ASCP Brings You Tools for Success

ASCP knows your unique needs as a pathology resident-studying for boards, applying for fellowships, finding your dream job-while developing a strong background and network for the future. Members of the ASCP Resident Council during 2014-2017 have identified the right tools and best tips for a successful residency. ASCP provides you the educational tools to help you track your pathology and laboratory medicine knowledge as well as opportunities to get involved, grow your network of colleagues and mentors, and prepare your for your boards. Staying active with ASCP will set you on the road to a fruitful career in pathology.

 

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ASCP Education Products

Resident Online Education

ASCP offers an extensive library of online education products that are easy to use, accessible 24/7, and affordable. Many of these products are case-based with images and multiple choice questions.

PRISE

PRISE is ASCP's comprehensive online, self-assessment and educational tool specifically designed for pathologists and residents. PRISE gives you access to hundreds of case-based multiple choice questions, including images, educational feedback and references.

Lab Management University (LMU)

LMU is ASCP's self paced, online certificate program that offers the most complete training resources in laboratory management.

Both products, LMU and PRISE, are included in the RISE PLUS product available to all pathology residency programs.

How to Access Online Education

ASCP online products can be easily accessed from the ASCP online educational portal with over 1,000 courses. Online courses can be completed at your convenience 24/7, 365 days per year.

Click below to learn how to access your online education.

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Residency Program Education Resources

As part of your residency program training, ASCP has developed a set of educational resources that are available to all programs. Typically, your Residency Program Director will evaluate the various RISE products and purchase those products as part of your program year.

ASCP's RISE line of products helps residents to assess and track their training progress and medical knowledge. In addition, it helps program directors in evaluating the training program curriculum.

Please check with your Residency Program Director to ensure that your program is taking advantage of the educational tools available to help you achieve success during your residency.

Resident In-Service Examination (RISE)

RISE is an evaluation tool that can be used to assess progress in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, molecular pathology, and laboratory administration.

RISE is a comprehensive examination tool that is used by 100% of U.S. pathology residency programs and features:

  • Strong correlation between RISE results from senior year of residency and subsequent first-time American Board of Pathology (ABP) certifying exam pass rates
  • More than 350 multiple choice questions, many with images
  • A browser-based online format which provides an easy way to administer the exam
The RISE exam is usually administered annually during the spring.

RISE First

RISE First is an exam administered to new residents at the beginning of their first year. This exam establishes your baseline knowledge of pathology in order to better assist in tracking training progress.

RISE PLUS

RISE PLUS is a complete solution that provides immediate access to ASCP's leading educational tools. This comprehensive package fills knowledge gaps and strengthens competency in lab management in preparation for resident exams.

ASCP Educational Meetings & Products

ASCP offers an array of educational products that offer pathologists opportunities to learn in face-to-face meetings. These products have been developed to meet the educational needs of adult learners and allows pathologists to in the learning format they prefer.

Live Events

  • ASCP Educational Courses range from 2.5 to 5 days and are held in destinations across the country. ASCP Educational Courses allow pathologists the unique opportunity to spend extended time on one topic area in close association with the expert faculty. Everyday challenges, pitfalls, diagnostic dilemmas and cutting-edge technologies are addressed with interactive and personalized instruction, including extended microscopy sessions with an extensive collection of histologic slides and problem cases.
  • Pathology Update provides residents with a mix of surgical, cytologic and molecular topics

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ASCP Annual Meeting

ASCP Annual Meeting provides attendees with an opportunity to take part in a national conference with over 25+ hours of CME/SAMS, access to expert faculty, keynote plenary sessions, receptions and the opportunity to submit an abstract and be selected to present your research as a poster presenter.

The ASCP Annual meeting is the essential global gathering of the diagnostic medicine team and an unequaled experience-practical, personalized and innovative-with education and networking opportunities that will you to serve patients today and shape tomorrow.

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ASCP Press

ASCP offers a wealth of books on a wide variety of topics relevant to pathology and laboratory medicine. Comprehensive and informative, ASCP Press books offer the best quality and value.

