2023 Pathologists’ Assistant Symposium

This 1 1/2-day course will cover the basics of various pathologies, including mandible, bone, cardiac valves, colon, mesothelioma, and breast, as well as cutting-edge techniques, such as 3D scanning, education/providing feedback, and use of the SIM Lab. Other didactic presentations will focus on ethics, toxicology, and medicolegal placenta. There also will be an open forum where attendees will have a chance to submit their topics for discussion. On day two, attendees will participate in hands-on workshops to apply concepts from day one’s didactic sessions.

This course is limited to 60 attendees to allow for opportunities for strong attendee engagement, hands-on experiences, networking, and relationship development. Certain presentations will be eligible for the ASCP’s requirements for advanced staging credits, as well as ethics credits (see program agenda for details).

Accessibility statement: The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science (MCCMS) strives for inclusive learning and training environments.  If you experience or anticipate experiencing any disability related barriers, please contact Disability Access Services at MCCMC.DS@mayo.edu 

Conference Information

Date: June 2-3, 2023

Location: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Note: This program will be in person only and will not be live streamed.

Presented by: Mayo Clinic Laboratories

Questions: Contact the Education Department at 800-533-1710 or 507-284-3156, or email mcleducation@mayo.edu.

Intended audience: This symposium is intended for Pathologists' Assistants (PA(ASCP).


Conference Objectives

Upon completion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Apply advanced staging criteria to multiple organ systems
  • Explain novel education approaches for advanced learners within the field of pathology
  • Demonstrate 3D Scanning techniques
  • Recognize disease processes & pathologies of the lung, including staging of cancers affecting the lung
  • Review Amsterdam criteria for placenta grossing and recognize how to apply these when identifying pathologies


Friday, June 2, 2023

7 a.m. | Course Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m. | Opening Remarks & Introduction to Symposium - Gary Keeney, MD

8 a.m. | Ethics—biorepository/Mayo PRC Collections - Thomas Flotte, MD

*Ethics credit

8:30 a.m. | Interpreting Postmortem Change - Reade Quinton, MD

*General related interests credit

9:15 a.m. | Medicolegal Placenta - Heidi Cheek-Norgan, MHS, PA(ASCP)

*Anatomic Pathology credit

9:45 a.m. | Education/providing feedback - Kelly Hollar, MS, PA(ASCP)

*General related interests credit

10:15 a.m. | Break

10:30 a.m. | Heart valves – gross and clinical correlations  - Andrew Layman, MD

*Anatomic Pathology credit

11 a.m. | Bone Malignancies/Gross Appearance/Staging/Application of Techniques - Jeremy Molligan, MD

*Advanced Staging credit

11:30 a.m. | 3D Scanning - Shane Ferraro, MHS, PA(ASCP); Kelly Hollar, MS, PA(ASCP); Hailey Stiles MHS, PA(ASCP)

*General related interests credit

12 p.m. | Lunch Break 

1:15 p.m. | Simulation in the Frozen Section Environment - Erica Reed, MS, PA(ASCP)

*General related interests credit

1:45 p.m. | Colorectal/Tumor Budding - Rachel Horton, DO

*General related interests credit

2:15 p.m. | Pathology Assessment of Breast Cancer:  What the Surgeon Needs to Know (with case presentations) - Tina Hieken, MD

*Advanced Staging credit

2:45 p.m. | Mesothelioma - Marie Christine Aubry, MD

*Advanced Staging credit

3:15 p.m. | Break

3:30 p.m. | Mandible Lecture - Rachel Larsen, MS, PA(ASCP)

*Advanced Staging credit

4 p.m. | Open Forum Discussion - Monica Kendall, MS, PA(ASCP)

*General related interests credit

4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks - Gary Keeney, MD

4:45 p.m. | Adjourn

5 p.m. | Meet for optional social hour (Location TBD)

Saturday, June 3, 2023

7 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. | Case Presentations

  • Presenters: Forensic Pathology-Rachel Larsen, MS, PA(ASCP; Forensic Pathology- Ann Marie Scazzero, MHS, PA(ASCP); Surgical Pathology- Christine Martinez, MS, PA(ASCP); Surgical Pathology- Alysha Rushton, MS, PA(ASCP
    • Anatomic Pathology credit

