To maintain HT/HTL certification you must complete 36 hours of continuing education over the course of three years. Similar to HT/HTL ASCP certifications, the ASCP qualification in IHC is valid for three years, during which time you must complete 6 CEUs, 3 points in IHC and 3 points in any other areas.
If you are interested in IHC as your general certification maintenance credits, or you’re required to take IHC courses for your QIHC, you’re probably looking for IHC related education. Here is some of what NSH is offering this year, to help you find some options that fit your budget!
Webinars: NSH’s online learning center, learn.nsh.org, offers an IHC section with plenty of options, $25 per webinar for members, or $30 for non-members. https://learn.nsh.org/lbl34/Immunohistochemistry
Laboratory Webinars: If you have several people in your lab who need certification maintenance, sign up for the IHC webinars offered through NSH’s Laboratory Webinar Series. Webinars are $150 each but can include as many participants as desired within your lab.
June: The Generation and Use of Carrier-Based Multi-Tissue-Blocks (CBMTBs) for IHC Applications, Presented by Achim Jungbluth, MD, PhD and Denise Frosina, MT, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
September: Kappa, Lambda and Other Problem IHCs, Presented by Kelly A. Pilcher, HT(ASCP), Central Texas Pathology Laboratory, P.A., Waco, TX
November: Fixation Times and Common IHC Markers, Presented by Clare Thornton, HTL(ASCP)QIHC, Dahl Chase Diagnostic Services, Bangor, ME
December: Documenting your Immunohistochemical Stain (IHC) Protocol Development and Validation, Presented by Elizabeth Chlipala, BS, HTL(ASCP)QIHC Premier Laboratory, LLC, Longmont, CO
In Person Education
IHC Symposium/Convention Workshops: NSH’s Symposium/Convention, the largest educational histology event in the United States, will be held September 20-25th in New Orleans, LA. This year, access to all classroom workshops is included with your registration fee, which makes it even easier to maximize the number of CEUs you can earn. This year’s program includes an IHC and Molecular Track.
Check out some of the exciting IHC workshops available:
Mass Spectrometry Immunohistochemistry (MSIHC): Next generation IHC
Immunohistochemistry technique has been utilized extensively to provide diagnostic information of disease management. Conventional multiplexing immunohistochemistry technique can assistant in evaluating number of protein targets in biopsy samples, but the signals arising from the predominant cell populations masking signals from smaller population of important cell types like the stem cells. To understand how various cell populations are spatially distributed and also to understand the inter and intra cellular signaling pathways relative to one another, two research groups recently developed mass spectrometry immunohistochemistry (MSIHC). Continue Reading
Immunohistochemistry in the Research Setting
A “how to” on successful staining of immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence in a research environment where experimental variables require additional planning and preparation. This workshop will open with required materials, where to find them and how to employ them. Detection reagents and kits, automated versus manual staining platforms and ancillary reagents will be reviewed. Antigen retrieval methods will be compared. Continue Reading
Meaning of the Markers: IHC Case Studies
Many of us who are new to histology or to immunohistochemistry (IHC) may not know why pathologists order particular antibody markers or panels of markers on certain cases. What are they looking for? What do the results mean? Hematoxylin and eosin stained tissues will be shown to demonstrate various normal organ morphology as compared with adjacent tumor. Continue Reading
Troubleshooting IHC Testing
Studies have shown that up to 30% of all immunohistochemical tests are sub-optimal for interpretation which can impact patient diagnosis and, subsequently, treatment. This lecture will highlight common problems that can occur during pre-analytical, analytic, and post-analytic stages of testing. Continue Reading
Thinking about taking your QIHC Exam? Check out NSH’s online QIHC Prep Course!