Books

Authored by leading educators and recognized researchers, ASCP books present indispensable information. From comprehensive reference texts to illustrated atlases, every book provides extensive coverage on scientific advances that are critical and timely.


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eBooks

ASCP eBooks have enhanced features that make accessing study materials online quick and convenient. Sold as stand-alone texts or products that integrate with existing hard copies, these digital texts provide knowledge with added functionality.


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Journals and Publications

ASCP publishes three journals which are considered the most informative and comprehensive journals in print today. Our editorial content is timely and relevant and provides expert information on new scientific research, techniques and developments in the ever changing healthcare landscape.

American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP)

AJCP is the official journal of ASCP and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. It is the leading peer-reviewed pathology and laboratory medicine research journal available.

Lab Medicine

Lab Medicine is a quarterly print and online publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts related to all subspecialties of laboratory medicine that promote continuing education in the clinical laboratory sciences.

Critical Values

Critical Values is a quarterly magazine that provides information that is important to the entire laboratory team by keeping them abreast of technical, regulatory, and ethical issues in pathology and laboratory medicine. Feature articles place important technical issues for pathologists and laboratory professionals in broader context.

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Applying for Fellowship

Explore Fellowships Early

Fellowships are a crucial opportunity to hone your craft and build a strong network of colleagues and mentors, and can be an opportunity to establish a professional base in the city in which you may ultimately want to practice.

  • Find and research your dream fellowship.

    • Read the fellowship description on the program's website.

    • Research the fellowship online.

    • Talk with former fellows or residents at the institution who are familiar with the fellowship.

  • Network and build relationships with pathologists in your program, local area, and subspecialty area, as well as your colleagues and peers. You will learn more about opportunities, increase your exposure and provide more information for faculty to improve your letters of recommendation.

  • Read through the annual ASCP Fellowship & Job Market Survey. The survey provides information for pathology trainees, residency and fellowship program directors, and prospective employers.

Share Your Research

  • Submit abstracts/posters to ASCP Annual Meeting and present platforms/talks.
  • Publish scholarly journal articles and submit your case reports to LabQ and Case Studies.

 

Build Professional Affiliations

You can build and strengthen professional affiliations, continue your education and ultimately advance your career by taking advantage of the following opportunities to build your career.

  • Attend local, state, and national meetings, workshops and conferences in your subspecialty area.
  • Participate in educational activities, network with leaders, and develop relationships with directors, who are often the person who conduct fellowship interviews.
  • Become a member of a national or international organization that provides subspecialty newsletters, journals and the latest news and information.

ASCP Subspecialty Grant

ASCP can help financially support your elective rotation. Click below to find out more about applying for a grant.

Learn More About ASCP Grants

Tips for Applying

  • Some programs require a previous onsite rotation before you can be considered for a fellowship application or interview.
  • Consider programs that offer multiple desirable fellowships. As many fellowships are filled by internal candidates, picking a fellowship in a program that also offers other desirable fellowships may you give you an advantage.
  • Time your rotation during the fellowship interview period. If you rotate during the fellowship interview period, you may be able to interview at the end of your rotation.
  • Note each program's timelines and deadlines. Unlike residency programs, most pathology fellowships do not utilize a match system. Timelines will vary from program to program and also between fellowships at the same institution.
  • If you are applying for a position that begins immediately after a four-year pathology residency, you should submit your application early in the PGY3 year (summer or fall).  Interviews will be held in the fall and winter with decisions finalized by spring.
  • Ask a fellowship director how many years in advance their fellowship fills, and which academic years are currently full or open.

Standardized Fellowship Applications

The basic fellowship application includes a CV, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has developed a standardized pathology fellowship application and a list of programs that have agreed to accept this standard application. 

Applying to a Different Subspecialty

While you can do any combination that you are passionate about, there are a few important tips to keep in mind when you are applying to a different subspecialty.

