Association of Pathology Chairs Leadership Programs

APC's Pathology Leadership Academy

The Association of Pathology Chairs’ Pathology Leadership Academy (PLA) is designed to build and strengthen leadership skills and knowledge in future leaders of academic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine departments and to provide a preview of a potential future phase of one’s academic career. The next live PLA is scheduled for January 15-16, 2022 in Scottsdale, AZ in conjunction with APC's Winter Council Meeting. More information on program details, registration rates, and hotel accommodations are forthcoming and will be posted here. Please contact the APC office at [email protected] for further information. 


Past PLA courses were held in 2016, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA, in 2017, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, and in 2019 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA—all immediately preceding the APC Annual Meetings. Course content included topics specifically relevant to academic pathology, as well as more general leadership-related material. Didactic and interactive sessions were provided by national leaders. Following the course, participants could attend the APC Annual Meeting to expand their knowledge about important issues, trends, and opportunities relevant to academic pathology departments and network with national leaders. For more information on PLA, please refer to the Academic Pathology article entitled The Association of Pathology Chairs’ Pathology Leadership Academy: Experience From the First 2 Years.

APC meeting registrations are separate from the application and registration process for the Pathology Leadership Academy

Feedback from past PLA attendees:

  • Wonderful and inspiring program. It allowed opportunities for introspection.
  • Truly unique in that we heard from numerous chairmen how they deal with real-world issues.
  • I’ve never attended a conference where I hung on each word of each lecture, and each lecture was better than the next. Wonderful opportunities to talk to people with lots of experience committed to mentorship.

Click here for more information on upcoming PLA programs.

NEW APC Pathology Leadership Fellows Program

Building on the lessons of APC's Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Program (a mentored micro-incubator for future academic pathology leaders) and APC's Pathology Leadership Academies (live 1- to 2-day small group workshops on fundamental leadership topics), the Leadership Development & Diversity Committee is launching the new APC Pathology Leadership Fellows (APLF) program to cultivate leadership potential and opportunities by providing experiences and education that accelerate understanding and competency in the skills required for academic administration. 

The APLF program is suitable for mid-to-senior level faculty (assistant, preferably associate professor level faculty) pursuing vice chair, director, chief, or chair roles. This program will admit a maximum of 25 participants (excludes Pathology Leadership Academy-only attendees), so the application process is competitive. No more than two participants will be selected from any one APC member department in good standing (current dues paid). Click here to view an informational APLF Program flyer. 

Click here for more information on the APC Pathology Leadership Fellows Program.

Current program participants can access their course materials here.


Contact the APC Office at: [email protected] or (302) 660-4943