ASCP 2020
Annual Meeting

September 9–11 | Austin, Texas

Educate. Engage. Empower.

The ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting is your perfect opportunity to receive the innovative, customizable education you can immediately use to expand your knowledge—supporting your current practice and preparing you for future success. ASCP 2020 promises to be the biggest and best meeting yet, with new features including:

A focus on interactive, case-based sessions, including Video Microscopy Tutorial sessions and a new ‘Stump the Laboratory Professionals’ session where you try to solve challenging cases alongside a panel of experts

An expanded three-day Laboratory Professionals Track specifically built by laboratory professionals for laboratory professionals

More opportunities to network and interact directly with industry stars and your colleagues from around the world

For pathology residents, the popular and essential Resident Review Series has been expanded to six 90-minute sessions, and you’ll have access to an incredible Fellowship Fair

Conference Starts in:


"It is a well-organized meeting with the educational and professional content quite broad and offering opportunities for acquiring knowledge on cutting edge technologies and networking."
—2019 Attendee

At the ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting, pathologists can focus on any subspecialty area, learn practical skills and gain knowledge from engaging sessions led by the top leaders in the field.

Interactive Video Microscopy Tutorial (VMT) Sessions

Interact directly with your peers and expert faculty as you evaluate challenging cases together, utilizing VMT technology. Pathologists can even bring their own slides for group evaluation. Offered as thirteen 90-minute segments focusing on different subspecialty areas, these wildly popular sessions filled to standing-room only in 2019.

Meet with Experts and Your Peers

ASCP 2020 gives you more opportunities than ever to meet face-to-face with well-known leaders in the field, and more time to network with your peers and members of the entire laboratory team, from all around the globe.

Earn All 20 SAMs CME Credits

In just 3 days, Pathologists under Continuing Certification (CC) can earn all 20 SAMs CME credits needed to meet your 2-year SAMs requirement for ABPath CC Part II. A total of 24.5 CME credits can be claimed.

"Good variety of subjects and great networking. The ASCP Annual Meeting is something all lab professionals should experience."
—2019 Attendee

At ASCP 2020, laboratory professionals can gain practical knowledge in key areas such as laboratory management and practice, building upon existing skills or learning new ones. Stay up-to-date on cutting-edge laboratory knowledge and hone your abilities to advance your career and gain recognition and promotion.

Expanded Laboratory Professionals Track

Attend an extensive track of sessions designed by Laboratory Professionals for Laboratory Professionals. All sessions are now back-to-back throughout the meeting, so you can attend them all straight through. You’ll gain immediately practical skills from expert faculty from the lab, covering four core areas: hematology/coagulation, blood banking/transfusion medicine, microbiology, and clinical chemistry

Interactive Sessions – "Stump The Laboratory Professionals"

Attendees will have more options for interactive, case-based sessions, including the new "Stump the Laboratory Professionals". Challenging cases will be presented and debated by the audience alongside a panel of experts, offering a fun and highly practical learning setting.

Earn the CMLE Credits You Need

Laboratory Professionals can earn up to 24.5 CMLE credits, and choose from topics covering every topic area needed to meet your three-year CMP requirements.

ASCP 2019 Recorded Sessions: Laboratory Professionals Track

Gain access to the twelve education sessions developed by laboratory professionals for laboratory professionals that were presented at the ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting. These recorded sessions are in the four key areas—hematology/coagulation, transfusion medicine/blood banking, clinical chemistry and microbiology—in which Laboratory Professionals should be proficient. LEARN MORE

"Great mix of topics that were presented. The Resident Review sessions were very helpful and informative. I appreciate that all of the sessions I wanted to attend were included in the registration fee."
—2019 Attendee

Residents: prepare for your career with the focused education you need to expand your knowledge and skills, plus formal and informal networking opportunities to meet with your peers, top leaders in the industry, and help launch your career.

Expanded Resident Review Series

Now expanded to six 90-minute sessions, Residents participate in intensive board preparation covering challenging, high-interest topic areas to get you ready for exam day.

ASCP Fellowship Fair

In its inaugural year in 2019, the Fellowship Fair brought in 30+ institutions with more than 230 open pathology fellowships across the country. Join us again for this incredible opportunity to meet with program leaders and discover positions open for application.


Converse with and learn from the foremost leaders in the field, while also forming valuable relationships that will last throughout your career and lifetime.

Hear what recent ASCP Annual Meeting attendees had to say.

  • The conference was great—my first time attending and I enjoyed the sessions and networking opportunities. I learned practical things from the educational sessions that I can apply in my lab.

  • After attending for the full three days I felt very overwhelmed by how much new information I had learned. I will be able to bring a variety of new ideas back to my lab to help improve current methods.