  • Be prepared to explain the rationale behind your choices.
  • Communicate to program directors that you are applying to different subspecialty areas. They can help you determine the best order or next steps for your second year.
  • It is okay to pursue a combination subspecialty and cytopathology or surgical pathology (academic or private) to prepare for the job market, and even expected if you are applying to a competitive fellowship such as dermatopathology. However, be cautious that you don't position one of the fellowships as a "fallback."
  • If you are planning to stay at the same institution, it may be preferable to do the subspecialty rotation first. This will allow you to begin a project and have enough time to finish it during your surgical pathology fellowship year.

Applying to Two Consecutive Fellowships in One Program

Many residents apply for consecutive fellowships at the same time. For example, a resident may choose to apply to a hematopathology fellowship, then a molecular pathology fellowship. If you choose to plan to apply for two consecutive fellowships at one program, here are a few things to know.

  • Clearly state this intention in your cover letter.
  • Programs may choose to coordinate your interview day. For example, you may interview with one subspecialty in the morning, and another in the afternoon. It is possible to interview over two consecutive days.
  • During the interview process, you will be asked if you have a preference as to which fellowship you would like to complete first. You will also be asked if you would consider accepting an offer for only of the two fellowships. As you prepare for your interviews, you should consider your answers to both of these questions.

Preparing for the Interview

  • After interviewing for your pathology residency, this part should feel quite familiar. Many of the same preparations you made for your residency apply when interviewing for fellowships.

For Your Interview

  • Dress conservatively.
  • Be knowledgeable about the program, and its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Before the interview, research your interviewers and their work.
  • Have a list of questions ready. Asking good questions not only demonstrates your knowledge and preparation, it shows your sincere interest in the program and keeps interviewers engaged.
  • Build confidence by preparing advance answers to questions you can anticipate being asked.

After the Interview

  • Write a thank you email the same day as the interview, if possible. Prepare a basic template that you can personalize and email from the airport as you are preparing to return home. Not following up may come across as a sign that you are not interested.
  • Mail a separate thank you letter within a day or two of your interview.
  • After you have completed all of your interviews, you will know which program is the front runner. If it feels appropriate, consider letting that program know they are your first choice.

Samples of Interview Questions

Be ready and have a list of questions ready to ask during the interview. Samples of good starter questions are below.

  • How many open positions are available?
  • How many candidates do you plan to interview?
  • What is the timeline for a decision?

Anticipate Responses for Questions

Prepare responses for some basic questions that you will be asked.

  • How and why did you choose this subspecialty?
  • What are your plans after your fellowship?
  • Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?
  • Are you interested in private practice or academics?
  • What percentage of your time do you envision spending on research, clinical duties and teaching?
  • Describe your ideal fellowship?
  • What attracted you to this program?
  • What has been your previous research?
  • What are your other interests and hobbies?

Additional Resources

For more information about the interview process, click on the links below.

Managing an Offer

As there is no official match system and programs do not follow a strict fellowship application process schedule, residents often get offers prior to completing their interviews. Managing an offer while continuing to interview can be tricky. The guidelines below will help you navigate this situation.

  • Politely explain that you would like the opportunity to complete all of your scheduled interviews to make a well-rounded decision.
  • Contact your prospective institutions and explain that you have received an offer, but would like the opportunity to interview with them prior to making a commitment. You should also let them know your timeline for responding to an offer. This may inspire a program to offer you an interview more expediently.
  • Remain aware of the timeframe in which your program requests a response. Some programs will grant a period of weeks to reply with your decision, while other programs will pressure you for a response in a matter of days or even 24 hours.
  • Make sure you reply to an offering program within the agreed timeframe.

Tips to Remember

  • Once you sign and return an agreement or offer letter, your decision should be final.
  • Signing an actual agreement or pre-contract is preferable to a verbal commitment to hold a fellowship spot.
  • While acceptance letters are not legally binding, as they would be with a formal match, it reflects badly on both you and your residency program to decline once you have accepted an offer, and may hurt you in the future when applying for a job.
  • Remember to protect your own interests. This will enable you to arrive at a confident decision when accepting an offer.
Apply for A Job

Craft Your CV

Compile and create a CV that sets you apart from your peers, showcasing your achievements and experience in a clean, professional format.

