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InCyte Pathologist Receives USFNA Special Practice Certification

October 23, 2012

Felix Martinez, Jr., M.D.

Felix Martinez, Jr., M.D. has been awarded the College of American Pathologists’ (CAP) Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration Advanced Practical Pathology Program (USFNA AP3) Special Practice Certificate. The award recognizes successful completion of an educational program that requires rigorous study and on-site practical training in ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA).  Dr. Martinez is InCyte Pathology’s Cytology Laboratory Director.

Pathologists who participate in CAP’s USFNA AP3 sharpen specialized cognitive and manual skills in the classroom.  The program encourages hands on practice using sophisticated ultrasound instruments, working in small groups, and guided by expert faculty.

The USFNA AP3 was developed for licensed pathologists, who currently perform FNAs, and who want to perform ultrasound-guided procedures and programs. Certification requires significant study before the course, on-site instruction at a busy clinical facility, and a passing grade on a difficult post-course examination.

“Collecting and interpreting a fine needle aspiration specimen is a combination of an art and a science. The greatest and most important benefit is providing patients the assurance that their fine needle aspiration results are accurate,” explains Dr. David Hoak, InCyte Pathology’s Medical Director. “Patients can feel confident that their clinician’s treatment decisions will also be accurate and effective.”


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