Looking Back on 2022: A Year in Review, Academic Pathology’s Most Read Articles, Important VALID Updates, Upcoming Events and More!

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APC E-News: December 2022


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Looking Back on 2022: A Year in Review, Academic Pathology’s Most Read Articles, Important VALID Updates, Upcoming Events and More!

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Academic Pathology

Academic Pathology is APC's fully open-access, PubMed-indexed, peer-reviewed journalAcademic Pathology has moved from Sage to Elsevier and a new manuscript submission site has officially launched. Submit a manuscript and gain international recognition for your advances in pathology education, administration or practice.

Click here to submit your manuscript today!

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Visit the new company/organization Partner pages, found on APC’s main website where you will discover updates on product releases, videos, resources and other information throughout the calendar year!

Diamond Partner, Coronis Health: www.apcprods.org/coronis


Gold Partner, American Society for Clinical Pathology: www.apcprods.org/ascp 


Job Postings

Do you have a job opening at your institution?
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Membership Updates

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Members may log in to the APC website to edit their personal profiles and contact information. Once logged in, members can access exclusive APC resources.

APC 2022 Advocacy Priorities

In cooperation with APC’s Advocacy Committee, which consists of representatives from the Graduate Medical Education, Practice & Management, Research, and Undergraduate Medical Education Committees, APC Council issued their 2022 Advocacy Priorities.

To learn more about APC’s advocacy efforts and collaborations to address the most pressing needs of academic pathology, visit our website at: 

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

Active Chair discussion on issues of common interest occurs primarily through APC's committee activities. All Chairs are invited to participate in any of APC's Committees:

NEW Committees

  • Clinical Service Leaders
  • PhD Program Leaders

If you are a Chair who is interested in joining one of the above committees, please submit your written request to the APC office at [email protected].

Paths to Progress: Annual Report

Paths to Progress

The 2021 Edition of the APC Annual Report, Paths to Progress is now available! Stay up to date with committee reports, Section updates, and other workgroup/task force reports in the latest edition of Paths to Progress.

Find the 2021 Edition and previous issues of Paths to Progress on APC's website at: www.apcprods.org/m-paths-to-progress.

Monthly e-News Archive

Find all previous issues of APC's Monthly e-News at:

Important Updates from the APC


Important Year-End Status of the VALID Act
Over the summer, APC met jointly with fellow advocates for academic pathology to educate members of Congress on the importance of addressing ongoing concerns with the VALID Act, which sought to provide the FDA with permanent legislative authority to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) as part of a new class of “devices” called in vitro clinical tests or IVCTs. The joint advocacy efforts successfully deterred inclusion of the bill in must-pass FDA user fee reauthorization legislation that passed in July. However, a slightly modified version of the VALID Act resurfaced and was again pushed by CAP, AdvaMed, and others for inclusion in year-end appropriations bills, still without meaningfully addressing the importance of patient access to LDTs in academic health systems.

Stories published in the final days before would-be passage, siding with FDA regulatory authority, conflated screening tests with diagnostic tests, included tests that are otherwise regulated by the FDA anyway, and failed to call-out the FDA’s disastrous approval of the CDC test kit at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (to the exclusion of LDTs validated in academic labs), while making unsubstantiated claims of harm to patients caused by existing CLIA oversight of academic labs, that perform LDTs in the practice of medicine. To our surprise and great relief, the VALID Act was ultimately excluded from the FY23 omnibus appropriations bill that passed both the Senate and the House last week, and now awaits President Biden’s signature after going through regular order called the enrollment process.

APC is especially grateful to AMP, AACC, ACMG, ASM, ASHI, IDSA, NILA and others for their collegiality and leadership on this critical issue, and to AAMC for including it in their year-end Key Provisions for Academic Medicine. As AAMC noted, “The lack of VALID Act provisions [in the FY23 omnibus appropriations bill] is a result of this community’s work to educate lawmakers about academic clinical labs’ unique role in patient care delivery and coordination at academic medical centers.”

2022 Advocacy Priorities
In cooperation with APC’s Advocacy Committee, which consists of representatives from the Graduate Medical Education, Practice & Management, Research, and Undergraduate Medical Education Committees, APC Council issued their 2022 Advocacy Priorities.

To learn more about APC’s advocacy efforts and collaborations to address the most pressing needs of academic pathology, visit: https://www.apcprods.org/statements

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Register for APC 2023!


