President's Message

I would first of all like to thank Rob Ruiz for the "rebirth" of the Newsletter. Hopefully the new, changeable format will make it a more useful vehicle for the Society. We have moved substantially toward a paperless format for most of our activities and welcome feedback on how this is working in all our different settings.

Our Fall meeting in Banff led by Jim Wright and his staff was a great success with a large attendance and excellent educational programs. The magnificent setting and lively social program of course added to the enjoyment. The Perinatal section continues its excellent tradition and is now a well-recognized part of the Society with its own committee chaired by Becky Baergen. Their informal (non-CME) slide session chaired by Leon Metlay was very well received and likely will become a continuing part of the Fall meeting.

We had a good turnout from the Society at the IAP meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Many of us were teaching and there was more pediatric pathology than usual. Thanks to Cesar Peres for arranging this.

It has been a struggle for the Society to meet the changing requirements for CME accreditation. We have heavily depended on the hard work and persistence of Ona Faye-Petersen and the Education committee as well as Lisa Teot who will step down this year as chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee for CME planning. Since education is the heart of the SPP's mission, we cannot let this lapse. We have now contracted for the assistance of the USCAP, our able management company, to help with this daunting task. We are contemplating other sources of CME for our members and expanding the SAMs for those who need them. Ted Pysher as Membership Chair is working to expand the membership. We need to encourage anyone practicing or interested in Pediatric Pathology to join.

A new Society enterprise has been the formation of the Development Subcommittee, which will work under the Finance Committee to foster charitable donations and other fundraising initiatives. This subcommittee will be chaired by Linda Ernst and will count Don Singer among its members.

This year has passed quickly and it is hard to believe the Spring Meeting and the end of my term as president is just a few weeks away. I hope to see many of you in San Antonio, where I'll have the pleasure of introducing Kurt Benirschke as the Farber-Landing lecturer. It should be a great talk.

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