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Practice Committee

August 15, 2020

The Practice Committee was pleased welcome two new members to the SPP Practice Committee, Sherri Besmer and Veena Rajaram and thank them for their interest.
Regarding the request for practice review and guidelines projects proposals, there were several great suggestions made, including the following:
  • Dr. Mika Warren developed an electron microscopy practice survey.  She is working on the final draft and will share it with the members of the committee for review and approval as soon as the edited version is ready.
  • Dr. Drucilla Roberts proposed to develop and publish new SPP recommendations for placental triage.  This would be done in collaboration with the experts in the perinatal committee and would include a junior member. Dr. Roberts has identified several experts that would be involved in the project, and she has started to work on a table of indications for placenta examination. The committee agreed that this could be a very valuable initiative and would produce a useful manuscript for the practicing pathologists.
  • Dr. Robyn Reed suggested reviewing the current practice handling and reporting appendectomy specimens.  She will follow up with a plan to survey SPP membership.
  • The committee also reviewed and discussed the “Molecular in my Pocket Guides” developed by the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) pediatric group.  These documents list molecular alterations in pediatric cancers and will be published as part of the Molecular in My Pocket series: https://www.amp.org/education/education-resources/molecular-in-my-pocket-guides/
  • Dr. Sara Vargas mentioned that Jennifer Cotter (and other SPP neuropathologists) had already expressed interest and started some brain tumor projects. Dr. Sanda Alexandrescu (Chair of the Education Committee) mentioned that manuscripts with guidelines on tissue utilization and scope of molecular testing of pediatric brain tumors have been the subject of discussion among Education Committee and Practice Committee members for the past two years. The committee members agreed this could also be a great way to initiate AMP/SPP collaborations. Dr. Alexandrescu offered to lead the neuropathology group representing the SPP.
Lastly, the Membership Committee requested that the Practice Committee members review the draft of the 2020 SPP Membership Survey, particularly the questions related to pediatric pathology practice, and forward any suggestions to the Membership Committee.
 

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Delores Lopez Terrada, MD, PhD

Practice Committee Chair
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX
doloresl@bcm.edu

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Delores Lopez Terrada, MD, PhD

Practice Committee Chair
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX
doloresl@bcm.edu

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