In this Issue: Annual Meeting Recordings, APC 2021 Online Learning Program, Academic Pathology Updates and More!

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APC E-News: August 2021


In This Issue...

Annual Meeting Recordings, APC 2021 Online Learning Program, Academic Pathology Updates, and MORE!

Academic Pathology

Academic Pathology is APC's fully open-access, PMC-indexed, peer-reviewed journal.  Academic Pathology is moving from Sage to Elsevier and a new manuscript submission site will be launched soon. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

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

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 our short online New Member Inquiry Form found at:

Please inform us of any changes in your departmental membership roster by sending us a message at [email protected]. Do this NOW before membership renewals season begins next month!

 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.

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

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: APC Newsletter

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.

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



Important Updates from the APC:


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THANK YOU to the APC members, faculty, students, exhibitors, and other attendees who joined us to Reconnect, Engage, And, Learn at REAL APC 2021 from July 25 to 28, 2021. All Pre-Recorded Presentations are still available to view, and Live Discussion Session recordings are now available to all registrants!

Couldn’t Attend REAL APC 2021?
Meeting content is still available through APC’s 2021 Online Learning Program! Register today and get instant access to ALL meeting content including Pre-Recorded Presentations and Live Discussion Sessions. APC's 2021 Online Learning Program offers a robust amount of educational content to meet your continuing education and professional development needs! Click here for more information on registration and pricing.

For the latest updates and information, visit the APC website at:

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UMEDS Council is planning a follow-up discussion to the Diverse Voices Session that took place at the REAL APC 2021 Annual Meeting. UMEDS Council is still developing the topics for discussion ranging from inclusive teaching, pathology pipeline, academic support, selection into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, just to name a few. This event is tentatively planned for the first week in October 2021. More information is forthcoming.

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The COVID-19 Special Collection in Academic Pathology, APC’s official, open-access journal, illustrates how academic departments met the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by adjusting nearly every aspect of their operations. These articles were submitted between September and December 2020, reflecting experiences within the first 10 months of the outbreak. The importance of the lab to healthcare has never been more apparent. Sharing these innovations and best practices is a valuable step, one from which we can all learn. Moreover, with this collection, the Editors hoped to showcase the stunning advances and adaptations made by departments of academic pathology in order to serve the Public Good.

Read the introductory editorial from Collection Editor, Karen L. Kaul, MD, PhD, Deputy Editor, Academic Pathology, included below:

One Year Later: What Have We Learned From COVID-19? Lessons and Accomplishments in Academic Pathology Departments, Karen Kaul, MD, PhD. Article First Published June 2, 2021:

To view the entire COVID-19 Special Collection click here!

Recently Published Articles:

COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Evolution of an Academic Pathology Department and Laboratory, Gregory L. Blakey, MD et al. Research Article First Published August 23, 2021:

The Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences: A New Curriculum to Enhance the Connection of the Laboratory to Health Care Providers, Jose H. Salazar, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM et al. Research Article First Published August 9, 2021:

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic—Lessons Learned, Robin Patel, MD et al. Research Article First Published June 30, 2021:

Making a Difference: Adaptation of the Clinical Laboratory in Response to the Rapidly Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic, Nikhil S. Sahajpal, PhD et al. Research Article First Published June 29, 2021:

Open Access Award Program

The Society of ’67 Open Access Award Program supports early career scholarly publications by paying article processing fees for students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Find all Open Access Award articles on the APC website at:

Donate today to support this and other Society of ’67 programs!

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

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The Association of Pathology Chairs’ Pathology Leadership Academy is designed to build and strengthen leadership skills and knowledge in future leaders of academic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine departments and to provide a preview of a potential future phase of one’s academic career. The next PLA will be held on January 15-16, 2022 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ. Course content will include topics specifically relevant to academic Pathology as well as more general leadership-related material. Registration for PLA will be launching in September. For the most up to date program information, visit the APC website at:

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In cooperation with the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) Leadership Development & Diversity Committee, Melissa George, DO, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, organized a survey of chairs and interim chairs in US and Canadian Departments of Pathology using a REDCap survey instrument to collect data that will help develop profiles of chair “phenotypes” by academic credentials, leadership background, subspecialty focus, and other characteristics.