Keep Your Formatting Clean

  • Use a simple serif font for a more professional look
  • Make sure the font size is easily readable

Organize Your Information

  • Highlight your most information by placing it first, or higher up in a list.
    • Education
    • Honors/awards
    • Special skills/experiences
  • Summarize information and only include most relevant facts.
    • Training
    • Papers
    • Abstracts
    • Professional Organizations
    • Leadership Role

Review and Edit

  • Have mentors critique your CV for additional feedback
  • Always proofread multiple times before submitting

Sample CV

Members of the ASCP Resident Council have developed and are making available to all residents, an array of sample CVs for your review and use.

Review the samples below to get started on crafting a successful CV.

CV Sample 1
CV Sample 2
CV Sample 3
CV Sample 4
CV Sample 5

Asking for Letters of Recommendations

Strong references and letters of recommendations play a vital role in the decision-making processes for both employment and fellowship opportunities. Follow these tips to receive the references and recommendations that fully demonstrate your hard work.

Ask for references from individuals who know you well and will write you a positive letter.

  • Give your references at least four weeks to write your letters, and be clear about deadlines when you ask. If a few weeks have passed without hearing anything, politely remind them. Your application review may be delayed until your application is complete.
  • Once they have agreed to serve as a reference or write a letter of recommendation, email them your career goals and interests.
    • Describe instances where you successfully collaborated with the letter writer, and note any accomplishments.
    • Be detailed, but concise. The more concrete information you provide, the better your letter will be.
  • Ask that the letter or reference feature experiences relevant to the job to which you are applying.
  • Provide references with your CV, cover letter and a summary of your experiences/projects.

 

Additional Notes

  • If you can't obtain a letter from a faculty member in your desired field, a strong subspecialty letter may be sufficient.
  • A letter from a faculty member with close connections to the program to which you are applying may also be helpful.

Maximizing Your Cover Letter

Your cover letter is the best opportunity to explain the qualifications you can't fully detail in your CV.

Tips, Strategies and Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Create your cover letter from a base template rather than updating a previous letter. This will help you avoid accidental overlap between letters. Find a sample cover letter to get started.
  • Be truthful and concise, letting your credentials speak for themselves. Avoid the temptation to oversell.
  • Use a professional voice throughout. Fell free to convey your enthusiasm, but avoid an overly ecstatic tone.
  • Try reading your cover letter aloud to ensure that it reads well.
  • Ask a colleague or mentor to read your letter and offer feedback.
  • Proofread carefully. Use Spell Check and Grammar Check, but don't rely on these tools to catch every error.
  • Finally, double check the date, address and salutation, ensuring that your letter is addressed to the correct person and institution.

Sample Cover Letter

Below is a sample template for your use when developing a cover letter for your job search.  Remember to create your letter from a base template rather than updating a previous letter.

Sample Cover Letter Template

Master the Personal Statement and Job Talk

Some positions require both a personal statement and a job talk, and most academic jobs will require both. Here are a few tips to help get you started on your statement and job talk.

The Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be limited to one page, and it should describe how you and your interests and experience align with the position and the with institution's overarching goals.

Each personal statement you submit should be customized to each program or job to which you are applying.  Include specific details that reflect the research you have done, as well as demonstrating your commitment to the position.

Organizing Your Personal Statement

While personal statements can take many forms, in general, a three paragraph format works well.

  • The first paragraph serves as your introduction. Write about yourself, and how you came to choose your subspecialty.

  • The second paragraph is an opportunity to advocate for yourself, showcasing the skills and experience you bring to the table, and outlining why you are the best candidate.

  • The third paragraph should answer the questions, "Why do I want this job or program?" In this paragraph you should describe the elements you are looking for in a position and describe how this opportunity meets those elements.

Circulate your rough draft to your attending physicians, mentors, and senior fellows who have already matched. Ask for and incorporate their feedback.

The Job Talk

While your personal statement conveys your goals, accomplishments and your potential contributions to a fellowship or position, your job talk is a crucial opportunity to advocate for yourself, demonstrate your communication skills, can capture and hold the interest of potential colleagues.

