2012 ASCP Annual Meeting Propels Residents’ Lifelong Learning
Monday, September 24, 2012
Tapping the energy of new ideas in pathology is one of the primary reasons pathology residents are encouraged to attend the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, Oct. 30–Nov. 3, in Boston, said ASCP President C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP.
“At last year’s ASCP Annual Meeting, I heard many times that attendees loved the energy and enthusiasm of the people,” he said.
We are laying the foundation for lifelong learning. I just talked to another faculty member today who rattled off 12 things that exist now that did not when he was in training. You are in a field that almost demands lifelong learning.
—ASCP President C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP
That energy is infused throughout the meeting—from opportunities to hear high-profile keynote speakers such as Donald M. Berwick, MD, former Administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, discuss improved healthcare systems, to educational courses led by noted experts in their fields, and formal and informal networking opportunities.
“Residents will be able to network with faculty, pathologists, and laboratory professionals because of the way that we’ve structured the meeting,” Dr. Alexander said. “Networking is a given. Fifty percent of any job is the people and what you learn from people.”
At the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, residents will also be able to supplement what they’ve learned in their basic training by attending sessions that are tailored specifically to their needs. The Resident Review Courses are designed to help residents prepare for the American Board of Pathology exam next spring. The review courses are vital adjuncts that complement their training and include sessions on chemistry, laboratory administration and hematology; transfusion medicine and medical microbiology; and hematopathology and cytopathology.
In addition, Robert Folberg, MD, FASCP, one of the leading educators in pathology, will deliver the Second Annual Michele D. Raible Lecture. In his presentation, titled, “The Pathology-Time Continuum,” Dr. Folberg will share his perspective on the evolution of pathology and the impact it will continue to have on patients as pathologists uncover new possibilities for laboratory medicine.
Dr. Alexander always brings some of his residents from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to the ASCP Annual Meeting, and they have enjoyed exposure to the breadth and depth of sessions on pathology and laboratory medicine. What makes the ASCP Annual meeting unique, he said, is that the participants have access to all aspects of clinical and anatomic pathology and lab medicine, not just pathology or laboratory technology issues.
“I heard someone who came to an ASCP Annual Meeting exclaim, ‘Wow! I can walk from this pod to the next pod,’ ” he recalled. “They are all involved in aspects of laboratory medicine.”
In his experience working and mentoring pathology residents, Dr. Alexander said residents need to have a very good knowledge of how their unique style of learning and a very good knowledge of what pathology is and how to learn it.
“We are laying the foundation for lifelong learning,” he said. “I just talked to another faculty member today who rattled off 12 things that exist now that did not when he was in training. You are in a field that almost demands lifelong learning.”
Dr. Alexander encourages residents to not only attend the ASCP Annual Meeting but to become active in the Society.
Reflecting on his own involvement as ASCP President this past year, he said, “This has been a remarkable year, in terms of not only understanding the very positive contributions our Society has made in medical education and in certification, but also meeting the people involved in our volunteer labor force and on our staff. I am indebted to all the wonderful people I’ve met and who have made contributions to the Society and advanced its goals.”