Study Course may represent an actual case, but not always. To improve educational quality, some gross, cytological, or histological images may come from photographic libraries. Good teaching cases are often difficult to obtain, and we encourage our readers to submit cases with high-quality images to the Home Study Course editor or executive editor to consider for publication. Lastly, faculty must disclose any significant financial interest or relationship with proprietary entities that may have a direct relationship to the subject matter. For this course, the authors had the following relationships to report:
Kevin J. Mitchell, MD: Digene Corporation: Speaker:
Cytyc Corporation: Stockholder
3M Corporation: Phase 2 Drug Testing: Research funding.
Lisa Flowers, MD: No such relationship to report
Cytology and histology courtesy of Dennis O'Connor, MD.
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Danbury Hospital, Danbury; and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
2Division of Family Planning, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine; and Colposcopy Clinic at Grady, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA
3Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brookdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, NY