Constructing an Effective Job Talk

  • Job talks are usually one-hour slots, so plan to speak for only 45 minutes to allow time for questions. Practice timing yourself in advance.
  • It is important to engage with your mentors early and ask for feedback that you can incorporate into your talk.
  • Remember, this is your chance to shine. Practice, practice, practice.

Expert Advice for Your Search

Take it from your fellow resident colleagues, these are tried and true methods to hitting the pavement and finding the right path for you.

Network Early and Proactively

  • Become involved in specialty and subspecialty organizations, and make sure you are on their mailing lists.
  • Utilize word-of-mouth and seek out colleagues to learn about positions that may not be advertised, or might not yet be posted.
  • Talk to you Program Director and networking contacts to see if they have heard of any positions, and if they would send emails or make calls on your behalf.
  • Register to receive email job alerts
  • Post your resume online.

Plan Ahead

  • Make sure to plan for interview time in the last 12-18 months of training. This can be a demanding experience, requiring days for preparation, travel, and the interview itself.
  • Be aware that some academic positions will be posted as early as the preceding summer or fall for a following summer start date. Other positions will not be posted until after January or early spring.
  • Starting your job search early has the advantage of locking down a position early. However, you may feel urgency taking a job before a more promising option is even posted.
  • Even if your feel you already have an ideal job situation, it is in your best interest to interview at other institutions to see the range of options available.

 

Resources for Your Search

Below is list of some of the best professional organizations and pathology job resources for finding a job, career advice and networking opportunities.

ASCP Fellowship & Job Market Survey

ASCP responds to the interests and needs of residents, fellows and program directors by conducting an annual survey on fellowships and the job market for pathologists in training. Click below to read the most current report findings.

Fellowship & Job Market Survey

 

Grow Professionally with ASCP

Join A Committee and Grow Professionally

ASCP offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and invites members who want to become involved with the organization to consider serving on one of our committees or councils. 

Governance and Member Councils

ASCP governing committees oversee many operational aspects of the Society. From membership oversight to scholarship reviews, these committees are comprised of members dedicated to fostering ASCP's mission through volunteer service. Consider applying for a seat on the Resident Council. 

ASCP Product Development Committees

The Commission of Continuing Professional Development (CCPD) oversees the operational aspects of ASCP products and services. From developing innovative products to identifying new directions for education, these committees are comprised of members dedicated to creating engaging content.

Discover Opportunities

Submit an Abstract

The ASCP Annual Meeting offers Residents the opportunity to showcase your knowledge and dedication to discovery in front of a prestigious global audience. Presenting a poster gives you instant credibility and puts your research up for discussion in front of peers and internationally renowned faculty. Past entries have garnered national media attention, catalyzed significant changes at their institution and fast tracked backing for expanded research. Join the over 500 abstracts submitted annually and begin to build your CV. Watch for the Call for Abstracts.

 

Submit a Case Study or Journal Article

Case studies are written by current and emerging experts in the field of pathology and lab medicine. Each case is edited and peer-reviewed by a panel of experts in each specialty area. Journal articles are an opportunity to publish your research in a peer-reviewed scientific publication.

There are multiple opportunities to publish content including:

  • AJCP
  • Lab Medicine
  • Critical Values
  • ASCP Case Reports and LabQ


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Spread the Word

The medical laboratory team makes significant contributions to the delivery of quality patient care. ASCP is the only society that represents pathologists, laboratory professionals and residents. ASCP recognizes these efforts by raising awareness for the public, other allied health professional and fellow colleagues in the lab. 

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (Lab Week)

Lab Week showcases the importance of the work of the medical laboratory profession. By getting the word out to local communities, healthcare colleagues and other networks, ASCP members help everyone appreciate the importance of the value of the lab. 

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ASCP Member Week

ASCP Member Week celebrates the dedication and accomplishment of pathologists and laboratory professionals. Debuting in 2017, the Stories from the Heart Contest gave members the opportunity to account how they began their careers in the lab and how ASCP has supported their careers. Member Week is also an opportunity for ASCP to recognize and reward our members who volunteer their time and efforts to govern, publish, teach and advocate for laboratory medicine.

