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ASCP and Society for Hematopathology Sign MOU to Partner on Education, Scientific Discovery, and Advocacy

Friday, November 02, 2012

Boston, Nov. 2, 2012—The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the Society for Hematopathology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), effective January 2013, that will enhance education initiatives, membership services, and advocacy to mutually benefit the members of both societies.

ASCP President C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP, made the announcement today during the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting held Oct. 31–Nov. 3 in Boston.

“This collaboration formalizes our shared goal of improving patient care here and throughout the world,” Dr. Alexander said. “ASCP and the Society for Hematopathology each bring respective strengths to this partnership. This will allow us to develop innovative solutions to the challenges we encounter in a changing healthcare environment, and to provide enhanced services to our members.”

This partnership will strengthen both Societies’ shared missions of interdisciplinary education, scientific discovery, and advocacy; leverage their respective resources and membership benefits; and create administrative efficiencies while allowing each Society to maintain its own identity and governance. As a key part of the agreement, the Society for Hematopathology biennial hematology workshop will be held in tandem with the ASCP Annual Meeting, beginning in 2015.

“Partnering with important medical societies such as the Society for Hematopathology enhances communication across the healthcare chain,” said Dr. Blair Holladay, ASCP Executive Vice President. “Our ultimate goal is to provide the most positive outcomes for patients. Those outcomes rely on relationships between pathologists, laboratory professionals, and the wide range of sub-specialties within the lab. ASCP is the thread that connects the ever-expanding field of pathology.”

As part of the agreement, ASCP will provide concierge staff support to Society for Hematopathology leadership and committees, conduct annual membership campaigns, and coordinate member communications and meetings. Both Societies will explore the possibility of developing a corporate membership strategy and opportunities for enhanced collaboration in the future.

Society for Hematopathology President Marsha C. Kinney, MD, in speaking for the Executive Committee, said, “Association with ASCP brings collaborative vitality to both organizations. The large and experienced ASCP staff provides in-depth professional management and membership services and support for our educational activities. ASCP is a leader in international health care, and Society for Hematopathology members will have expanded opportunities to make a difference in hematology/hematopathology practice and patient care worldwide. As a result of these enhanced support services, the Society for Hematopathology will be positioned to focus on new academic projects, enhanced fellowship training, and have an expanded presence for advocacy efforts regarding hematopathology practice.”

Steven Kroft, MD, FASCP, 2012–2013 ASCP President-Elect and a member of the Society for Hematopathology, said the two Societies, their members, and the patients they care for will benefit from this relationship.

“As a long-time member and volunteer of both ASCP and the Society for Hematopathology, I am delighted that my two professional homes will be strengthening their already established collaborative relationship,” Dr. Kroft said. “I have no doubt that the ASCP and the Society for Hematopathology will work together effectively to advance common missions and goals.”

More About the Society for Hematopathology
Founded in 1981, the Society for Hematopathology serves to stimulate the exchange and dissemination of knowledge concerning the clinical, morphological and functional aspects of the hematopoietic and lymphoreticular systems. The Society for Hematopathology includes physician and scientist members from all continents and works closely with its sister organization, the European Association for Haematopathology. See www.socforheme.org/new.asp.

More About ASCP
Founded in 1922 in Chicago, ASCP is a medical professional society with more than 100,000 member board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists, pathology residents and fellows, laboratory professionals, and students. ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. www.ascp.org.


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