There is a substantial body of literature on the personal characteristics and motivations of individuals becoming chairs in other medical specialties, as well as data on gender and race. Chairs of academic pathology are a diverse group that includes basic scientists, physician-scientists, and clinical practitioners. However, little is formally known about the “phenotype” or career pathways of academic pathology chairs. This survey aims to determine whether or not dominant phenotypes exist and, if so, what they are, with the intention of preparing a manuscript for submission to APC’s journal, Academic Pathology. The goal of the study is to better understand leadership pathways in academic pathology to serve as advice to those seeking academic leadership, and potentially to offer perspective to deans making hiring decisions about qualities and experiences that are valuable in academic pathology chairs.

This survey was sent to Chairs on 8/16/2021. If you are a current Chair and did not receive the survey, please contact [email protected]

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Program Directors’ Toolbox Feedback
APC and CAP recently launched the Program Directors' Toolbox. The Program Directors’ Toolbox provides residency and fellowship training program directors and faculty with on-demand access to educational content, program administration tools and other resources to share knowledge and innovative practices across institutions. We encourage Program Directors to utilize this resource, submit content, and provide feedback so that we can continue to improve this member resource!

GMEAS Dropbox
The GMEAS Section maintains a Dropbox folder with many helpful references and resources for Graduate Medical Education Administrators. Members can access this resource at:

Physician-Scientist Training Programs
APC provides resources for program leaders and prospective trainees for Physician-Scientist Training in Pathology. 
For current and prospective trainees in pathology, APC offers a directory of Physician-Scientist Training Programs as reported by member departments in APC's 2020 Research Survey. To learn more about physician-scientist training programs in Pathology, visit the APC website at:  For Program Leaders, the APC Research Committee provides methods to attract research-oriented and MD/PhD students into pathology. To learn more about recruitment, visit the APC website at:

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APC’s NEW Clinical Service Leaders Committee, led by Karen Kaul, MD, PhD, and PhD Program Leaders Committee, led by Ed Monuki, MD, PhD have had their first meetings and new committee activities are underway. It is not too late to join these committees! Read the information below if you are interested in joining or appointing members. If you have any questions, please contact the APC office at [email protected].

Clinical Service Leaders Committee
Karen Kaul, MD, PhD, NorthShore University HealthSystem

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.
Click here to appoint faculty to the NEW Clinical Service Leaders Committee

PhD Program Leaders Committee
Edwin Monuki, MD, PhD, University of California, Irvine College of Medicine

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.
Click here to appoint faculty to the NEW PhD Program Leaders Committee

If you are a Chair and have been thinking about joining a committee or are curious about committee activities, contact the APC office at [email protected] today!

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Academic Pathology Departments Support the VITAL Act

As you may know, for the past two years APC has been supporting the Association for Molecular Pathology’s advocacy for the Verified Innovative Testing in American Laboratories (VITAL) Act. APC recently asked Chairs to sign onto an organizational support letter that was co-authored by AMP, APC, AACC, and ACMG, to promote this important and long-awaited next step in laboratory accreditation that will address the oversight of laboratory developed testing procedures (known as LDTs). Although there is a role for the FDA to play in the oversight of proprietary tests and medical devices, the COVID-19 pandemic has painfully demonstrated the widespread and unnecessary delays, confusion and cost to public health caused by redundant regulation where CLIA unquestionably has authority. By supporting VITAL, we are not rejecting FDA’s oversight role in other appropriate realms of testing. We are asking that CLIA’s authority be recognized and strengthened for LDTs.

We are tremendously grateful to over 20 academic departments and institutions nationwide that signed onto the letter, as well as the verbal support expressed by many who were unable to sign due to institutional restrictions. We are optimistic, with the widespread support for VITAL demonstrated by leading academic departments and institutions, as well as major professional organizations, the bill will attract additional bipartisan sponsorship in Congress over the coming months. The final letter, with signers listed, will be available soon at: APC expects AMP to generate additional letters for individuals and organizations to sign in support of VITAL this Fall. Stay tuned!

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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