Membership Information

Membership Benefits
Membership Types
Membership Eligibility
Updating Departmental Roster


Membership Benefits

AAPath membership includes eligibility for elected office*, committee participation*, discounted meeting rates, discounted article processing fees for AAPath’s open-access journal Academic Pathology, newsletters, advocacy, professional networking, and members-only online resources and listservs (e-lists).

The above benefits (except those asterisked) are available to ALL members within a member institution. Additionally, the annual membership fee is a flat fee covering all eligible employees within one department. Departments are able to add or remove members as changes to their staff occur.

The listservs are especially useful to our members, as we put them directly in touch with their peers in other Pathology departments throughout the U.S. and Canada (plus a handful of international members). Members are able to ask their peers for feedback or knowledge on a variety of issues specific to their departmental roles and the academic Pathology field.

* Applicable only to certain members/leadership roles


Membership Types

There are three types of AAPath membership: Regular, Affiliate, and Special.

  • Regular (Departmental): Regular Members of the Association are departments of pathology and/or laboratory medicine (or other relevant departments) in academic institutions that meet the criteria for Regular Membership as outlined in the Membership Application and Renewal Process in the Operating Procedures of the Association. Membership covers all employees in a department that are eligible to join one of AAPath's five member sections (listed below). Current Affiliate Members are eligible to apply for Regular Membership. The 2024 Regular Member Dues are as follows: $2,050 (12+ department members); $1,650 (4-11 department members); $850 (1-3 department members). If your department does not have a membership, click here to apply for Regular Departmental Membership.

  • Affiliate (Departmental):  Affiliate Members of the Association are departments of pathology and/or laboratory medicine (or other relevant departments) in academic institutions, that meet the criteria for Affiliate Membership as outlined in the Membership Application and Renewal Process in the Operating Procedures of the Association. Membership covers all employees in a department that are eligible to join one of AAPath's five member sections (listed below). The 2024 Affiliate Member Dues are as follows: $1,250 (4+ department members); $850 (1-3 department members). If your department does not have a membership, click here to apply for Affiliate Departmental Membership.

  • Special (Individual): This level applies to eligible individuals whose departments/institutions do not hold a membership with AAPath. Membership covers one individual person. The 2024 Special Individual Member Dues are $325 per person (annual membership per calendar year). If your department does not have a membership, click here to apply for Special Individual Membership.

New applications for membership and renewals of existing members will be preliminarily reviewed by the Membership Committee, which will make a recommendation to the AAPath Council. The recommendation for Regular, Affiliate, or Special membership will be based on objective criteria provided by the department. Membership criteria will reflect the missions of AAPath and may include a number of faculty, training programs, operational service lines, and research. Membership criteria and each department’s makeup may evolve over time, so the membership category of existing members will be reviewed and may change at a frequency determined by the AAPath Council. Click here to preview the current membership questionnaire.


Membership Eligibility

AAPath Membership Categories (Member Sections) and eligible roles are listed below:

  • Chairs - Departmental Chairs, Vice Chairs and Senior Fellows*
  • PRODS - Residency** Program Directors and Associate Residency Program Directors
  • UMEDS - Undergraduate Medical Educators in Pathology
  • APEX - Academic Pathology Executives
  • GMEAS - Graduate Medical Education Administrators

*Past Pathology Chairs can remain members of AAPath—or re-join AAPath—through our Senior Fellows group. These emeritus memberships are separate from any departmental memberships, and are free of charge! Learn more about AAPath's Senior Fellow memberships.

** PRODS is exclusive to Pathology Residency Program Directors and Associate Residency Program Directors; AAPath does not have a section for directors of fellowship programs. Fellowship directors looking for additional resources may wish to contact their relevant subspecialty society, or their subspecialty's appointed representative on the FDC (AAPath's Fellowship Director's Committee).


Updating Department Roster

For Departmental Memberships (Regular and Affiliate)

Since each AAPath member section has its own set of membership criteria, AAPath staff review each new member request before a new member can be added to department rosters and listservs. We ask that department roster updates be made by completing the appropriate form below.

  • Need to add or replace a member?
    If your department has a membership, please complete our short New Member Inquiry Form to add members to your roster

    Please Note: If you are a current member seeking to add any new member(s) to your department's roster, then please keep in mind that this form is intended to create a profile for the new member, so please complete this form as if you were them. Do not enter your member login information if completing this form on behalf of someone else as you will be unable to access the form.

  • Need to remove a member from your roster?
    Please submit a Member Removal Request (no login required).

More Information

Additional questions regarding AAPath membership may be directed to the AAPath Executive Office, at [email protected] or 302-660-4940.