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Pathology Department Administrator Section (PDAS) Fellowship Program


The Society of ’67 Pathology Department Administrator Section (PDAS) Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for emerging and new pathology administrators (Associate PDAS Members) to attend the PDAS Program at the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) 2021 Annual Meeting at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, with funding that covers the PDAS meeting registration. *A commitment from the department to provide related travel costs for the recipient is required.

History: In 2019, senior PDAS members recognized that pathology departments would be undergoing transitions in departmental administrators due to an upcoming generational retirement of current PDAS members. In identifying this need for emerging pathology department administrators to remain an important force in academic pathology administration, an “Associate” member category in the PDAS Section was established to include an avenue for non-lead department administrators to gain insight and mentoring from the network of PDAS members, especially via listserv discussions and by attending the PDAS Program at the APC Annual Meeting. The PDAS Fellowship Program was then initially conceptualized and supported as part of a Society of ’67 fundraising challenge by an anonymous donor in 2019. The launch of the program in 2021 was accelerated by a generous donation in 2020 from Physician Data Management (PDM), a Coronis Health Company.

The 2021 Society of '67 PDAS Fellows will:

  • receive an immersive experience on topics for managing the departmental missions of academic pathology practice, medical education, and research;
  • learn about models and strategies in administrative operations for pathology and laboratory medicine stakeholders; and
  • interact with our community of academic pathology administrators bringing a network of professional support and resources.

Requirements of PDAS Fellows:

  • attend the PDAS Program at the APC 2021 Annual Meeting, July 25-28, 2021;
  • participate in designated PDAS Fellow activities, starting on Sunday, July 25, 2021;
  • attend the Award Program on Tuesday, July 27, 2021;
  • be recognized as a Society of '67 PDAS Fellow throughout the program (in person, print, and photos);
  • provided a post-conference brief report of their experiences; and
  • comply with the APC Code of Conduct throughout the meeting.


ELIGIBILITY: Associate PDAS Members are eligible to apply. Refer to the PDAS Operating Procedures for information about membership to the PDAS Section, as well as how to apply and join your departmental membership with the APC:

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION DETAILS: A joint Letter of Recommendation from the Department Chair and PDAS member must be submitted no later than the March 1st deadline, either directly by the person writing your letter to Mel Limson ([email protected]), or if you are given a copy, uploaded into this online application form. Please be sure to have the Chair and PDAS member include in the letter:

  • Why you are deserving of this PDAS Fellow Award;
  • Permission to travel and attend the APC 2021 Annual Meeting from Sunday, July 25 through Wednesday, July 28, 2021; and
  • (a) Commitment to support travel expenses (air, ground, non-conference meals, etc.) OR (b) request for travel support from the Society of '67, for the applicant, if selected to participate in the Society of '67 PDAS Fellowship Program.

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST: Complete this online application form that includes uploading your:

  1. Resume/CV;
  2. Joint Letter of Recommendation, if you are given a copy, OR request the persons writing your letter of recommendation to submit by email directly to Mel Limson ([email protected]) no later than the deadline; and
  3. Headshot photo at 600x600 pixels (jpeg or png format, <10MB).

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: The application period is now closed.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Monday, March 1, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:00pm (Eastern). NOTIFICATIONS: Early April 2021.

QUESTIONS? Contact Mel Limson at [email protected] or 302.660.4944.