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International Pathology Day

2012 ASCP Annual Meeting Captures the Minds and Inspires the Imaginations of Attendees

Monday, November 12, 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.

Boston’s Hynes Convention Center brimmed with excitement as members filled the large ballroom to hear keynote speeches by actress and humanitarian Ashley Judd and former First Lady Laura W. Bush, who inspired listeners with their efforts to promote access to quality health care around the globe. Celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic said their pathologist played a consultant role when Giuliana was diagnosed with breast cancer, which assisted them in determining what treatment to pursue. Dr. Donald M. Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, challenged the audience to explore new solutions as the nation implements healthcare reform.

“The laboratory community has started to look outside ourselves and acknowledge that we are part of a much bigger world, which is important if we are going to have the greatest impact on health care, domestically and globally. We heard that from Ashley Judd, Laura Bush, and the Rancics.”
—Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM
Former ASCP President

“The laboratory community has started to look outside ourselves and acknowledge that we are part of a much bigger world, which is important if we are going to have the greatest impact on health care, domestically and globally,” said Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM, a former ASCP President. “We heard that from Ashley Judd, Laura Bush, and the Rancics. Don Berwick emphasized how important it is that health care is changing, and that the way we’re currently delivering it is not sustainable.”

Inspiration permeated other activities at the ASCP Annual Meeting. Fifteen-year-old 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. He announced that he would like to become a pathologist.

C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP, 2011–2012 ASCP President, announced that ASCP and the Society for Hematopathology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), effective January 2013, which will enhance education initiatives, membership services, and advocacy to benefit the members of both Societies.

Several first-time Annual Meeting attendees were thrilled with the sessions offered.

“Several colleagues in my lab have been longtime ASCP members and that prompted me to join ASCP just recently,” said Hayley Webber, PhD, Technical Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory for NorDx Laboratory, in Scarborough, Maine, whose poster abstract won the “Best Scientific—Molecular Pathology” category. “There were a lot of great sessions that were relevant to me,” she said.

First-time attendee Suzanne M. Dintzis, MD, PhD, of the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Seattle, poster winner in the “Best Education—Education Best Practices” category, was impressed by the quality of the presentations and keynote addresses. “It is reassuring to see that the ASCP is addressing the policy and quality issues that are so important to patient care. I will definitely become a member,” she said.

The Society inducted 2012–2013 ASCP President Joel M. Shilling, MD, FASCP, President-Elect Steven H. Kroft, MD, FASCP, and new Board members, and expressed its gratitude for Dr. Alexander’s leadership over the past year. ASCP's highest awards were presented to 15 pathologists and laboratory professionals for their extraordinary contributions to the profession and the Society.

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

To view highlights of the ASCP Annual Meeting, please view the ASCP Annual Meeting Daily Videos.  Please save the dates of Sept. 18–21 for the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting in Chicago!

 

 

 


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