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Macroscopy and carving in the Pathological Anatomy laboratory

The Macroscopy and Carving course aimed at Anatomical Pathology technicians proposes a comprehensive training in this area of ​​Pathology in which technicians acquire more and more responsibility and many even exclusive dedication.

Macroscopy initiates the process of pathological diagnosis. It is the basis that allows selecting and identifying the lesions and abnormal processes that microscopy and additional techniques will complement until the diagnosis and the final report.

It is a fundamental part of pathological anatomy, the first to be developed historically and something that maintains its essence apart from new technological advances that modulate other areas of pathology.

The course is taught almost exclusively by Anatomical Pathology Technicians. They all have extensive experience in carving, which in some cases exceeds 15 years. They come from different hospitals, which allows integrating the general standards of carving to the particularities that are defined in each hospital. The course has a global vision and all surgical forceps and biopsy varieties are studied, with the idea that even the most complex lesions and pieces can be learned by technicians and do so with full responsibility, having adequate training and experience.

The approach is essentially practical and along with general notions of each subject, numerous videos are incorporated that reproduce real cases, and make it easy to follow the entire carving process in detail. The course places special emphasis on photography techniques that allow the registration of all cases, simplify the review in complex cases and provide an excellent way of quality control, if as better the traceability of the samples.

The incorporation of carving technicians is something relatively recent and is being implemented not only in our country but also in Europe and in the rest of the developed world.

Therefore we think that the course offers good prospects for an easier labor integration, and we trust that it will be to your liking.

Who is it for:

Anatomical Pathology Technicians, Biologists and Resident Physicians of Anatomical Pathology.

*Continuing education credits are not valid for medical residents.

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Lecture periods available for enrollment:

4th edition: from March 1 to May 29, 2022





Topic 1: Introduction to macroscopic study in Pathology.

1.1 Objectives of the macroscopic study. General fundamentals on orientation of surgical pieces, description of lesions and selection of samples. The TNM system. Dr. Luis Alfaro

1.2 Digital photography of surgical specimens.

1.2.1.- Image capture. Dr. Luis Alfaro

1.2.2.- Image editing. Rodrigo García / Dr. Luis Alfaro


Topic 2: Macroscopic study of small biopsies.

2.1 Endoscopic biopsies. Colon polyps. Types of polyps and orientation. Isabel Conesa / Nuria García Balsalobre

2.2 Biopsies obtained by curettage: endometrial biopsy, transurethral resection (TUR) of the bladder and prostate. Marina Estarlich Mateu

2.3 Tissue cylinders. Raquel Catalán

2.4 Small biopsies of difficult orientation: biopsies of lesions on the cervix, vulva, oral, laryngeal, bronchial mucosa, etc. Candelaria Barberá

2.5 Types of skin biopsies. Carving of punch biopsies, spindle / cutaneous oval. Skin specimens with anatomical and / or surgical landmarks. Celia Villaplana

2.6 Lymph nodes. Hematolymphoid pathology. María José Roca

Topic 3: Macroscopic study of surgical specimens: gastrointestinal pathology

3.1. Gallbladder and cecal appendix. Nuria Gurrea

3.2 Colectomy, rectal resection and abdominoperineal amputation. Silvia Tena

3.3. Esophagus and stomach. Lola Sánchez

3.4. Pancreatectomy. Maribel Domínguez

Topic 4: Macroscopic study of surgical specimens: breast pathology.

4.1 Lumpectomy and breast quadrantectomy. Raquel Catalán

4.2 Mastectomy pieces and axillary lymphadenectomies. Mamen Huart


Topic 5: Macroscopic study of surgical specimens: urological pathology.

5.1 Adenomectomy and prostatectomy. Elena González

5.2 Bladder resection. Lola Sánchez

5.3 Kidney tumors. Elena González

5.4 Testicular tumors. Sílvia Tena


Topic 6: Macroscopic study of surgical specimens: gynecological and obstetric pathology.

6.1 Cervical conization. Borja Gallardo

6.2 Uterine tumors. Amparo Cruz

6.3 Adnexal tumors. Reyes Cañadas

6.4 Placenta. Isabel Giner

6.5 Small fetuses. Reyes Cañadas


Topic 7: Head and neck pathology

7.1 Salivary glands and larynx. Maribel Domínguez

7.2 Thyroid and parathyroid. Eduardo García

7.3 Ocular pathology. Diana Martínez


Topic 8: Lung. Lola Sánchez

Topic 9: Bone and soft tissue tumors. Amputation pieces. Mamen Huart

Topic 10: Formalin toxicity and safety in grinding. Dr. Luis Alfaro


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Teaching Hours
75 €
Esta actividad docente, con nº de expediente 07-AFOC-01373.3/2021, ha sido acreditada por la Comisión de Formación Continuada de las Profesiones Sanitarias de la Comunidad de Madrid-Sistema Nacional de Salud, con 6 créditos de formación continuada para las profesiones: Técnicos de Anatomía Patológica y Citología y biólogos. “Enseñanza no reglada y sin carácter oficial (Decreto 84/2004 de la Consejería de Sanidad y Consumo de la Comunidad de Madrid)” “Los créditos de esta actividad formativa no son aplicables a los profesionales, que participen en la misma, y que estén formándose como especialistas en Ciencias de la Salud”, es decir, los internos residentes de las profesiones citadas..
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Dra. Carolina Martínez Ciarpaglini

Dra. Carolina Martínez Ciarpaglini

Médica Patóloga Adjunta al Servicio de Anatomía Patológica
HU de Valencia
Nº Colegiado: 464622652
Colegio de Médicos de Valencia


Dr. Luis Alfaro

Dr. Luis Alfaro

Médico Patólogo Responsable de las Unidades de Anatomía Patológica
Hospitales Vithas de Valencia y Castellón.
Nº de Colegiado: 464614693
Colegio de Médicos de Valencia