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A Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics

Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics
offering additional workshops in CGH and Karyotyping.

 Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Friday, April 24, 2015


Wed., April 22, 2015
9am- 4pm CGH workshop 
4pm - 6pm Karyotype Workshop ($100.00)

Thursday through Friday, April 23-24, 2015
Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics ($350.00)


The University of Texas  MD Anderson Cancer Center 
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
,Houston, TX 77030
Workshop will be held in the Faculty Center Building, FC1.2002

Overview of the Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics (April 23-April 24, 2015)   Top of Page

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). Note: Page will open in a new browser window.

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
• Other material that promotes effective and efficient study
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.

Program Objectives    Top of Page

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

Continuing Education Credit    Top of Page

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


Overview of  workshops in CGH and Karyotyping- Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CGH Workshop
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Karyotype Workshop ($100.00)
4:00 p.m. Chromosome Identification/ISCN
5:00 p.m. Band Level Determination
6:00 p.m. Evaluation and Adjourn

Overview of Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics ($350.00)
Thursday, April 23,- Friday April 24, 2015

7:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 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

12:00 p.m. - Lunch: Test-Taking Strategies

1:00 p.m. - Chromosome Banding Techniques
2:00 p.m. - Use and Maintenance of Microscopes and Computer Imaging Equipment for Image Analysis
2:45 p.m. - Break
3:00 p.m. - Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization
4:00 p.m. - Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization Analysis
5:00 p.m. - Adjourn

7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
8:00 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

12:00 p.m. - Lunch / Optional Laboratory Tour

1:00 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
5:00 p.m. - Adjourn

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)

Fees    Top of Page

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. Payment for registration can be made by check, credit card (VISA or MasterCard), or purchase order. This review course is not sanctioned, endorsed, and/or sponsored by the National Certification Agency.

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

More Information 
Contact the Program in Cytogenetic Technology office at (713) 563-3225 or 1-800-551-9503.

Registration    Top of Page

To preregister for A Comprehensive Review in Clinical Cytogenetics:
Download, print and complete the registration form (pdf)

Mail the form with your payment to:
    Cytogenetic Technology Program – Unit 2
    School of Health Sciences
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    1515 Holcombe Boulevard
    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
  • Registrations postmarked or faxed after this date will be assessed a $25 late fee.



Hotel Accommodations    Top of Page

A Houston Hotel Guide can be found at:

You must identify yourself as a visitor of UT MD Anderson to get the best rates. Also be sure to ask if they have free shuttle service to our campus. Parking is $12 a day in the medical center.

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