CME on Nodular Thyroid Lesions in the Age of Precision Medicine

Aligarh: Evidence-based summary of the optimal approach to the management of thyroid nodules and new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors came under discussion in the online Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme on ‘Nodular Thyroid Lesions in the Age of Precision Medicine-Where Do We Stand’ of the Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).


“Precision Medicine is changing the way we think about healthcare. There is a decline in mortality caused by infectious diseases and chronic and non-contagious diseases”, said Prof Sayeedul Hasan Arif (Chairman, Department of Pathology).


Giving a thorough review, Prof Arif delineated the impact of the use of genetics and genomics in the care process as well as medical education, clinical research and ethical issues.


He further discussed Precision Medicine in various specialty fields and how it has been implemented in developing countries and its effects on public health.


“Diseases of the thyroid gland are common and comprise a spectrum of entities causing systemic disease or a localised abnormality in the thyroid gland such as nodular enlargement or a tumor mass,” said Prof Ashraf Khan (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA).


He was speaking on ‘Histopathology and Molecular Analysis of Nodular lesions of thyroid’.


Prof Khan described the pattern of thyroid malignancies in thyroidectomy specimens, histopathology of benign and malignant thyroid lesions and markers that have been extensively characterised and carry clinical significance.


Organising secretaries of the programme, Dr Bushra Siddiqui and Dr Shagufta Qadri spoke on ‘Bethesda System for reporting Thyroid Cytopathology’ and presented cases studies.


Prof Veena Maheshwari, Prof Mahboob Hasan and Prof Roobina Khan were the chairpersons of the session.


In the second session, Prof Syed Hasan Harris (Department of Surgery) discussed ‘Approach to Management of Thyroid Nodules’ and Dr Mohd Shadab Alam (Department of Radiotherapy) spoke on ‘Personalized treatment of thyroid lesions- Role of Radiation Oncologist’.


Prof Shahid Ali Siddiqui (Principal, JNMC), Prof Atia Zaka-ur-Rab (Department of Surgery) and Prof Mohammad Jaseem Hassan (Department of Pathology) were the session chairpersons.


Prof Sayeedul Hasan Arif delivered the concluding remarks.


Dr Shamaila Sameen conducted the programme and Dr Shagufta Qadri extended the vote of thanks.


Over 120 participants from across the Country attended the online programme.