In this Issue: NEW Committees, So’67 Awardees, Academic Pathology Articles, May Virtual Events and More!

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APC E-News: April 2021


In This Issue...

NEW Committees, So’67 Awardees, Academic Pathology Articles, May Virtual Events, and More!

Academic Pathology

Academic Pathology is APC's fully open-access, PMC-indexed, peer-reviewed journal.  

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Submit a manuscript and gain international recognition for your advances in pathology education, administration, or practice. 

Student Opportunities

APC provides a dynamic list of opportunities for students interested in pathology who are at varying points in their academic careers. This list is based on voluntary submissions from our departmental members at medical schools across the nation. Add your pathology opportunities today! Visit:

Also, view, download, and share compiled lists of resources related to pathology, careers, organizations, and academic pathologists -- especially for medical students.

Membership 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.

Listserv Networks

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

Guidelines: When sending messages to the listserv, please be sure to include a short signature line with at least your name, role, and institution. Not everyone recognizes your name!

Review other policies on listserv usage at: 

APC's Job Board

Job openings can be posted directly on APC’s Career Center (Job Board), which has broad national visibility, at:

Get Involved - Join a Committee!

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

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].

CME Still Available: APC 2020 Online Learning

This CME program is available through July 5, 2021, so encourage your colleagues to register at:

This program offers a subset of recorded presentations from the Live Online Conference that are CME eligible (up to 23.75 hours!). All APC 2020 Live Online Conference registrants who also enroll in CME will have access to APC 2020 Online Learning Program. Recorded Live Panel Discussions from APC 2020 are also included for all meeting and Online Learning registrants.

Paths to Progress: APC Newsletter Now Available

Paths to Progress

Reflect on a unique and challenging year by reading the 2020 Edition of the APC Annual Newsletter, Paths to Progress. Stay up to date with committee reports, Section updates, and other workgroup/task force reports in the latest edition of Paths to Progress. Printed copies will be distributed to REAL APC 2021 meeting registrants in their Attendee Engagement Box. Register by July 1st to receive one!

Find the 2020 Edition and previous issues of Paths to Progress on APC's website at:

Membership Updates

Please inform us of any changes in your departmental membership roster by sending us a message at [email protected].


Important Updates from the APC:


Reconnect, Engage, And Learn at REAL APC 2021 hosted virtually from July 25 to 28, 2021. As in 2020, REAL APC 2021 includes presentation recordings available prior to the conference and live discussion sessions and networking gatherings during the conference. Register by July 1st to get an Attendee Engagement Box delivered to your door! For the latest information on registration, abstracts, and more, visit the APC website at:

Discussion Groups
Several Discussion Groups postponed from APC 2020 are now scheduled to take place as virtual Zoom meetings for registered attendees during the REAL APC 2021 on Tuesday, July 27th. Descriptions are now posted on the meeting website at:

  • Inspiring the Next Generation of Pathologists: Designing and Implementing an Impactful Diagnostic Pathology Experience for Medical Students
  • Best Practices for Integrating Pathology in the Modern UME Curriculum
  • Rethinking the Clinical Pathology Curriculum and Resident Experience
  • Surgical Pathology Rotation Models
  • Pathologist's Engagement in Global Health
  • Teaching Pathologists to Code or: How to Fix the Data Literacy Crisis in Medical Education

Preliminary Programs are Available!
More details to come as Section Councils continue to finalize their respective programs. Find the latest updated programming on the APC website at:

Want to Exhibit or Partner with APC?
APC is excited to welcome back Partners and Exhibitors to the 2021 virtual annual meeting program - REAL APC 2021. All 2021 sponsorship and exhibiting offerings are outlined in our Exhibitor Prospectus. Applications must be received by June 15, 2021 - no exceptions.

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Upcoming May Virtual Events! There are 3 upcoming Virtual Events occurring during the month of May. More information and registration for each event can be found below:

Title: Use Cases for Digital Pathology - Practice and Education
Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
Time: 11:00am ET / 10:00am CT / 9:00am MT / 8:00am PT
Duration: 1 Hour
Register: Click Here To Register Today!

