PLA Registration Now Open, Match Week Updates, Upcoming Member Events and More!

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APC E-News: March 2024


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PLA Registration Now Open, Match Week Updates, Upcoming Member Events and More!

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Member Directory

Only members in good standing have access to APC member resources, including the exclusive online member directory. APC's member list is always live and searchable. Click here to search the directory today!

Member Profile

Each APC Member has a profile that allows you to post information and even upload a photo to let others know who you are and what you do! Your member profile is searchable in the APC Member Directory. Update your information today by logging in to the APC website at!

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.

Student and Trainee Opportunities

APC is pleased to offer the following FREE resources and opportunities for students and trainees:

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Professional Resources

APC is pleased to offer professional resources for members and interested faculty/staff. Click the links below to learn more about the spotlighted professional resources and visit the APC website to learn more about what APC has to offer!

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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.

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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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
APC Committees 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 2024 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 2024 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.

Paths to Progress: Annual Report

Paths to Progress

The 2022 Edition of the APC Annual Report, Paths to Progress is now available! 

Reflect on APC’s accomplishments in 2022 through committee reports, section updates, and other workgroup/task force reports in the latest edition of the annual report – Paths to Progress.

Find the 2022 Edition and previous issues of Paths to Progress on APC's website at:

Monthly e-News Archive

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

Important Updates from the APC

July 20-21, 2024 | Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC

Registration for the 2024 Pathology Leadership Academy (PLA), July 20-21, 2024, in person at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC is now open! Join fellow aspiring leaders in academic pathology for an exciting professional development opportunity, which starts with a thought-provoking dinner session on Saturday, July 20th, accompanied by networking time with peers and mentors. The program continues throughout the day on Sunday, July 21st with a focus on professional development topics. This program is included for APLF program participants. For those not interested in or unable to participate in the year-round APLF program, this 1.5-day professional development program is a valuable alternative! 2024 PLA program information and registration details are posted on the APC website at:

PLA attendees are also encouraged to extend their leadership learning experience by registering for the APC 2024 Annual Meeting. See details below!

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APC 2024 Meeting Banner


The 57th APC Annual Meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, July 21-24, 2024. Join your colleagues at this once-yearly, highly anticipated opportunity to network with leaders in academic pathology. Arrive in time to reunite at the Meet-and-Greets (per Section) just prior to the Welcome Reception on Sunday, July 21st and then immerse yourself in educational topics over three days of programming – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – capped off by the awards lunch. For those unable to attend in-person, a remote attendance option will be available. Remote attendees will be able to participate in the ballroom sessions, which will be broadcast via Zoom. As a reminder, 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 missions of academic pathology.

Program Information – Preliminary Program Now Available!
APC Section Councils and Committees are hard at work developing exceptional and timely educational content for the APC 2024 Annual Meeting. New preliminary program details are now posted on the APC website at:

Hotel and Travel Information
APC is pleased to offer hotel accommodations at a discounted rate if you reserve your room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel through APC’s unique reservation link. For more information and reservation details, visit the APC website at:

Pricing and Registration
Learn more about pricing and registration details, including the APC Health and Safety Policy and Cancellation Policy at:

Click here to register today!

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Less than 10 spaces remaining – apply by May 31st or until SOLD OUT!

APC is excited to welcome back LIVE exhibits to the APC 2024 Annual Meeting! The APC Annual Meeting exclusively convenes pathology decision makers in academic practice, undergraduate and graduate medical education, and research. Network with over 400 Academic Pathology leaders in an intimate setting for exchanging ideas and information on current and cutting-edge topics and technology in Practice Management, Medical Education, and Research. All exhibitor opportunities can be found in the 2024 Exhibitor Prospectus on the APC website. The application to become a 2024 Exhibitor for the APC Annual Meeting can be found in the prospectus. To learn more and apply today, visit the APC website at:

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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From the desk of APC's Deputy Director, Lydia P. Howell, MD

The APC continues to support academic pathology across many issues and through many activities. The FDA’s proposed rule to regulate laboratory tests (LDTs) like medical devices continues to be the top advocacy activity for APC:

