The AAPath Pathology Leadership Academy (PLA)

July 20-21, 2024 – Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC

Registration for the July 2024 PLA is Now Closed

Program Details

Join fellow aspiring leaders in academic pathology for an exciting professional development opportunity in-person this July at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. The program begins with an expert-led dinner session on understanding personality traits of ourselves and how they relate to our service as leaders. The program continues the next morning with presentations and interactive exercises on building a business case for a new academic department venture, including cost estimations, business analysis, and making the institutional pitch. The afternoon program features a panel elaborating on leadership lessons from the book Lead-Inspire-Thrive, followed by sessions on leading with empathy and conversations for success.

Program Dates & Times

Saturday, July 20th – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21st – 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free to PLA Attendees: 2024 APC Annual Meeting Networking Reception, Sunday, July 21st – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Program Cost 

$1,095: for the registrant ONLY: access to in-person meetings, course materials, event food and beverage (including dinner, breakfast, lunch, and breaks). Registration does not include lodging and travel. 

Note: PLA attendees are also welcomed and encouraged to register for the 2024 APC Annual Meeting (separately) to enhance their leadership learning opportunities.

Registration - Deadline May 31, 2024

Each registration will be reviewed by APC Staff to ensure eligibility. Registrants will be notified of their status following registration. If it is determined that you are ineligible to attend this event, your registration fee will be refunded.

Registrants will be required to upload a CV and answer the following short answer questions:

  1. How many years have you been in academic pathology?
  2. Briefly describe your responsibilities in your current position, especially those in which you play a leadership role.
  3. What are your specific 5-year career goals? Be as concrete as possible.
  4. How can attending the APC Pathology Leadership Academy help you accomplish your goals?

Eligible applicants must:

  1. Be a faculty member (MD, DO, DVM, DDS, MBBS, PhD, or combination) in an APC member department. 
  2. Have a minimum of three years of experience as faculty in an academic department, or comparable practice or management experience in a healthcare field.
  3. Have demonstrated academic leadership potential by virtue of their professional role or accomplishments.

Note: Registrants without the credentials above may be considered based on additional information provided on the form.


Meeting Policies

Meeting Health Protocols

By registering to attend the July 2024 Pathology Leadership Academy, you (and your guest(s), if applicable) agree to abide by APC’s health and safety protocols for in-person events. APC will make an initial determination of its health protocols for this event on May 15, 2024.  Protocols will be based upon what APC Council deems to be best practices in public health at that time and will be largely in accordance with the then-current CDC recommendations, including vaccine, test, and mask mandates. Health protocols may be modified, after May 15, 2024, if public health circumstances change. All registrants will be notified of the health and safety protocols and will be given the option to cancel their registration if a request is submitted in writing by May 31, 2024Willful failure to follow APC’s health and safety protocols may result in removal from meeting sessions, restriction from participation in future APC meetings or suspension of membership in APC.

Cancellation Policy

If accepted to the Pathology Leadership Academy, your registration fee is non-refundable after May 31, 2024If you have already registered but can no longer attend this event, you have the option to cancel your registration until May 31, 2024. Cancellations require written notification. $100.00 processing fee will be withheld from refunds requested prior to May 31, 2024No refunds will be given for cancellations after May 31, 2024, except for emergency medical circumstances.

Code of Conduct & Permissions

By registering for this meeting, attendees agree to:

  • the use of your image or likeness via photography, video, recordings, or other means of capture by the AAPath, and
  • the use of your email address to receive AAPath information and advertising messages from annual meeting sponsors, approved by the AAPath Council or Executive Office, and
  • abide by the AAPath Code of Conduct.


Past PLA courses have been held in person, immediately preceding the APC Annual Meetings in 2016, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA, in 2017, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, in 2019 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA, and in 2022 and 2023 at the Swissôtel in Chicago, IL. All programs were designed by APC’s Leadership Development & Diversity Committee to build and strengthen leadership skills and knowledge for current and future leaders in academic pathology. Course content included topics specifically relevant to academic pathology, as well as more general leadership-related material. Didactic and interactive sessions were provided by national leaders. Following the course, participants are welcomed and encouraged to attend the APC Annual Meetings to expand their knowledge about important issues, trends, and opportunities relevant to academic pathology departments and network with national leaders. APC Annual Meeting registrations are separate from the application and registration process for the Pathology Leadership Academy. 

For more information on the history of the PLA, see the Academic Pathology article entitled The Association of Pathology Chairs’ Pathology Leadership Academy: Experience From the First 2 Years.


Contact the AAPath office at [email protected] or call 302-660-4943.