APC 2024 Call for Abstracts, APC 2024 Registration NOW OPEN, Membership Renewals and More!

Association of Pathology Chairs
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APC E-News: November 2023


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APC 2024 Call for Abstracts, APC 2024 Registration NOW OPEN, Membership Renewals 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 www.apcprods.org!

Membership Updates

New Members should complete a New Member Inquiry Form found at:https://www.apcprods.org/membership

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:

…and More!

Visit the APC website to learn more!

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!

…and More!

Visit the APC website to learn more!

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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Premium Exhibitors

Thank you to the following Premium Exhibitors for their generous support of the 2023 APC Annual Meeting!







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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.

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: https://careers.apcprods.org/

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: https://www.apcprods.org/m-lists

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

Abstract Submissions Due by December 4, 2023!

Call for Abstracts
On behalf of the Undergraduate Medical Educators Section (UMEDS) and the residency Program Directors Section (PRODS), the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) invites all APC and Section members, their faculty, staff, trainees, and other stakeholders to submit abstracts on the theme of “Innovations in Education” for poster presentations during the APC 2024 Annual Meeting at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, July 21-24, 2024. Abstracts must be submitted by December 4, 2023, through the online submission form. Notifications will be sent by email no later than March 1, 2024. For additional information and submission instructions, visit the APC website at: https://www.apcprods.org/APC2024.

Abstracts should describe innovations in education, from undergraduate medical education (UME) to graduate medical education (GME), as well as educational leadership and faculty/career development in an academic environment. Abstracts must clearly state the objective of the study or program, describe the methods and resources utilized, and critically analyze relevant data. Metrics for “effectiveness,” “success,” and “impact” must be explained to help serve as a model for other institutions to adopt and implement. Examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the use of artificial intelligence tools in medical education
  • parameters and policies for trainees or faculty/programs using artificial intelligence technologies
  • use of other novel technology in teaching and learning
  • innovative pedagogies and teaching modalities
  • integrating pathology into the medical school curriculum
  • competency-based education and assessment at the UME and/or GME levels
  • determining progressive responsibility with trainees
  • faculty/career development as a pathology educator

Demonstrate educational leadership to the academic pathology community by sharing your innovative and impactful work at the APC 2024 Annual Meeting!

All accepted abstracts will be presented as posters* during the APC 2024 Annual Meeting and published in APC’s journal, Academic Pathology (with permission of the corresponding authors). Abstracts published previously elsewhere may be submitted with appropriate annotation of prior publication. There is no abstract submission fee. However, poster presenters are required to fund their own travel to the meeting and meeting registration.

*More information on developing a poster will be communicated in the Spring of 2024 upon notification.

Click here to learn more and submit an abstract today!

QUESTIONS? Directly contact APC Meetings at: [email protected]

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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 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 robust online experience broadcast via Zoom will be available for remote attendees. 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.

APC Section Councils and Committees are hard at work developing exceptional and timely educational content for the APC 2024 Annual Meeting. Program details will be available soon at: https://www.apcprods.org/APC2024-Program. A sampling of emerging session and discussion topics includes:

  • The Evolving Identity of Pathology
  • Innovating the Research Infrastructure
  • Incorporating Artificial Intelligence to Make Us Better Physicians
  • Bridging the Gap from UME to GME
  • Fostering an Inclusive Environment for Neurodiverse Faculty & Staff
  • Managing Successful Chair Searches & Other Recruitment Efforts
  • Mapping Your Career in Pathology Education
  • Essentials & Boot Camps for Chairs, PRODS, UMEDS, and APEX
  • …and much more!

Pricing and Registration
From NOW through January 31, 2024, APC is pleased to offer the same registration rates as in 2023! Learn more about pricing and registration details, including the APC Health and Safety Policy and Cancellation Policy at:https://www.apcprods.org/APC2024-Pricing.

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: https://www.apcprods.org/APC2024-Travel

Click here to register today!

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Nominating Period is NOW OPEN!

The nomination period for APC’s 2024 Service Awards is NOW OPEN through December 31, 2023. Don’t wait! Nominate a colleague today by visiting www.apcprods.org/awards.

The Association of Pathology Chairs is pleased to annually honor leaders in academic pathology—past and present—with the following awards:

Click on the award links above to see each award's criteria, process, and prior recipients. Email [email protected] or call 302-660-4944 to let us know you are interested in nominating a dedicated Chair, Program Director, Medical Educator, Department Executive, or Program Coordinator. We will answer your questions and send helpful reminders about the status of their nomination package to ensure it’s completed by December 31st!

Recipients will be honored and recognized at the APC 2024 Annual Meeting, July 21-24, 2024, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel - Washington, DC!

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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!

Mayo Clinic Chair Changes
Bobbi Pritt, MD, is appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology following William Morice, MD, PhD, who is now serving as the CEO and president of Mayo Clinic Laboratories. 

Bobbi Pritt MD

Bobbi Pritt, MD

William Morice, MD, PhD

William Morice, MD, PhD

Albany Medical College Chair Changes
Jenny Hwajeong Lee, MD, and Karl Robstad, MD, are appointed Interim Co-Chairs of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Albany Medical College following the departure of Sandra Shin, MD, MBA, after six years of service as Chair.

