In this Issue: NEW Academic Pathology Articles, Advocacy Items, Society of ’67 Program Deadlines, and more!

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APC E-News: February 2021


In This Issue...

NEW Academic Pathology Articles, Advocacy Items, Society of ’67 Program Deadlines, 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. 

Membership Updates

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

Member Resources

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.

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Listserv Networks

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Review other policies on listserv usage 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:

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].

Important Updates from the APC:


APC will be launching registration and reopening abstract submissions for the 2021 APC Annual Meeting next week! Over the past several months, all Section Councils have been working hard to develop valuable educational content. Topics and speakers for all programs are nearly complete, and preliminary programs are now available to view. Mark your calendars for the meeting on Sunday, July 25th to Wednesday, July 28th and look for more details coming next week! For the latest information on registration, abstracts, and more, visit the APC website at:

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The Society of ’67 Thomas D. Kinney Scholars Program
Starting in 2021, the Society of '67 Scholars Program has been renamed by the Society of '67 Board to honor Dr. Thomas D. Kinney. Dr. Kinney was especially committed to education and training, one of the founders of APC, and a legendary pathologist and mentor to many. The 2021 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 through access to national leaders in academic pathology attending the APC Annual Meeting. This year will be the fifth consecutive year that the Society of ’67 offers this program. For details on previous years' Scholars, and this year's online application instructions, see Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

The Society of ’67 Associate PDAS Fellowship Program
This new program for Associate PDAS Members provides an opportunity for emerging and new pathology administrators to attend the PDAS Program at the APC 2021 Annual Meeting with funding that covers the PDAS meeting registration. See the evolution of this new program conceptualized in 2019 and this year’s online application instructions at: Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

Senior Fellows Matching Challenge
On New Year’s Day 2021, we announced to the Senior Fellows Group that a generous colleague will MATCH each Senior Fellow donation (dollar for dollar, up to $2,500 per individual donation) to the Society of ’67 through March 31st. The anonymous donor wishes to maintain the APC Senior Fellow Group as the top APC group in giving to the Society of ’67. DONATE TODAY!

Donate Today!
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! Every contribution invests in the future and legacy of academic pathology to advance and improve health care by fostering the development of academic pathology and future leaders in academic practice, education, and research.

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The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine: Principles and Practice, Brian R. Jackson, MD, MS, et al. Research Article First Published February 16, 2021:

Rapidly Establishing a Hospital-Based Convalescent Plasma Collection Center With the Alyx Apheresis Collection Device, Tovah Klein, BA, et al. Research Article First Published February 10, 2021:

The Gross-to-Scope Program for Gross Room Personnel: An Innovative Initiative for Providing Case Follow-Up and Education to “Close the Pathology Loop”, Brittney Imblum, MD, et al. Research Article First Published February 17, 2021:

Entrustable Professional Activities in Hematopathology Pathology Fellowship Training: Consensus Design and Proposal, Kristie White, MD, MAEd, et al. Research Article First Published February 17, 2021:

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

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PRODS Spring 2021 Virtual Meeting – Updates and Unpacking Thursday, March 25th at 3:00pm-5:30pm (ET)
Open to PRODS & GMEAS Members only. Those who register will receive recorded presentations in mid-March from the ABPath and the ACGME with their most recent updates for pathology residency programs. The recordings must be viewed in advance of the virtual meeting, which will be arranged as a live Q&A and discussion session for the first hour, followed by a moderated open forum on “Unpacking Virtual Recruitment Efforts: What We Learned?” facilitated by Dr. Diane Kowalski, PRODS Council Chair-Elect, and other PRODS Council members. At the time of registration, you are encouraged to list questions or topics of interest to be addressed during the live presentation. Click here to register by March 15 and receive the link to access the Zoom meeting room.


Southeast Regional Chairs & Administrators Meeting
Event Recorded Wednesday-Thursday, February 10th-11th
This regional meeting, open to all APC members, was hosted by the University of Texas Medical Branch and held virtually this year with themes of A COVID-Diagnostic Management Team with a Large Revenue Stream, The Digital Pathologist, and Who Does What in Restructured Academic Pathology Organizations.
Click here to access the members-only webpage to view and listen to the recording.

APC Town Hall: Leading Through Crisis
Event Recorded on Friday, January 29th
Sponsored by the APC Senior Fellows Group and the Leadership Development and Diversity Committee. APC members are invited to join this in-depth discussion led by a panel of department leaders with insights on (1) key competencies during high stress times, especially in dealing with the impact on your department, institution, and local community, and (2) personal coping and resilience techniques for dealing with all aspects of high stress of your leadership team, faculty, trainees, and staff.
Click here to access the members-only webpage to view and listen to the recording.

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

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2021 Advocacy Priorities
APC Council recently 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.

APC Supports Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act
APC signed on to a letter of support for the Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act. The bill aims to provide supplemental funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand sequencing. The bill is supported by the American Society for Microbiology, Association for Molecular Pathology and University of California Health. Funding is intended to be broad-based, including academic labs, especially those already engaged in CDC’s SPHERES program. This bill appears to be working its way rapidly through Congressional approval.

APC Supports FY22 National Institutes of Health Funding
APC signed on to a letter of support organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research. The letter recommends for FY22 a program level of at least $46.111 billion, which represents a $3.177 billion increase over the comparable FY21 funding level, which would allow for the NIH’s base budget to keep pace with the biomedical research and development price index (BRDPI) and allow meaningful growth of 5%. The letter also advocates for emergency supplemental funding to support COVID-19-related expenses associated with both pandemic- and non-pandemic research and the research workforce pipeline.

RADx Update
As NIH’s RADx testing initiatives continue to develop, APC asked the National Institutes of Health if there would be a convenient way to update APC’s members on the status of approvals, availability, and pricing of RADx-funded tests. The RADx program directors recently created a portfolio summary document with such information that will be updated monthly. It is not available to the public and is only accessible with permissions to a private “Box” file maintained by RADx staff. RADx has agreed to give APC’s Chair members proprietary access to the file. Chairs should have already received instructions to set up an account to access the file. Please direct any inquiries to [email protected]. Updates will automatically be provided monthly.

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AAMC plans for Virtual Specialty Fair for Medical Students
Representatives of APC are participating in the upcoming AAMC Virtual Specialty Forum for Medical Students on March 25th. As we work to compile pathology opportunities for medical students, we are now requesting your assistance to populate a free dynamic platform that will display your institution’s opportunities instantly! We are seeking program information for Post-Sophomore Fellowships, Elective Rotations, Internships, etc. We are looking to populate this Google-based form with programs to create a consolidated resource for medical students seeking pathology opportunities. Visit: Thanks to UNC, UPenn, UPMC, and UVM for their updates so far!

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, Department Chairs only should email their appointees name, degree, title, email address, and institution to: [email protected].

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 Toolbox and provide feedback on content to [email protected].

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:

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CME Still Available Through APC 2020 Online Learning Program
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.

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