Attend the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting

Gain valuable skills and knowledge you can apply in your lab today while also fulfilling your MOC and CMP requirements. Hear from knowledgeable, world-class faculty and respected, premier leaders. Gather with and learn from the foremost experts in the field, while also forming valuable relationships that will last throughout your career and lifetime.

 

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Gain Practical, Personalized Knowledge You Can Apply in Your Lab Today

At the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting, you will build advanced skills and discover the latest innovations directly applicable to your practice. Choose from over 250 hours of practical scientific education presented by some of the most respected leaders in the field today. 

Understand the Trends and Innovations Shaping the Future of Health Care

The healthcare environment is rapidly changing, with new technologies and practices revolutionizing the diagnostic medicine profession. Prepare for the challenges ahead 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 MOC requirements and complete your requirement in just three days.

Pathologists: Get all the SAM credits you need for MOC

Pathologists under MOC can earn up to 19.5 hours of SAM CME credit at the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting, completing your entire two-year SAM credit requirement in just three days.

With the majority of our educational sessions offering SAM credits and 100+ sessions offering you up to 22.5 total CME credits, the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting has the education you need to stay current.

Lab Professionals: Discover education to keep you current under CMP

For laboratory professionals, the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting makes earning CE credits toward CMP easy, with up to 22.5 CMLE credits available throughout the meeting. Choose from sessions covering every topic area needed to meet your three-year recertification requirement.

Browse Education at ASCP 2018 and Plan Your Meeting

Customize your learning experience by selecting from a wealth of sessions covering the latest techniques and best practices immediately relevant to your day-to-day responsibilities.

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Featured Sessions Led by the Top Minds in your Field

At the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting, you’ll find practical content in essential focus areas taught by some of the most respected leaders in the field, gaining knowledge to immediately improve patient care.

Examples of Past Featured Sessions

  • NeXtGen Laboratory Staffing: Surviving the Laboratory Professional Tsunami – APF Session
  • Using Big Data to Improve Patient Care in the Laboratory: Building the ASCP National Pathology Quality Registry
  • The Cost of Quality: What Can Your Institution Afford? – APF Session
  • ASCP and PEPFAR: History, Impact, and Lessons Learned
  • Laboratory Utilization in the Hospital and Community Setting: Tricks of the Trade – APF Session

Renowned Speakers Covering Crucial Topics

Hear from leaders in the field about critical issues and emerging trends affecting pathology and lab medicine today at our thought-provoking General Sessions.

Past General Session Speakers

  • Deborah L. Birx, MD, Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
  • Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Sanjay Gupta, MD, Emmy-award winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN

2018 Call for Abstracts is Now Closed

Abstract submission is now closed. Corresponding authors will receive notification regarding the status of their submissions in mid-May. Good luck!

The Top Ten Posters

The top posters in their category are selected as best of the best with a “Best Poster” award.

Best Poster Categories:

  • Best International Poster
  • Best Resident Poster
  • Best Education Poster
  • Best Lab Practice Poster
  • Best Scientific Poster
  • Best Case Study Poster (New for 2018)

2018 Call for Abstracts is Now Closed

Abstract submission is now closed. Consider submitting an abstract for ASCP 2019!

"Being recognized as a Best Poster award winner gave me the opportunity to implement process improvements that will save money and staff time in my lab. Winning this award is a catalyst for my colleagues to do more."

-Su-Chieh Pamela Sun, MT(ASCP), MPA, Supervisor, Central Laboratory, New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York

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Build Practical Knowledge

Focus in on your subspecialty area, learn practical skills and gain knowledge through a combination of lecture-based and interactive sessions taught by the top leaders in the field.

Get All the MOC Support You Need in One Place

Benefit from almost 250 hours of education in dozens of topic areas, allowing you to earn up to 22.5 total CME credits. Pathologists under Maintenance of Certification can earn up to 19.5 hours of SAMs CME credit at the Annual Meeting, completing your entire two-year SAMs CME credit requirement in just three days. 

 

Meeting Highlights 

  • Seven Cutting-Edge Focus Areas - Choose from education tracks in the fastest-growing, most challenging areas, exposing you to critical and emerging subjects.
  • Progressive Learning Format - Take part in fundamental and advanced education sessions presented in a variety of engaging formats to meet your learning needs and interests.
  • Premier Faculty - Hear from knowledgeable, world-class experts and respected leaders.
  • Networking - Gather with and learn from the foremost leaders in the field, while also forming valuable relationships that will last throughout your career and lifetime.

