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The Laboratory Report - Summer 2014

THE LABORATORY REPORT Summer 2014 Page 8 The Department Shows Strong Presence at the XXX International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology The Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine will be well represented at the upcoming XXX International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. “Our Department will be one of the best overall represented U.S. pathology departments and is the best represented in pulmonary pathology,” said Dr. Philip Cagle. Additionally, Drs. Philip Cagle and Luan Truong will serve as scientific conveners for the IAP Congress – Congratulations! The Congress will be held from October 5th to October 10th at Bangkok Convention Centre and the registration deadline is September 15, 2014. Additional information can be found on www.iap2014.com Two Department Faculty Have Rewarding Volunteer Experience in Peru CerviCusco Clinic Mount Machu Picchu Drs. Gorman and Haley Two pathologists from the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine recently spent a week in Peru. Drs. Blythe Gorman and Susan Haley volunteered their time reading Pap tests for the CerviCusco clinic in Cusco, Peru. The clinic is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the International Cervical Cancer Foundation and the Medical College of Georgia. It provides modern liquid-based Pap test analysis, and other women’s health services, to residents of underserved and impoverished regions of Peru. “We learned about this volunteer opportunity through the American Society for Cytopathology. Although we were unsure of exactly what to expect, we had a great time, and it was extremely rewarding,” said Dr. Haley. She explained that there are several opportunities throughout the year to volunteer at the clinic. In addition to Drs. Gorman and Haley, there were three other pathologists and two cytotechnologists from across the United States working at the clinic. Dr. Gorman elaborated that there are also opportunities for non-medical volunteers to serve the clinic by performing clerical tasks or facility maintenance-type work. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancerrelated death in Peruvian women. In addition, most rural Peruvian women are diagnosed with cervical cancer when the disease is already in its late stages, which further reduces treatment options and survival. “CerviCusco is the first clinic of its kind in Peru. The clinic’s staff is dedicated to reducing cervical cancer incidence through early detection, and working towards implementing quality control measures,” explained Dr. Gorman. “The clinic has also established a collaborative agreement with the Massachusetts General Hospital, where cases are discussed during weekly telecytopathology conferences,” she continued. When asked if they planned to return to Peru, Drs. Gorman and Haley enthusiastically confirmed. “We felt extremely valuable during this trip because we provided essential services that are otherwise unavailable to many women.” For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Blythe Gorman (bkgorman@ houstonmethodist.org) or Dr. Susan Haley (slhaley@ houstonmethodist.org). For more information on the CerviCusco clinic, please visit www.cervicusco.org


The Laboratory Report - Summer 2014
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