From Liron Pantanowitz, MD (Current president of the Association of Pathology Informatics):
ASCP and the Association for Pathology Informatics Forge Alliance for Mutual Benefits
ASCP and API signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) effective March 7 to collaborate on education, advocacy, and membership strategies to the mutual benefit of members from both organizations. Informatics has become an increasingly relevant component for the future of pathology and laboratory medicine. This strategic alliance enables each society to gain from each other’s areas of expertise.
“The future of diagnostics is the future of informatics,” says John Tomaszewski, MD, FASCP, a former ASCP President and a member of API since the 1990s. “API is the dominant and growing society for informatics. ASCP’s focus on precision diagnostics can be best accomplished in partnership with API. This is a great alliance for both organizations, especially for education.
“The faculty of ASCP and API overlap significantly. ASCP delivers great depth into its educational sessions, which is a plus for API members. API will bring ASCP members more knowledge in informatics. The Association embeds the informatics tools into the challenges of the broader laboratory in a very dynamic way.”
Education is at the forefront of this alliance. API will hold its fall Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting, Sept. 18–21, in Chicago. Participants from both organizations can select 19 hours of education in informatics delivered by API faculty experts. In addition, API will continue to hold its regular “Pathology Informatics” conference May 13–16 in Pittsburgh. API has moved this conference to the spring from the fall to accommodate and avoid conflicts with the ASCP Annual Meeting.
“API is at a crossroads in its infrastructure,” says Liron Pantanowitz, MD, FASCP, API President and a member of ASCP. “That requires us to change how we do things. The alliance with ASCP comes at the right time for us and brings us different expertise and additional resources that will help us reach the next level.”
For all API members, ASCP is extending a complimentary membership effective from May 1 to Dec. 31, 2013. Through the new ASCP Institute of Science, Technology, and Policy, API members will have a stronger voice in Washington, D.C., and can play an integral role in advancing the ASCP Institute’s Health Services Center.
Through free ASCP membership effective from May 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, API members can take first-rate online courses at no charge to earn up to seven continuing medical education credits; gain online access to the prestigious ASCP journals, the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Lab Medicine, and Critical Values, as well as online publications such as Daily Diagnosis, eNews Briefs, and ePolicy News; and be eligible for member discounts for the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting, Sept. 18–21, in Chicago and books, as well as educational products and services.
“Pathology informatics shows us how to practice pathology in the modern age,” says Dr. E. Blair Holladay, ASCP Executive Vice President. “One major role of informatics in diagnoses and analytics will be to accelerate fused diagnostic signatures from many types of big data streams as an aid to patients in their choosing of their best therapy. Our members have told us that they want to learn more about informatics and how to apply it in their pathology practices. This is where the profession is headed.”
ASCP pathology residents will have access to API members who attend and teach at the ASCP Annual Meetings and can learn firsthand about how informatics will affect their futures and the future of the profession. Membership in API is free for residents. Residents interested in informatics research who lack opportunities at their own institution can now take advantage of the API’s Research Matching Program, which pairs interested residents with mentors, with research conducted remotely.
Liron Pantanowitz MD