The APC Annual Meeting returns in-person to the beautiful Swissôtel in Chicago, Illinois on July 16-19, 2023 (Sun-Wed)! As in 2022, the APC Annual Meeting will be hosted in a hybrid format, with in-person sessions and events that incorporate remote attendees and speakers via Zoom. APC Section Councils and Committees are hard at work developing exceptional and timely educational content for the 2023 APC Annual Meeting. Program details will be available soon. A sampling of emerging session topics include:

  • Models for Supporting, Compensating and Advancing Medical Educators  
  • Enabling and Incentivizing Research Among Clinical Faculty
  • Recruiting and Retaining the Academic Laboratory Workforce in a Competitive Economy
  • The Road to Competency-Based Medical Education in Pathology Residency
  • Influencing Oncology Faculty to Value In-House Testing and Resources
  • Integrating Community-Based Practices into Academic Health Systems
  • Recognizing and Addressing Healthcare Disparities through the Lens of Academic Pathology
  • Leading During Challenging Times: Promoting and Enhancing Personal and Departmental Resilience

Learn more about the APC 2023 Annual Meeting and register at the lowest rates today at: https://www.apcprods.org/APC2023!

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Important Changes to ERAS Webinar
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | Duration: 1 hour 

12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT 
PRODS & GMEAS members are encouraged to attend this free member event organized by PRODS Council in response to the substantial changes recently announced by ERAS, coming in the 2024 application cycle (for the NRMP Match in March 2024). To help the member community prepare for these changes, Dr. Deborah Chute from PRODS Council will be presenting a webinar to help explain the upcoming changes, answer questions, and discuss an important decision PRODS Council will make in early 2023. Please join PRODS Council for this webinar as they provide updates and solicit members’ feedback about this change. Click here to register!

UMEDS Open House
Monday, January 23, 2023 | Duration: 1 hour 

12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT 
UMEDS members are encouraged to attend this free member event organized by UMEDS Council. Topics of discussion will include Annual Meeting topics, professional development items and more! Click here to register!

GMEAS Mid-Year Virtual Meeting
Thursday, February 2, 2023 | Duration: 1.5 hours

1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT 
GMEAS members are encouraged to attend this free member event organized by GMEAS Council. Topics of discussion will include on-boarding/orientation and resident management systems, in addition to general Q&A time. Click here to register!

PRODS Spring Virtual Meeting
Thursday, March 23, 2023 | Duration: 1.5 hours
2:30pm ET / 1:30pm CT / 12:30pm MT / 11:30am PT 
PRODS & GMEAS members are encouraged to attend this free member event organized by PRODS Council. Representatives from the ACGME and the ABPath and our representative to the Organization of Program Director Associations (OPDA) will present relevant and timely topics to membership. Click here to register! 

View these events and past event recordings on the APC Virtual Events webpage at: https://www.apcprods.org/virtual-events.

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The Society of ’67 Board has selected nine recipients for the 2023 Trainee Project Grants in Health Services that will fund more than $40,000 in innovative research or education projects that address issues of healthcare quality, costs, and/or access related to pathology services:

Research Projects:

  • Zhengchun Lu, MD, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Artificial Intelligence-Assisted Flow Cytometry
  • Tasnuva Rashid, MD, PhD, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Telepathology Feasibility and Validity Study
  • Saba Shafi, MD, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, HER2 GPA in HER2 Low Breast Cancers
  • Zhenwei Zhang, MD, PhD, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Automated Pathology Data Collection System

Education Projects:

  • Meagan Chambers, MD, MS, MSc, University of Washington, The Autopsy Book
  • Ty Chiaro, PhD, MS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Clinical Utility of the Anti-Nuclear Antibody
  • Jamie Kendrick, MD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Gender-Informed Death Documentation
  • Jung Woo Kwon, MD, University of Chicago, Pathology Guide for Clinicians/Students
  • Brianna Waller, MD, University of Vermont Medical Center, Anemia Cascade Care Pathway Development

As you reflect on year-end opportunities to share your generosity, please consider the Society of ‘67 programs that CULTIVATE and INSPIRE the pipeline of academic pathologists!  Every contribution invests in the future and legacy of academic pathology. YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT ultimately advances and improves health care by fostering the development of academic pathology and future leaders in academic practice, education, and research. Learn more about Society of ’67 programs at www.apcprods.org/societyof67 and DONATE TODAY!

On behalf of the 2022 Society of ’67 Board, THANK YOU to all the contributors this past year and the continuing support of Lifetime Members!

2022 Society of ’67 Board: Jennifer Baccon, David Bailey, L. Maximillian Buja*, James Crawford, Cheryl Hanau, Kathleen Montone*, Harry Pukay-Martin, Fred Sanfilippo, Charles Timmons*, and Dani Zander (*Annual Members)

For additional information, contact the Society of ’67 Program Office at [email protected] or 302.660.4944.