  • The proposed rule has advanced to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): This is the standard next step in the rule-making process after the open comment period and related revisions. OMB’s role is to assess the economic and administrative requirements for implementation of a proposed rule. OMB has allowed informational visits from several pathology organizations and APC has also requested a meeting. The goal of the meeting is to ensure that OMB is aware of the magnitude of LDTs to be accommodated for FDA review and the associated budget implications and downstream consequences. APC’s recent survey indicated that academic clinical labs have ~100 LDTs (and often more), which would require a substantial increase in FDA budget for staff to review submitted data for approval. To fund this workforce, it is likely that substantial users fees would be required for each submission. This adds to the financial burden for academic health centers, which have not yet recovered from economic losses incurred during the pandemic and who will also have to hire additional staff to meet the new LDT requirements. The unfortunate consequence may be that academic labs drop existing LDTs from lab test menus and do not pursue lab test development. Alternatively, labs may eliminate other tests from their menu in order to redirect staff effort toward LDTs, both of which have negative effects on patient care.
  • Hearing on March 21 by House Subcommittee on Health "Evaluating Approaches to Diagnostic Test Regulation and the Impact of FDA’s Proposed Rule”: This educational hearing was conducted by a subcommittee of the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee in order to learn more about the FDA’s proposed rule and its implications for patients and communities.  Many witnesses were invited to share their perspectives, including Dara Aisner from the University of Colorado who represented the Academic Coalition for Effective Laboratory Developed Tests (ACELDT). Don Karcher was also invited to provide testimony as President of the College of American Pathologists, along with other organizations and disease advocate groups. AAMC submitted a statement for the record sharing their primary concern regarding the effects of FDA regulation on access to care, and whether the associated cost and challenge will force academic medical laboratories to make decisions to limit or forego test development.
  • APC is preparing a response to Senator Cassidy’s official request for information regarding FDA regulation of laboratory tests: In his announcement, Senator Cassidy poses a long list of questions and he “hopes to use the feedback to determine how Congress can modernize current regulations to support innovation while ensuring these clinical tests are safe and effective to use.” Senator Cassidy is the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. APC member departments are encouraged to submit responses by the deadline of April 3rd. There is no need to answer all the questions – choose those you have a passion for and answer those. Read the full request here.
  • Alliances and partnerships:  We have been meeting with representatives from many organizations exploring the pros and cons of alliances and partnerships on this important issue. APC wants to be at the table to shape our future – nonetheless, we are careful and thoughtful in our partnerships to ensure that we appropriately align with those who reflect our members’ opinions and needs, and to maintain the value of APC’s endorsements. 
  • Education in FDA processes: APC is planning a series of webinars on FDA processes. This not only provides support to members for potential new regulation, but FDA work (including clinical trials) supports faculty and departments in scholarly activities. Our survey in the fall indicated that few departments were familiar with FDA procedures, so this is an important gap to fill. We are looking for speakers who can share their experience and tips – please send an e-mail to Deputy Director, Lydia Howell, at [email protected] with your suggestions of names and topics.

Other advocacy activities:

  • Vizient benchmarking: The APC Advocacy Committee is participating in the Practice and Management Committee’s work with Vizient to learn more about pathology benchmarking and to seek improvements where they might be needed.  A March 20th, meeting included questions about benchmarking and pathologist mapping to subspecialty areas to develop these benchmarks, as well as discussion about pathologist’s role in interpreting molecular pathology reports. The meetings will continue as Vizient brings back more data to address our questions with the aim of improving the benchmarking process and gaining more recognition for the pathologist’s role in molecular pathology.
  • Expanding APC’s influence and visibility: We are seeking to connect the dots between AAMC and APC activities and leverage our many APC members who are also members of AAMC’s Affinity Groups related to faculty affairs, education, research training, and business. These members gathered for a meeting on March 19th to discuss the activities of the AAMC that align with APC’s priorities and how we can become more active and visible as an organization and specialty through award nominations, as speakers, and as steering committee members. This group will be meeting regularly to further develop these ideas.

APC is continually working -- and networking -- to support academic pathology.  More to come next month!

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A note from the PRODS Council Chair, Deb Chute, MD

Congratulations to all program directors for navigating another successful Match Week! 2024 was another good year for pathology, with a strong match fill rate of 98.9%. There was an approximately 10% increase in US senior medical students applying to and matching into pathology (263 US MD medical student seniors and 89 US DO medical student seniors matching), the highest number of US students entering pathology since 2015, according to NRMP data. US medical student seniors filled 56% of all pathology PGY1 positions this year. The remaining positions (269) were filled by 24 US MD and 13 US DO graduates (US physicians who graduated before 2024), 61 US citizen international medical graduates, and 171 non-US international medical graduates.

This year also saw the implementation of new tools for residency recruitment, including an updated ERAS application with a completely redesigned experience section, new applicant geographic preferences, and the first year of program signaling for pathology. Applicants to pathology were provided 5 program signals to send to the top 5 programs at which they strongly wished to interview, and preliminary data shows that sending a signal increased the likelihood of receiving an interview by 4-fold. It will be interesting to see how this evolves in the future. Be sure to join us to hear more at the PRODS Spring Virtual Meeting where we will be discussing the possibility of a unified interview offer date for residency programs, and the hybrid summer APC 2024 Annual Meeting where we will have a detailed review of this past year’s interview experience with perspectives from multiple program directors on holistic recruitment and the impact of the changes in ERAS this year. Interested in reviewing the data in more detail? Click here to view the ERAS statistics from the 2024 residency match or click here to view the NRMP advance data tables from the 2024 match.

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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. Academic Pathology reached another major milestone by receiving its first journal impact factor – one more reason to submit your manuscript to APC’s official journal!

