The pathologist adds one or more diagnosis coding lines – consisting of a combination of diagnostic terms (localization, acquisition technique, abnormality) – from the PALGA Thesaurus to each report. The Thesaurus was originally related to the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED), 1982 version. Each year, PALGA provides a coding course for trainee pathologists and for laboratory staff who are involved in coding. 

Coding course 

PALGA’s database is unique. Like any database, however, its quality is highly dependent on the quality of the data entered.

The course is intended for anyone who has just started using PALGA's database, as well as for those who are already using it, such as trainee pathology assistants. The course gives details of the ‘how and why’ of coding PALGA diagnoses with the aid of the Thesaurus. Anyone who wants to master this topic is welcome, as is everyone who would like to update their knowledge of this area. The course is accredited and is worth two education points for Pathologists.
The National Pathology Council has made this course mandatory for residents (pathology). Participation in the course is free of charge.

This course is taught by Dr Loes van Velthuysen, pathologist at Erasmus MC.

Since 2017 there is also the possibilty to follow an online course (E-learning). Click here to go to the E-learning module.

The course dates for 2018 are:

In Utrecht: Thursday 15 november (14:00 - 16:30). 

You can register via the registration form.

Cancellation policy  
If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible.
Up until two weeks before the start of the course, you can de-register free of charge. Thereafter, where applicable, payment in full is mandatory. You can, of course, send a substitute. In these cases, no additional cost is involved. 


NVVP Cervix coding regulation (March 2015)

Thesaurus (online)