Title: APC 2021 Pre-Boot Camp Webinar 1 - Optimizing Departmental Effectiveness
Monday, May 10, 2021
Time: 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT / 12:00pm PT
Duration: 1.5 hours
Sections: Open to all members, especially CHAIRS & PDAS
Register: Click Here to Register Today!

Title: APC 2021 Pre-Boot Camp Discussion Group - Generating Discretionary Income For Your Department
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 4:30pm ET / 3:30pm CT / 2:30pm MT / 1:30pm PT
Duration: 1.5 hours
Sections: Open to all members, especially CHAIRS & PDAS
Register: Click Here to Register Today!


A reminder that all our past recorded Virtual Events can be easily found on the APC website. These past recordings include interesting Town Hall discussions, informative Regional Meetings, and much more! View recordings of our past Virtual Events at

For more information on these upcoming events and members-only access to past recordings go to

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NEW Clinical Service Leaders Committee
APC Council and the Practice & Management Committee have been discussing how to better serve and support academic clinical service chiefs and directors. As a result of these discussions, APC is forming an ad hoc Faculty Clinical Service Leaders Committee that will report directly to APC Council and, based on input of the committee members, may develop into a standing committee or section of the APC. Chairs may appoint up to two (2) appropriate faculty to this committee, including themselves. Relevant faculty are, for example, chiefs of pathology in affiliated hospitals, directors of anatomic/surgical or clinical pathology, and laboratory directors. Appointment of these members does not have any associated cost or impact on departmental dues.
To appoint faculty to the new Clinical Service Leaders Committee, please go to:

NEW PhD Program Leaders Committee
Members of APC Council and the Research Committee have discussed with the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) how we can better serve graduate programs in pathology or multi-disciplinary programs in the biomedical sciences. As a result of these discussions, APC would like to identify Vice Chairs for Research and PhD Program Leaders who will form an ad hoc committee that will report to APC Council and, based on input of the committee members, may develop into a standing committee or section of the APC. The goals of establishing the committee include identifying approaches and best practices to ensure the pipeline of predocs into PhD programs and postdoctoral fellows into pathology faculty research laboratories, ideally to pursue careers in pathology departments, and developing PhD faculty to successfully interface with clinical faculty. Chairs may appoint up to two (2) appropriate faculty to this committee, including themselves. Appointment of these members does not have any associated cost or impact on departmental dues.
To appoint faculty to this committee, please go to:

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Congratulations to the 2021 Kinney Scholars!
The Society of ’67 Thomas D. Kinney Scholars Program provides an opportunity for medical students and/or pathology residents to familiarize themselves with career opportunities in pathology and the critical role of pathology in healthcare delivery, research, and education. Scholars in the program participate in the APC Annual Meeting, where they will gain insight from national leaders in academic pathology. The 2021 cohort is listed below. Meet them at REAL APC 2021!

Medical Student Scholars

Pathology Resident Scholars

Congratulations to the 2021 PDAS Fellows!
The Society of '67 PDAS Fellows Program provides an opportunity for emerging and new pathology administrators (Associate PDAS Members) to attend the PDAS Program at the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) 2021 Annual Meeting. PDAS Fellows will receive an immersive experience on management of departmental missions, learn about models and strategies in administrative operations for pathology and laboratory medicine stakeholders, and interact with our community of academic pathology administrators bringing a network of professional support and resources. The 2021 cohort is listed below. Meet them at REAL APC 2021!

PDAS Fellows

Senior Fellows Matching Challenge
CONGRATULATIONS to the Senior Fellows who have raised more than $37,000 for the Society of ’67 since January 1st with special gratitude to an anonymous donor who generously matched donations from the 19 Senior Fellows. Though the matching challenge period for Senior Fellows has ended, your contributions can be made at any time of the year to support programs that foster the development of academic pathology and future leaders in academic practice, education, and research. Learn more about the Society of ’67 and donate today at: To date, the Senior Fellows maintain their status as the leading contributor of all APC Sections!

