Last Chance for Lower APC 2023 Rates, APC Honors 2023 Awardees, Election Outcomes, Bylaws Updates and More!

Association of Pathology Chairs
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APC E-News: May 2023


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Last Chance for Lower APC 2023 Rates, APC Honors 2023 Awardees, Election Outcomes, Bylaws Updates and More!

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Academic Pathology

Academic Pathology is APC's fully open-access, PubMed-indexed, peer-reviewed journal published by Elsevier available on Science Direct and Clinical Key. Submit a manuscript and gain international recognition for your advances in pathology education, administration or practice.

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Get Involved - Join a Committee and Appoint Faculty to Affinity Groups

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

Affinity Groups
The Practice & Management Committee, Leadership Development & Diversity Committee and Research Committee have established affinity groups to address important needs relevant to academic pathology departments. Chairs can appoint faculty leaders to join the groups listed below. More information and appointment processes can be found by clicking the links below.

APC'S 2023 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 2023 Advocacy Priorities.

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

Free Virtual Events for Members

Learn more about upcoming events and access past event recordings by visiting the APC website at:

Job Postings

Do you have a job opening at your institution?
Members can share openings with their section listserv network for free as a member benefit. Job openings can also be posted directly to APC’s Career Center (Job Board), which has broad national visibility.

Post or Search for jobs at:

Listserv Networks

Guidelines: Members are expected to abide by the APC listserv policies. For more information on APC’s listservs, visit the APC website at:

Best Practice: When sending messages to the listserv, please be sure to include a short signature line with at least your name, role, institution, and email address so that other members can reach you directly if needed.

Archives: To view the archive of listserv messages, log in to your member profile and access the E-lists under My Features.

Membership Updates

New Members should complete a New Member Inquiry Form found at:

Need to remove a member from your roster? Please submit a Member Removal Request.

Please contact the APC office at [email protected] if you have any questions about APC Membership.

Member Profile

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.

Monthly e-News Archive

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

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:

Important Updates from the APC

July 16-19, 2023 | Swissôtel in Chicago, IL
Final Day to Register at the Lowest Rates!

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 plans to offer Continuing Medical Education credits for a subset of the educational content presented at the 2023 Annual Meeting, for both live discussion sessions and pre-recorded presentations. The APC Annual Meeting is not only for Chairs and its Section Members, but open to ALL faculty and staff who are interested in advancing the mission of academic pathology departments. Invite your colleagues to share their experience and networking by registering at the faculty/staff rate! 

NEW Meet-and-Greet events to identify the following networks of academic leaders are being planned:

  • Vice Chairs of Education – for leaders who bridge the UME to GME continuum
  • Post Sophomore Fellowship Directors – for current directors and anyone interested in starting a PSF
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Faculty Network – for those designated by their Chair as the pathology DEI representative within their department (

APC Section Councils and Committees have developed exceptional and timely educational content for the 2023 APC Annual Meeting. Preliminary program details for each APC Member Section are included below. Additional information can be found on the APC website at:

Learn more about the 2023 APC Annual Meeting and register at the lowest rates today at:!

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CONGRATULATIONS to the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Service Awards! Each awardee will be honored during the Awards Lunch Program in-person at the APC 2023 Annual Meeting. Don’t miss this exciting event -- REGISTER TODAY!

Association of Pathology Chairs Distinguished Service Award
Rebecca Johnson, MD Rebecca L. Johnson, MD
CEO Emeritus, American Board of Pathology

Margaret Grimes Distinguished Achievement Award in
Graduate Medical Education

Scott Anderson Scott R. Anderson, MD
Professor of Pathology; Residency Program Director; Director of Cytopathology, University of Vermont Medical Center

Michele Raible Distinguished Achievement Award in
Undergraduate Medical Education

 Andrea Deyrup, MD, PhD

Andrea T. Deyrup, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology, Duke University School of Medicine

H. James Williams, MD H. James Williams, MD
Professor, Pathology, Anatomy and Laboratory Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine

Pathology Department Administrators Section
Distinguished Service Award

Susan McCarthy  Susan McCarthy
Chief Administrative Officer, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Graduate Medical Education Administrators Section
Distinguished Service Award

Kathleen (Katie) Horton  Kathleen (Katie) R. Horton, C-TAGME
Residency/Fellowship Coordinator, University of Maryland Medical System

Friends of Pathology Award
AAMC  Association of American Medical Colleges


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APC 2023 Election Outcomes
The APC Nominating Committee, chaired by Past President Lydia P. Howell, MD, recently facilitated elections for two open APC Council Positions: President-Elect and Research Committee Chair. Congratulations to the winning candidates:


Chen Liu, MD, PhD  Chen Liu, MD, PhD
Yale School of Medicine


Research Committee Chair (2023-2026, 2nd Term)

Nitin Karandikar, MD, PhD  Nitin Karandikar, MD, PhD
University of Iowa


APC is fortunate to have diverse, talented and thoughtful volunteer leadership. APC Council encourages all Chair members to consider pathways to Council election by serving on APC’s committees. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact [email protected].