Jenny Hwajeong Lee, MD

Jenny Hwajeong Lee, MD

Karl Robstad, MD

Karl Robstad, MD

As a reminder, you can find a complete list of New Chairs on the APC website at: www.apcprods.org/new-chairs. Departments with ongoing Chair searches are posted on the APC website at: www.apcprods.org/ongoing-searches

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

December 4, 2023  is the deadline for responses to the FDA regarding their proposed rule  to regulate laboratory developed tests (LDTs) like medical devices (Docket No. FDA–2023–N–2177 for “Medical Devices; Laboratory Developed Tests.”)  The APC’s leadership is preparing to submit a response on behalf of the organization.

The FDA has sought to gain jurisdiction over LDTs for many years.  Their last effort was through the VALID Act which was not included in the 2023 Consolidation Appropriations Act as supporters had hoped.  This defeat prompted the FDA’s current approach via the proposed rule.

To facilitate evidence-based decisions regarding regulation, the FDA requests data as part of submitted responses to their proposed rule.  Currently, there is little existing data regarding laboratory practices and volume related to LDTs; however, anecdotal reports regarding significant adverse events from LDTs have appeared in the news raising concern by the FDA and the public.  To further illuminate practices regarding LDTs, the APC created and distributed a survey on November 18, 2023, to department chairs, department administrators, clinical laboratory leaders, and other key stakeholders.  This survey explores concerns regarding the FDA’s proposed rule which have been the topic of conversation among APC members and other laboratory organizations.  This survey should provide a much needed window into laboratory practices and volume related to LDTs within academic clinical laboratories.   Questions include the number of LDTs within the respondent’s laboratory, anticipated ability to garner the necessary resources required to implement the FDA’s proposed rule, and the anticipated impact on turnaround time, patient care, access, and more.  The findings from the survey will serve as the foundation for the APC’s response to the FDA’s proposed rule.

We encourage you to submit your own response to the FDA by December 4th regarding this proposed rule, as well as its effect on your laboratory, your academic health system, and your patients.  The number of responses received – pro or con – are influential and can make a difference. Instructions for submitting comments are detailed at the top of the proposed rule; go to https://www.regulations.gov and be sure to enter the docket number above. Let your voice be heard!

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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

From principles to practice: Implementation of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) for surgical pathology residency education in a large academic hospital, C. Felicelli, et al. Research Article First Published November 20, 2023: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2023.100097

Defining and identifying laboratory literacy as a component of health literacy: An assessment of existing health literacy tools, J. Franco, et al. Research Article First Published November 2, 2023: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2023.100096

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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As you select your charitable options in this upcoming season and throughout the year, consider the Society of ‘67 programs that CULTIVATE and INSPIRE the pipeline of academic pathologists!  Every contribution invests in the future and legacy of academic pathology. YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT ultimately advances and improves 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! YOUR DONATIONS directly support the following Society of ’67 programs:

  • OPEN ACCESS PUBLICATION AWARDS: $1365 covers the article processing fee for a research article and $650 covers an educational case published in Academic Pathology by a student, resident, or early career pathologist. To date in 2023, more than 30 trainee/early career authors have produced scholarly work to enhance their early careers in academic pathology. Eligible authors can apply throughout the year.
  • KINNEY SCHOLARS AWARD: While any contribution helps support a Kinney Scholar, a donation of $2500 allows the contributor to be a named sponsor of a medical student or pathology resident to attend the APC Annual Meeting and experience academic pathology leadership! Twenty-four award recipients traveled to APC 2023, including 8 recipients who had named sponsors. The 2023 Class of Kinney Scholars is the largest since the program inception in 2017 thanks to the generosity of donors to the Society of ’67! Several Kinney Scholars continue to participate in APC’s committees and activities. The application period to become a Kinney Scholar re-opens in January 2024.
  • TRAINEE PROJECT GRANTS IN HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH OR EDUCATION: Up to $5000 funds a medical student or pathology trainee’s innovative project to address a healthcare quality, cost, or access issue. Nine projects were awarded in 2023 – the most in any year, now with a cumulative total funding of 23 projects! Currently, the finalists’ proposals for grants in 2024 are in development and will be selected by the Board for funding next month.  
  • APEX FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: Provides an opportunity for developing the careers of emerging pathology administrators by attending the APC Annual Meeting. The APEX Fellowship covers the cost of an Academic Pathology Executive (APEX) Member meeting registration that also includes other engagement activities with APEX Council members and mentors. The application period for Affiliate APEX Members to apply for an APEX Fellowship Award re-opens in January 2024!

The Society of ’67 programs in 2023 were made possible by the generosity of donors in 2022, including an anonymous donor who double-matched seven Senior Fellow contributions in early 2022. The Senior Fellows currently maintain their status as the leading contributor of all APC Sections! Donations made in 2023 will continue to support the Society of ’67 programs in 2024!

Matching Challenge for APEX Fellowship Program: For donations raised above $2500 from the APEX membership by the end of 2023, Emeritus APEX Member Harry Pukay-Martin (retired former Department Administrator at The Ohio State University) will match donations up to another $2500 to help provide the opportunity for Affiliate APEX Members to become an APEX Fellow!