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Only ONE DAY left to nominate your colleagues!
Nomination Deadline: Tomorrow, December 31, 2022

The Association of Pathology Chairs is pleased to annually honor leaders in academic pathology—past and present—with the following awards:

Click on the award links above to see each award's criteria, process, and prior recipients. Email [email protected] or call 302-660-4940 to let us know you are interested in nominating a dedicated Chair, Program Director, Medical Educator, Department Administrator, or Program Coordinator. We will answer your questions and send helpful reminders about the status of their nomination package to ensure it’s completed by December 31st!

Recipients will be honored and recognized at the APC 2023 Annual Meeting, July 16-19, 2023, at the Swissôtel Chicago! Register today at the lowest rates and stay tuned for information and updates posted on the APC website at: https://www.apcprods.org/APC2023!

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Academic Pathology is APC's fully open-access, PubMed-indexed, peer-reviewed journal and part of the world-class collection of journals and pathology resources published by Elsevier, with visibility to a global audience of academic leaders through Science Direct and Clinical Key. In June 2023, Academic Pathology will reach another major milestone, when it receives its first journal impact factor – one more reason to submit your manuscript to APC’s official journal! Published Articles can be found on the journal website.

Click here to view the latest issue of Academic Pathology and subscribe to receive alerts when the latest issues are published!

Top 5 Most-Viewed Articles of 2022:

APC celebrates the authors of these popular articles and thanks them for choosing to publish in Academic Pathology. Click the links below to get up-to-speed on these trending topics!

  1. Rules of engagement: Promoting academic-industry partnership in the era of digital pathology and artificial intelligence, L. Pantanowitz et al. Review Article First Published May 30, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2022.100026
  2. Are you ready to play Pathology Pyramid? An exploration of an alternative method of learning through gaming in pathology resident education, C. Attaway et al. Regular Article First Published April 18, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2022.100033
  3. The pathology fellowship application crisis: The current state and suggestions for remediation, A. Herrmann et al. Regular Article First Published June 25, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2022.100029
  4. Implementation of a required 3rd-year medical student surgical pathology clinical experience, S. Wegman et al. Article First Published March 28, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2022.100027
  5. Essential laboratory tests for medical education, A. Deyrup et al. Article First Published September 13, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2022.100046

Educational Cases

Academic Pathology now has over 150 Educational Cases published in association with the Pathology Competencies for Medical Education (PCME), which are organized as collections in three competency areas – disease mechanisms and processes, organ system pathology, and diagnostic medicine and therapeutic pathology. The PCME were created by pathology chairs and course directors to serve as a national standard identifying the core content for teaching pathology in these basic competencies. Each competency includes learning goals and objectives to assess the acquisition, integration and application of knowledge to demonstrate the development of competency. Click here to learn more about how to prepare an Educational Case and see an index of cases that are ready to use in medical education.

Society of ’67 Open Access Award Program

The Society of ’67 Open Access Award Program seeks to promote the publication of high-quality original scholarship in a peer-reviewed journal by authors at an early stage of academic development. Award recipients will have the article processing fee paid for by the Society of ’67. The first or corresponding author (qualifying author) must be a medical student, pathology resident or fellow, or junior faculty. 

Submit an application to determine if you qualify for the Society of '67 Open Access Award. Find more program information and application instructions at: www.apcprods.org/societyof67-award-oaDonate to the Society of ’67 to support this and other programs

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Demonstrating an impressive array of activities and accomplishments of the APC and its members, here are just a few of the headlines in APC’s monthly e-News in 2022. There’s more to read at www.apcprods.org/e-news!

  • January 2022: APC’s Open Access Journal, Academic Pathology, Moves from Sage to Elsevier
  • February 2022: APC Hosts a Town Hall on Implementing the New Non-Race-Based eGFR Equation
  • March 2022: APC Joins ACE in Supporting Free and Open Academic Discourse
  • April 2022: APC Hosts a Town Hall on Efforts to Improve the Fellowship Application Process for Programs and Applicants
  • May 2022: APC Hosts its 2nd Annual Pathology Open House for Medical Students
  • June 2022: Global MedEd Resource, PathElective, Becomes an Official APC Publication
  • July 2022: APC’s Members Return to In-Person Meetings at the 2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago
  • August 2022: APC Represents Pathology in the ACGME/CMSS Equity Matters Initiative
  • September 2022: APC Comments on CMS’s Proposed Changes to Testing Personnel Requirements
  • October 2022: APC Begins Accepting Applications for its 2023 Distinguished Service Awards
  • November 2022: The Season of Giving Sparks Donations to the Society of ‘67
  • December 2022: Academic Pathology Achieves a Legislative Breakthrough on the VALID Act

The staff and leadership of APC wish you a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at in-person and virtual events in 2023! 

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