Grant Program Deadline, Membership Renewals, Advocacy Actions and More!

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APC E-News: September 2023


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Grant Program Deadline, Membership Renewals, Advocacy Actions 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:

…and More!

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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!

…and More!

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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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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:

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 16-19, 2023 | Swissôtel in Chicago, IL
Last Chance to Claim CME – 9/30/2023!

APC 2023

Claim Your CME Credits by TOMORROW, September 30th!
For meeting registrants who wish to claim CME credit for participating in the APC 2023 Annual Meeting, APC is pleased to offer Continuing Medical Education credits for a subset of the educational content presented at the APC 2023 Annual Meeting, for both live discussion sessions and pre-recorded presentations. CME is included in the registration fee. By viewing the pre-recorded presentations, attending the programmed sessions, and viewing the recordings of the concurrent sessions after the conference week, you can claim a maximum of 42.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Track your learning using the CME Tracker (available here) and then submit your responses through the online form (available here) now through September 30, 2023. Certificates will be emailed by the APC Office within 4-6 weeks of submitting your claims. For additional CME information and disclosures, please visit the APC website at:

Live Session Recordings
For meeting attendees, Live Session recordings are STILL AVAILABLE in the APC Learning Center (login required) along with the Attendee Contact List, which is available for attendees to connect and network with other colleagues in attendance! Please refer to the APC 2023 Program Guide for session details.

Event photos are NOW AVAILABLE! Visit this APC Dropbox link to enjoy some captured moments in Chicago! Images from our official photographer are permitted to be used to promote the event in press releases, on social media and on websites (tag #APC2023 and @apcprods). Commercial use is not permitted. For specific permissions to re-use an image, please contact: [email protected].

THANK YOU to the 109 speakers and panelists, more than 500 registrants, and 19 exhibiting companies for participating in the APC 2023 Annual Meeting! Over the past month, APEX, GMEAS, and UMEDS registrants received Section-specific meeting evaluation surveys to provide feedback and topic ideas for next year! We look forward to seeing you at the APC 2024 Annual Meeting from July 21-24, 2024 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC!

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Renew by December 31, 2023!

The APC membership renewal season is NOW 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:

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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Advocacy for academic pathology is an important function of the APC.  The APC is the only organization solely dedicated to the tripartite mission of clinical practice, research and education conducted in the unique environment of medical schools and their affiliates.  Increasing our visibility and raising awareness of our challenges as well as the talents and advantages that only academic departments can provide is a key function of APC’s Advocacy Committee led by Committee Chair, Steven Kroft MD, with valuable support from the APC’s new Deputy Director, Lydia Howell, MD.

Here are some of the most recent APC advocacy activities:

  • Open letter to the CDC regarding the recent report on COVID-19 response:  On September 12, 2023, the APC sent a letter to CDC Director Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH to express APC’s considerable interest in participating in recommendations outlined in the recent report entitled “Review of the Shortcomings of CDC’s First COVID-19 Test and Recommendations for the Policies, Practices, and Systems to Mitigate Future Issues,” ( prepared by the United States’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee to the Director of the Laboratory. Many recommendations specifically mentioned the participation of academic laboratories, including developing better plans to rapidly develop, scale and deploy needed new tests for public health emergencies, and standardizing health data collection, and creating a new ‘Centers of Excellence’ program that includes academic laboratories.  The APC letter applauded the CDC for embracing a quality-improvement approach in its recent exploration of these issues and for identifying the root causes that led to the initial failure in the SARS-CoV-2 test development and roll-out process. 

  • Initiating communication with Vizient regarding benchmarking comparisons and CPT codes dropped from AAMC’s compensation data:  APC seeks to renew its relationship with Vizient to learn more about their data collection and Laboratory Network to improve subspecialty data for pathology.  Of particular interest, APC was informed that Vizient dropped several CPT codes from inclusion in their benchmarking for AAMC, which may impact institutional valuation of those services and associated faculty compensation.  Following a recent letter to Vizient to reconnect, scheduling is now in progress for a meeting with their representatives.

