the Editor's Desk
The Winter newsletter is usually thin and
short of news and this issue is no exception. There are rumors of people
coming or going or at least thinking about it, but this carefully edited
column is not the vehicle for unsubstantiated gossip. The constitution and
bylaws committee has included for your review a listing of proposed
changes that will be voted upon at the Spring meeting in Atlanta. Also,
please note the imminent deadlines for submitting nominations for various
Society awards (2001). These awards carry both honor and succor and it
would be unfortunate if a paucity of nominations diluted their meaning.
Details for submitting nominations may be found on
our Awards page. There are several new job opportunities for
our graduating fellows and/or upwardly mobile or disgruntled members and
some positions listed in the previous Newsletter may still be unfilled.
And some excellent fellowship programs still have open positions. The
recruitment of new blood into pediatric pathology should remain a high
priority of each one of us in the coming year. Positive personal
interactions with young malleable pathology residents and medical students
will always have a much greater impact than any institutional effort
promulgated by the Society. A new cocktail initiative is being launched on
Friday night at the Atlanta meeting to allow more opportunity for informal
interpersonal discourse among members. Please refer to the announcement more distally
located in this newsletter.
Best wishes to all for a
Healthy and Happy New Year.
As we look forward to the upcoming annual
meeting in Atlanta, it hardly seems possible that an entire year has gone
by. This year has, like others, been busy for us all personally and
professionally, and for the Society as well. From my experience as
Secretary-Treasurer of the Society, I should have learned that it is
impossible to predict from year to year what issues will be pre-eminent,
and this year is no exception. Any failures of the past year are entirely
my own; however, our successes are due to the attention of a large number
of people who quietly work to keep the Society on track, to organize the
meetings, and to keep us communicating with one another. It is these
people that I would like to acknowledge in this my final presidential
Beverly Rogers and the Publication
Committee have overseen major changes in the Society’s publications.
These have included the search for a new editor for the journal with
concomitant attempts to redirect its focus, and the move to professional
management of the Website with publication of the newsletter and other
timely information on the Web. A search for a new editor for the Website
is also underway and when complete should lead to an even more useful
forum for communication. Hopefully there will be further changes in our
Website that will allow us to use this medium for other Society activities
The efforts of Kathy Patterson and the
Education Committee have resulted in renewal of our ACCME accreditation,
under the direction of Lisa Teot, and continuing improvement in the
quality and diversity of our educational programs. The members of the
Education Committee manage a wide range of efforts on behalf of the
Society, ably and quietly. Their involvement in annual and interim meeting
program development and evaluation extends well beyond abstract, workshop,
and seminar selection. And, they often find themselves soliciting
particular educational activities, helping in seminar development and
sweet-talking potential workshop presenters. At least one of them also
attends and evaluates all of the other educational events for which the
Society provides CME credit or sponsors in any way. We all benefit from
these efforts, of which we are largely unaware.
I, for one, was also greatly taken with the
efforts of Jeff Goldstein at the Interim Meeting to place the Awards made
by the Society in perspective and to make us aware of the people behind
these awards giving them a deeper meaning.
I am deeply indebted to my colleagues at
Texas Children’s Hospital who have been fully supportive of my
involvement with the Society, not just for this year but for many years,
and who remain supportive as I move now into a new phase of my life. But,
most of all I would like to thank Joe Rutledge; his sensible advice, good
humor, and personal concern, which have been of immeasurable value to me
throughout this year; I couldn’t have done it without him.
Dr. Rogers chaired a task force, which met
recently in Dallas, to define the future of Pediatric and Developmental
Pathology. Attending were Drs. Raj Kapur, Cheryl Coffin, Steve Qualman,
Marian Malone (PPS), Denis Benjamin, Ron Jaffe, and Annie Cimino (Springer
managing editor). The Publications Committee in Vancouver recommended this
action in the wake of the resignation of Dr. Benjamin, declining
submissions to the journal, and the continuing low number of institutional
subscriptions. The purpose of the task force was to define the future
direction of the journal so as to ensure its success, and to outline the
expectations of the editorial board for the new editor-in-chief. Dr. Kapur
brought feedback from the many members of the SPP who responded to a poll
submitted on the ListServer and Dr. Malone presented the PPS experience.
Responses were similar. The major issues felt to be responsible for
declining submissions were the fact that readership is narrow (low impact
factor) and turnaround time for articles is slow. It was also discussed
that people may not be publishing as much because of increasing service
requirements. Increasing the subscription base was discussed at length.
Springer currently advertises the journal with a focus on institutional
subscribers, because the greatest potential for gain of readership and
profit resides with institutional libraries. Springer will increase this
effort, and also will target institutional libraries that currently
subscribe to their other pediatric subspecialty journals (Pediatric
Cardiology, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Radiology, and Pediatric
Surgery International). We will also be placing the PDP table of
contents into other more widely read pathology journals as an
advertisement, similar to the paradigm established by Modern Pathology
and Laboratory Investigation.
