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Welcome to Scientific Symposiums International

Surgical Pathology and Dermatopathology Continuing Medical Education (CME) Courses

A message from Carol A. Haag, President, Scientific Symposiums International
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we’re moving to LIVESTREAM courses for 2020...
Virtual Course


The October 2020 courses are being streamed and recorded. so that all worldwide times zones can be accommodated. Registrants will have four weeks to complete the course, starting October 9. Original registrations for the live course at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island have been notified by email of the change and are currently registered for the course. Should they wish to transfer to a course in 2021 or 2022, they can do so by emailing info@scientificsymposiums.com.

For new registrants, please register online and you will be enrolled in the streaming version. For PAs, Residences and Nurse Practitioners, please email info@scientificsymposiums.com for the discounted rate. All late fees have been waived. Each course is 20 Continuing Medical Education credits and SAMs/MOCS are also available for an additional $95 fee.

Registrants will receive more information soon, including a pre-link to the PPTs (PowerPoints) in advance of the course and a streaming link to the courses. The faculty and course topics, lectures and schedule order remain the same.

February 1-4 2021

Scientific Symposiums International is offering a new course, A Practical Guide to Solving Diagnostic Problems in Breast, Genitourinary, Liver, Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Biliary Pathology, which will be recorded and streamed to registered attendees. Attendees will have four weeks to complete the course, starting February 5, 2021 and will receive 20 Continuing Medical Education credits and MOCs, at an additional $95 fee.

  • Laura C. Collins, M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Michelle Hirsch, M.D., Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • AaturSinghi, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Lisa Yerian, M.D. Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

More information will be available soon, including lecture topics and schedule.


Registration is now open for our February and June and July 2021 courses that were rescheduled from 2020. The courses remain the same from 2020, with the same faculty, topics, lectures and schedules.

  • The July 2021 has been moved to the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • The June and July 2021 courses will be live as well as streamed live and recorded.
  • The February 2021 is a new course and streamed only

If you have already registered for the 2020 June and July courses, your registration has been transferred to 2021 and you should have received an email. You will need to make new hotel reservations. Should you wish to transfer to another course in 2021 or 2022, please email info@scientificsymposiums.com

For new registrants, please register online for the courses and hotel reservations.

2021 AND 2022 COURSES

Scientific Symposiums International has scheduled all of its 2021 and 2022 at its resort locations in Hawaii and San Diego. Please check our Save the Dates, emails and Website for the dates and locations. We are currently planning these courses and they will be posted soon.

If you have additional questions or need more information, please email them to info@scientificsymposiums.com

I am a big fan of Scientific Symposiums. The sessions are well-run, intellectually stimulating, and fun. In addition to lectures offering timely reviews and updates, the last session each day is run as a panel discussion, where one speaker presents cases as unknowns to other speakers and the audience. This makes for an exciting exchange of ideas and insights. The size of the meeting and welcoming atmosphere is such that everyone seems comfortable participating. I have probably learned as much from audience questions and comments as I have from the excellent lectures. Scientific Symposiums has sponsored these educational events for 25 years, and the experienced organizers pay attention to every detail to ensure a successful meeting. With high quality education providing CME in beautiful settings, it is no surprise that many attendees return regularly to Scientific Symposiums. I plan to as well.
Jennifer M McNiff, M.D. Professor, Dermatology and Pathology Director, Dermatopathology, Yale University School of Medicine

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our attendees say

  • This is the best course ever! I highly recommend the 5-hour program to give you time to see the beautiful island. I will definitely come back! Please make sure you keep this location. I love, love, love it!

  • The review is always helpful and then when you add new information, it can only be beneficial.

  • Continue to do what you're doing - Recruit speakers who can give practical updates to major issues of surgical pathology

  • I have consistently come away with new ideas or knowledge, even as a specialist in the fields being discussed. I have saved the handouts over the years, and find myself referring to them often.

  • The topics were well chosen; very timely and practical. The speakers gave extremely good presentations. It could not have been better. An added bonus, the golf courses were wide open!

  • The organizers do a great job making sure the experience is hassle-free and also make sure that the emphasis is on practical pathology.

  • The intimate environment and extended faculty presence over four or five days of every course provides the perfect setting for a very enjoyable and enlightening interchange of ideas and discussion of issues.

  • The Scientific Symposiums International courses consistently feature very high quality faculty whose lectures are specifically attuned to the practical needs of the general surgical pathologist.

  • The knowledge acquired will improve my performance, especially in neuropathology.

  • These courses are great. They're designed to cover specialty topics with both general reviews and advanced updates, thereby meeting the educational needs of attendees with quite varied backgrounds.

  • As someone who has been involved in numerous courses over the years an associated with a number of different organizations, I can honestly say that I enjoy the Scientific Symposiums International courses the most.

  • I arrived home relaxed and ready to get to work rather than exhausted with a bad case of information overload. The 5-hour format with time to recuperate in the Hawaiian sun is recommended and I will definitely be back!

  • The Scientific Symposiums International courses consistently feature very high quality faculty whose lectures are specifically attuned to the practical needs of the general surgical pathologist.

  • The courses I have participated in all included prominent faculty who can teach “the rules” because often times they wrote “the rules”.

  • The organizers do a great job making sure the experience is hassle-free and also make sure that the emphasis is on practical pathology.

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