Workshops: Attendees will split into 3 Groups and rotate through each workshop

Workshop 1: Lungs

  • Lead: Alysha Rushton, MS, PA(ASCP); Luke Wilson, MHS, PA(ASCP); Ann Marie Scazzero, MHS, PA(ASCP); Patrice Brown, MHS, PA(ASCP)
    • Advanced Staging credit

8:30 - 9:20 a.m. | Group A

9:20 a.m. | Break/Switch Workshop

9:35 - 10:25 a.m. | Group C

10:25 a.m. | Break/Switch Workshop

10:40 - 11:30 a.m. | Group B

Workshop 2: Laryngectomy + 3D Scanning

  • Lead: Shane Ferraro, MHS, PA(ASCP); Kelly Hollar, MS, PA(ASCP); Hailey Stiles MHS, PA(ASCP)
    • Advanced Staging credit

8:30 - 9:20 a.m. | Group B

9:20 a.m. | Break/Switch Workshop

9:35 - 10:25 a.m. | Group A

10:25 a.m. | Break/Switch Workshop

10:40 - 11:30 a.m. | Group C

Workshop 3: Placenta

  • Lead: Lainee Bulawa, MS, PA(ASCP); Erica Reed, MS, PA(ASCP); Molly McDuffie, MHS, PA(ASCP); Daniel Soderberg, MS, PA(ASCP)
    • Anatomic Pathology credit

8:30 - 9:20 a.m. | Group C

9:20 a.m. | Break/Switch Workshop

9:35 - 10:25 a.m. | Group B

10:25 a.m. | Break/Switch Workshop

10:40 - 11:30 a.m. | Group A

11:30 a.m. | Lab Refresh  

11: 45 a.m. | Closing Comments

12:15 p.m. | Adjourn



Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 11.00 P.A.C.E.® contact hours.


Course Directors

Gary Keeney, M.D.

Planning Committee

Lainee Bulawa, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Shane Ferraro, M.H.S., PA(ASCP)

Kelly Hollar, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Courtney Hyland, M.H.S., PA(ASCP)

Monica Kendall, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Erica Reed, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Alysha Rushton, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Daniel Soderberg, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Hailey Stiles, M.H.S., PA(ASCP)

Mayo Faculty

Marie Christine Aubry, M.D.

Patrice Brown, M.H.S., PA(ASCP)

Heidi Cheek-Norgan, M.H.S, PA(ASCP)

Thomas Flotte, M.D.

Tina Hieken, M.D.

Rachel Horton, D.O.

Rachel Larsen, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Andrew Layman, M.D.

Christine Martinez, M.S., PA(ASCP)

Molly McDuffie, M.H.S., PA(ASCP)

Jeremy Molligan, M.D.

Reade Quinton, M.D.

Ann Marie Scazzero, M.H.S., PA(ASCP)

Luke Wilson, M.H.S., PA(ASCP)


Registration Fee: $275

The registration fee includes tuition, syllabus (provided online), break refreshments, breakfast and lunch (lunch only provided on day one). As this symposium is limited to the first 60 fully registered attendees, early registration is strongly encouraged. 

Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline and/or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant.


There are various ways to travel to Rochester, Minnesota. Please visit Experience Rochester for information on flying and shuttle services available.

Lodging and travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant. The hotels listed below are in close proximity to the Mayo Clinic’s Stabile Building, where the Symposium will be held

Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area

10 East Center Street

Rochester, Minnesota 55904

Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown

225 Broadway Ave S

Rochester, Minnesota 55904

Hotel Indigo Rochester – Mayo Clinic Area

220 Broadway Ave S

Rochester, Minnesota 55904

Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area

101 First Avenue SW

Rochester, Minnesota 55902

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the meeting. Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your participation in this conference on or before May 12, 2023, your registration fee, less a $75 administrative fee, will be refunded. Mayo Clinic Laboratories Education Department must receive written notification of your cancellation. No refunds will be made after May 12, 2023.

Mayo Clinic Laboratories reserves the right to cancel or postpone any conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Mayo Clinic Laboratories must cancel or postpone this conference, Mayo Clinic Laboratories will refund the registration fee but is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.