In this Issue: NEW COVID-19 Special Collection, Advocacy Updates, Annual Meeting Deadlines, June Virtual Events and More!

Association of Pathology Chairs
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APC E-News: May 2021


In This Issue...

NEW COVID-19 Special Collection, Advocacy Updates, Annual Meeting Deadlines, June 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.

APC's Job Board

Do you have a job opening at your institution? In addition to announcing this opening on your section listserv, you can post this opening directly to APC’s Career Center (Job Board), which has broad national visibility.

Find or post jobs at:

Membership Updates

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

New members should apply for membership by completing our short New Member Inquiry Form, found on our website at:

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.

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.

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, institution, and email address. Not everyone recognizes your name!

Review other policies on listserv usage 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].

NEW APC Committees

Clinical Service Leaders Committee

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, or email [email protected].

PhD Program Leaders Committee

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, or email [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:


Important Updates from the APC:


Collection Editor: Karen L. Kaul, MD, PhD, Deputy Editor, Academic Pathology

This collection illustrates how academic pathology departments met the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by adjusting nearly every aspect of their operations, teaching, staffing and finances. 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, we hoped to showcase the stunning advances and adaptations made by departments of academic pathology in order to serve the Public Good. A sample of articles in the collection includes:

The New York State SARS-CoV-2 Testing Consortium: Regional Communication in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, James M. Crawford, MD, PhD et al. Research Article First Published May 7, 2021:

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:

From Testing to Decision-Making: A Data-Driven Analytics COVID-19 Response, Chad W. Konchak, MBA, et al. Research Article First Published April 20, 2021:

Teaching Pathology in an Integrated Preclinical Medical School Curriculum and Adaptations to COVID-19 Restrictions, Matthew D. Krasowski, MD, PhD, et al. Research Article First Published May 19, 2021:

Pathology Resident Evaluation During the Pandemic: Testing and Implementation of a Comprehensive Online Pathology Exam, Susan M. Armstrong, MD, PhD, et al. Research Article First Published May 11, 2021:

VA-Wide, Multicenter Verification Study of the Cepheid Xpert SARS-CoV-2 Assay, Mohammad Obeidat, MBBS, et al. Research Article First Published April 28, 2921:

Digital Pathology Operations at an NYC Tertiary Cancer Center During the First 4 Months of COVID-19 Pandemic Response, Orly Ardon, PhD, MBA, et al. Research Article First Published April 28, 2021:

Virtual Pathology Elective Provides Uninterrupted Medical Education and Impactful Pathology Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lucy Fu, MD, MSc. Research Article First Published April 28, 2021:

Experience With Pretravel Testing for SARS-CoV-2 at an Academic Medical Center, Katherine L. Imborek, MD, et al. Research Article First Published April 28, 2021:

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:

…and more!!!

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DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY to join your colleagues in academic pathology for this once-a-year professional development opportunity to reconnect, engage, and learn from one another and to re-energize yourselves for the next academic year! REAL APC 2021 includes presentation recordings available prior to the conference and live discussion sessions and networking during the conference. NEW this year for gathering, networking, socializing, and connecting with exhibit staff, APC is utilizing a virtual video-calling interactive space, navigated by your own customizable avatar! Register by July 1st to receive an Attendee Engagement Box that includes APC goodies, snacks, mixer recipes, a printed APC Annual Report, and much more!


Meeting Program Highlights

  • 24 topical discussion sessions
  • 30 hours of on-demand, recorded educational content
  • Over 80 speakers, including these keynotes and named lectures:
    • How Academic Laboratories Supported Communities during COVID, John Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Professionalism in Medicine, Jason Wassermann, PhD, Oakland Univ William Beaumont School of Medicine
    • Immigration Issues Impacting Academic Pathology, Matthew Shick, JD, Senior Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs at the AAMC
    • Advocating for Laboratory Medicine in the UME Curriculum and alignment with the AAMC EPAs with guests from the AAMC Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Lisa Howley, EdD, and the Co-Secretariat of the LCME, Veronica Catanese, MD
    • Patricia Thomas Lecture on Leadership Development & Diversity: Race and Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter by Duchess Harris, PhD, JD, Scholar of Contemporary African American History at Macalester College
    • C. Bruce Alexander Lecture: Curriculum Development for Health Care Disparities, organized by Pamela Gibson, MD, Univ of Vermont, and Nicole Aqui, MD, Univ of Pennsylvania

Plus other sessions including:

  • 4 Boot Camps for Chairs/Vice Chairs/Administrators, PRODS, GMEAS, and UMEDS;
  • 6 Discussion Groups ranging from inspiring the pipeline to global health;
  • 15 Poster Presenters and the ability to meet them virtually during the poster/networking/exhibit hours; and
  • 5 Business Meetings for each APC Section; and
  • 1 Awards Ceremony, honoring 8 recipients of APC’s Service Awards and 19 recipients of Society of ’67 Awards (Kinney Scholars and PDAS Fellows)

Plus a NEW incentive program for supporting exhibitors: Win a VISA gift card by correctly answering “Biz Quiz” questions with clues obtained by simply reviewing exhibitor materials in advance or visiting with exhibit staff in their booth, and seeing their “commercials” during programmed discussion sessions.

