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ADASP President’s Letter

Barry R. DeYoung, M.D.
President, ADASP

Greetings Members! 

It has been far too long since we last communicated, and I take full responsibility and apologize for not providing consistent information about the organization's activities.  I am hopeful that Dr. Longacre, who becomes President of ADASP following our Annual Meeting in March, can do much better than I did in this regard.

ADASP continues to be active in a number of different areas.  Once again, our collaborations with the CAP have proved fruitful with the publication of the recommendations on error reduction in anatomic pathology.  We would like to thank and acknowledge Vania Nose who was the lead ADASP representative on the working group.  Based on the evaluations that we received, our Annual Meeting held in Boston this past March was well received and attendance was good.  It was especially gratifying to see many of ADASP's founding leaders there, some of whom participated in the afternoon program which recognized our organization's 25th Anniversary.  Our junior member program is gaining traction and is instrumental to procuring and sustaining our future.  I would like to take the opportunity to encourage members to identify those who show the appropriate interest and projected career arc to become junior members and actively participate in the organization.

As referenced previously, ADASP's financial status is not the most solid as our expenses have increased over the past few years including those incurred for our collaborations with CAP (with CAP bearing the lion's share of the resource cost) and the fees associated with our managing partner, ASCP.  As such, I encourage all to be timely with payment of annual dues and to be on the lookout for potential members, both full and junior.  Council is attempting to be creative with ways to solve this issue and is welcome to any suggestions from membership as to methods to address the issue.

Council met in August to develop the Annual Meeting program and I believe it will be a good one that addresses a couple of timely topics with which we are all dealing.  The first topic in the AM will be addressing the issue of the ongoing building of health networks and how the relationships between the various institutions' anatomic pathology practices develop and are managed, especially when there are both size of operation and operational philosophy differences.  We have an excellent slate of speakers, all of whom have experienced or are experiencing this in various forms.  The afternoon session will be spent covering the topic of appropriate and practical molecular testing in 2016.  Dr. Jennifer Hunt will provide a bit of a historical perspective leading up to today and then a roster of experts in their field will give the "straight scoop" on what we should be doing, what would be nice to be doing and what is not necessarily ready for prime time from a clinical perspective.  The speakers include Dr. William Travis to address those issues as they pertain to the lung, Dr. Dan Brat for CNS, Peter Humphrey for GU,  and Dr. Kay Washington for GI.  Additionally, we will have speakers covering issues related to reimbursement, appropriate test utilization and issues surrounding send out testing.  An exciting new feature for this session is that we will open it to the general public so if you have any faculty who are interested there will be a method to register for this component of the program separately.  Lastly, we are also going to spend some meeting time in the AM engaging you the members.  Council would like to hear directly from membership about issues of concern to them, projects of interest that ADASP should be involved in, and how best to operationalize the membership as a whole.  I personally would like to gauge membership interest in a couple of relatively large scope projects that other organizations with which other organizations would like to partner with us.  The first is a set of recommendations/guidelines on appropriate practice in the World 2/Value service environment/model for practice/reimbursement which CAP would like us to participate.  The second has been proposed by APC which accounts for both the need and to address the increasing frequency with which pathologists directly interact with patients.  This is fueled by online patient portals and patient access to information as well as a response to the threat, perceived or real (and is there a difference?), that if we do not exercise our MD degrees we run the risk of becoming a commodity.  Both of these projects are large scope, would take significant engagement from membership and, at least in my opinion, would be totally appropriate and worthwhile.  I look forward to our March discussion in Seattle and look forward to hearing membership's thoughts on those two ideas and any others that may be forthcoming.  If something strikes a chord and you would like to respond sooner, please contact me through email or a phone call as I am happy to listen.

Well, as they used to say, "that's all the news that is fit to print".  Once again I apologize for not doing a better job at communication, and I with the remainder of my term, pledge to improve.  I hope that I see all of you at the Annual Meeting in Seattle.


Very Best,