Report from the Argentine Division
Report from the Argentine Division
Argentina occupies the South East part of the South American continent. It has a population of nearly 40 million of whom over 12 million live in the capital, Buenos Aires. The country has experienced considerable instability, but in recent years the situation has become better. In the late 1800’s there was an influx of immigrants from Spain, the Basque Region and from Italy. As a result of the Italian influence, Argentinians speak Spanish with an Italian accent.
The Argentine Division was established in 1962 and Dr. Henry Rapperport was the first President. There are about 1000 pathologists in Argentina (about 70% of them are women) and about 250 of them are members of the Division of the IAP. The Division now has a permanent office with a full time secretary. It is actively involved in Continuing Education, and is now addressing the establishment of a programme for the training, examination and accreditation of pathologists. The present President of the division is Dr. Elsa Haas. Professor Eduardo Santini is the area vice President of the IAP. Eduardo (an International expert in bone pathology) was the main organiser of the International Congress of the IAP that was held in Buenos Aires in 1990. The organisers were confronted at that time with an inflation rate of 30%. This put extreme strain on the finances of the Congress, and on those who were organizing it. They took some years to recover the cost of the Congress.
The Argentine Medical Association was established in 1891. It owns a building in the city and this is used for administrative purposes and also for holding educational activities. One of the current programmes of the Association is to stimulate Research activities amongst young doctors. A meeting of young researchers was held during my visit.
The city of Buenos Aires has many beautiful
parks in the inner city, and some very wide boulevards that carry many
lanes of traffic. In the early 1900’s some stately buildings were
erected in the European style. Many of these have now been renovated and
converted into Embassies and Government buildings. The city also has many
modern skyscrapers that blend with the older buildings
Report of the 95th Annual Meeting of The United States and Canadian Academy
The 95th annual meeting of the USCAP was held in Atlanta,
Georgia and was by all accounts a resounding success. Although we had
to move our meeting from New Orleans to Atlanta because of Hurricane Katrina,
our thoughts and prayers are with the good folks of New Orleans; we will
be back there in the future.
Dr. Sylvia Asa (U.Toronto) served a distinguished and quite active term as President of the USCAP. She turned over the gavel and the Presidency to Dr. Henry Appelman (Univ. of Michigan) as the new President of the Academy. 2,228 scientific abstracts from throughout the world were submitted for evaluation. 71.3% of these were accepted. 1,308 abstracts were presented in the poster sessions and 280 as platform sessions. These scientific abstracts and those of the last 3 years are now online and searchable by topic, disease, word, technique, author, institution, etc on the Academy website www.uscap.org.
490 Stowell-Orbison Abstracts were submitted. There
was a 60% increase in the number in the past 3 years. 218 were accepted
for the competition. There were 4 co-equal Awards presented and four Certificates
60 half-day Short Courses were presented and very well
Dr. Anna-Luise Katzenstein presented the Maude Abbott Lecture. Her topic was ‘Changing Concepts and New Ideas in Pulmonary Pathology.’ This was a condensation of her studies and experience during a professional life time up to the present.
The Distinguished Pathologist Award was presented
this year to an individual in recognition of distinguished service in
the development of the discipline of pathology. Dr. Harvey Goldman, Beth
Israel Deaconess/Boston was recognized by the Academy membership for his
major and extensive contributions to pathology over the years. Please
see the USCAP Website (www.uscap.org) for Harvey’s biosketch.
The F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award went to
Dr. Richard Zarbo (Henry Ford Hospital), former Short Course Coordinator,
Chair of the Publication Committee and Search Committee for our new publisher,
and Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Investigation, as well as multiple other
significant contributions to the Academy.
Both of our Academy’s journals now offer 2 pages of free color per published article, rapid advance online publication available 6 weeks after manuscript acceptance, increased international exposure, electronic table of content alerts delivered directly to your inbox highlighting new content each month, online submission of manuscripts and tracking, and reference cross-linking via CrossRef and MEDLINE.
Powered by Naturejobs, the Career and Recruitment division of the journal Nature, Pathologyjobs provides recruiters with unique vehicles to advertise. Their Nature website is outstanding with free abstracts of all articles, integrated searches, online archives of all full-text articles from 2000 available through a personal or institutional subscription, and author index-which searches author’s names across all available articles. This is a very powerful force in research and education for our members to utilize. In addition, the scientific abstracts for the past three years are now online and searchable. (Please see our USCAP and the Nature websites).
The USCAP instituted a Strategic Planning Initiative
in 2003-2004 to look at the future of pathology and The Academy. The new
educational activities can be seen on the Academy web site www.uscap.org
(The Academy is delighted to see over 4 million ‘hits’ per
month on the website.) At present the USCAP membership is in excess of
10,000 pathologists; over 2,100 of those are Junior Members.
Next year’s annual USCAP meeting will be held
in San Diego, from March 24-30, 2007. Thanks for all your support for
all those we serve--our patients, our physicians and our students.
Election of International Officers of the IAP
The Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the IAP,
Dr. Shinichiro Ushigome, invites nominations from individual members and
from Divisions for the following offices which become vacant after the
XXVI International Congress in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will be filled
by election at the meeting of the International Council during the Congress
In accordance with the Constitution, the duly elected
persons will assume office one month after the end of the Montreal Congress.
Nominations need to be sent via the International Secretary and need to arrive no later than 15 August 2006. Email nominations are best; however, originals can be mailed via post to the address below and Facsimile (FAX) nominations are also acceptable.
Florabel G. Mullick, MD, ScD, FCAPSecretary, IAP
The Academy thrives because our members are willing
to give their best effort and time to advance our goals.
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