Here’s what’s new on PathologyOutlines.com this week:
1. Updated Contact Us Page
We updated our Contact Us page with this paragraph:
Patients: This website is intended for pathologists and laboratory personnel, not for patients. We allow you to use it to obtain information, but ONLY if you agree that medical information is imperfect and must be interpreted using reasonable medical judgment. If you cannot be objective about medical information, please look elsewhere.
This was in response to a patient complaint about the excellent differentiated VIN page that was recently posted. The patient objected to this statement: “Differentiated vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (dVIN) is the putative precursor lesion of HPV independent vulvar squamous cell carcinoma”. Although this statement is clear and correct, the patient had this condition and seemingly also had a fear of HPV. She wanted the word removed, even though the sentence clearly indicates that this condition is not HPV related.
In similar situations that may occur in the future, Dr. Pernick recommends that patients visit a website written for them specifically.
2. Digital Pathology Association (DPA) Survey
The Digital Pathology Association has been advocating for remote sign-out emergency use and needs your help to assess the safety and validity of remote sign-out of pathology cases. If you are doing remote sign-out or plan to do it, please participate in this short (5-10 minute) confidential survey. Your experience will help the DPA understand and evaluate the use of this technology beyond the current pandemic.
We request that you complete this survey no later than Monday, June 1, 2020.
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