Diverse Members, Diverse Resources

Since our founding  in 1922, ASCP has grown to become a global leader in laboratory medicine. Our strength lies in the diversity and the dedication of our 100,000 members. Our efforts to strengthen the impact of our members center around four essential values: Knowledge, Advancement, Collaboration, and Global Community. No matter what challenge you face, ASCP is the best professional resource for the laboratory medicine team. 

ASCP Four Pillars
ASCP Four Pillars


The value of Knowledge describes ASCP's focus on expanding members' knowledge, skills, and ability to deliver better outcomes for patients. The goal of ASCP education is to provide a rich learning experience that involves customized, learner-centered, and solutions-based education through a collaborative network of systems, tools, faculty, members, and subject matter experts. ASCP provides an array of educational resources and live events adapted for different learning styles to ensure our members stay at the forefront of the profession. ASCP uses best practices in instructional design to help ASCP members translate learning into practice to enhance their competence and performance.

ASCP Educational Resources

ASCP offers an array of education resources to help our members enhance their competence and performance. 

Educational resources are developed to provide our members with learning during all stages of their career, from students and residents to experienced, dedicated pathologists and laboratory professionals.   

ASCP offers educational resources in  multiple formats.
  • Online Education
  • Certificate Programs
  • Live Events
  • Quality Improvement Education
  • Books and Journals

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Nationally, ASCP advocates for its members and professional community, helping interpret the latest regulatory actions and promote beneficial developments. The Society advances the entire pathology and laboratory medicine community through higher laboratory standards and best practices, adequate funding and financial reimbursement, and initiatives to address workforce shortages. 

Serve Your Community

ASCP offers its' members a variety of way to get involved that supports the pillar of knowledge. Getting involved with public policy, promoting careers in the laboratory, providing scholarships and travel grants, working globally to improve the quality of healthcare worldwide are the ways in which ASCP relies on members to provide the dedication and firepower needed to sustain our profession.

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By forging alliances with other medical societies, non-governmental organization such as the World Health Organization and the Clinton Global Initiative, and government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ASCP increases the strength, resources, and patient-centric focus of its members. With important medical societies, ASCP cultivates stronger connections for members and expands collective resources needed to be successful.

ASCP Builds Strategic Alliances

Providing improved patient care requires the development of an organized pathology voice. ASCP is invested in building national and international alliances to ensure our profession is at the center of diagnostic medicine.

ASCP has worked collaboratively with other societies to develop education resources to benefit our mutual members. Lab Management University was developed in conjunction with the American Pathology Foundation, and the University of Path Informatics was developed in conjunction with the Association for Path Informatics.  

Our Center for Global health has worked extensively with the CDC and Ministries of Health across the globe to bring pathology and laboratory medicine to underserved populations related to HIV and non-communicable diseases. 

ASCP's Washington DC staff work collaboratively with many pathology and laboratory medicine societies to ensure the collective voice of pathology is heard. 

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Global Community

Beyond its borders, ASCP has developed a cadre of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who conduct workshops and training sessions and provide standards for medical laboratories to achieve accreditation in countries throughout Africa, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. Since 2005, the CDC has given ASCP substantial funding for this work through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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For ASCP, strengthening our global community involves expanding our global footprint to provide pathologists and laboratory professionals around the world with opportunities for certification, training, and membership aligned specifically with their needs. It also means supporting resource-limited countries with training and education to establish a framework for the practice of quality laboratory medicine.

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