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APC E-News: October 2020


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Upcoming Virtual Events: Town Hall, Discussion Group, Industry Updates

Action Items:

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Academic Pathology

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Important Updates from the APC:


Congratulations to Dani Zander, MD (University of Cincinnati) on being elected as President-Elect of APC, in light of Jeffrey Golden, MD stepping down as a Chair (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) to become Vice Dean of Research and Graduate Education at Cedars-Sinai. APC Council greatly appreciates Dr. Golden’s years of service on Council and looks forward to his continued participation as a Senior Fellow.

APC Council also thanks:

  • Michael Laposata, MD, PhD (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) for standing for election with Dr. Zander and for continuing to serve as Councilor-at-Large;
  • Amyn Rojiani, MD, PhD (Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University) who is serving as Interim Chair of the Leadership Development & Diversity Committee, in the position vacated by Dr. Zander;

A full list of the APC Council for 2020-2021 is posted at: See all other Section Councils at their respective pages under the “Members” tab of the APC homepage.

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For members-only access to past recordings and registration links for these upcoming online events, go to

  • APC Chairs “Town Hall” on Pathology Leadership of Academic CLIA Labs, Friday, November 13, 2020 at 1:00pm-2:30pm (ET). Especially for Chairs and PDAS, but open to all APC/Section members.
  • APC Discussion Group on “Funds Flow in Academic Pathology: We’re Different,” Friday, December 4, 2020 at 3:00pm-4:30pm (ET) - Required viewing of three funds flow examples from the University of Vermont, University of North Carolina, and the University of California San Diego. Especially for Chairs and PDAS, but open to all APC/Section members.

Upcoming Industry Update Webinars - FREE Registration!

  • American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA) Industry Update, “It Pays to Know,” Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:00am-12:00pm (ET) - Open to all APC/Section members.
  • Foundation Medicine Industry Update, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET) - Save the date!
  • More coming in 2021!

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Congratulations to Deputy Editor Barbara Knollmann-Ritschel (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) and the Case Review Board on publishing their 100th Educational Case! For more on the Pathology Competencies for Medical Education and the Educational Case Collection, go to

Other Recent Publications in Academic Pathology:

  • Pathology Trainees’ Experience and Attitudes on Use of Digital Whole Slide Images, Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH, et al. Research Article First Published Sept. 30, 2020:
  • A How-to Guide to Building a Robust SARS-CoV-2 Testing Program at a University-Based Health System, Stephen D. Nimer, MD, et al. Research Article First Published on Sept. 30, 2020:
  • An Analysis of the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Case Volumes in an Academic Subspecialty-Based Anatomic Pathology Practice, John H. Sinard, MD, PhD. Research Article First Published on Sept. 30, 2020:
  • Academic Pathology Departments and Associated Children’s Hospitals: An Overview of the Relationship, David N. Bailey, MD. Research Article First Published on Oct. 13, 2020:

Special Call for COVID-19 Papers:

Many thanks to over 20 abstract authors for their submissions to the Special Call for COVID-19 Papers! Stay tuned for the winners of the article processing fee competition, who will be announced in the next issue of APC E-News! It is not too late - if you want to showcase your department’s amazing accomplishments in practice, education, or research during this challenging pandemic, you are encouraged to submit your manuscript by December 15th to this virtual special issue at:

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  • E&M Coalition Letter to CMS: APC joined nearly 50 professional medical organizations as part of the Evaluation and Management (E&M) Coalition, led by the American College of Radiology, in signing a letter requesting CMS to take the necessary steps to prevent steep cuts associated with the finalized E/M code policies slated for implementation on January 1, 2021.
  • Comments on Proposed Visa Changes Impacting TraineesAPC submitted comments in opposition to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s proposed rule of establishing a fixed time period for certain classes of non-immigrant visas, including J-1 visas. The response emphasizes, “Due to the uncertainty of outcomes in applications for extension, APC anticipates crippling disruptions to resident and fellow training in pathology, with devastating impact on the pipeline of pathologists in the U.S."
  • Testimony in the ACGME External Stakeholders CongressLeaders of the APC GME Committee, PRODS Council, and GMEAS Council are preparing to give testimony in the ACGME External Stakeholders Congress on November 10, 2020. Their testimony will be based on APC’s comments to ACGME on Common and specialty-specific Program Requirements relating to duties, functions, dedicated time, and support for program directors, assistant/associate program directors, program coordinators, and core faculty members.
  • Participation in ABPath Continuing Certification: As a Cooperating Society of the American Board of Pathology (ABPath), APC Council encourages Chairs to participate in voluntary recertification via the ABPath CertLink (ABPCL) Program. The commitment to continuous learning by department chairs who hold non-time limited certification can serve as a model of leadership in lifelong learning for their faculty. 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.
  • AAMC's Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing: APC gratefully acknowledges AAMC’s effort to bring more attention to academic pathology’s role in their new Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing: The Current State and the Way Forward. These recommendations build upon AAMC’s Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic and call for testing to expand rapidly as part of a coordinated, national testing strategy to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
  • 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!

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Donate now to cultivate and inspire students and trainees! Join your colleagues who have joined the Society. 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. Your donations go directly to 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 and see the future of academic leadership. Eleven 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 - 4 awards given in 2019; currently, grant proposals are in development and will be awarded in December 2020. Give what you can to help support an award!
  • 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. More information coming in November; applications launch in January 2021.

Donate until November 11th at the Annual Membership Level (or higher) to be eligible for the upcoming election of the Society of ’67 Board!

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APC 2021: July 25-28, Washington, DC

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:

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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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