Looking Back on 2023: A Year in Review, Academic Pathology’s Most Read Articles, Upcoming Events and More!

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APC E-News: December 2023


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Looking Back on 2023: A Year in Review, Academic Pathology’s Most Read Articles, Upcoming Events and More!

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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!

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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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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.

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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

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Important Updates from the APC


Demonstrating an impressive array of activities and accomplishments of the APC and its members, here are just a few of the headlines in APC’s monthly e-News in 2023. There’s more to read at www.apcprods.org/e-news!

  • January 2023: APC Welcomes Applicants for the 2023-2024 Class of Academic Pathology Leadership Fellows Program and the 2023 Society of ’67 Kinney Scholars
  • February 2023: APC Recruits Members to the New DEI Faculty Leaders Network   
  • March 2023: APC Represents Pathology to Hundreds of Medical Students in the AAMC Virtual Specialty Forum
  • April 2023: APC Joins the Medical & Public Health Laboratory Workforce Coalition in Appeals to Congress during Lab Week
  • May 2023: APC Announces the Founding Members of the Academy of Distinguished Pathology Educators
  • June 2023: APC Launches the Academic Pathology Faculty and Administrators Compensation Benchmarking Platform
  • July 2023Academic Pathology – APC’s Official Journal – Receives its First Journal Impact Factor and Publishes Updated Pathology Competencies for Medical Education
  • August 2023: APC Introduces New Affinity Groups for Vice Chairs of Education and Post-Sophomore Fellowship Directors
  • September 2023: The Society of ’67 Initiates a New Round of Funding for Trainee Project Grants
  • October 2023: APC Opens a Call for Abstracts on Innovations in Education for the 2024 APC Annual Meeting
  • November 2023: The Season of Giving Sparks Contributions to the Society of ‘67’s Programs with Matching Donor Pledges
  • December 2023: APC Supports Academic Clinical Labs in its Response to the FDA Proposed Rule to Regulate Laboratory Developed Tests

The staff and leadership of APC wish you a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at in-person and virtual events in 2023! 

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

The FDA’s proposed rule ( Federal Register :: Medical Devices; Laboratory Developed Tests) to regulate lab developed tests (LDT) like medical devices has been the major advocacy focus for APC over the past three months. On December 1, 2023, the APC submitted its response to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf. The FDA has received over 20,000 responses, including letters from the Association of American Medical Colleges, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society for Microbiology, Association for Diagnostics and Laboratory Medicine, Association for Molecular Pathology, College of American Pathologists, and many others.

The APC’s response is unique in its use of data to support our position.  Our recent survey on LDT practices among our members provided key information regarding the anticipated impact of the proposed rule. Also unique was our focus on the impact of the change on the six domains of healthcare quality defined by the National Academy of Medicine’s (safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness, equity) as defined in 2001 by the National Academy of Medicine’s landmark report “Crossing the Quality Chasm”. In our letter, we point out that our survey demonstrates insufficient existing resources within academic clinical laboratories which will create inefficiencies, lack of timeliness, decline of patient-centered care, healthcare inequities, and lack of effectiveness. Seventy-seven percent of our respondents report inadequate space to perform the FDA-required work, and 62% are uncertain about financial support for this unfunded mandate. Only 54% report experience conducting an FDA trial and even fewer (23%) have experience with pre-market approval. As a result, 97% of respondents anticipate a negative impact on timeliness of results, 90% reported potential removal of tests from the lab menu, 72% predict fewer low-cost services to the under- and uninsured, and 92% predict less innovation to create and offer new tests to improve patient care if the FDA’s proposed rule is implemented as written. These challenges and their consequences are substantial and potentially harmful to patients.

Based on this data, the APC’s primary recommendation is to conduct a national landscape survey of clinical laboratories regarding LDT practices and evaluate different regulatory models within the context of this data to ensure that future changes are data-driven for optimal effectiveness. APC’s other major recommendations include initiating updates to CLIA and using a collaborative process for both the CLIA update and the landscape survey that involve experienced pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals. You can read the entire response here.

We greatly appreciate the 39 APC member laboratories in 18 of 45 states with allopathic medical schools, plus the District of Columbia, who responded to the LDT survey. Your shared experience as academic pathologists and clinical laboratory leaders at academic health centers was key to APC”s response and makes our letter unique among the thousands of comments received by the FDA.