Learn Immediately Applicable Skills

Gain practical knowledge in key areas such as laboratory management and practice, allowing you to build upon existing skills or learn new ones. Stay up-to-date on cutting-edge laboratory knowledge and hone your abilities to advance your career and gain recognition and promotion. 

Meet CMP Requirements

Benefit from almost 250 hours of education in dozens of topic areas, allowing you to earn up to 22.5 CMLE credits.

 

Meeting Highlights

  • Seven Cutting-Edge Focus Areas - Choose from education tracks in the fastest-growing, most challenging areas, exposing you to critical and emerging subjects. 
  • Progressive Learning Format - Take part in fundamental and advanced education sessions presented in a variety of engaging formats to meet your learning needs and interests.
  • Laboratory Management Track - Learn new and essential concepts in laboratory management with over two dozen comprehensive laboratory management sessions developed specifically for laboratory professionals.
  • Faculty - Hear from knowledgeable, world-class experts and respected, premier leaders.
  • Networking - Gather with and learn from the foremost leaders in the field, while also forming valuable relationships that will last throughout your career and lifetime.
 

Prepare for Your Career

Expand your knowledge and skills with focused education and board preparation. Gain insights on the field from expert faculty and leaders through almost 250 hours of education in dozens of topic areas.

Find Content Just for You

Watch for more details coming soon on events and sessions designed specifically for residents!

Meeting Highlights

  • Resident Review Series - Prepare for your board exam with the Resident Review Series, a group of five 1.5 hour sessions covering challenging, high-interest topic areas to get you ready for exam day.
  • Seven Cutting-edge Focus Areas - Choose from education tracks in the fastest-growing, most challenging areas, exposing you to critical and emerging subjects.
  • Progressive Learning Format - Take part in fundamental and advanced education sessions presented in a variety of engaging formats to meet your learning needs and interests.
  • Faculty - Hear from knowledgeable, world-class experts and respected, premier leaders.
  • Networking - Gather with and learn from the foremost leaders in the field, while also forming valuable relationships that will last throughout your career and lifetime.
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Meeting Hotels

There are four Baltimore hotels serving as official headquarters for the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting. All are offering substantial special discounts for meeting attendees.

The main headquarters hotel is the Baltimore Hilton, a premier destination hotel in downtown Baltimore. The Baltimore Hilton occupies a central location with some rooms that look directly into Orioles Park at Camden Yards and is connected to the Baltimore Convention Center by an elevated walkway. It is recommended that ASCP pathologist and laboratory professional members book their stay at this hotel. 

The other official hotels are listed below:

  • Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor—Residents Official Headquarters Hotel
  • Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace—APF members Official Headquarters Hotel
  • Days Inn Inner Harbor—Exhibitors Official Headquarters Hotel

All of these hotels are located close to public transportation and the Baltimore Convention Center. Attendees traveling from Washington, D.C., or Baltimore International Airport (BWI) can use the MARC Train or Baltimore's Light Rail. By car, Amtrak's Pennsylvania Station is one mile north, and BWI is 10 miles south.

Booking Information

Make sure to take advantage of ASCP's discounted rate and enjoy large savings over regular rates.

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onPeak is the official hotel partner for the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting. Through our partnership, we are able to bring you the lowest rates and great amenities for your trip to Baltimore. 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.

Baltimore Convention Center

Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Baltimore Convention Center's location is a tourist's dream. From the world renowned Inner Harbor to historic Little Italy, the convention center offers attendees a grand variety of attractions.

 

Location

The Baltimore Convention Center is conveniently located with easy access to public transportation. Attendees traveling from Washington, D.C., or Baltimore International Airport (BWI) can use the MARC Train or Baltimore's Light Rail. By car, Amtrak's Pennsylvania Station is one mile north, and BWI is 10 miles south.

 

The Baltimore Experience

There’s a buzz about Baltimore that makes people who visit fall in love with its vibe. With the world-famous Inner Harbor, renowned museums and attractions and award-winning restaurants, get ready to explore a truly authentic American city.