  • Nomination of two APC members to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) for upcoming forum on Advancing Diagnostic Excellence: APC nominated Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, and Geoffrey Baird, MD, PhD, as representatives to this new forum which continues NAM’s ongoing strategic interest in diagnostic excellence.  APC also encouraged NAM members from pathology and other NAM allies to support APC’s nominations.  APC believes it is important for academic pathology to have a voice in this forum as diagnostic experts and innovators. 

  • Strengthening policy ties with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC):  We were delighted to grow the relationship with AAMC policy leaders Danielle Turnipseed, JD, MHSA, MPP and Len Marquez, MA at the APC Annual Meeting last July when they accepted the APC’s Friends of Pathology Award.  APC and AAMC are committed to holding regular meetings to discuss our many common interests, which include increasing NIH funding, appropriate regulation of LDTs in academic pathology, enhancing recruitment of physician-scientists, supporting sound immigration for international physicians, GME funding, valuing the role of test utilization and laboratory medicine topics in medical education, and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare.

APC's 2023 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 2023 Advocacy Priorities.

To learn more about APC’s advocacy efforts and collaborations to address the most pressing needs of academic pathology, visit:

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2024 Application Period Closing on Monday, October 2nd

The Society of '67 is accepting letters of intent for the Trainee Project Grants program now through October 2, 2023. This program funds innovative projects that are relevant to health services research or education, including but not limited to healthcare quality, costs, and/or access related to pathology services. Two categories of grants will be considered: Research or Education. Funding is up to $5,000 for one (calendar) year.

  • Research Project Grants: To investigate a question and/or to develop a technology in pathology/lab medicine services that improves healthcare quality, cost, or access.
  • Education Project Grants: To develop an educational program or offering in pathology/lab medicine services focused on improving healthcare quality, cost, or access.

Eligible applicants must be either:

  • A medical student at an APC member institution;
  • A resident in an ACGME accredited pathology residency program at an APC member institution; or
  • A fellow in a pathology subspecialty program or a postdoctoral certification program at an APC member institution.

Applicants must have:

  1. A faculty sponsor/advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the Pathology Department (APC member department) at their institution.
  2. If invited to submit a full proposal, a letter of sponsorship/recommendation from the Chair of the Pathology Department (for medical students) or Program Director of the pathology training program (for residents/fellows) at their institution.

Visit: for important deadlines, program information, past grant recipients with their proposed projects from past years, and how to apply in the two-phase process.

Questions? Contact: [email protected].

Programs of the Society of ’67 are made possible by the generosity of donors. Learn more about the Society of ’67, named for APC’s founding year in 1967, by visiting:

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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!

University of Missouri School of Medicine Chair Changes
Magda Esebua, MD, is appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri, effective September 1, 2023, following Douglas Miller, MD, PhD, who served as the Department Chair since September 2018. Dr. Miller has made extensive contributions to the APC as Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee and will continue his involvement with the APC and the GME Committee as a member of the APC Senior Fellows Group.

Magda Esebua, MD

Magda Esebua, MD

Douglas Miller, MD, PhD

Douglas Miller, MD, PhD

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Chair Changes
Gregory Blakey, MD, is appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology, effective September 9, 2023, following the retirement of Michael Talbert, MD, who served as the Department Chair since January 2006. Dr. Talbert was serving as Vice Chair of the APC Practice & Management Committee at the time of his retirement and will continue his involvement with the APC and the P&M Committee as a member of the APC Senior Fellows Group.

Michael Talbert, MD

Michael Talbert, MD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Chair Changes
Xianfeng Frank Zhao MD, PhD, MBA, is appointed Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, effective August 1, 2023, replacing Kwame Torgbe, MD, who served as Interim Chair since January 1, 2022. Click here to read the full announcement.

Xianfeng Frank Zhao, MD, PhD, MBA

Xianfeng Frank Zhao MD, PhD, MBA

Kwame Torgbe, MD

Kwame Torgbe, MD

As a reminder, you can find a complete list of New Chairs on the APC website at: Departments with ongoing Chair searches are posted on the APC website at:

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Nomination Period 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

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 302-660-4940 to let us know you are interested in nominating a dedicated Chair, Program Director, Medical Educator, Department Administrator, 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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Nomination Period Opening Soon!

If you are interested in serving in a leadership capacity within APC, consider running for a seat on your Section’s Council. Nominating Committees 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: 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

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