National Hands-on Workshop on fluid and Breast Cytology

JULY 2016: REPORT OF “National Hands-on Workshop on fluid and Breast cytology” on 22nd and 23rd July 2016.

VENUE: Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, B G Nagara, Karnataka, India


Sponsors – Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana trust, Karnataka Chapter of  Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.

The workshop was conducted in association with Indian Academy of cytologists, IAC-KC and KCIAPM.

The programme began with registration of delegates followed by breakfast. The delegates came from various private hospitals and medical colleges across the country. We are happy to say that the delegates had come from eight different states and one international delegate from Oman.

About 80 delegates including consultants, teaching faculty, post-graduates attended and participated in workshop.

Formal inauguration was done under the presence of dignitaries – Dr M G Shivaramu Principal, AIMS, Dr MM Kamal, President- IAC, Dr M A Pangarkar, moderator for day one of workshop, Dr Dharitri Bhat, moderator for Day 2 of the workshop, Dr Manohar TM , Medical superintendent, Dr Vijay Shankar S, Prof and HOD of Department of Pathology, Dr Nalini Krishnan, Scientific committee coordinator and Dr Somashekharaiah, Observer from Karnataka Medical Council.

The workshop  began with invoking the blessing of the almighty. It was followed by Welcome Speech by Dr Vijay Shankar S, Prof and HOD Pathology.


After the inauguration , the   workshop on fluid cytology began with introduction by Dr M A Pangarkar. The speakers for the day one  were as follows.

DAY 1 – 22 nd July 2016

Time                                          TOPIC                                                              SPEAKER

8:30 –  9:00 AM:                Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9.30 AM:                 Inauguration

9.30 – 9:45 AM:                 Introduction to the workshop                               Dr  M A Pangarkar

9: 45 – 10:15 AM:              Collection and processing                                   Dr  DM Bhat

                                           (Well begun is half done: the essentials of

                                           proper collection and processing)

10:15 – 11:00 AM:            Benign and Malignant Effusions                          Dr  M A Pangarkar

                                          (The Benevolent & the Malevolent:

                                          Differentiating the look-alikes)

11:00 – 11:15 AM              Tea Break

11:15 – 12:00 AM:             Urine Cytology                                                      Dr  Anupama Gupta

(The artfully modified ‘Wine of Shiraz’)

12-00 – 12:30 PM               CSF Cytology                                                      Dr  DM Bhat

                                           (Analyzing those few precious drops)

12:30 – 1:00 PM:                  Ancillary techniques in Fluid Cytology                 Dr  MM Kamal.

(Beyond the basics)

1:00 – 2:00 PM:                  Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:00 PM:                  Slide Seminar – Interesting cases                           Dr Supreeta  Nayak

                   (Cocktail party)

3:00 – 5:00 PM:           Slide Viewing session


After the lecture sessions of the day one, there was slide viewing sessions at the  practical lecture halls in the department of Pathology. The delegates were overwhelmed with the availability of the slides as well as all the faculty who were present there to clarify their doubts. The day ended at 6.00 PM.

Day 2

The workshop began on day 2 with the introduction to workshop on breast cytology by Dr Dhaitri Bhat.

The speakers for day 2 were as follows

DAY 2 – 23 rd July 2016



9:00 – 9.30 AM:                     Registration and Breakfast

9.30 – 9:40 AM:                     Introduction to the workshop                            Dr   DM Bhat

9: 40 – 10:15 AM:                  Inflammatory lesions of Breast                        Dr  Amita K

           (Issues of the inflamed tissues)

10:15 – 11:00 AM:                 Benign Breast Lesions                                     Dr   Supreeta   Nayak

                                               (Dilemmas of the benign lesions)

11:00 – 11:15 Noon                         Tea Break

11:15 – 12:00 AM:                PBD & mammography                                     Dr   DM Bhat

                                              (The shades of grey)

12:00 – 12: 45 PM:                 Malignancies of Breast                                      Dr MA Pangarkar

                                               (Aggressive lesions: the overt & the covert)

12:45 – 1:15 PM:                    Papillary Lesions of Breast                                DR MM Kamal

                                               (Suspicious until proven guilty)

1:15 – 2:00 PM:                     Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:00 PM:                      Role of CNB  in Breast Masses                          Dr. Anupama Gupta

                                              (Is Fine Needle fine or is there more to Core)

3:00 – 5:00 PM:                    Slide Viewing session/ Slide Seminar- Interesting cases


After the lecture sessions, there was a demonstration of the difficult slides with the help of projection microscope in the department of pathology and which was followed by the slide viewing sessions in the practical halls.

The WORKSHOP ended successfully by informal vote of thanks followed by collection of participant feedback forms, post test questions and distribution of certificates.

Feedback analysis showed appreciation of the concept of Hands-on workshop on cytology. Hospitality and arrangements were very much appreciated. The request for conduction of many more such workshops were made.