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Cytology is Hard...

How will this course help me?

Have you every been sitting at the microscope and found yourself completely overwhelmed? Maybe sending your FNA to the lab isn't an option, and you've got about 5 minutes to figure this out before you have to move on to the next appointment. Everything is looking like blue and purple blobs, and you're starting to see red because you're so frustrated. Or maybe you have always loved cytology and you just want to feel more confident in your interpretations? Perhaps you're a shelter vet with a limited budget, or maybe you have a really sick patient that can't wait 2 days for a cytology report to come back. Whatever your motivation is to up your cyto game, I created this course to help you get there! I love what I do, and helping vet professionals feel more comfortable with cytology gives me warm and fuzzies like you wouldn't believe. Not only do I want you to feel more comfortable with cytology so that you can confidently use it to help your patients, I want you to enjoy it too! The tiny microscopic world is a incredibly interesting one with immense power to improve your patient care, but building a solid foundation is essential to moving from frustrated to fascinated-- and that's what this course is for!

Ok cool. So...What Will I Learn in This Course?

Chances are good that most of your FNAs are from mass-like lesions on the skin and subcutaneous layers. And in this course, we will dig into how to interpret those FNAs! The course is full to the brim with practical information, but some of the topics covered include:

  • How to feel less frustrated and more organized in your thought process using the cytologic algorithm

  • Identifying common inflammatory patterns and putting the pieces together to know what those patterns mean

  • Bugs bugs and more bugs! Common bacterial and fungal organisms you may see in your FNAs and how to tell them apart

  • Cytologic characteristics of different cell categories (epithelial, mesenchymal, and round cells)

  • How to tell if a cell is benign or malignant (and when we can't make that call on cytology!)

  • Comprehensive review of some of the most common skin mass cytologies you'll run into

  • Cytology of mammary lesions and the roadblocks we encounter with this tissue

  • The prostate: BPH vs. infection vs. neoplasia

  • Butt masses! (perianal and anal sac)

  • Salivary glands: Why they might be big

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to the Course!
    • Welcome! Are you ready to get this cytology party started?!
    • Module 1 Algorithm Worksheet
    • Module 2 Top Ten Worksheet
    • Module 3 SQ Glandular Worksheet
    • Algorithm Class Notes (PDF of powerpoint slides)
    • Top Ten Class Notes (PDF of powerpoint slides)
    • SQ Glandular Class Notes (PDF of powerpoint slides)
  • 2
    Module 1: The Cytologic Algorithm
    • Part 1: Intro and cysts
    • Part 2: Inflammation
    • Part 3: Neoplasia
    • Part 4: Criteria of Malignancy
  • 3
    Module 2: Ten Most Common Skin Mass Cytologies
    • Part 1: Mast cell tumors
    • Part 2: Soft tissue sarcoma and trichoblastoma
    • Part 3: Sebaceous adenoma/hyperplasia, keratin inclusion cyst, and histiocytoma
    • Part 4: Vaccine reaction, lipoma, abscess, papilloma
  • 4
    Module 3: Subcutaneous and Glandular Structures
    • Part 1: Mammary
    • Part 2: Salivary and thyroid
    • Part 3: Prostate and anal sac/perianal
  • 5
    Module 4: Case Review (viewed through my scope in real time!)
    • Case review time!
    • Case 1
    • Case 2
    • Case 3
    • Case 4
    • Case 5
    • Case 6
    • Case 7
    • Case 8
    • Case 9
    • Case 10
    • You did it!
  • 6
    Quiz Time! *REQUIRED TO RECEIVE RACE CREDITS*
    • Testing Your Cytology Knowledge
    • RACE Certificate
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What students are saying:

  • Down to earth, fun way to learn cytology

    Kim Heyning

    This course was probably one of the best CE courses I have ever completed. Lots of down to earth descriptions and common mistakes and how not to make them. ...

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    This course was probably one of the best CE courses I have ever completed. Lots of down to earth descriptions and common mistakes and how not to make them. Well worth every minute spent on this course.

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  • You won't be disappointed!

    Giuseppe Giglia

    The Mastering Cytology: Skin and Subcutis course was a surprise. Shortly after joining the Facebook group I came across a post advertising it. I was looking ...

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    The Mastering Cytology: Skin and Subcutis course was a surprise. Shortly after joining the Facebook group I came across a post advertising it. I was looking for a basic cytology course so I decided to enroll, having the benefit of the doubt, not knowing what I had to really expect; but It did not take long, just after the beginning I understood that it was going to be a great course. Online lectures are short and organized to give you time to attend them whenever you have a break during the day with the advantage, of course, of carrying them wherever you are; Knowledge is covered with basic terminology and lets everyone, even who's completely new in this world, understand. Dr. Kate’s delightfulness and funny jokes make the learning process greater. I just super-recommended it to anyone looking for a basic introductive course in the wonderful world of cytology! You won't be disappointed!

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  • More, please!

