The 2008 Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters, 2009) recently
recognized Modern Pathology with an impact factor of 4.678! This latest rating makes MP the #1 general, diagnostic/anatomic/surgical pathology journal
by impact factor!
Modern Pathology is currently celebrating its 22nd year of
publication and, by the most recent (2008) official impact factor, is now the top pathology journal
dedicated to general diagnostic (anatomic) pathology. This international journal offers prompt
publication of high-quality original research relating to the modern diagnosis of human disease. Modern Pathology currently publishes approximately 25-30% of more than 700
original manuscripts received annually. The high quality of publications reflects the growing
recognition of Modern Pathology as a premier journal dedicated to
original papers reporting on the most recent innovative findings in clinical and translational research
in the pathology and diagnosis of human disease.
"Over the 22 years in which it has been published, Modern Pathology has developed into a leading pathology
journal through the outstanding contributions of its authors, the insightful analyses of its reviewers, and
the strong support of the Academy." Dr. John N. Eble, Editor-in-Chief
The journal has well-established online manuscript submission, reviewing, and editing. It enjoys fast
peer review, publication and significant online visibility from more than 75,000 subscribers to its
monthly e-ToCs. The total number of page views to the MP Website is more than three million per year.
For the most recent quarter there were almost 40,000 linkouts from PubMed and almost 50,000 page views on
Medscape. Article plus abstract downloads reached 1,000,000 article downloads and more than 370,000
abstract downloads per year.
Modern Pathology has a distinguished Editorial Board of diagnostic
pathologists, and has benefited from the leadership of superb past Editors-in-Chief, including founding
Editor Nathan Kaufman, Bernard Wagner, Stacey Mills and John Eble. Visit www.modernpathology.org.
USCAP members have an online, up-to-date CME/SAM Portfolio, available 24/7 with all your USCAP sponsored
CME/SAM from 2006 to the present, from which you can print an official transcript whenever you need it, from
anywhere. As an ABP approved provider of SAMs, we will also bear the responsibility for the regular
reporting those credits to the ABP as required for MOC.
- Free Up to Date Educational Materials by Renowned Pathology Educators (The Knowledge Hub)
- Subspecialty Table of Contents for 1900 Free Educational Modules by Organ System/Technology
- Key Word/Index Search for 1000's of Key words
- Over 75 Ended, Successful Short Courses from the Past Five Years
- The Virtual Slide Box: Over 500 Virtual Slides with complete annotation/discussions and accessible as unknowns, or by diagnosis
- Videos of Nine Plenary Lectures from our last 3 years of Annual Meetings
- Over 5000 cutting edge Scientific Abstracts from the last 3 years
- Online "Virtual Meeting" for the 2009 Annual USCAP Meeting in Boston
- SAMs (Self Assessment Modules): (Reminder: All pathologists will eventually be required to have SAMs!)
The USCAP was the first pathology organization to render ABP-approved SAMS, and according to today's ABP
Website, the USCAP has the largest number of SAMs available - in 2010 over 300 hours of SAMs in four
geographic venues, and the online versions (APECS).
- APECS (Anatomic Pathology Electronic Case Series):
- A growing bank of virtual cases online - long distance learning for your CME and/or SAMs.
- Case-based virtual slides
- Ordering of ancillary studies with peer-review
- Relevant, up to date references linked to PubMed abstracts
- Extensive discussions and slides/images
- Plus, Nature PathologyJobs: Job Search Site. Log on to learn more!
I like books. No, I LOVE books. I have given away over 2,000 books in my lifetime to friends, family
and colleagues because I want to share the gift of knowledge and insight I have gained from reading
them. Why? Is it really the "book" itself, or is it the invigoration of constantly learning new things,
new ways of thinking and the preparation to be a better pathologist/professional/person. I think it's
the learning (and the sharing of the knowledge!).
One of our founding fathers of pathology, Dr. William H. Welch, said it best,
"Medical education is not completed at the medical school, it is only
begun." Without daily learning, or continuous professional development (CPD), there would
be no advancement of pathology. That's why at the USCAP our goal is to
diligently find new ways to provide our members avenues for learning. We maintain that we are
the premier resource for all your anatomic/molecular/diagnostic pathology educational needs.
No matter what stage you are in your career, your location, or the type of practice your work in; the
USCAP's ultimate goal is to help you become a better diagnostic
pathologist. Whether you attend our on-site meetings or use the virtual learning tools of the
eAcademy and APECS, we offer the greatest number of educational opportunities in
anatomic/molecular/diagnostic pathology of any pathology organization.
USCAP Has The Most CME/SAMS From The Best!
USCAP offers a unique combination of high level, state-of-the art academic type pathology (i.e.,
sophisticated molecular diagnostics, genetics, etc.) side-by-side with good old bread-and-butter
pathology. In other words, there is a little bit (or perhaps a lot) of both worlds on display at the
USCAP meetings. These worlds are not mutually exclusive since at times they are merged at a given
presentation (e.g. poster, platform, courses). As a result of this, the USCAP meetings are appealing to
pathologists with a wide spectrum of interests, experience, and expertise transcending all levels of
For example, our meetings offer nearly 400 CME credit hours (241 of which can
be SAMS). Plus, our eAcademy offers up to one credit hour of SAMS and CMES for each case – all available
online 24/7 for your convenience. Click here to learn more…
In fact, according to the ABP, "The USCAP has the most extensive offering of
SAMs at this time and a link is available to these from their home page. They will be adding a
large number of online SAMs courses" in the near future. A key benefit of membership is that your Online Member Portfolio will maintain permanent records of CME and/or SAMs
credits earned through USCAP offerings. All USCAP meetings and courses offer both CME and SAMS. (Learn
more about Maintenance of Certification, at http://www.abpath.org or Click here for more information from our website.)
