APC's Pathology Leadership Academy

The Association of Pathology Chairs’ Pathology Leadership Academy (PLA) 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 2019 PLA will be held on July 20-21, 2019 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA, immediately prior to the APC 2019 Annual Meeting (requires separate registration). The PLA begins with a dinner program at 6:00pm (ET) on Saturday, July 20th, and concludes at 5:00pm (ET) on Sunday, July 21st.

For optional, additional networking time, PLA attendees may attend the APC 2019 Welcome Reception from 5:00pm-7:30pm (ET) on Sunday, July 21st at no additional charge. PLA attendees are encouraged to also register and attend the APC 2019 Annual Meeting to expand their knowledge about important issues, trends, and opportunities relevant to academic pathology departments.


Registrants must:

  • Be a faculty member in an APC member department.
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience in an academic department, or comparable practice or management experience in a healthcare field.
  • 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.


Join other future leaders of academic pathology on timely and relevant topics, including:

  • Preparing for and Finding a Leadership Position
  • Emotional Intelligence: Gauging and Working with All Levels
  • Giving Feedback and Evaluations
  • Understanding Funds Flow in Pathology Departments
  • Building and Applying Negotiation Skills

Preview the preliminary schedule (as of 2/1/19)!


Learn from and engage with inspirational experts in leadership, including:

  • Gregory Freund, MD, Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Illinois at Urbana
  • Jeffrey A. Golden, MD, Chair, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Jennifer Hunt, MD (PLA Co-Director), Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Rebecca Johnson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, American Board of Pathology
  • Debra Leonard, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Vermont
  • Erick Messias, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Amyn Rojiani, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Pathology, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Janice Gross Stein, PhD, Professor of Conflict Management, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Dani Zander, MD (PLA Co-Director), Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Cincinnati
  • Select Senior Fellows (former Department Chairs)


Includes meals (dinner on Saturday; and breakfast, lunch, and breaks on Sunday), course materials, and CME credit. Registration is complete upon payment. Registrations that are deemed not eligible will be refunded.

  • $1,400.00 – INCLUDES a hotel room for one night (Saturday, July 20, 2019) that will be reserved for you by APC staff.
  • $1,100.00 – NO hotel room. You are responsible for making your own local arrangements.

Space is limited to 80 registrants (max). Register by April 30th or until sold out.

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.




Boston Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210.
Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/X8u3Jxs5BGr


Contact the APC Office at: info(at)apcprods(dot)org or (302) 660-4940.


Past PLA courses were held in 2016, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA, and in 2017, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC—both immediately preceding the APC Annual Meetings. 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 registration is separate from the application and registration process for the Pathology Leadership Academy.

Feedback from past PLA attendees:

  • Wonderful and inspiring program. It allowed opportunities for introspection.
  • Truly unique in that we heard from numerous chairmen how they deal with real world issues.
  • I’ve never attended a conference where I hung on each word of each lecture, and each lecture was better than the next. Wonderful opportunities to talk to people with lots of experience, committed to mentorship.