    Kelly Conrad

    This may have been my all-time favorite CE course!!! Dr. Baker's teaching style is very relaxed...like she's addressing friends. It is also very well organ...

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    This may have been my all-time favorite CE course!!! Dr. Baker's teaching style is very relaxed...like she's addressing friends. It is also very well organized. I am a CVT who transitioned to human cytopathology and I needed a refresher. I learned so much in this course. I can't say enough about it!! Please consider giving us more for 2020!

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  • AMAZING

    Rand Winton

    So much information crammed into a short period of time. I will have to study my notes for at LEAST a week before moving on. Very well presented. Just won...

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    So much information crammed into a short period of time. I will have to study my notes for at LEAST a week before moving on. Very well presented. Just wonderful!

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  • Very Informative

    Rebecca Balls

    This course was a lot of fun, for me, hopefully it is for anyone taking it. Lots of information and facts from the Great Kate! I am a technician with a passi...

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    This course was a lot of fun, for me, hopefully it is for anyone taking it. Lots of information and facts from the Great Kate! I am a technician with a passion for Clinical Pathology and hope to one day get a VTS in it. I get asked a lot to look at cytologic samples with my doctors and now I have MORE confidence than before to help them reach a diagnosis! Thank you Kate for the great course and I look forward to more! (Hopefully hematology soon! ;) )

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  • Amazing!!!

    Joana Miranda

    I graduated a long time ago and always sent samples for pathology so forgot all of school knowledge. The Facebook group is so interesting that I got interest...

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    I graduated a long time ago and always sent samples for pathology so forgot all of school knowledge. The Facebook group is so interesting that I got interest again,learnt as I never thought from this group and joined the course!Is so useful, brilliantly and simple explained that I feel much better, refreshed and up to date on cytology so that I can start looking myself and compare (finding the time will be the more challenging thing). Totally advise this course!Thank you

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  • Amazing Cytology Course!!!

    Julia Wiederholt

    So I will preface this review by acknowledging I took it already loving cytology. I am that nerd at work that geeks out over cool (aka crazy awful looking) c...

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    So I will preface this review by acknowledging I took it already loving cytology. I am that nerd at work that geeks out over cool (aka crazy awful looking) cytologies. I definitely wanted a course to help improve my skills in interpreting what I'm seeing and Dr. Baker's course did that and more. She breaks things down very simply to help you narrow down differentials and makes it fun the entire time. Her passion for what she does makes this an enjoyable CE. I highly recommend this course to anyone that performs in house evaluations of cytologies!

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  • Mastering Cytology: Skin & Subcutis

    Michelle Benson

    This course has helped me become much more comfortable looking at cytology slides and at the very least give an idea of a prelim while waiting for the pathol...

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    This course has helped me become much more comfortable looking at cytology slides and at the very least give an idea of a prelim while waiting for the pathology report to return! Everything is very well organized and explained with great examples of cases for practice! & I find it great that you have access to the videos and notes to refer back to whenever needed! I now have a new found love for cytology and cant wait for the next course!

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  • Excellent course for building knowledge and enthusiasm!

    Katherine Munce

    I honestly cannot thank you enough for your Mastering Cytology course! I feel so EXCITED to start practicing my cytology skills - previously I felt a little ...

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    I honestly cannot thank you enough for your Mastering Cytology course! I feel so EXCITED to start practicing my cytology skills - previously I felt a little lost and scared, but now there's nothing I don't want to stick a needle into! The framework you provided in the course was so straight forward. Obviously you are incredibly knowledgeable but you made the information so accessible and fun, I am ever so grateful for this incredible gift you've given me- the gift of excitement to learn and confidence to give things a go. I have been recommending your course to everyone, it really is an excellent program, congratulations. Thank you again, from a final year veterinary science student.

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  • Mastering Cytology: Skin and Subcutis

    Lisa Goldburg

    This course is GREAT! Whether you are a new grad or have been in practice for a long time this course demystifies cytology for the general practioner. It's i...

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    This course is GREAT! Whether you are a new grad or have been in practice for a long time this course demystifies cytology for the general practioner. It's incredibly practical, systematic and logical in its approach. I didn't learn it this way 20 years ago and suddenly it seems so much more manageable and far less daunting. In addition to covering the most common things we see in general practice there are important tips provided to help you avoid common pitfalls in diagnosis as well as let you know when cytology is extremely reliable and when it actually requires histopath for confirmation. Highly recommend!

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  • Excellent course!

    Erin Bell

    This is the best web-based course I've ever seen. Dr. Baker's commentary and teaching style were wonderful :)

    This is the best web-based course I've ever seen. Dr. Baker's commentary and teaching style were wonderful :)

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  • great course!

    Christine Tranchida

    Cytology was such a weak spot for me. The course was interesting and informative and I can't wait to start looking at more slides with confidence!

    Cytology was such a weak spot for me. The course was interesting and informative and I can't wait to start looking at more slides with confidence!

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