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ADASP Leadership Invited to Participate in Pathology Roundtable

ADASP has been invited by the Council of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) to participate in the collaborative Pathology Roundtable, an initiative announced by the APC in October 2012.  Dr. Dani Zander, a member of the APC Council, will serve as moderator of the Roundtable for the first year.  According to Dr. Zander, the Roundtable “will facilitate networking and communication and promote synergistic planning about issues and joint initiatives of high priority to our profession.”

As envisioned, discussion topics will include:

  • Advocacy issues, such as pathology’s role in Accountable Care Organizations, health information technology and clinical informatics, pathologist and laboratory staff workforce shortages.

  • Practice management and educational program issues, such as development of consensus benchmarks for clinical pathology and laboratory management, proficiency testing, CME and Maintenance of Certification, and undergraduate and graduate medical education.

  • Research-related topics, such as NIH Funding, biobanking and genomics research.

Members of the Roundtable will determine the leadership structure for the group, perhaps leading eventually to a rotating or joint leadership mechanism.  The Roundtable will meet at least twice yearly for face-to-face meetings and bimonthly for conference calls.  Detailed discussion of “hot topics” could occur on an ad hoc basis.

Each member organization has been asked to name up to three member representatives and a senior administrative staff member.  Representing ADASP leadership are Peter A. Humphrey, President, and Barry DeYoung, President-Elect.  Nancie Thompson will serve as the ADASP administrative staff member.

The participating organizations are as follows:

Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists

American Board of Pathology

American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society for Investigative Pathology

Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology

Association of Pathology Chairs

College of American Pathologists

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology