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2012 ASCP Annual Meeting Sizzles with Energy and Advocacy

Friday, November 9, 2012

More than 1,500 guests from around the world were inspired by illuminating keynote speakers, a 15-year-old scientific genius, and groundbreaking discoveries at the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, Oct. 31–Nov. 3, in Boston.

Dear Ms. Sanders,*

Thank you for organizing the Lab Career Program opportunity for our 100 10th grade students. The students returned extremely excited, and many have decided to pursue a health career field in college. The staff said the program was amazing! Our school looks forward to participating in this wonderful opportunity every school year. Keep me posted and thanks again!

Caren S. Walker Gregory, Ed.D.
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

* Betty Sanders is ASCP Program Manager for Membership Councils.

Keynote Speakers’ Call to Action

The energy and excitement was palpable. Renowned presenters—former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Donald M. Berwick, MD, actress/humanitarian Ashley Judd, former First Lady Laura W. Bush, and celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic—inspired attendees with a call to action for improving the quality of health care, domestically and globally.

The Rancics spoke poignantly about how they coped with Giuliana’s diagnosis of breast cancer, and how their pathologist played a consultant role which helped them determine which treatment to pursue. According to Dr. Berwick, ASCP is uniquely positioned to play a leadership role in the implementation of health care reform in the United States.

Scientific Whiz Kid Inspires Others

Yet the individual who generated the most excitement was a 15-year-old high school student from suburban Baltimore. Scientific whiz kid Jack Andraka, winner of the $75,000 grand prize at the 2012 Intel Science and Engineering Fair, mesmerized his audiences—from high school students to pathologists and laboratory professionals—as he described his remarkable discovery of a method for early detection of pancreatic cancer.

 “I want to be like Jack!” exclaimed a high school student from the Edward M. Kennedy High School in Boston, who came to hear Jack and meet with ASCP Career Ambassadors.  

Stories Reflect ASCP’s Core Values

All of these remarkable stories of courage, advocacy, and learning resounded with ASCP’s core values of Knowledge, Advancement, Collaboration, and Global Community. The ASCP Annual Meeting provided the perfect platform for ASCP and the Society for Hematopathology to announce their new partnership, which will enhance education initiatives, membership services, and advocacy to benefit the members of both Societies.  

Society Welcomes New President

The Society also welcomed 2012–2013 ASCP President Joel M. Shilling, MD, FASCP, and a new Board of Directors, and presented its highest honors to 15 pathologists and laboratory professionals.

Dear Ms. Spriggs,*

I would like to thank you for the assistance with all the information you provided to me at the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting in Boston. As usual, you have been very kind and helpful. Please send my appreciation to all your colleagues and personnel involved in this undertaking, which is not an easy task to accomplish.


David Bonder, MD
Pathologist and Administrative Laboratory Director
Mexico City

* Yvette Spriggs is ASCP Senior Manager for Customer Relations.

Publicity Reaches 40 Million

Overall, the ASCP Annual Meeting resulted in more than 140 news articles and broadcast segments that reached 40 million people. ASCP member Belija Sujatha, MD, FASCP, of London, made headlines when she took a $750 taxi ride from Philadelphia to Boston to attend the ASCP Annual Meeting when her flight was cancelled.     

Thank you to everyone who made the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting a success. Save the dates of on Sept. 18—21 for the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting in Chicago!

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