The fact is, we can advertise all we want,
but if the quality of articles submitted to the journal does not increase,
additional advertising will be a hollow gesture. We hope that we can
increase submissions by adding new features to the journal and by making
the editorial board accountable for materially supporting the journal
through solicitation and submission of high quality articles. All of these
recommendations will be discussed at the spring meeting of the
Publications Committee. Turnaround time will also decrease with the use of
OnLine First, the electronic version of PDP that is offered by Springer.
This electronic initiative will decrease turnaround by 5 months, but will
still allow for publication of a printed version of PDP.
The major hurdle at this point is selecting
a new editor-in-chief with a desire to carry Pediatric and
Developmental Pathology into the future. The advertisement appeared in
the Fall 2000 Newsletter (see Fall 2000 Newsletter for job
description). If we want to continue to have a journal for our
Society, we must actively support this journal or be prepared to bemoan
its demise. The choice is yours. If you have comments about what I have
said, please get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Proposed Bylaws Changes
Proposed additions to the Bylaws are typed
in bold; Proposed deletions contain a strike-through.
(b) Duties. The duties of the
Education Committee shall be as follows: (1) Maintain surveillance of the
educational content of the annual scientific meeting and make
recommendations to the Council concerning these. (2) Evaluate abstracts
and assist the Executive Committee in other preparations for scientific
meetings of the Society. (3) Make recommendations to the Liaison Committee
concerning the establishment and maintenance of liaison with other
scientific societies whose aims are similar to those of the Society. (4)
Evaluate and make recommendations to the Liaison Committee for
co-sponsorship by the Society with other organizations of educational
activities consistent with the aims and purposes of the Society. (5)
Evaluate qualitative and quantitative manpower needs for physicians with
expertise in pediatric pathology in North America. (6)
content and output of existing training programs, define a core curriculum
for training in pediatric pathology and make recommendations for meeting
projected manpower requirements. (7) Work toward the development of a
mechanism by which special competence in pediatric pathology can be
assessed and certified. (8) Establish a repository of teaching and testing
materials for use in the development of expertise among pediatric
pathologists and for potential use in examinations for special competence
in pediatric pathology. (9) Evaluate and make recommendations
regarding the teaching of pediatric pathology in medical schools.
Fellowship Evaluation Committee.
(b) Duties. (1) Develop and maintain
a voluntary program for evaluation and ongoing monitoring of training
programs in pediatric pathology. (2) Establish standards for the
evaluation of such training programs. (3) Maintain records of program
evaluations. (4) Provide feedback to participating program directors
regarding program deficiencies and make recommendations for improvements.
(5) Interact with appropriate external agencies and committees regarding
issues of program accreditation in pediatric pathology. (6)
Collate content and output of existing training programs, define a core
curriculum for training in pediatric pathology and make recommendations
for meeting projected manpower requirements.
This is a reminder that the deadline for
receipt of applications for either the Young Investigator Research Grant
or McAdams Travel Stipend is February 1. Please let your fellows,
residents, and faculty know about these opportunities that are sponsored
by the Society for Pediatric Pathology. Details about eligibility and the
application process are available on the
Grants/Awards page on this website.
Raj P. Kapur, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Pathology, D509A
University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195
Jim Dimmick assumed the chair of the Department
of Pathology at the University of British Columbia on January 1. In honor of
this event Joe C. Rutledge, poet laureate of the Children’s Hospital of
Seattle, has written the following haiku:
Dimmick takes chair
Snow falls on cedars
as year rings anew
Joe sleeps through football
Alba Greco, MD. Council member for the USA,
writes the following:
The IX Conferencia Latinoamericana of Pediatric
Pathology was held from October 31st
to November 3rd, 2000 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The President of the
Conference, Dr Maria T. Garcia de Davila, together with the Secretary, Dr
Fabiana Lubieniecki and the organizing committee did a superb job. Their team
effort and the unconditional support of their families and friends were the
leading forces behind the success of the meeting, scientifically and socially.
There were 160 participants representing Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile,
Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United Kingdom,
Uruguay and USA. The scientific sessions consisted of conferences, round
tables, seminars, courses, clinico-pathological conferences and posters with
presentation and discussion. A wide variety of topics were presented, such as
placenta and fetal lesions, leukemias, lymphoproliferative syndromes,
epidemiology of AIDS, oncogenes, soft tissue tumors, endocrine and muscle
pathology, dermatopathology, etc. In all events, enthusiastic participants
actively participated in question and answer sessions and in exchanging ideas.
The spirit of comradeship was present everywhere, in scientific sessions and
during the social events. The beautiful city of Buenos Aires, its music, the
tango and the tasty asado, together with the hospitality of Dr Davila and the
organizing committee and that of the Fundacion Hopital de Pediatria Profesor
Dr. Juan P. Garrahan, made this a most enjoyable meeting.
