Society of 67 Pathology Trainee Project Grants In Healthcare Innovation


The Society of ’67 Pathology Trainee Project Grants in Health Services Research and Education fund innovative research and education projects that address issues of healthcare quality, costs, and/or access related to pathology services.


The Society of ’67 of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) is pleased to offer a grant program for pathology trainees (medical students, residents, fellows) in Pathology Health Services. Grants will fund innovative research and education projects that address issues of healthcare quality, costs, and/or access related to pathology services. Two categories of grants will be considered: Research and 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.

Eligibility Information

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. 
  • A fellow in a pathology subspecialty program or a postdoctoral certification program at an APC member institution.

Applicants must have a faculty sponsor/advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the Pathology Department at their institution. If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants must also have a letter of sponsorship from the appropriate Chair of the Pathology Department or Program Director of the pathology training program at their institution. The application period is open annually during the fall in a two-phase process that begins with a Letter of Intent online application (due in early October) followed by a full proposal to those applicants invited to submit in late November. 

Info Session

Review the recording of a virtual Info Session (September 16th, 2022) to hear about the program from past award recipients, a Society of '67 Board member, and the program administrator. 

Letter of Intent

Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) application. The submission period is now closed. Only one LOI per applicant permitted. LOI application must be submitted no later than 2:00pm ET on October 7, 2022. LOIs will be screened and all applicants will be notified of the review committee's decision by the week of October 24, 2022. Only applicants whose LOI demonstrates alignment and value to health services research or education will be invited to complete a full proposal and application, which must be submitted by 2:00pm ET on Monday, November 21, 2022. Details on the application process will follow for successful LOI applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal.


October 7, 2022 by 2:00pm (ET) - Letter of Intent Deadline - The submission period is now closed. 
Week of October 24, 2022 - Notifications/Invitation for Full Proposal
November 21, 2022 by 2:00pm (ET) - Full Proposal Deadline
Week of December 19, 2022 - Final Notification

Funding Restrictions

  • Funds may be used for data collection and analysis, supplies, equipment, and technical support that are directly related to the conduct of the project.
  • Funds will not be allowed for salary support of university faculty, hospital medical/nursing staff, or student stipends.
  • Budget should include direct costs only.
  • Funding of applicants whose relevant certifications have not been provided within the first 3 months of the project may be rescinded. Funds will not be transferred until relevant certifications (CITI, IRB, etc.) are provided.
  • Funding will be transferred to the Pathology Department or faculty advisor/mentor who will be responsible for appropriate use by the investigator.

Review Criteria

The major criteria for evaluation by the review committee will be the creativity, quality, and potential impact of the project. The following criteria will be included in the review committee's assessment: 

  • Project Plan of Action, including methods to measure potential outcomes
  • Significance, potential impact in pathology and healthcare delivery
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration (the extent of inter-disciplinary and inter-organizational collaboration)
  • Potential for success
  • Requisite skills and experience of applicant and faculty advisor
  • Budget (cost-effectiveness and availability of any additional support/matching funds)
  • Likelihood of completion in the time frame proposed
  • Potential for success

Award Administration Information

  • Award Notices: Award notices will be issued from the APC Society of '67 by the week of December 19, 2022.
  • Reporting: All awardees are required to submit to the Society of '67: (1) a mid-term progress report (at the halfway point of the projected timeline in the proposal, and (2) a final report due no later than 30 days past the award period end date. Failure to submit a timely progress report may result in departmental exclusion from future award opportunities and support. The APC Society of ’67 reserves the right to contact awardees/sponsors periodically to continue tracking progress and outcomes of the resulting awards.
  • Publicity: Information about grants awarded under this program will be posted on the APC websites. Applicants must agree to acknowledge the APC Society of ’67 in any website, journal publications, presentations, future grant applications, and/or invention disclosures that result from this award. Citation information will be provided in the Notice of Award.


Requests for additional information and questions may be directed to [email protected] - Melvin Limson, PhD, Director of Programs & Development, Association of Pathology Chairs. Phone: 302.660.4944. 

Awardees for Projects in 2023:

Research Projects:

  • Zhengchun Lu, MD, PhD (and Guang Fan, MD, PhD), Oregon Health & Science University, Artificial Intelligence-Assisted Flow Cytometry
  • Tasnuva Rashid, MD, PhD (and Anwer Siddiqi, MD), University of Florida, Jacksonville, Telepathology Feasibility and Validity Study
  • Saba Shafi, MD (and Zaibo Li, MD, PhD), The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, HER2 GPA in HER2 Low Breast Cancers
  • Zhenwei Zhang, MD, PhD (and Vijay Vanguri, MD), UMass Memorial Medical Center, Automated Pathology Data Collection System

Education Projects
  • Meagan Chambers, MD, MS, MSc (and Alex Williams, MD), University of Washington, The Autopsy Book
  • Ty Chiaro, PhD, MS (and John Schmitz, PhD, MS), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Clinical Utility of the Anti-Nuclear Antibody
  • Jamie Kendrick, MD (and Judith Aronson, MD), University of Texas Medical Branch, Gender-Informed Death Documentation
  • Jung Woo Kwon, MD (and Nicole Cipriani, MD), University of Chicago, Pathology Guide for Clinicians/Students
  • Brianna Waller, MD (and Joanna Conant, MD), University of Vermont Medical Center, Anemia Cascade Care Pathway Development

Awardees for Projects in 2022:

  • Shuyu E, MD, PhD (and Lauren King, MD), University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Alloimmunization after Transition to Adult Care for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)
  • Abhinav Grover, MBBS, MD, MS (and Tamara Giorgadze, MD, PhD), Medical College of Wisconsin, Reducing racial disparities in cervical cancer: Assessment of factors affecting vaccination rates, access to cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) screening with histopathological correlation
  • Alexander Ladenheim, MD (and Nam Tran, PhD), University of California Davis Health, Removing Race from the Calculation of eGFR: Outcomes
  • Kellie Mullany (and Samar Hegazy, MD, PhD), The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Bridging the gap of pathophysiology and social determinants of health in medical education: A study on student learning of disease pathogenesis and its relation to social determinants of health using concept maps
  • Mesut Toprak, MD (and Lynne Opitz, MD), Northwell Health Staten Island University Hospital, Development of an online training module to reduce blood product wastage

Awardees for Projects in 2021:

Awardees for Projects in 2020:

Awardees for Projects in 2019:

In December 2018, the inaugural Pathology Trainee Project Grants for 2019 were awarded. The project description as described in their letters of intent are linked on the project titles below.