Travel + Leisure calls Baltimore the “Coolest City on the East Coast”

Condé Nast Traveler names Baltimore one of the “Best Cities for Seafood”

Coastal Living lists Baltimore as one of “Americas Hottest Food Cities on the Coast”

 

Things to Do

With all the things that make up the "Baltimore Experience," it's easy to have a great time. There is always something new and exciting taking place. 

  • Discover the wonders of the Inner Harbor, just a 10-minute walk from the meeting hotel and Baltimore Convention Center. The Inner Harbor offers first-rate restaurants, exciting nightlife and attractions such as the Maryland Science Center.
  • Investigate the locally-loved music scene and hip and historic neighborhoods.
  • Check out Camden Yards where the Orioles play or visit the Babe Ruth Museum and the Sports Legends Museum, all within a short walk of the meeting hotel and convention center.
  • Visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key penned the American National Anthem.
  • See a piece of literary history at the Edgar Allan Poe House.

Information for International Attendees

ASCP welcomes our international guests to Baltimore, Maryland.
If you're an international guest, count on us to help make your trip to the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting simple and successful. Here is your resource 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. We look forward to seeing you at the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting. 

As you plan your trip to the meeting, please visit this website often for the latest information about educational sessions, social events and breaking news as we continue to plan an outstanding educational and social program for all guests.
Please be aware that a trip to the United States may require additional planning. All visa applicants are advised to apply for their visas as soon as possible for travel to the United States.

General Meeting Information

ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting October 3-5, 2018
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Visa Application Tips

  • Include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer. See below for information about requesting an official letter of invitation for the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting.
  • When possible, provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status, society membership and/or meeting registration.
  • Visa applicants are expected to provide evidence that they intend to return to their country of residence. Therefore, applicants should provide proof of binding or sufficient ties to their home country or permanent residence abroad. Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in the visitor's home country.
  • Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa application.
  • All applicants must be able to qualify for a visa on their own merits under the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • Find more information about applying for a visa here.

International Invitation Letter 

ASCP will offer an official letter of invitation for ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting attendees. That letter will be available after March 31, 2018, on request to ASCP Customer Service at 800.267.2727. Present this letter of invitation from ASCP to the consular officer during the visa interview. The letter of invitation, though not required for the visa application and by no means guaranteeing admittance into the U.S., can assist as a supporting document and provide compelling evidence for immigration officials to consider. 

Please note that ASCP cannot intervene with either U.S. embassies abroad or with the U.S. State Department on behalf of any participant. 

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Reach Your Customers

The ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting is the only meeting that connects you with laboratory medicine’s full team of key purchasers—all of the people you need to reach to meet your goals. It is the single best opportunity to interact directly with your target audiences through one-on-one meetings, product education and group presentations during exclusive exhibit hours.

Access Key Decision Makers

The meeting offers you several opportunities to connect with decision makers, thought leaders and early adopters of laboratory and pathology products and services. Attendees are comprised of several groups:

  • 36% Physicians/Pathologists
  • 36% Laboratory Professionals
  • 20% Residents
  • 8% Others

Best of all, these diagnostic leaders represent hospitals and health systems, research hospitals, and independent reference labs—the full spectrum of buyers.

 

Gain Visibility as an Exhibitor

Experience dedicated face-to-face time for you to interact with your buyers through features that will draw more traffic to you:

  • Dedicated exhibitor hours
  • Coffee and lunch breaks
  • Exhibitor attendee mixer
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening reception
  • "The Diagnosis Is Right" Exhibit Hall Game

Extend Your Reach as a Sponsor

Want your brand to stand out even more? Become a sponsor and support education, conference materials and more. 

Satellite Symposia Breakfast
Present a symposium related to a current or cutting-edge technology during a breakfast session. As a host you will select the topic and speakers (additional fees may be incurred for items such as food, beverage and honoraria). 

Unrestricted Education Grant 
Make a lasting impression on future pathologists and laboratory professionals by sponsoring an unrestricted education grant.

How to Exhibit or Sponsor

Learn more about our packages in our Exhibitor Prospectus.

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Interested in exhibiting or becoming a sponsor? Have another idea? Just let us know. These opportunities are open to exhibitors and sponsors.

Contact Linda Griffin by phone at 773.588.4692 or via email at exhibit@ascp.org.