Digital Speech Recognition Systems in an Anatomical Pathology Practice (Online CE Course)

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Authors: Andrey I. Khramtsov, MD, PhD, MS, PA (ASCP)CM and Galina F. Khramtsova, MD, PhD, MS, HTL (ASCP)CM
Reviewer: Dr. Monica Aldulescu, DO, FCAP

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This course describes basic principles for using a speech-recognition system in anatomic pathology reporting, including an overview of the equipment. While referencing dictation templates, the course covers principles of the gross description of surgical pathology reports, digital speech-recognition techniques, and refreshes one’s gross pathology knowledge. The current CAP requirements for the gross description (anatomic pathology checklist) will also be reviewed in this course.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1.5 hour(s)
Approved through 9/30/2022
Approved through 9/1/2022

Objectives

  • Describe the background of speech-recognition technology.
  • Define equipment for speech-recognition.
  • Describe general principles of gross descriptions and terminology.
  • Define components of gross descriptions.
  • Explain the advantages of speech-recognition systems.
  • Describe templates and formatting of surgical pathology reports.
  • Identify College of American Pathologists requirements pertaining to a gross description.

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Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended audience: The course is intended for grossers including histology techs, pathologists' assistants, and pathology residents. The content may benefit those working with surgical pathology specimens, and dictating gross descriptions in pathology reports.
Course Information: This course will briefly describe basic principles for using a speech-recognition system in anatomic pathology reporting, including an overview of the equipment. While referencing dictation templates we will go over principles of the gross description of surgical pathology reports, digital speech-recognition techniques, refresh one’s gross pathology knowledge, and subsequently obtain a practical skillset applicable in various facets of the medical practice. In conclusion, we will review the current CAP requirements for the gross description (anatomic pathology checklist).
Author Information: Andrey I. Khramtsov, MD, PhD, MS, PA (ASCP) earned an MD/PhD degree at the St. Petersburg State Medical Academy (Russia). He was a pathologist in various hospitals and universities in Russia and as a senior scientist at the U. of Chicago. He also holds a MS degree from the Pathologists' Assistant Program at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Currently he is working in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Author Information: Galina F. Khramtsova, MD, PhD, MS, HTL (ASCP) earned an MD/PhD degree at the St. Petersburg State I.I. Mechnikov Medical Academy (Russia). She also holds a MS degree in biology from the St. Petersburg State University (Russia). Currently she is working as a senior scientist in the Department of Medicine at the U. of Chicago.
Reviewer Information: Monica Aldulescu, DO, FCAP is a board-certified pathologist and dermatopathologist, and she also has fellowship training in pediatric pathology. She has a bachelor’s in science in biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency, followed by her Dermatopathology Fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.

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General architecture of Digital Speech Recognition Systems


Most common types of dissections of surgical specimens


Shape and texture


The pieces of tissue within the mesh cassette.


The reference planes of the human body in the standard anatomical position


Lanier VW-110 Standard Cassette Transcriber Dictation Machine


Nuance PN Foot Pedal


Screenshot of manual for pathology trainee in document control of MediaLab.