the Editor's Desk
Edwina J. Popek, DO
I’d like to thank the “powers that
be”, for the wonderful weather in Boston in late February. We could have
been snowed in for days, not that that’s a bad thing. It appeared to me
that more of us were able to get away. Lots of business transpired at the
meeting also, so I won’t waste space with drivel and just say it was
nice to see old friends and make some new ones.
J. Thomas Stocker, MD
As I begin this year as president, I think it is most appropriate to
extend the Society’s thanks to Jim Dimmick for his many contributions
during the past two years (as president-elect and as president). The
Society, through Jim’s efforts, and with the help of the Council and
Committees is in the best financial position it has enjoyed for years. We
are building a solid “endowment” for our research grants (our thanks
to John Buchino), have created a “new” journal which is truly the
Society’s and is contributing to its coffers (our thanks to Ron Jaffe
and George Degnon), and have “grown” our investments and now moved
them to more “conservative” areas (our thanks to Claire Langston). The
Society is indebted to all of these members.
So, our house is in order. Where do we go from here? We are a Society
of nearly 600 members, but do we really represent all of the
“pediatric” pathologists, i.e., those pathologists who are providing
pathology services for the pediatric patient. Surely we are strongly
represented in children’s hospitals and in university centers, but is
that where our patients are being “serviced?” At the USCAP meeting in
Washington, DC two years ago, Bruce Beckwith pointed out to us that over
the past 8-10 years, the source of the cases sent to the National Wilms’
Tumor Study Center had shifted dramatically. While in the 1980s, over 65%
of the cases were coming from children’s hospital and university
centers, by the mid 1990s, 50-60% of cases were being sent from
“nontraditional” sources, i.e., community hospitals, HMOs, medical
centers other than children’s and university hospitals. He was quick to
add, however, that the “quality” of the case, in terms of its handling
by the contributing pathologist, was still very good. Who, then, is doing
the pediatric pathology on these and other cases?
As hospitals combine in cities and communities across the country, the
pediatric patients are retained in these large health organizations.
Pathologists, as part of this process are forming group practices to cover
these regional medical centers and reference laboratories. And with
budgetary limitations on referring patients or specimens to children’s
hospitals or university centers, these groups are handling more and more
of the pediatric material. In a group of 5-15 pathologists, one or more
persons becomes the “designated pediatric pathologist”, either by
choice or assignment. How many of these “new” pediatric pathologists
are there? I suspect that there are more than we think. Our current
membership in the Society may represent only 50% or fewer of the
pathologists who are “doing” pediatric pathology as a significant part
of their service work. If the Society is to truly serve the pediatric
patient, we must try to reach all of these pathologists who handle
pediatric cases and provide them with the best information, consultation
and educational services we can.
The Society offers it members a wealth of services, including a
journal, a newsletter, a website, educational programs, workshops and
cosponsored conferences, a forum for presentation of papers and posters,
and a network of consultants. Bringing these “new pediatric
pathologists” into the society will give them access to our many
services and help them identify the “traditional” pediatric
pathologists in their local or regional area whom they may call on for
consultation in more complex cases. I would suggest that a goal for the
Society in the next five years would to be to add 100 new members each
year. The primary goal, of course, is to insure the best care for the
pediatric patient, but secondary goals could include promoting the role of
the pediatric pathologist in the world of the “adult” pathologist and
broadening our influence in other pathology societies.
Our membership committee (with Virginia Baldwin as chair) has already
begun the process of streamlining the admissions process, and in the next
few months will be sending mass mailings to other pathology societies with
information about our Society and membership forms. We would also
encourage you to contact any of your “non-SPP” colleagues who see a
significant amount of pediatric material and suggest to them that they
become members of our Society. And if any of you have other ideas as to
how we can reach out to these “new pediatric pathologists”, please let
from the Annual Meeting February 28, 1998
Claire Langston, MD, Secretary/Treasurer
President Dimmick called the meeting to order at 5:05 pm on February
28, 1998 in Room 210 of the Hynes Convention Center, Boston,
Massachusetts. He thanked the symposium speakers and organizers.
President Dimmick acknowledged the loss of several members in the
preceding year and asked for a moment of silence in memory of Drs. Stephen
Heifetz, William Thurlbeck, John Craig and Vladimir Mahnovski.
The Minutes of the 1997 meeting were read and approved.