Reflect on the Society of ’67 Program Activity Report for 2022 extracted from the APC Paths to Progress 2022 edition. For additional information, contact the Society of ’67 Program Office at [email protected] or 302.660.4944.

DONATE TODAY and make a difference for the future of academic pathology!

The 2023 Society of ’67 Board (*Annual Members):
David Bailey, L. Maximillian Buja, James Crawford, Cheryl Hanau, Robert Hoffman, Harry Pukay-Martin, Fred Sanfilippo, and Charles Timmons* with ex officio Jennifer Baccon (APC Secretary-Treasurer) and Dani Zander (APC President/Designee). 

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If you are interested in serving in a leadership capacity within APC, consider running for a seat on your Section’s Council. Nominating Committees either have started or will soon begin soliciting nominations for positions opening in 2024! All nominations and self-nominations should be directed to your Section’s Immediate Past President/Chair unless otherwise requested. View your current Council on your Section’s webpage under the “Members” tab on the APC website: www.apcprods.org. For more information, email [email protected]. Each Section’s Nominating Committee Chair is listed below:

APC Council
Dani Zander, MD
University of Cincinnati

PRODS Council
Candice Black, DO
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

UMEDS Council
Robin LeGallo, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine

APEX Council
Gary Brown, MBA
University of Colorado School of Medicine

GMEAS Council
Chelle Kozy, C-TAGME

Orlando Health

Please direct any inquiries to [email protected]

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Renew by December 31, 2023!

The APC membership renewal season is still underway! All current member departments and individual membership holders have been sent an email with instructions on how to process your membership renewal for 2024. Please ensure department membership rosters are up to date and direct any inquiries to [email protected].

Why Renew?

In addition to APC supporting the missions of education, practice, and research through educational programming, and other activities of our committees, sections, and working groups, your membership dues help APC represent the needs and perspective of academic pathology in our engagement with other organizations, including AAMC’s Government Relations Representatives group and the Intersociety Pathology Council. APC contributes to pathology workforce development through programs of our philanthropic arm – the Society of ’67 – and through Charter Membership in the Intersociety Council for Pathology Information. Importantly, APC maintains membership in AAMC’s Council of Faculty and Academic Societies, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies’ Organization of Program Director Associations and is a Cooperating Society of the American Board of Pathology. 

Most importantly, APC provides a network for current and past chairs, program directors, administrators, educators, and coordinators to learn and grow from each other, and to foster the development of the next generation of diverse leaders through programs like the APC Pathology Leadership Fellows program and the Pathology Leadership Academy.

In 2014, APC launched its flagship open access journalAcademic Pathology as a platform to communicate best practices and novel approaches in medical education and academic department administration that improve training, and impact innovation and patient care. Academic Pathology also publishes the Pathology Competencies for Medical Education and associated Educational Cases, which were recently updated in July 2023.

In 2017, APC celebrated 50 years of service with the creation of the Society of ’67 as a vehicle for supporters to contribute to the legacy and vision of academic pathology through programs like the Kinney Scholars, APEX Fellowship,  Healthcare Innovation Grants, and Open Access Publication Awards.

In 2022, APC formed a partnership with the founders of PathElective, web-based content developed as a virtual learning experience for students during the pandemic, to become an official APC publication and to secure its future as a free global resource in pathology education.

In 2023, APC established the Academic Pathology Faculty and Administrators Compensation Benchmarking Survey, which is designed to confidentially collect data from participating departments and transform into a member-interrogated reporting system. Learn more and log in to view the 2022 data by visiting the APC website at: https://www.apcprods.org/benchmarking.

Updates on all of APC’s activities are provided in our annual report, Paths to Progress, and in our monthly e-News.

Click here to learn more about APC Membership.

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APEX Brown Bag – Register Today!
Thursday, December 14, 2023 | Duration: 1 hour

2:30pm ET / 1:30pm CT / 12:30pm MT / 11:30am PT 
APEX members are invited to join APEX Council on December 14, 2023, at 2:30pm - 3:30pm ET (1:30pm CT, 12:30pm MT, 11:30am PT) for a virtual gathering to reconnect, network and more! HOT TOPIC: Chair recruitment process and challenges plus more. Festive attire and ugly sweaters are encouraged! Click here to register for this free member event!

UMEDS Mid-Year Meeting – Save the Date!
Monday, January 22, 2024 | Duration: 1 hour

2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT / 12:00pm MT / 11:00am PT
UMEDS Council is planning a mid-year virtual meeting for UMEDS members on a timely and relevant topic for casual discussions! More details coming next month for this free member event! Save the date!

GMEAS Mid-Year Meeting – Save the Date!
Thursday, February 1, 2024 | Duration: 1.5 hours
1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT

GMEAS Council plans to host a mid-year meeting for GMEAS members that covers relevant and timely topics and will include breakout rooms for personalized educational discussion opportunities. Registration forthcoming for this free member event. Save the date!

PRODS Spring Virtual Meeting – Save the Date!
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. Registration forthcoming. Save the date!

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