Membership Information

Membership Benefits
Membership Types
Membership Eligibility
Membership Updates


Ready to Join APC? Apply for an APC Membership Today!

The above link may be used to apply for a new membership, or to add members to a current departmental membership. All membership requests are reviewed and approved according to APC's Bylaws and Operating Procedures.


Membership Benefits

APC membership includes eligibility for elected office*, committee participation*, discounted meeting rates, discounted article processing fees for APC’s open-access journal Academic Pathology, newsletters, advocacy, professional networking, and members-only online resources and 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, without incurring any additional fees.

The e-lists 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 the academic Pathology field (and to very specific Pathology Department billing/reimbursement issues, in the case of the Administrators’ section).

* Applicable only to certain members/leadership roles


Membership Types

There are three types of APC 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 eligible employees in the department.

  • 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 eligible employees in the department.

  • Special (Individual): This level applies to eligible individuals whose departments/institutions do not hold a membership with APC. Membership covers one individual person.

New applications for membership and renewals of existing members will be preliminarily reviewed by the Membership Committee, which will make a recommendation to APC 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 APC and may include number of faculty, training programs, operational service lines, and research. Membership criteria and each department’s make-up may evolve over time, so the membership category of existing members will be reviewed and may change at a frequency determined by APC Council.


Membership Eligibility

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

  • APC - Departmental Chairs*
    • APC (Vice Chair) - Departmental Vice Chairs
  • PRODS - Residency** Program Directors
    • PRODS (Associate) - Associate Residency Program Directors
  • UMEDS - Directors of Undergraduate Medical Education (medical school)
  • PDAS - Department Administrators or Business Managers
    • PDAS (Associate) - Department Administrators/Business Managers that do not meet the eligibility requirements for PDAS membership, but whose education and networking would be advanced to provide for succession planning and other important purposes of the department.
  • GMEAS - Residency and Fellowship Coordinators

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

** PRODS is exclusive to residency program directors (and associate directors); APC 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 FDAHC (APC's Fellowship Director's Ad Hoc Committee).


Membership Updates

For Departmental Memberships (Regular and Affiliate)


Ready to Join APC? Apply for an APC Membership Today!

The above link may be used to apply for a new membership, or to add members to a current departmental membership. All membership requests are reviewed and approved according to APC's Bylaws and Operating Procedures. 


More Information

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