President Dimmick reviewed the accomplishments of the Society during
his year as President. He acknowledged the impetus of the Long-Term
Planning Session held in Houston in the fall of 1996 in presenting new
initiatives and bringing forward-unfulfilled ambitions for the Society.
These include desires to heighten the awareness of the importance of
Pediatric Pathology, support research in Pediatric Pathology, broaden the
educational role of the Society, increase and broaden membership, increase
revenues to meet these goals, increase participation by the membership,
augment the use of electronic media for Society benefit, and extend the
role of the president beyond their term. A number of ad hoc committees
have carried these initiatives forward. The chairs of all committees and
ad hoc committees were invited to meet together with Council just prior to
the Interim Meeting in Minneapolis to review these initiatives. This was
highly successful and will be repeated in Toronto at the next Interim
Meeting. There has been expansion of the Website activities. The Education
Committee has been very active in broadening educational efforts of the
Society. The Membership Committee has been challenged to reach out to
other Societies to broaden the membership base. Dr. Beverly Rogers has
developed a new brochure for this use. Fund-raising has been more active
through the efforts of an ad hoc committee chaired by Dr. John Buchino
with Drs. Susan Simonton and Edith Hawkins. The financial picture of the
Society has improved making the financing of some of the new initiatives
of the Society possible. The new journal of the Society has begun
publication. Concerns about the length of the fellowship program and the
impending loss of Board eligibility for fellows trained in Canadian
institutions led to the reactivation of the Fellowship committee. An ad
hoc committee has been very active in these areas. In summary the Society
appears to be in excellent shape thanks to the activities of committee
chairs and members who have worked to forward the goals of the Society.
The Secretary-Treasurer reported on the financial position of the
Society. At year-end 1997 there were 589 Society members, 431 of whom paid
dues or purchased journals in 1997. 1997 saw the publication of the last
Society sponsored issue of Pediatric Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and
Volume 20 of Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology. There were 431 Society
subscriptions for these in 1997. There have been improvements in both
restricted and unrestricted funds in 1997. The combined total of Society
funds at year-end 1997 was $425,741 with $290,712 in restricted funds (Lotte
Strauss Fund, Vawter Fund, and FERPP) and $102,085 in unrestricted funds
and $32,491 in checking and savings accounts. This represents a 37%
increase in the value of Society holdings, 0.5% in unrestricted funds and
52% in restricted funds. The Lotte Strauss fund had the usual prize
disbursement and no additional disbursements. Its year end 1997 value was
$138,929 compared to a year end 1996 value of $105,541; this represents an
increase in fund value of $32% in 1997. The Vawter Fund had additional
donations in 1997 and the usual disbursements of two prize awards. Its
year-end 1997 value was $23,920 compared to $22,419. This represents an
increase of 7% in fund value in 1997. FERPP had additional contributions
of $20,549 and a transfer of $20,000 from the general funds of the Society
in 1997. It had a year end value of $127,866 compared to a year-end 1996
value of $63,709. The increase in value over contributions is 37%. Society
reserves were stable over 1997 with a year end value of $102,085 compared
to a year end 1996 value of $101,544; however there was a $20,000 transfer
from Society reserves to FERPP. The Society’s 1997 budget showed a small
surplus of $5,629. There was a small projected deficit in the proposed
budget, however increased revenue for dues and newsletter ads and with
only slightly over budgeted expenses produced this small surplus in
revenue over expenses. The proposed budget for 1998 should also result in
a small net gain to the Society with increased support for the Central
Office, membership initiatives, and the Web page.
Reports were heard from Committee Chairmen:
Archives Committee - Dr. Penchansky reported for the Archives
Committee that the archives have been transferred to Detroit where Drs.
Bernstein and Perrin have undertaken to write a history of the Society.
She also recommended the investigation of digital systems for storage of
selected archive material and endorsed the videotaping project begun this
Awards Committee - Dr. Witte reported for the Awards Committee
that negotiations have been undertaken with the Neustein family to broaden
the scope of the award; the family has given their approval and new
criteria will be developed. See report below for this year’s award
By-Laws Committee - Dr. Margraf reported for the By-Laws
Committee on the proposed changes to the By-Laws regarding membership that
were distributed to the membership in the last Newsletter. She noted that
the changes were the result of the Membership Committee’s changed focus
as a result of the Houston Long-Term Planning Retreat and ceded the floor
to Dr. Virginia Baldwin, chair of the Membership Committee, who authored
the changes. Dr. Baldwin spoke to the need for these changes, particularly
those related to delinquent members and to the provision for temporary
modification of dues payments. She moved the adoption of these By-Laws
changes and this was seconded. She requested to amend the motion to
substitute “Executive Committee” for “Council” in the last line of
the modified text. A new amendment related to an unmodified portion of the
text regarding the option of members outside North America to be Regular
rather than Affiliate Members. This was ruled out of order due to lack of
prior notification of this proposed By-Law change and was tabled to be
referred to the By-Laws and Membership Committees for review. The proposed
motion presented by Dr. Baldwin passed.