Find complete program details and register at:


Deadline Approaching! 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 June Virtual Events! There are TWO upcoming Virtual Events occurring during the month of June. More information and registration for each event can be found below:

APC 2021 Pre-Boot Camp Webinar 2 – Optimizing Faculty Productivity
Monday, June 7, 2021
Time: 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT / 12:00pm PT
Duration: 1.5 hours
Register: Click Here to Register Today!
*Recording only available to REAL APC 2021 Meeting Registrants

Program Details:
Open to all members, especially CHAIRS & PDAS.
Introduction: Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD (Sr. Fellow; past dean, AMC CEO), Emory U
Moderator: Deborah Powell, MD (Sr. Fellow, past dean), U of Minnesota Medical School
David Wilkinson, MD, PhD (Sr. Fellow, PRODS), Virginia Commonwealth U
Barbara Ducatman, MD (Sr. Fellow; CMO), Beaumont Health
Dani Zander, MD (Chair), U of Cincinnati
Debra Leonard, MD, PhD (Chair), U of Vermont COM

APC Virtual Open House for Medical Students
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time: 1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT
Duration: 2 hours

Program Details:
The program is led by residents and young pathologists. The content is introductory, primarily targeted to MS1s and MS2s, but all medical students are welcomed. By communicating this opportunity through our UMEDS and PRODS members, and ICPI-funded medical student interest groups, already more than 100 students are registered to attend! For more information, visit: interested medical students to register!


A reminder that all 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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Articles Recently Published in Academic Pathology

Increasing Medical Student Exposure to Pathology by Creating an Integrated Rotation During Surgery Clerkship, Madelyn Lew, MD. Brief Report First Published May 11, 2021:

Myth or Reality: Self-Assessment Is Central to Effective Curriculum in Anatomical Pathology Graduate Medical Education, Fang-I Lu, MD et al. Review Article First Published May 11, 2021:

Educational Case: Pneumoconiosis, Julie-Ann Nguyen, BA, Darren Salmi, MD. Educational Case First Published May 11, 2021:

Educational Case: Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia: Utilization of Rapid Diagnostics for Bloodstream Pathogen Identification and Prediction of Antimicrobial Susceptibility, Carlos A. Castrodad-Rodríguez, MD, et al. Educational Case First Published May 12, 2021:

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:

Mater Artium Necessitas: The Birth of a COVID-19 Command Center, Sean T. Campbell, PhD, et al. Research Article First Published May 19, 2021:

All Hands-On Deck and All Decks on Hand: Surmounting Supply Chain Limitations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Jill S. Warrington, MD, PhD, et al. Research Article First Published May 11, 2021:

Designing and Implementing a Virtual Anatomic Pathology Elective During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Emily M. Hartsough, BS, et al. Research Article First Published April 28, 2021:

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

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APC Joins AMP in Supporting Reintroduction of the VITAL Act
APC previously endorsed 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 (AMP), APC submitted a letter of support for reintroduction of VITAL to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Rand Paul. On May 17th, Senator Paul reintroduced this legislation. APC and AMP released a joint statement of support on May 18th and urged Congress to pass this very important piece of legislation.

APC Supports the ACLU’s Efforts Against Gene Patenting
APC signed onto the American Civil Liberties Union’s coalition letter to the Biden Administration against gene patenting and related issues. The letter expresses opposition to legislation and regulatory action that would overturn established Supreme Court precedent and expand patent-eligible subject matter to encompass abstract ideas, laws of nature, and natural phenomena. Click here to read the full letter.

APC Promotes Physician-Scientist Training Programs in Pathology
APC’s Research Committee has been active in programs hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for medical students seeking MD-PhD training opportunities. APC and PRODS members represented Pathology on a May 19th session for program directors, hosted by AAMC. Research Committee members updated materials on AAMC’s website for Physician-Scientist Training Programs in Pathology, which now includes a list of PSTP programs obtained through the Research Committee’s recent survey. Details about these programs and other resources are also available on APC’s website at

APC Issues a Statement on Fellowship Recruitment Practices
Consistent with APC’s advocacy priority to “collect data on unexpected fellowship openings and resident concerns about the fellowship recruitment process to inform recommendations for systemic changes”, APC Council and PRODS Council have noted and discussed the increasing numbers of unexpected fellowship openings (defined as fellows withdrawing their commitments within 18 months of matriculation). The Councils jointly approved a statement concerning this urgent matter. Member feedback is welcomed at [email protected].

APC Hosts its First Virtual Open House for Medical Students
Following the success of APC’s participation in AAMC’s Virtual Specialty Forum in March, APC will host a Pathology Open House for medical students on June 12th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The program is led by residents and young pathologists. The content is introductory, primarily targeted to MS1s and MS2s, but all medical students are welcomed. By communicating this opportunity through our UMEDS and PRODS members, and ICPI-funded medical student interest groups, already more than 100 students are registered to attend!
For more information, visit:
Encourage interested medical students to register at!

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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