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A Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics

Offering additional workshops in CGH and Karyotyping

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 to Friday, April 24, 2015

AT&T Telehealth Classroom
Mendelsohn Faculty Center Room FC1.2002
MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030

Overview of the Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics

This two-day program is designed for individuals eligible to sit for the Cytogenetics Exam, CG(ASCP), given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

The comprehensive review course covers topics specified in the current ASCP BOC content outline. During the program you will attend approximately 16 hours of lectures, and receive an extensive study guide that includes:

  • An outline of each subject area,
  • Illustrations,
  • Practice problems, and
  • Other material that promotes effective and efficient study.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key areas to study in order to prepare for a national certification exam.
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot frequently encountered problems in both prenatal and cancer cytogenetic laboratories.
  • Organize your study time in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Increase your fund of knowledge through analysis of current procedures to arrive at accurate conclusions and appropriate courses of action.

This review course will provide you three mock exams similar to the ASCP BOC certification exam. This will help you identify, in sufficient time before the actual exam, any problems that require extra study. You will also be given access to our on-line review for one year.

Continuing Education Credit

The entire clinical cytogenetics review course (including both workshops described below) is worth 25 contact hours. The level of instruction is intermediate.

Clinical Faculty

Highly qualified and experienced in the field of clinical cytogenetics, our faculty members include:

  • Elizabeth Allen Harper, B.S., CG(ASCP)CM
  • Su Yang, B.S., CG(ASCP)CM
  • Juan Flores, B.S., CG(ASCP)CM
  • Steven Sfamenos, B.S., CG(ASCP)CM
  • Lawrence Frimpong, B.S., CG(ASCP)CM
  • Atousa Maleki, Ph.D., FACMG ABMG
  • Jun Gu, M.D., Ph.D., CG(ASCP)CM
  • Jennifer Stewart, B.S., CG(ASCP)CM
  • Vicki Hopwood, M.S., CG(ASCP)CM, MB(ASCP)CM, CLDir (NCA)
  • Jan Smith, Ph.D., FACMG
  • Ming Zhao, M.D., M.S., CG(ASCP)CM, MB(ASCP)


Overview of Workshops in CGH and Karyotyping
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.CGH Workshop
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • 6 p.m.
Karyotype Workshop ($100.00)
  • Chromosome Identification/ISCN
  • Band Level Determination
  • Evaluation and Adjourn
Overview of Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics ($350.00)
Thursday, April 23, 2015
7 a.m.Registration and Continental Breakfast
8 a.m.Course Introduction
8:15 a.m.Specimen Handling, Preparation and Processing
9:15 a.m.Culturing Techniques
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.Harvesting Techniques
12 p.m.Lunch: Test-Taking Strategies
1 p.m.Chromosome Banding Techniques
2 p.m.Use and Maintenance of Microscopes and Computer Imaging Equipment for Image Analysis
2:45 p.m.Break
3 p.m.Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization
4 p.m.Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization Analysis
5 p.m.Adjourn
Friday, April 24, 2015
7:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast
8 a.m.Chromosome Analysis Part I – The Basics
9:15 a.m.Chromosome Analysis Part II – Constitutional Issues
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.Chromosome Analysis Part III – Oncology Issues
12 p.m.Lunch / Optional Laboratory Tour
1 p.m.Chromosome Analysis Part IV - ISCN
2:30 p.m.Break
2:45 p.m.Laboratory Practice Part I
3:45 p.m.Laboratory Practice Part II
5 p.m.Adjourn

Registration and Fees

The 2-Day Overview of Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics Course fee includes course tuition, all materials, and meals as indicated in the course schedule. This review course is not sanctioned, endorsed, and/or sponsored by the National Certification Agency.

Download and print to preregister for A Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics:

Registration form (pdf)

Payment for registration can be made by check, credit card (VISA or MasterCard), or purchase order. Mail the form with your payment to:

Cytogenetic Technology Program – Unit 2
School of Health Professions
MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030-4009

Or Fax the form to Jun Gu at 713-745-3337

Registrations must be postmarked or faxed by April 10, 2015; any registrations postmarked or faxed after this date will be assessed a $25 late fee.

Cancellations: Your registration fee, minus a $50 administrative handling fee, is refundable if a written request is received by April 15, 2015. No refunds will be granted after this date. However, registrations may be transferred to a colleague or applied towards the on-line course enrollment.

For more Information contact the Program in Cytogenetic Technology office at 713-563-3225, 1-800-551-9503, or

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Parking Information

Parking and transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. Parking is available in Garage 10 ($12 per day), located directly east of

MD Anderson Main Building
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030

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