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Drut (Argentina), Miguel Reyes Mugica (USA), Edwina Popek (USA)
||Maria T. Garcia
de Davila, President of the Conference (Argentina), Denis Benjamin (USA), Irene Scheimberg (United Kingdom), Ron Jaffe (USA)
SOCIETY FOR PEDIATRIC
SPRING MEETING, March 3-4, 2001
Saturday, March 3
Platform Presentations and
Poster Viewing and Discussion
Symposium: Advances in Pediatric Malignancy
Moderator: Poul H. B. Sorensen, Ph.D.
British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, March 4
Platform Presentations and
Strauss, Vawter and Neustein Award Announcements
Young Investigator Award Presentation
Sidney Farber Lecture - by Dr. Louis P. Dehner
Pediatric Bone Tumors and Tumor-Like
Lesions: An integrated approach to differential diagnosis.
Faculty: Lisa A. Teot, University of
Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Objectives: Recognize histologic and, where
appropriate, cytologic features of neoplastic and non-neoplastic bone
lesions occurring in the pediatric population; correlate the histologic
features of neoplastic and non-neoplastic bone lesions with the clinical,
radiographic and, where appropriate, cytologic findings; and develop a
differential diagnosis of bone lesions utilizing this integrated approach.
Congenital Malformations in the Fetus:
Approaches to Examination and Diagnosis
Faculty: Joseph R. Siebert, Ph.D. and Raj.
P. Kapur, M.D., Ph.D., Children’s Hospital and University of Washington,
Objectives: Develop a systematic approach
to the practice of fetal pathology; apply ancillary techniques to fetal
pathology and define the role of the fetal pathologist, including
establishing and operating a fetal pathology service.
Pediatric Renal Biopsy Pathology
Faculty: Helen Liapis, M.D., Washington
University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Objectives: Recognize the diagnostic
features and generate a differential diagnosis for the entities presented;
understand our current knowledge of the pathogenesis of each disorder;
evaluate prognosis and risk for recurrence based on pathology.
Pathology of Heart, Lung, and Liver
Faculty: Aliya N. Husain, M.D., Loyola
University, Chicago, IL and Maria Parizhskaya, M.D., Children’s
Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Objectives: Participants will learn current
terminology and grading of rejection of heart, lung and liver with
consideration of the difficult differential diagnosis. Pathologic features
of opportunistic infections will be illustrated, together with the use of
newer diagnostic techniques; e.g. polymerase chain reaction and in-situ
hybridization; the participants will become familiar with the pathologic
features of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders.
Selected Diagnostic Problems and
Controversies in Pediatric GI Pathology
Faculty: Pierre Russo, M.D. and Eduardo
Ruchelli, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Objectives: Participants will acquire
practical insights into the differential diagnosis of malabsorption in
childhood, with emphasis on the role of the GI biopsy; evaluation and
significance of eosinophilia in various segments of the GI tract; and
specimen handling and diagnosis of intestinal innervation disorders.
Morphology of Complex Congenital Heart
Faculty: William A Devine, BS, Children’s
Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA and Carole A. Vogler, M.D., St. Louis University
Health Sciences Center, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis,
Objectives: Participants will develop an
understanding of the “sequential segmental analysis” method for
examining hearts, become familiar with the morphology of a variety of
complex cardiovascular malformations, and become familiar with methods for
examining surgically repaired and palliated congenitally malformed hearts,
including cardiac explants.
NOTE: Registration for SPP workshops may
occur without registering for the SPP meeting, if space allows.
Friday evening poster mixer
On Friday, March 2, there will be an
evening mixer in the Marquis IV room where presenters will be able to put
up their posters and members will be able to mingle informally with the
presenters and with each other. There will be a cash bar. Although authors
are not required to be in attendance at their poster, the intent of this new
initiative is to promote mingling and discussion among members in a casual
setting. Topics of informal discussion are not limited to the posters, and
may include politics, research, dinner arrangements and other important
issues of interest.
2001: Atlanta, Georgia, March 3-4
2002: Chicago, February 22-23
2003: Washington, DC, March 21-22
SPP Interim Meetings
2001: Memphis, TN, September 20-24
2002: Dallas, TX, September 25-29
The 47th Annual Meeting of the Pediatric
Pathology Society will be held in Warsaw from September 13-15, 2001.
New Jobs and Fellowship Postings
Please note: Any of these links will take you to
on our Positions page in a new Web browser. Positions will appear below without
a link once that position has been filled.
Director of Cardiac Pathology
- Boston MA
Pathologist - Michigan
- SUNY Downstate Medical Center
in Pediatric Histopathology - Liverpool, England
Pediatric Pathology Fellowship at the
Children’s Memorial Medical Center (CMMC) - Chicago, Illinois
Pediatric Hematopathologist - Chicago, Illinois
Clinical Pathologist - The University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Hematopathologist - Children’s Hospital of
Pediatric Pathologist - Birmingham, Alabama
Pathologist - Johns Hopkins