Learn More About Member Week

40 Under Forty

Celebrating Future Leaders of the Lab

ASCP's 40 Under Forty program shines the spotlight on 40 highly accomplished pathologists, pathology residents and laboratory professionals under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership.  

This prestigious program evaluates candidates on their accomplishments, leadership skills, breadth of experience and their dedication to innovation in the field of laboratory medicine.

Learn More About 40 Under Forty

ASCP Resident Representative Leadership Award

ASCP's Resident Representative Leadership Award recognizes two outstanding Residents from the Resident Representative Network for demonstrating leadership and promoting ASCP membership and resident activities.

Award Overview

To celebrate your distinguished achievements, ASCP will:

  • Recognize your contributions at the ASCP Annual Meeting during the Michele D. Raible Lecture for Residents
  • Provide round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and complimentary registration to the ASCP Annual Meeting
  • Highlight our accomplishments in Critical Values and on the ASCP website

Award Conditions

This award is open to current ASCP Resident Representative Network members. 

A call for nominations will go out to all members of the ASCP Resident Representative Network during the winter. Award winners will attend the ASCP Annual Meeting.

When applications are being accepted, an online application will be available for nominations, including self-nominations.

For information regarding this award, please contact: residentcouncil@ascp.org

ASCP Resident Representative Network

Resident Representatives are the voice of ASCP resident members and have made a commitment to facilitate communication between residents at the grassroots level and the members of the ASCP Resident Council. All pathology residency programs in the United States and Canada are invited to name of ASCP Resident Representative per ten pathology residents.

Serving as a Resident Representative offers a great opportunity for you to become proactively involved with ASCP. Explore the pathology profession outside of your own program to make a significant impact on your career.

Start Building Your Network

Contact your Resident Representative at your program to start building your own professional network or volunteer to serve as a Resident Representative if you program has not yet appointed one.

For questions or for more information, email: residentcouncil@ascp.org

Learn More About the Resident Representative Network

Opportunities to Serve Your Community

ASCP Policy Efforts

ASCP is proactive at identifying and developing programs and special efforts that advocate for members through policy statements.

Each year ASCP identifies issues as it Patient-Centered Policy Priorities (PCPPs). These priorities represent a patient-centered agenda that will be advanced throughout the organization. ASCP is committed to developing public policies that not only improve the public's health through the practice of laboratory medicine, but also represents the interests of its membership.

Learn More About ASCP Efforts

Interested in Getting Active on Policy Issues

ASCP's Commission on Science, Technology and Public Policy (CSTP) promotes excellence in advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and laboratory professionals.

In addition to ASCP oversight of public policy, ASCP gives members a voice to ensure that federal and state policymakers understand key issues of concern to pathologists and other laboratory professionals. ASCP members must continue to make our collective voice heard.

Visit ASCP eAdvocacy Center

Choosing Wisely + ASCP

ASCP is proud to join the ABIM Foundation in the Choosing Wisely Campaign to reduce waste in the healthcare system. As one of 70 medical societies in the campaign, ASCP is the only society representing pathology and laboratory medicine. Our goal is to identify the right test at the right time for the right cost to better serve our patients. 

As part of our ongoing effort to collaborate in the interest of patients, ASCP will focus on appropriate test utilization for the next several years.

Learn More About Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely Champions

The Choosing Wisely Champions program recognizes the efforts of dedicated pathologists and laboratory professionals for making informed decisions about lab testing. Choosing Wisely recommendations improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs, and the Choosing Wisely Champions encourage their colleagues to use the right time at the right time for the right cost.

To find out how to become a Choosing Wisely Champion or to Nominate a Champion, click on the link below.

Learn About Choosing Wisely Champions

Supporting Public Health Worldwide 

ASCP's Center for Global Health oversees initiatives around the world that make significant contributions to public health. Working closely with its CDC partners as well as local Ministries of Health, higher education institutions and national reference laboratories, the Center for Global Health determines a country's needs and then creates collaborative, sustainable healthcare solutions. 

