In This Issue: Donate, Schedule, Deadlines, Resources, Renewals

Association of Pathology Chairs
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APC E-News: November 2020


In This Issue...

Donate, Schedule, Deadlines, Resources, Renewals

Action Items:

Donate to Support the Academic Pathology Pipeline

Nominate a Colleague

Submit an Abstract

Register for Virtual Events

Renew Departmental Membership

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. 

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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.

Access your member profile! 

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: 

The APC 2020 Online Learning Program offers a subset of recorded presentations from the Live Online Conference that are CME eligible (up to 23.75 hours!). This CME program is available for the next year, through July 5, 2021, so encourage your colleagues to enroll and access the material by registering at: 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.

Important Updates from the APC:


DONATE NOW 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. Donations at any level are appreciated and recognized on the Society of ’67 donor page! *NEW* Now you can DESIGNATE which existing program receives your financial support. *NEW* Become an ANNUAL MEMBER starting at just $500. Learn more about donor levels and options at

YOUR DONATIONS directly support the following Society of ’67 pipeline programs:

  • Open Access Publication Awards: $1250 covers the article processing fee for a research article and $500 covers an education case published by a student, resident, or early career pathologist. To date, 20 manuscript submissions to Academic Pathology qualified in 2020. Eligible authors can apply throughout the year. Give what you can to help support an award!
  • Scholars Program Award: $2000 sponsors one medical student or resident to attend the APC Annual Meeting. 11 awards were given in 2020, and applications re-launch in January 2021. Give what you can to help support an award!
  • Trainee Project Grants in Health Services Research and Education: Up to $5000 funds a pathology trainee to innovate or address a healthcare quality, cost, or access issue. Grant proposals are currently under review and will be awarded in late December. Give what you can to help support a project grant!
  • NEW! PDAS Fellowship Program: Provides an opportunity for emerging and new pathology administrators to attend the APC Annual Meeting by covering the cost of a meeting registration and engaging with PDAS Council members and mentors. Special thanks to PDM, a Coronis Health Company, on their corporate donation to accelerate this new program! Applications launch in January 2021. Give what you can to help support this new program!


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Save-the-Date: APC’s leadership is planning for a hybrid (in-person with virtual option) Annual Meeting next year at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, July 25-28, 2021 (Sunday through Wednesday)! By popular request, we expect to incorporate online learning to keep colleagues who cannot travel engaged and give meeting attendees more networking time. More details will be posted at as Section Councils work to finalize their respective programs.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, Deadline: December 14, 2020. APC members, their faculty, staff, trainees, and other stakeholders are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation. Abstracts should describe innovations (technology, programs, projects, etc.) or multi-disciplinary collaborations that advance research, education, practice, administration, or diversity in an academic environment. To prepare in advance, review APC 2020 abstracts published in Academic Pathology.

NOMINATE A COLLEAGUE, Deadline: December 31, 2020. Email your nomination packages to [email protected] for Service Awards for the following honors:

To see the recipients from 2020, visit

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the COVID-19 Special Issue article processing fee competition! Corresponding authors and working titles of the winning manuscripts are:

  • Tamar C. Brandler, MD, MS, NYU Langone Medical Center, “Lessons Learned from an Anatomic Pathology Department in a Large Academic Medical Center at the Epicenter of COVID-19”
  • Lucy Fu, MD, Northwestern University, “Virtual Pathology Clerkship Provides Uninterrupted Medical Education and Opportunity for Pathology Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Lewis A. Hassell, MD, University of Oklahoma, “Pushed Across the Digital Divide: COVID-19 Accelerated Pathology Training onto a New Digital Learning Curve”
  • Chad W. Konchak, MBA, NorthShore University HealthSystem, “From Testing to Decision Making: A Data-driven Analytics COVID-19 Response”
  • Cullen Lilley, MS, Loyola University, “The Implementation and Effectiveness of”
  • Amrom Obstfeld, MD, PhD, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, “Facilitating Laboratory Communication in the Time of COVID-19”
  • Ramaswamy Sharma, MS, PhD, University of Texas Health San Antonio, “Medical Histopathology Laboratories: Remote Teaching in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Kara Tanaka, MFA, University of California San Francisco, “Perceptions of a Remote Learning Pathology Elective for Advanced Clinical Medical Students”
  • Jill Warrington, MD, PhD, University of Vermont, “All Hands on Deck and All Decks on Hand”

