Cytotechnology program celebrates 50th anniversary

cytologyThe UAB School of Health Profession’s Cytotechnology Program, the only program of its kind in Alabama, celebrates its 50 year anniversary this summer. The event, held in concert with the Cytology Association of Alabama, is at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at The Club, located at 1 Robert S. Smith Drive in Birmingham.

The keynote speaker is renowned cytotechnology expert Marshall Austin, M.D., Ph.D., whose current areas of research interest include cervical cancer screening, cervical neoplasia risk stratification modeling and risk management and new cervical screening technologies. Austin, a past President of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASCT), will discuss Type I vs. Type II Cervical Cancers and Targeted Educational Rescreening.

The event is a continuing education program open to all cytotechnologists, pathologists, gynecologists, pathology residents and cytotechnology students. Please contact Joanne Brock at jbrock@uab.edu or 205-934-1374 for more information.

The UAB Cytotechnology Program, established even before UAB, was established in 1963 as a University Hospital based program within the Anatomical Pathology department. At that time there was strong demand for cytotechnologists who were trained to be specialists in the area of cancer detection with the main area of focus was the “pap” smear. The program evolved over the years and a degree became a national requirement. It was at that point that the program became a part of the University, granting a Bachelor of Science degree in Cytotechnology. It is one of 31 accredited programs in the nation, and one of only five that awards a Master’s degree.