As always, thank you for your support and participation in the USCAP.
Please let us know how we can assist you in nurturing your career to its fullest.
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante
US novelist (1862 - 1937)
Keep the flame of knowledge burning brightly, every day!
Fred G. Silva, M.D.
Executive Vice President
* The American Board of Pathology (website: http://www.abpath.org), has committed to participating in a Maintenance
of Certification, termed MOC, program designed to assist physicians in maintaining standards necessary
for physicians to provide quality care in their chosen specialties throughout their careers. As of
January 1, 2006, all primary and subspecialty certificates issued by the ABP are time-limited and expire
on December 31, ten years after they are issued. See the APB website at http://www.abpath.org for further information and deadlines.
As I sit here in downtown Detroit, surrounded by the failed Big 3 American auto manufacturers,
I am reminded that the future belongs to those who have the flexibility to adapt to change. We
view change in our own profession as an opportunity to creatively grow the Academy to better provide you
with high value education and tools designed to not only maintain competency, but also to enable you to
develop new skills (read job security).
We have many creative minds from around the world voluntarily contributing to the success of our many,
many educational offerings. And to you, I say a heartfelt thank you for your collegiality, excellence,
consistency and creative delivery. To paraphrase the thoughtful Sir Ken Robinson's musings about
creativity, this "arises out of our interactions with ideas and achievements of other people and prospers
best under particular conditions, especially where there is a flow of ideas between people who have
different sorts of expertise." You can definitely say that is our strength in the pathology
domain, creativity in education derived from the congregation of the largest number of pathology experts
in diverse specialties in anatomic and molecular pathology, anywhere in the world.
To that end, USCAP offers four well-attended, face-to-face enrichment opportunities throughout the
year that have value to the diverse cross-section that constitutes pathology- resident trainees, new and
seasoned academics, experimentalists, molecular pathologists, and community pathologists. In our
value proposition one can find not only professional networking with world experts and reacquaintances
with old friends, but also both the core and the new knowledge that you need to be your very best.
And for those whose schedules don't allow the luxury of obtaining these benefits directly from our
annual meetings, we are designing better online educational opportunities that will be showcased later
this year in the "virtual hallway" of a newly redesigned web site at http://www.uscap.org/. We also intend to value your loyalty to
this incredible organization of the leaders and the best with new-tiered membership rates that will allow
for discounted multiple year dues, premium level benefits and personalized electronic transcript records
to document CME and MOC activities that will interface electronically with your professional
No matter your years out in practice, it would be wise to consult the American Board of Pathology's
website (http://www.abpath.org) for recertification criteria in the
4 areas of:
USCAP has invested much in providing you the flexibility of numerous and diverse educational options,
Part II: Life-Long Learning and Self-Assessment
The core of USCAP's educational offerings provide you innumerable options to obtain the required 80%
of CME that must be directly related to the your practice - 35 category 1 CME credits per year for each
two-year period in the MOC cycle of which 10 credits must be obtained from completion of self-assessment
Part IV: Evaluation of Performance in Practice
USCAP's new Anatomic Pathology Excellence Series (APECS) is designed to provide a measure of
individual practice performance mirroring real-life case work-ups with the added benefit of
interlaboratory and inter-pathologist benchmarking against peers who have evaluated the same case.
Note that "documentation of the pathologist's
participation in these programs must be submitted to the ABP via electronic transmission every two
years". USCAP will retain your Member Portfolio online for this purpose.
There are a lot of new rules that now impact the practicing pathologist's educational activities and
their ongoing documentation. Unfortunately time waits for nobody so there is no opportunity to make up
for lost educational time. Don't get left behind in raising your skill level while satisfying
recertification requirements. If you haven't shared these recertification challenges and the value
of USCAP membership with your staff, trainees and recent graduates, please feel free to forward this
Richard J. Zarbo, M.D., D.M.D.
As stated in the first objective of the Goals for my tenure as IAP President, I contacted the
Presidents of IAP Divisions via email. I had a response of 12% and, considering the uniqueness of
this approach; I believe that was a very ample response. There were many positive comments about
this new initiative and those comments will be incorporated as topics for discussion during our Way Ahead
The IAP Presidents Task Force on The Way Ahead consists of Dr. David Hardwick (Canada), Dr. H.K. Ng
(Hong Kong), Dr. Robert Osamura (Japan), Dr. Llombart-Bosch (Spain), Dr. Santini Araujo (Argentina)
and Dr. William Gardner, Jr. (USA). I, as president, chair the Task Force and have organized our
first activity which will be a 'virtual meeting' held via VideoTeleConference (VTC) on 24 June 2009.
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Thanks for Sharing!
We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the recent online Member Assessment survey.
We had nearly 1,400 respondents! We are evaluating all the data and comments and will be giving you a
results summary in the future. Thank you for helping us improve your Academy!
Dr. Zarbo spent an enlightening two days with the USCAP staff on June 22 & 23 to learn more about the
operations and offer insight for greater efficiencies, as well as brainstorm new ideas to improve the
Academy. "The USCAP staff is the epitome of enthusiastic professionalism and efficiency and are the
hidden faces of the most competent and productive professional organization in our field. Heck, any
field!" says Dr. Zarbo. Our thanks go out to him for making the trip and taking the time out of his
From left to right: Dr. Richard Zarbo, Brenden Taylor,
Sally Miglionico, Jo Ann Johnson, Dr. Fred Silva, Annette Dixon, Carolyn Lane, Nancy West,
John Garrard and Kerry Crockett.