It will take a few months for the FDA to review responses and follow-up with next steps. In the meantime, we will be reviewing in more detail the many comments received in the open-ended portion of our survey. We will also be working with other pathology-related partner organizations to move forward a proposal to update CLIA and to plan next steps if the FDA moves forward with their current plans. Stay tuned for more as this issue unfolds in 2024!

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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.

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

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.

Click here to register today!

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Nominating Period CLOSES SOON!

The nomination period for the APC 2024 Service Awards closes on 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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The APC seeks to highlight events hosted by its member institutions. If you have an upcoming event at your institution and would like it shared in the next e-News, please contact the APC Office at [email protected].

MD Anderson Cancer Center Event, Houston, TX
February 16 to 17, 2024
1st International Conference on Polyploid Giant Cancer Cells: Biology and Clinical Applications

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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!

Top 5 Most-Viewed Articles of 2023:

APC celebrates the authors of these popular articles and thanks them for choosing to publish in Academic Pathology. Click the links below to get up-to-speed on these trending topics!

  1. Rules of Engagement: Promoting Academic-Industry Partnership in the Era of Digital Pathology and Artificial IntelligenceL. Pantanowitz et al. Review Article First Published May 30, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2022.100026
  2. Essential Laboratory Tests for Medical EducationA. Deyrup et al. Article First Published September 13, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2022.100046
  3. Pathology Competencies for Medical Education and Educational Cases: Update 2023, B. Knollmann-Ritschel et al. Research Article First Published July 12, 2023: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2023.100086
  4. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Pathology: The Present Landscape of Supervised Methods, H. Rashidi et al. Review Article First Published March 28, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1177/2374289519873088
  5. The Phenotype of Academic Pathology Chairs, M. George and M. Markwood. Research Article First Published June 28, 2023: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acpath.2023.100085

Click here to view the latest issue of Academic Pathology and subscribe to receive alerts when the latest issues are published!

Educational Cases

Academic Pathology now has over 150 Educational Cases published in association with the Pathology Competencies for Medical Education (PCME), which are organized as collections in three competency areas – disease mechanisms and processes, organ system pathology, and diagnostic medicine and therapeutic pathology. The PCME were created by pathology chairs and course directors to serve as a national standard identifying the core content for teaching pathology in these basic competencies. Each competency includes learning goals and objectives to assess the acquisition, integration and application of knowledge to demonstrate the development of competency. Click here to learn more about how to prepare an Educational Case and see an index of cases that are ready to use in medical education.

Society of ’67 Open Access Award Program

The Society of ’67 Open Access Award Program seeks to promote the publication of high-quality original scholarship in a peer-reviewed journal by authors at an early stage of academic development. Award recipients will have the article processing fee paid for by the Society of ’67. The first or corresponding author (qualifying author) must be a medical student, pathology resident or fellow, or junior faculty. 

Submit an application to determine if you qualify for the Society of '67 Open Access Award. Find more program information and application instructions at: www.apcprods.org/societyof67-award-oaDonate to the Society of ’67 to support this and other programs.

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As you select your charitable options with 2023 coming to a close, 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:

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. Join your fellow colleagues who have generously contributed to make the 2024 programs of the Society of ’67 possible as listed on the contributor webpage!

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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SurgPath Unified Timeline Town Hall
Thursday, January 11, 2024 | Duration: 1 hour
4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT
Paul Staats, MD, ADASP representative to the APC Fellowship Directors Ad Hoc Committee (FDAHC) for Selective and Surgical Pathology will be hosting this Town Hall to discuss the 2025-2026 survey results and next steps with moving forward for 2026-2027. This is a chance for members and relevant non-members to share opinions in an open forum and discuss what happens from here with the unified timeline.
Event Registration: Click Here To Register!

UMEDS Mid-Year Meeting
Monday, January 22, 2024 | Duration: 1 hour

2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT / 12:00pm MT / 11:00am PT
UMEDS Council will be hosting 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!
Event Registration: Click Here To Register!

GMEAS Mid-Year Meeting
Thursday, February 1, 2024 | Duration: 1.5 hours

1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT
GMEAS Council will be hosting 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.
Event Registration: Click Here To Register! 

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!

Learn more about upcoming events and access past event recordings by visiting the APC website at: https://www.apcprods.org/virtual-events

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