President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

The Center for Global Health has assisted 29 countries to improve laboratory quality and build a skilled laboratory workforce, including the improvement of diagnosis, care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. A full range of activities encompass hands-on technical trainings, as well as consultations in the revision of university curricula, faculty training, quality systems consultation and mentorship, strategic planning, policy development and laboratory accreditation.


Learn about PEPFAR and Other Initiatives 

Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa

The Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa project is an ASCP-led coalition that provides rapid cancer diagnostics, care and treatment to undeserved areas in Sub-Saharan African. Using the latest telepathology systems and the expertise of hundreds of volunteers around the global, this laboratory enterprise delivers results that saves lives.

To find out more about what ASCP is doing and how you can get involved, please visit the Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa website.

Learn About the Partners Project

ASCP Patient Champions

The ASCP Patient Champions program raises awareness of the vital role the medical laboratory plays in patient care through highlighting real-life stories of patients. By sharing their stories, Patient Champions empower new patients to ask the right questions and understand their diagnosis, management and potential treatment options.

Pathologists and laboratory professionals can participate in the program by nominating a Patient Champion or applying to be a Patient Champion themselves.

Learn About ASCP Patient Champions

Nominate a Patient Champion

Do you know a patient who has an inspiring story to share? Nominate an ASCP Patient Champion and raise awareness of the laboratory team's impact on patient care.

For more information about how to nominate a Patient Champion and the requirements for being a Patient Champion, click on the button below.

Nominate a Patient Champion

What is Career Ambassador 2.0

ASCP Career Ambassador 2.0 operates as a network of laboratory professionals, pathologists and resident members to introduce to students in high school and middle school opportunities for science careers, specifically in the medical lab. Ambassadors make presentations locally about fulfilling careers in the laboratory sciences.

ASCP has the tools and resources available to help you get started as a Career Ambassador.

Connect with Career Ambassadors Near You

Getting started as a Career Ambassador is simple, since ASCP makes it easy to connect with experienced presenters in your area. Regional ASCP representatives are also available to provide assistance.

Learn How to Get Started

 

How to Make A Presentation

Career Ambassador 2.0 volunteers use the What's My Next website to access proven teaching support materials. These tools make contacting schools, developing presentations, and sharing teaching experiences easy.

Watch a video of a current Career Ambassador 2.0 volunteer discuss how to make an effective presentation. Learn steps for creating an engaging presentation. ASCP and our regional and local members are here to help you get started.

Learn More About Making a Presentation

Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa

Cancer is a critical public health problem in Africa, and ASCP’s collaborative diagnostic and treatment initiative utilizes the latest technology to ensure that clinicians and laboratory professionals can communicate quickly to provide remote diagnostic cancer care. 

The Challenge

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death in Sub-Saharan Africa with cancer at the forefront. Cancers diagnosed in Africa are associated with a higher mortality than other regions of the world due to limited availability of screening, laboratories and pathologists. This results in the majority of cancers not being diagnosed until they reach an advanced stage. 

The Solution

By leveraging leapfrog technology and the skills and experience of ASCP members, clinicians in Sub-Saharan Africa can have access to quality real-time diagnostics. This allows physicians and clinicians in Sub-Saharan Africa to consult with pathologists in the U.S. to provide a level of diagnostic cancer care that is usually scarce or unavailable. Thanks to an ASCP-led coalition, this technology is already in use, and it provides seamless interaction, management and secure access to pathology and laboratory clinical multimedia, including digital whole slide images. 

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Get Involved

If you are a practicing pathologist or an active laboratory professional, please become part of the coalition of partners providing rapid cancer diagnostics, care, and treatment now. 

Volunteer Your Diagnostic Services

Donate Today

ASCP is the oldest and largest non-profit organization in pathology and laboratory medicine, active in more than 90 countries. 

We unite more than 120,000 anatomic and clinical pathologists, residents and fellows, medical laboratory professionals and students to accelerate the advancement of laboratory medicine to improve patient care through knowledge, collaboration and global community. 

We are the ideal partner to develop and implement a solution for cancer diagnosis in Sub-Saharan Africa given our track record for success in similar initiatives. Give today to ensure that timely diagnostic services are available for those in need. 

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