IT IS NOT TOO LATE! Submit your manuscript by December 15th at to be included in this special issue and showcase your department’s accomplishments in navigating this pandemic. 

Other Recent Publications in Academic Pathology:

  • Application of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to Evaluate New Laboratory Tests in a Health System: A Case Study of Bladder Cancer Testing, Erik J. Landaas, MPH, et al. Research Article First Published Nov. 6, 2020:
  • Click Here to view more of the latest articles!

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APC Members in COVID-19 News: Expand your media presence! If you were featured in television or print news/media in response to COVID-19, please share that link/resource with the APC Office at [email protected]. The APC Advocacy Committee is compiling this information to promote academic pathology to students and the public. For now, several department chairs in the news are posted in the COVID-19 resources section on the APC homepage at, but we plan to build an extensive library to highlight your impressive role and response to the pandemic! See some media clips below highlighting James Musser, MD, PhD (Houston Methodist), Karen Kaul, MD, PhD (NorthShore University Health System), Geoff Baird, MD, PhD (University of Washington), and David Roth, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)

James Musser, MD, PhD (Houston Methodist) Karen Kaul, MD, PhD (NorthShore University Health System)
Geoff Baird, MD, PhD (University of Washington) David Roth, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)


Participate in the ABPath Continuing Certification Program: As a Cooperating Society of the American Board of Pathology (ABPath), APC Council encourages Chairs to voluntarily participate in the ABPath Continuing Certification (CC) Program, with no jeopardy to their lifetime certification. Faculty with non-time limited certification are encouraged to participate in this program as well. Voluntary participation in CC is a credential that indicates to peers and the public that the physician is dedicated to life-long learning and improvement in practice. Diplomates with non-time limited certification may participate in the ABPath CertLink (ABPCL) Program, an online longitudinal assessment that has no fee in 2021. Read the original request from the American Board of Pathology, plus responses to APC Council’s request for clarification on common questions and concerns that Chairs may have regarding voluntary re-certification on this document.

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  • GMEAS West Regional Conference Call, Wednesday, December 2, 3:00pm-4:00pm (ET) - Open to GMEAS members in the West region only.
  • APC Discussion Group on “Funds Flow in Academic Pathology: We’re Different,” Friday, December 4, 2020 at 3:00pm-5:00pm (ET) - Required viewing of three funds flow examples from the University of Vermont, University of North Carolina, and the University of California San Diego, and an optional survey to share your own funds flow experience by today, Monday, November 30th! Especially for Chairs and PDAS, but open to all APC/Section members. 
  • PDAS Holiday Happy Hour, Wednesday, December 16, 5:00pm-6:30pm (ET) - Open to PDAS Members only.
  • Industry Update from Inspirata, “Actionable Intelligence from Pathology Slides to Reports: Images, Information, and Insights,” Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET) - Open to ALL Members
  • APC Town Hall: Leadership During Crises,  Friday, January 29, 1:30pm-4:00pm (ET) - 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.
  • PRODS 2021 Spring Virtual Meeting, Save the Date - Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:00pm-5:30pm (ET). Open to PRODS only. More details and registration link coming in early 2021.

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

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Want to stay plugged into the academic pathology community? Be sure to renew by 12/31/2020! Invoices have been sent to department contacts. All dues payments must be submitted on or before December 31, 2020, to ensure uninterrupted membership. Please contact us for any assistance you may need in processing your dues payment, including questions about membership changes, at [email protected] or 302-660-4940.

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2020 Exhibits

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