APC Members Vote to Update Bylaws
The APC Council and voting Chair membership recently amended the APC Bylaws to reflect changes to the Senior Fellows Group Operating Procedures and the PDAS Operating Procedures that have already been approved by each group's membership. To summarize, the proposed amendments address the following within the APC Bylaws:

1. Senior Fellows Group Amendments

  • Modifying SFG membership terms from three years to indefinite terms of membership.
  • Requiring members to submit a disclosure every two years of any fiduciary relationships with outside organizations that may constitute a real or perceived conflict of interest with the APC.
  • Eliminating the participation requirements for renewal and eliminating the need to submit a renewal application.
  • Clarifying instructions on how to apply for membership.
  • Clarifying the election process.

2. PDAS Section Amendments

  • Name change from The Pathology Department Administrators Section (PDAS) to Academic Pathology Executives Section (APEX).
  • Clarifying membership eligibility.

Click here to view the updated Bylaws or visit the APC website at:

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As mentioned above, the Pathology Department Administrators Section (PDAS) Membership recently voted to change their name to the Academic Pathology Executives Section (APEX). In discussions with members and leaders of PDAS, it was generally understood that the name PDAS needed a refresh to acknowledge the evolving structures and environment of Academic Medicine, and to be aspirational for future members and leaders. The PDAS Council also wanted to address the expansion and categories of membership to allow for further professional development and leadership locally, as well as to provide a pipeline for future Section leadership. Operating Procedures changes include:

  • Clarifying membership eligibility.
  • Renaming Associate Members as Affiliate Members and revising member privileges, eligibility, and approval process.
  • Adding a Special Member category.
  • Modifying Emeritus Member category to include fiduciary responsibility and conflict of interest stipulations.
  • Clarifying that the business meeting may occur in-person, virtually or a combination to be determined by APEX Council
  • Removing Article V, Section 3 on meeting registration fees because these are determined by APC Council.
  • Modifying Quorum and Voting (Article VIII) so that a quorum shall be defined as having at least 50% of the currently-serving members of APEX Council participating.
  • Clarifying that the records of the rules and regulations shall be maintained by the APC Office on behalf of the Secretary.

Click here to view the updated Operating Procedures or visit the APC website at:

2023 Election Outcomes

The APEX (formerly PDAS) Nominating Committee, chaired by APEX Council Past Chair John A. Baci, MBA, C-PM, recently facilitated elections for four open Council Positions: Chair-Elect, Secretary-Elect, Midwest Regional Representative and Southeast Regional Representative. Congratulations to the winning candidates:

Chair-Elect: Kai Wang, MBA, University of California San Diego
Secretary-Elect: Shanker Deonandan, MBA, MS, PA (ASCP)CM,Northwell Health Laboratories
Midwest Regional Representative: Chris Cheney, MS, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Southeast Regional Representative: Joey McCall, MBA, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Seeking Volunteers – Northeast Regional Representative
Due to Shanker Deonandan’s election as Secretary-Elect, there will be a vacancy in the Northeast Regional Representative seat from July 2023 – July 2024. Serving as a Regional Representative is a great way to get involved with APEX Leadership at this exciting time! Nominations and self-nominations are accepted and encouraged! Interested candidates should contact [email protected]

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The 2022 Academic Pathology Faculty and Administrators Compensation Benchmarking Survey is NOW OPEN.  This study is the first of its kind undertaken by the Association of Pathology Chairs, designed to confidentially collect data from participating departments and transform into a member-interrogated reporting system, when the data collection period is closed.

Rather than reporting data once as a static presentation at the annual meeting or other venue, benchmarking data will be available to participating departments (completing more than 50% of the questions) throughout the year and anonymized results will be sortable by a variety of self-selected metrics.  APC expects this new survey platform to provide true added value to members as you seek useful comparative regional and national data to assist in recruitment, retention, and discussions with institutional leadership.

Privileged access to the 2022 Academic Pathology Faculty and Administrators Compensation Benchmarking data will be opened to participating departments after an initial status report and a brief demonstration is provided at the Annual Meeting in July 2023.

 Access instructions to the online survey site were sent to APC Chair Members and APEX (PDAS) members in May. If you did not receive this email, please contact the APC Office at [email protected].

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Academic Pathology is APC's fully open-access, PubMed-indexed, peer-reviewed journal andpart 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!

