The Cytopathology Working Group (WG) belongs to the long list of ESP WGs representing all the subspecialties of our discipline “Pathology”. The cytopathology WG was created in Madeira Island, during the 1st Intercontinental Congress of Pathology and its first chair was Fernando Schmitt, from Portugal. The decision to create a Cytopathology WG was taken with the goal to bring cytopathology close to all the other fields of pathology. Since the beginning the idea of the working group was to include in its activities the other cytopathology societies such as the EFCS and IAC. Nevertheless, the majority of pathologists and residents attend the ESP congress but not the cytology congresses of these societies which are devoted to more specialized and experts participants. Therefore, the Cytopathology WG, with its scientific and educative activity is required ; the past chairs of this WG, P Firat (Turkey) and P Zeppa (Italy) have increased the number of sessions allotted to cytopathology and have developed a close collaboration with other WGs.
This collaboration was highlighted with the organization of joint symposia for each congress since 2014. 2014/2015 with the Gynaecological and Endocrine WGs; 2016: Digestive diseases WG; 2017: Innovative technologies WG and Residents committee. Currently, the main objectives of the Cytopathology WG are 1) to propose other joint sessions since cytopathology has the opportunity to work with most of the other WGs ; 2) to organize sessions including oncologists in order to show the role of cytopathology in patients management and targeted therapies decisions (it was already done in 2017); 3) to develop an active collaboration with the residents committee as demonstrated above ; 4) to select with our almost 90 active members the topics which need updating and information.