Open Access Award Program
The following recently published articles in Academic Pathology received Society of ’67 Open Access Awards. The program supports early-career scholarly publications by paying article processing fees for students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Find more Open Access Award articles on the APC website at:

Perceptions of a Remote Learning Pathology Elective for Advanced Clinical Medical Students, Kara S. Tanaka, MFA, Rageshree Ramachandran, MD, PhD. Research Article First Published April 23, 2021:

The Implementation and Effectiveness of, Cullen M. Lilley, MS, et al. Research Article First Published April 9, 2021:

A Framework for Maintaining a Fully Operational Autopsy Service at a Large Academic Teaching Institution During a Global Pandemic, Lucy Fu, MD, MSc, et al. Research Article First Published April 9, 2021:

Using Dynamic Virtual Microscopy to Train Pathology Residents During the Pandemic: Perspectives on Pathology Education in the Age of COVID-19, Robert J. Christian, MD, MS, Mandy VanSandt, DO. Research Article First Published April 9, 2021:

Educational Case: Anemia in a Neonate, Megan E. Kachur, MD, Benjamin J. Rosen, DO. Educational Case First Published April 8, 2021:

Educational Case: Differentiating Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura From Other Thrombotic Microangiopathies and Potential Role of the Spleen, Meredith M. Nichols, MD, Genevieve M. Crane, MD, PhD. Educational Case First Published March 30, 2021:

Donate Today!
Every contribution invests in the future and legacy of academic pathology! All donors are recognized at the recently updated levels as a contributor (less than $500), annual member ($500-$9,999), or lifetime member ($10,000 or more). DONATE NOW at any level to cultivate and inspire the pipeline of academic pathology!

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The Value and Institutional Impact of an In-System Laboratory Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Karen Kaul, MD, PhD, et al. Research Article First Published April 29, 2021:

Women in Academic Pathology: Pathways to Department Chair, Mary F. Lipscomb, MD, et al. Research Article First Published April 28, 2021:

Medical Education From a Theory–Practice–Philosophy Perspective, Susan A. Kirch, PhD, Moshe J. Sadofsky, MD, PhD. Research Article First Published April 20, 2021:

Facilitating Test Status Information Communication in the Time of COVID-19, Stephen R. Master, MD, PhD, et al. Research Article First Published April 9, 2021:

Evidence-Based Alignment of Pathology Residency With Practice II: Findings and Implications, W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, et al. Research Article First Published April 7, 2021:

Practical Considerations for Implementation of SARS-CoV-2 Serological Testing in the Clinical Laboratory: Experience at an Academic Medical Center, Robert M. Humble, MD, et al. Research Article First Published April 7, 2021:

Click Here to view more of the latest Academic Pathology articles!

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APC Supports the VITAL Act
APC endorses the Verified Innovative Testing in American Laboratories (VITAL) Act, which would codify current federal regulations that place oversight of laboratory developed tests (LDTs) under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In cooperation with the Association for Molecular Pathology, APC submitted a letter of support for reintroduction of VITAL to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Rand Paul.

AAMC Specialty Forum Update
Representatives of APC participated in a Virtual Specialty Forum for Medical Students, hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges on March 25th. The event had over 1,200 attendees and the APC virtual booth was visited by more than 200 medical students! About 60 medical students interacted with pathologist volunteers coordinated by Jennifer Baccon, MD, PhD, Chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee:

  • Terra Cederroth, MD, New York University and NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Valerie Fitzhugh, MD, Rutgers University (NJMS and RWJMS)
  • Cheryl Hanau, MD, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Florette K. Gray Hazard, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Karen Kaul, MD, PhD, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Michelle Stram, MD, ScM, New York University and NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Downloadable materials featuring pathology-specific opportunities for students that were distributed in the virtual booth are available for you to share with medical students at:

Given the positive response from the AAMC event, APC plans to host two Pathology Open Houses in June – one for MS1 and MS2 students and one for MS3 and MS4 students to learn more about pathology. APC will promote these events through UMEDS and medical student interest groups. Pathology residents and program directors will be engaged as advisors in the events, and fellow pathology societies with free memberships and programs for medical students will be invited to exhibit free of charge. Stay tuned for more details!

2021 Advocacy Priorities
APC Council approved its 2021 Advocacy Priorities, which were drafted by the Advocacy Committee in consultation with the Graduate Medical Education, Practice & Management, Research, and Undergraduate Medical Education Committees. Click here to see what APC’s Advocacy Priorities are and stayed tuned to the monthly e-News to learn more about how activities of the APC are aligning with accomplishing those goals.

Find all advocacy statements at:

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