APC's Pathology Leadership Academy

PLA January 2022

The Association of Pathology Chairs’ Pathology Leadership Academy 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 PLA will be held on Jan 15 - 16, 2022 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ. Meeting attendees will be able to participate in person or remotely via Zoom. Course content will include topics specifically relevant to academic Pathology as well as more general leadership-related material. Didactic sessions, an interactive workshop, and small group discussions will be provided by national leaders, and opportunities for mentorship and individual career counseling sessions will be available.


Applicants must:

  1. Be a faculty member in an APC member Department of Pathology.
  2. Have a minimum of three years experience in an academic Department of Pathology, or comparable practice or management experience in a healthcare field.
  3. Have demonstrated professional leadership potential by virtue of their accomplishments.

People without the credentials above may be considered based upon additional information provided on the registration form. Registrations that are not approved will be refunded.

Application Process & Requirements

  1. Application deadline TBD. Applications, including a PDF of the applicant’s CV, must be submitted through the online application/registration form. Applications must be complete to be considered.
  2. Tuition is $1,095. All meals will be provided for in-person attendees. Attendees' hotel stays are not included in tuition; APC has secured a discounted hotel rate of $405/night (single) or $430/night (double) - Includes one night single or double room, fees, and taxes; excludes parking; no resort fees apply
  3. Information about acceptances will be available well in advance, date TBD.

Registration - Coming Soon!

The fee includes, for the registered attendee only:

  • Access to PLA Workshop Sessions and recordings;
  • Dinner on Saturday, January 15th;
  • Breakfast, lunch, and breaks on Sunday, January 16th.

The Hotel Accommodations Include:

  • ONE hotel night - arriving Saturday 1/15, departing Sunday 1/16
  • OPTIONAL (additional fee): Extra hotel night(s) at group rate
  • OPTIONAL (additional fee): Extra person in hotel room (NOT attending PLA meals or events)

When registering, be prepared to upload a PDF of your CV, as well as respond to the following questions:

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

Registration is complete upon payment. Registrations that are deemed not eligible will be refunded.

Program Details

This event is offered in-person at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ, and remotely via Zoom. Some portions of the meeting are only available to in-person registrants. Please review the program details below before proceeding with registration.

Dinner (Sat 1/15) – Topic: Managing Change

5:30p-6:00p – Cocktails and Networking

6:00p-6:30p – Seating and Dinner Service

6:30p-6:45p – Brief Overview of Behavioral Interviewing and the STARR Technique, Jennifer Hunt, University of Florida College of Medicine

6:45p-7:15p – Mock Interview Questions to Panelists to Center Around Managing Change, Asking Them to Model the STARR Technique in their Answers, Panelists: Barbara Ducatman, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Debra Leonard, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Karen Kaul, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Nitin Karandikar, University of Iowa College of Medicine

7:15p-7:45p – Pair up and Practice Answering Behavioral Interview Questions at the Table

7:45p – Wrap-up and Instructions for Next Day

Workshop Day (Sun 1/16)

7:45a – Opening Remarks, Jennifer Hunt, University of Florida College of Medicine, Amyn Rojiani, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine

8:00a-9:00a – Keynote Address: Resilient Leadership: The Role of Well-Being in Individual and Organizational PerformanceLaurie Baedke

9:00a-10:00a – Giving and Receiving Feedback, Lydia Howell, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Jennifer Hunt, University of Florida College of Medicine

10:00a-10:15a – Break

10:15a-10:45a – Time ManagementJennifer Hunt, University of Florida College of Medicine

10:45a-11:30a – Productivity Hacks, Moderated by Dani Zander, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Panelists: Jennifer Baccon, Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine, David Roth, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Mike Laposata, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston

11:30a-12:15p – Networking Lunch

12:15p-4:15p – Afternoon Workshop with Laurie Baedke on the Following Topics:

Leveling Up in Leadership: Navigating Your Career Ascent
Curate Your Circle: Impactful Networking Strategies for Leaders
Mentor, Coach, Lead to Peak Professional Performance
Developing and Executing Your Personal Strategic Plan: Mission, Vision, Values, Goals, and Tactics

4:15p – Wrap-upJennifer Hunt, University of Florida College of Medicine


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