1 No 1 Spring 2000
A View of the USCAP
Nathan Kaufman, M.D.
At last! A Newsletter! A very laudable and useful enterprise. Few, even those responsible for the present endeavor, realize that the roots of this news bulletin go back to the very beginning of this organization. (Since I have no archival material on hand at the time of this writing, I may be excused for errors, omissions, and even fabrications!)
Shortly after the founding of The International Association of Medical Museums (as we were originally called) in 1906, a recommendation was made bv William Osler, a founding member, that a bulletin be published reporting on the activities of this new organization. Maude Abbott, the first Secretary-Treasurer, was to be the Editor. She served in this capacity for many years until shortly before her death. These old Bulletins contain a wealth of information about the Association and its educational role. In it were reported the minutes, proceedings of meetings, scientific papers, technical methods, as well as the preservation and use of museum specimens for educational purposes. After World War II it became obvious that this was an old-fashioned and tired publication that did not meet the needs of pathology as it would be taught, practiced, and scientifically investigated. So its successor, Laboratory Investigation, was born and functions to this day as a highly respected, truly scientific journal. However, what was lost was the more personal communication with the growing membership except at the increasingly popular collegial and congenial Annual Meeting.
In the eighties the introduction of a newsletter almost came to fruition using the resources of a commercial publisher (this was before the days of desktop publishing). Negotiations fell through and it was decided that our resources should go into publishing an additional journal that would satisfy that segment of the membership whose interests were not served on a continuing basis by Laboratory Investigation alone. And so, Modern Patholog,v was conceived and born. So now there are two highly successful and mature journals but still no medium for more casual communication. The need is there. The member interest is presumably there. It appears that the Council of the Academy is eager to communicate and inform. The time is right for the initiation of this project under the editorship of the newly appointed, knowledgeable, energetic and innovative Secretary-Treasurer, Fred Silva.
And now at last, at the beginning of a new century, a newsletter or bulletin, quite different than the one at the beginning of the last centurv. The question is whether the Editor of this new bulletin will match the approximately 30 year tenure of Maude Abbott, the first Editor of the now archival "Bulletin of the International Association of Medical Museums"?
Your Academy Journals
Laboratory Investigation promptly publishes clearly written, cutting-edge original peer-reviewed articles to Academy members. It presents the results of the best and most significant experimental and diagnostic human pathology studies utilizing the most recent advancements in the molecular and genetic analysis of disease. Laboratory lnvestigation, currently in its 48th year of publication, receives well over 500 original manuscript submissions each year. It ranks 1st among 26 journals in the Medical Technology category, 4th among 68 journals in the Pathology category and 7th among 70 journals in the Medicine, Research and Experimental category according to the 1998 Science Citation Index.
Modern Pathology, an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, is currently in its twelfth year of publication. It has a subscribership of almost 6,000, including 1200 foreign readers. The journal receives over 500 original manuscript submissions each year and is a publication leader in the field of clinically relevant human pathology. Editorial board members are a "who's who" of anatomic and surgical pathology. In addition to traditionally submitted manuscripts, the journal publishes review articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, the USCAP long course, selected short courses, and meeting abstracts for the USCAP Annual Meeting.
Notes from the Newsletter Editor
Greetings from the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the oldest pathology organization/society in the United States. Since its inception in 1906, theAcademy's primary mission has been one of providing high quality continuing medical education.
The Academy pledges to continue striving to meet the educational needs of pathology and pathologists, while at the same time keeping the dues and registration fees at a minimum. We believe the quality over the years has been maintained and our offerings abundant. Our spring Annual Meeting has the largest gathering of pathologists in the world. The USCAP has experienced steady growth from its early beginnings and continues to be a vibrant society, with a current membership of over 7500.
The Academy is interested in knowing the types and topics of offerings you would like and need in these changing times. In this challenging age of managed care, capitation, and regulation, the Academy wants to help you however we can. Your suggestions and comments are welcome.
Below is a listing of pathologists who serve you as officers, committee members and representatives of the Academy. As a collegium, we are all very receptive to your ideas. You may contact me by telephone: (706)733-7550; FAX: 706/733-8033 or Email: email@example.com
Historical Background and Mission
The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology had its origin in the International Association of Medical Museums which was established in 1906. Its parentage sprung from a dedication to medical education within a distinguished body of scientists and educators.
Among them were: Major James Carroll, Dr. William MacCallum, Dr. William Welch, Dr. William Osler and Dr. Maude Abbott. The Association flourished in the early decades of this century when museums served cardinal roles in medical education. Divisions were established in Europe and Canada. The Association lost a major benefactor, and its Secretary-Treasurer of 33 years, with the death of Maude Abbott in 1940. Museums were serving lesser roles in education and international relations were disrupted shortly thereafter by World War II. Only the U.S. and Canadian Division remained active through the early 1950's.
To broaden the educational base of the organization, Dr. Harold SteNvart of the National Cancer Institute proposed a name change to the International Academy of Pathology and together with the devoted efforts of Dr. F. K. Mostofi of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathologv, the organization was rejuvenated nationally and internationally. The U.S. and CanadianDivision was separately incorporated in the District of Columbia on September 30, 198(; as the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. It remains a division of the International Academy of Pathology with its 54 worldwide divisions. The mission of this organization has remained focused upon excellence in medical education.
Your Academy Officers, Committees and Representatives
Harvey Goldman, President
Deborah Powell, President-Elect
Ronald DeLellis, Vice President
Fred Silva, Secretary-Treasurer
Elaine S. Jaffe, Past-President
Henry D. Appelman ('01)
Robert D. Collins ('00)
Nancy Harris ('01)
Stacey E. Mills ('02)
David Page ('02)
Fred Sanfilippo ('00)
David H. Walker ('00)
Roger A. Warnke ('01)
Mark R. Wick ('02)
of Laboratory Investigation
Castleman Award Committee
Harvey Goldman, Chair, Ex-Officio
Robert B. Colvin, Ex-Officio
Sylvia Asa ('02)
Jonathan L. Epstein ('00)
Christopher Fletcher ('01)
Allen M.Gown ('00)
Stanley Hamilton ('01)
George Michalopoulos ('02)
Stuart Schnitt ('02)
Investigator Award Committee
Registry of Pathology
Council of Academic Societies
Committee on Pathology Information
Directors Section of Association of Pathology Chairs (PRODS)
April 1, 1999 -
January 31, 2000
Warren N. Bell
John F. Booth
Charles N. Crowson
William H. DeLong
Miriam H. Field
S. Donald Greenberg
A. Peter lnclan
Nelson S. Irey
Gelmar S. Landry
Perry A. Lambird
John D. Langston
Robert lurvis, Sr.
Alvin E. Rodin
Thomas N. Warren