The APC Pathology Leadership Academy (PLA)

Registration Now Open – July 15-16, 2023 – Swissôtel in Chicago, IL

Program Details

Join fellow aspiring leaders in academic pathology for an exciting professional development opportunity in-person this July at the Swissôtel in Chicago, Illinois. The program begins with an expert-led dinner session on the topic of recognizing burnout, anxiety and exhaustion in faculty and staff. The program continues the next morning with presentations and interactive exercises on academic department budgeting and financial decision-making. The afternoon program features an introduction to Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE and FPPE) with scenarios to apply legal and practical learning to the design of managing OPPE and FPPE cases. 

Program Dates & Times
Saturday, July 15th – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 16th – 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free to PLA Attendees: 2023 APC Annual Meeting Networking Reception, Sunday, July 16th – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The PLA registration fee of $1,095 includes, for the registrant ONLY, access to in-person meetings, course materials, event food and beverage (including dinner, breakfast, lunch and breaks). Registration does not include hotel accommodations. Discounted group hotel reservations at the Swissôtel may be made through this LINK until June 14, 2023, or until the room block is sold out.


APC Pathology Leadership Fellows (Classes of 2022-2023 and 2023-2024) are automatically eligible to attend the PLA. Other faculty who meet the eligibility requirements below must register by completing an online form, linked under the "Registration Process" further below.

Eligible applicants must:

  1. Be a faculty member (MD, DO, DVM, DDS, MBBS, PhD, or combination) in an APC member department. 
  2. Have a minimum of three years of experience as faculty in an academic department, or comparable practice or management experience in a healthcare field.
  3. Have demonstrated academic leadership potential by virtue of their professional role or accomplishments.

Note: People without the credentials above may be considered based on additional information entered in the registration form (Short Answer Question #5). Each registration will be reviewed by APC Staff to ensure eligibility and registrants will be notified of their status following registration. If it is determined that you are ineligible to attend this event, your registration fee will be refunded.

Meeting Policies

Meeting Health Protocols

This policy was last updated on May 15, 2023.

In consideration of the United States Government and the World Health Organization lifting national and international Public Health Emergency statuses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, APC will not implement any masking, vaccination or testing requirements for this event. However, APC expects all participants to respect the general principles of maintaining good health by:  1) respecting the rights of others to wear masks; and 2) voluntarily withdrawing from participation in events, if they are experiencing symptoms of any transmissible disease. 

Willful failure to follow APC’s health and safety protocols may result in involuntary removal from meeting sessions, restriction from participation in future APC meetings or suspension of membership in APC. Attendees with any questions or concerns about the above policies may visit the registration desk at any time during the meeting.

By registering to attend the July 2023 Pathology Leadership Academy, you (and your guest(s), if applicable) agree to abide by APC’s health and safety protocols for in-person events. In-person registrants, who determine they are unable to abide by APC’s health and safety protocols for in-person events have the option to cancel their registration prior to June 1 2023No refunds will be given for cancellations after June 1, 2023, except for emergency medical circumstances.

Cancellation Policy

If accepted to the Pathology Leadership Academy, your registration fee is non-refundable after June 1, 2023If you have already registered but no longer wish to attend this event, you have the option to cancel your registration. Cancellations require written notification. $100.00 processing fee will be withheld from refunds requested prior to June 1, 2023No refunds will be given for cancellations after June 1, 2023, except for emergency medical circumstances.

Code of Conduct & Permissions

By registering for this meeting, attendees agree to:

  • the use of your image or likeness via photography, video, recordings, or other means of capture by the APC, and
  • the use of your email address to receive APC information and advertising messages from annual meeting sponsors, approved by the APC Council or Executive Office, and
  • abide by the APC Code of Conduct.

Registration Process

Complete this online form and be prepared to upload your current CV and answer the following short answer questions (no more than 500 characters):

  1. How many years have you been in academic pathology?
  2. Briefly describe your responsibilities in your current position, especially those in which you play a leadership role.
  3. What are your specific 5-year career goals? Be as concrete as possible.
  4. How can attending the APC's Pathology Leadership Academy help you accomplish your goals?
  5. For non-eligible registrants only, briefly detail your interest in the PLA program.

Please note that your registration will be reviewed by APC Staff to ensure eligibility and you will be notified of your status following registration. If it is determined that you are ineligible to attend this event, your registration fee will be refunded. Registrations that remain unpaid after the invoice due date will be deemed ineligible and will be canceled.

*The APC Pathology Leadership Academy (PLA) is a one and a half day, in-person program to enhance leadership skills. Please visit the APC Pathology Leadership Fellows (APLF) webpage if you are looking for a longer, in-depth leadership development program to join. The APLF is a year-long program, consisting of the core APLF content and two PLAs. Additional program details, eligibility, and how to apply can be found on the APLF webpage

If you have any questions, please contact the APC office at [email protected] or call 302-660-4943.


Past PLA courses have been held in person, immediately preceding the APC Annual Meetings in 2016, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA, in 2017, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, in 2019 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA, and in 2022, at the Swissôtel in Chicago, IL. All programs were designed to build and strengthen leadership skills and knowledge for current and future leaders in academic pathology. 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. APC Annual Meeting registrations are separate from the application and registration process for the Pathology Leadership Academy. 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.

Past Program Information

July 2022 Pathology Leadership Academy
The July 2022 PLA focused on team development, mediation, and coaching. This meeting was held July 16 - 17, 2022 in person at the Swissôtel in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to view the meeting program. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

January 2022 Pathology Leadership Academy
The January 2022 PLA focused on managing change, resiliency, personal development for leadership, and interviewing skills. This event was held remotely via Zoom, January 15-16, 2022. Click here to view the meeting program. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


Contact the APC office at [email protected] or call 302-660-4943.