Recently Published Articles

Gender versus sex: recognizing and adhering to established guidelines for diversity, equity, and inclusion research, J. Jacobs, et al. Letter to the Editor First Published February 29, 2024:

Communicating uncertainty in pathology reports: a descriptive study from a specialized cancer center, O. Jaber et al. Research Article First Published February 26, 2024:

Leadership perspectives on osteopathic medical school applicants to pathology residency training, M. George et al. Research Article First Published February 26, 2024:

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

Educational Cases

Academic Pathology now has over 170 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.

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APC seeks to highlight major member accomplishments in this 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!

Former Western Michigan University Chair Appointed Dean
Joyce deJong, DO, has been appointed Dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, effective February 5, 2024, following her service as founding Chair of the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Department of Pathology. Please note this as a correction to the last issue where it was published that Dr. deJong had retired. For additional information on this update, please read the full announcement at:

Mayo Clinic Chair Changes
Eric Hsi, MD, is appointed Chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology effective January 2024, following Bobbi Pritt, MD, who served as Interim Department Chair.

Wake Forest Chair Changes
Gregory Pomper, MD, is appointed Interim Chair of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Department of Pathology effective January 2024, following the departure of Eric Hsi, MD, to Chair the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.

UC Davis School of Medicine Chair Changes
Florette Kim Gray Hazard, MD, is appointed Chair of the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine effective March 2024, following Kuang-Yu Jen, MD, PhD, who served as Interim Department Chair. For additional information, please read the full announcement at:

University of Alabama School of Medicine Chair Changes
Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, MD, PhD, is appointed Chair of the University of Alabama School of Medicine Department of Pathology effective March 2024 following Gene P. Siegal, MD, PhD, who served as Interim Department Chair. For additional information, please read the full announcement at:

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PRODS Spring Virtual Meeting – Register Today!
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | Duration: 2.5 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 will present relevant and timely topics to membership.
Click Here to Register Today!

PRODS Bootcamp – Save the Date!
Thursday, May 2, 2024 | Duration 2 hours
2:30pm ET / 1:30pm CT / 12:30pm MT / 11:30am PT 
This event program will include essential information for Residency Program Directors. The program will begin with an initial set of informative talks from the ACGME, the ABPath, and others, followed by an opportunity for small group discussions on various topics. New Residency Program Directors are especially encouraged to attend, but all PRODS members are welcome to this free member event organized by PRODS Council!
Registration Forthcoming

GMEAS Bootcamp – Save the Date!
Thursday, May 9, 2024 | Duration 1.5 hours
1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT
This event program will include essential information for program coordinators and administrators. New program coordinators are especially encouraged to attend, but all GMEAS members are welcome to this free member event organized by GMEAS Council!
Registration Forthcoming

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

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Share this resource with medical students through April 28th!

APC was pleased to represent Pathology for the fourth consecutive year in the AAMC Virtual Specialty Forum (VSF) on Thursday, March 28th. This event was open to medical students early in their specialty exploration. The Pathology virtual booth was filled with helpful information. Students could download the information and engage via chat with pathologists. Special thanks to the APC members and Society of ’67 Kinney Scholars, who volunteered their time during the event and chatted with dozens of medical students to make Pathology shine!

  • Ashley Barlev, MD, Resident, University of Pennsylvania
  • Meagan Chambers, MD, Neuropathology Fellow, University of Washington
  • Deborah Chute, MD, Cleveland Clinic
  • Valerie Fitzhugh, MD, Rutgers University
  • Nicole Jackson, MD, MPH, University of Washington
  • Cullen Lilley, MD, Resident, University of California, Los Angeles 
  • Maryknoll Linscott, MS - MD/PhD Student, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Barbara Ritschel, MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Alex Tannenbaum, MD, Resident, University of Wisconsin
  • Jenny Zhang, MD, Resident, University of Arizona, Tucson

APC’s Pathology Virtual Booth is still accessible through April! Register for free access at:

Want to get more student attention for your program?
Add or update your student opportunities on the APC website! See the next section below for APC’s compilation of trainee opportunities and instructions on how to post your information.

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Call to Refresh Information on Your Programs!

APC is pleased to offer FREE resources and opportunities for students and trainees! These resources rely on member updates and postings for the latest opportunities for students. In 2023, APC launched two new resources to promote Residency or Fellowship Open Houses, in addition to Post Sophomore Fellowship, Observership, Internship, Post-Bac, and other opportunities for medical students. Residency, fellowship, and PSF program directors can now post information about their open houses and other opportunities in a primary location on APC’s website. The listings are intended to be a central resource for medical students and residents to locate information about those events, in the same places where they can find other important trainee opportunities and resources, such as clerkships and unexpected fellowship openings. To add a pathology residency or fellowship open house listing, unexpected fellowship openings, PSTP program listings, PSF programs, and other student educational opportunities, go to the appropriate link below and complete the relevant form.

Student Educational Opportunities:

Residency Open House Resource List:

Fellowship Open Houses Resource List:

Unexpected Fellowship Openings:

PSTP Program Listings:

Other FREE Student and Trainee Resources

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