Recently Published Articles

Gender differences in appointments to pathology department interim chair positions and subsequent advancement to permanent chair positions, M. Lipscomb, et al. Research Article First Published April 14, 2023:

Evaluating the impact of pass/fail United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 scoring on pathology residency selection, A. Fujihashi, et al. Brief Report First Published April 25, 2023:

Pathology education project (PEP): A pilot program to spark student understanding in pathology as a career, L. Fletcher, et al. Research Article First Published May 10, 2023:

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

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APC seeks to highlight major member accomplishments in this NEW “Member Recognition” section of the e-News, where we spotlight special announcements, such as advancement to national leadership positions, inductions into national academies, national and international awards, national press coverage, Chair retirements, new Chair appointments, and more! If you have an announcement that you would like to share, please contact the APC office at [email protected] to let us know!

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Chair Changes

Jeffrey E. Saffitz, MD, PhD retires as Chair of the Department of Pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Michael Roehrl, MD, PhD, MBA is appointed as the new Chair, effective April 3, 2023. Click here to read the full announcement.

Jeffrey E. Saffitz, MD, PhD

Michael Roehrl, MD, PhD, MBA

As a reminder, you can find a complete list of New Chairs on the APC website at: Departments with ongoing Chair searches are posted on the APC website at:

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APC Joins Other Major Health Care Organizations in Support of SALSA
APC joined over 30 professional societies and organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges in signing on to a letter supporting the Saving Access to Laboratory Services Act (SALSA). The letter urges Congress to take action to pass this bicameral, bipartisan legislation that would update Medicare’s payment system for laboratory services to make it predictable and sustainable, ensuring our nation’s laboratory infrastructure is equipped to support the full range of testing that patients need for day-to-day care as well as during times of public health crisis, while fostering innovation in new diagnostics.

APC remains dedicated to advancing academic pathology departments and participating in efforts that support our priorities. See APC’s 2023 Advocacy Priorities for more information!

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Information Session For Pathology Fellowship Applicants
Thursday, June 8, 2023
8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT / 6:00pm MT / 5:00pm PT
Duration: 1 hour 
Click To Register for this FREE Event!

Residents are invited to join a live information session for pathology fellowship applicants. Fellowship program directors hear your desire for a more fair, better organized, and later process of fellowship recruitment. Many fellowship program directors and coordinators share your frustration with a “system” that does not work well for them either. As the fellowship recruitment process begins for the 2025-2026 application season, we in the Association of Pathology Chairs Fellowship Directors Ad Hoc Committee (APC FDAHC) want to share information on the voluntary Unified Approaches that individual subspecialties have begun to undertake to create a better application/interview process. If you are not able to attend the live session, please be sure to look for the recorded program on the APC Website at: This session will discuss the issues with the current process for recruitment, the specifics of the Unified Approach in each subspecialty, and tips for navigating the application process. Time will be reserved for audience questions.

Getting Ready To Use ERAS Program Signaling For Pathology Programs
Friday, June 9, 2023
12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT
Duration: 1 hour

Click To Register for this FREE Member Event!

Especially for PRODS, GMEAS, & UMEDS members
In the 2024 NRMP Match Cycle, ERAS will now offer applicants the ability to signal programs they are interested in interviewing at using a limited number (5) of tokens.  Nationally, pathology as a specialty has opted into program signaling.  This allows each individual residency program to decide if their program will opt in or opt out of the program signaling process, which must be completed by June 30th, 2023. This webinar will review how program signals work, what programs need to do to opt in or opt out of program signaling, and cover some commonly asked questions about program signaling. Medical school educators (UMEDS members) are also welcome to attend to hear the about how some residency programs are approaching the use of signaling tokens for this upcoming interview and recruitment season.

Learn more about upcoming events and access past event recordings by visiting the APC website at:

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July 15-16, 2023 | Swissôtel in Chicago, IL

Register today for the Pathology Leadership Academy! APC Members and Department Faculty are invited to join us for this exciting professional development opportunity, which takes place just prior to the APC 2023 Annual Meeting, July 15-16, 2023 in person at the Swissôtel in Chicago, Illinois. The program begins with an expert-led dinner session on the topic of recognizing burnout, anxiety and exhaustion in faculty and staff. The program continues the next morning with presentations and interactive exercises on academic department budgeting and financial decision-making. The afternoon program features an introduction to Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE and FPPE) with scenarios to apply legal and practical learning to the design of managing OPPE and FPPE cases. You can find more information and registration details on the APC website at And if you want to get even more out of your leadership experience, consider registering for the 2023 APC Annual Meeting too. We hope to see you there!

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Apply TODAY - Only ONE SPACE Remaining!

Want to Exhibit or Partner with APC? APPLY TODAY
Don’t miss your chance to engage with APC 2023 Annual Meeting Attendees! APC is excited to welcome back LIVE exhibits to the 2023 APC Annual Meeting on the “Club Room” Level, where all food is served and informal member engagement happens. APC congratulates and thanks the following exhibitors already committed this year!

The application can be found on the last page of the 2023 Exhibitor Prospectus or at Additional information is available on the APC website at:

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