Teaching interventional cytopathology.
Interventional cytopathology is a unique area of pathology, where cytopathologists play a primary role in obtaining fine needle aspiration biopsies and/or making determinations through rapid on-site evaluations to guide sample procurement in real-time. Unsurprisingly, experience and skill are directly related to success in these endeavors, and both can be fostered with formal instruction. There is a wealth of resources available to aid in teaching interventional cytopathology, including instructional videos, courses, and model phantoms which can help to build familiarity and confidence. These tools can provide a basic framework upon which skills can be developed through in-person guidance, real-time feedback and practice. This article reviews the tools available to enhance training, details the authors' institutional experience in teaching interventional cytopathology at a tertiary care center, and provides recommendations and pearls for success in this endeavor.
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