  • An experience you won’t want to miss. Individuals with different cultures, from all over, gathering to learn more about what our career is offering and doing in the world. The people are amazing and the information is great.

Call for abstracts is now open!

ASCP 2020 will offer more opportunities for poster presenters to gain exposure.

Deadline MAY 1, 2020


Practical, personalized knowledge

At the ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting, you will build advanced skills and discover the latest innovations directly applicable to your practice. Choose from over a hundred hours of valuable, practical scientific education presented by some of today’s most respected leaders in the field. 

Understand the Trends and Innovations Shaping the Future of Health Care

The healthcare environment is rapidly changing, with new technologies and practices revolutionizing diagnostic medicine. Be ready for the future as globally-recognized change agents and respected experts share their knowledge and skills about the critical issues and emerging trends affecting our profession.

Get the Certification Support You Need All in One Place

Choose from a wealth of educational sessions offering credits toward your CMP or CC requirements.

Pathologists: Get SAM all the credits you need for CC (formerly MOC)

Pathologists under CC can earn all 20 SAMs CME credits needed to meet your 2-year SAMs requirement for ABPath CC Part II. With 100+ sessions offering you up to 24.5 total CME credits, the ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting has the education you need to stay current.

Lab Professionals: Discover education to keep you current under CMP

For laboratory professionals, ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting makes earning CE credits toward CMP easy, with up to 24.5 CMLE credits available throughout the meeting. Choose from sessions covering every topic area needed to meet your three-year recertification requirement.

Interested in exhibiting at ASCP 2020?

Learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at the ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting.

Travel and hotel information

Austin Convention Center

Located directly across from the headquarters hotel and nestled in the heart of downtown, the Austin Convention Center’s location is a tourist’s dream. A USGBC LEED® Gold EB certified venue running on 100 percent renewable energy from Austin Energy’s Green Choice Program, the Austin convention center is one of the country’s most modern meeting venues, with up-to-date-technology, close by, top-notch hotel accommodations and a location that is easily accessible by plane, train and automobile.

About Austin, Texas

Austin is the state capitol of Texas, with a population approaching one million. Here are some interesting facts and fun places to visit while attending the ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting:

Live music can be enjoyed at more than 250 venues throughout Austin. The city is also home to more than 2,300 recording artists. The longest running music show on television—Austin City Limits—spawned the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which draws 450,000 people.

The Historic 6th Street, South Congress, West 6th Street, Red River Cultural District, Warehouse, 2nd Street, South Austin, East Austin, Central Austin, Rainey Street Historic District, and the Domain and Domain Northside are among the “hot spots” for listening to live music, dining and taking in the nightlife.

Austin is home to more than 300 parks, including 360-acre Zilker Park. The Anne and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail follows the edge of Lady Bird Lake for ten miles and historic Barton Springs Pool welcomes swimmers to 68-degree, spring-fed waters year-round.

Built from 1882-88 out of “Sunset Red” granite and measuring 302 feet high, the Texas Capitol is 14 feet taller than the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. Governing in Texas is a part-time job, with legislators meeting only every other year.

Hotel and Booking Information

There are three Austin hotels serving as ASCP official headquarters for the 2020 Annual Meeting. All are offering substantial special discounts for meeting attendees:

The main headquarters hotel is the Fairmont Austin. Located across the street from the Austin Convention Center, the Fairmont Austin places downtown Austin at your feet. It is recommended that pathologists and laboratory professionals book their stay at this hotel.

Hyatt Place Austin is the secondary hotel for pathologists and laboratory professionals. Offered at a slightly lower rate than the Fairmont, the Hyatt Place Austin is a five-minute walk from the Austin Convention Center.

The official hotel for residents is the Hilton Austin Downtown, also across the street from the Austin Convention Center. It is recommended that residents book their stay at this hotel, as many meetings and functions specific to residents will be hosted at this property.

Save more than 30% off regular rates when you book through ASCP. Be sure to make your reservations early, as there are a limited number of discounted rooms available.

onPeak is the official hotel partner for the ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting. Through our partnership, we are able to bring you the lowest rates and great amenities for your trip to Texas. onPeak also provides flexible booking policies, great group tools and a full team of wonderful customer service agents to ensure you have a smooth booking process.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: onPeak is the only hotel provider endorsed by ASCP 2020. If you are contacted by other third-party companies claiming to offer hotel assistance, please be aware they are not endorsed by our event. Entering into financial agreements with these companies can have negative and costly consequences and are not protected by event management.

International Attendees

If you're an international guest, count on us to help make your trip to the ASCP 2020 Annual Meeting simple and successful. For assistance with travel plans, documentation and all the details of coming to America for three days of learning and networking with colleagues from across the globe, click here.