Education Committee - Dr. Krous reported for the Education
Committee on the abstract process and encouraged submissions to the
interim meeting. He noted the new initiative to videotape the Farber
Lecture and the Presidential address and reported that the program
directors of Pediatric Pathology Fellowship programs had agreed to
participate in a matching process for fellows beginning with 1999
fellowships identical to that used for residencies.
Finance Committee - No report.
Long-Term Planning - Dr. Stocker reported for the Long-Term
Planning Committee. He noted that the Long-Term Planning Committee now
sees their role as the coordination of the strategic planning meeting that
will precede the Council meeting at Interim Meetings. He invited all
members to participate in this process either directly or through
discussion with Council members and Committee chairs. A more formal
process for long term planning, similar to the Madison and Houston
sessions, will occur periodically.
Practice Committee -Dr. Zwick, see below
Publications Committee - Dr. Rogers, incoming chairman of the
Publications Committee, reported for the committee. She thanked Dr. Jaffe
and the editors for their efforts. She noted that the subscription base
had shrunk considerably from that for the previous journal and asked
everyone to contact their library to urge them to subscribe. Also, she
acknowledged that the Paediatric Pathology Society has mandated
subscription to the journal as a part of their dues. She acknowledged Dr.
Jaffe’s many roles in facilitating the Society’s publications over
many years. Dr. Benjamin reminded the membership that the impetus to the
new journal two-fold; the combination of Perspective and Pediatric
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine into a single publication will maximize
the contribution of the Society to the scientific literature and the new
publication arrangements should maximize the benefit of the journal to the
Research Committee - Dr. Parham. See report below for this years
award winners. He encouraged the membership to apply for the Young
Investigator Award, noting that it was available for young faculty as well
as to fellows for research support.
Membership Committee - Dr. Baldwin, see report below.
Nominating Committee - Dr. Stocker reported for the Nominating
Committee. He announced the nominees Dr. Joe Rutledge for President-elect,
Dr. Deborah Perry for Secretary-Treasurer, Drs. Cheryl Coffin and Carole
Vogler for Councilors at large. There was a call for nominations from the
floor. There were no additional nominations from the floor; the
nominations were closed and the slate unanimously accepted.
Outgoing councilors, Drs. Hawkins and Rogers, escorted incoming
President Stocker to the podium. President Stocker presented President
Dimmick with a carved plaque. President Dimmick presented President
Stocker with the talking stick. The meeting was adjourned.
the 1998 Annual Spp Meeting
David Witte, MD, Chairperson, Committee on
Distinctions & Awards
Lotte Strauss Prize
The Lotte Strauss award was presented to Brett Casey MD, for the
distinguished paper titled: “X-linked situs abnormalities result from
mutations in ZIC3” and published in Nature Genetics 17: 305-308 (1997).
Gordon F. Vawter Award
The Gordon F. Vawter award for trainees was presented to Michael P.
Viglione, MD, for his poster titled “Limb-body wall malformation complex
by an extra-amnionic umbilical cord.”
Harry B. Neustein Award
The Harry B. Neustein Award for electron microscopy was not awarded.
Members of the SPP Recognized
Other members of the society recognized for their contributions and
service included the following:
Ronald Jaffe MD, in recognition
for his contribution to the enrichment of our society through his
leadership as Chairman of the Publications Committee.
Claire Langston MD, in recognition
for her contribution to the enrichment of our society through her
leadership and dedication as Secretary/Treasurer.
Ms. Penny Alexander, in
recognition of her contribution to the enrichment of our society through
her expert counsel.
James Dimmick MD, for his able and
effective leadership and wise counsel as President.
Dr. David F. Hardwick, MD, FRCP,
for being selected to present the Sidney Farber Lecture and delivering
the distinguished paper titled: “Directing and Managing in a
Professional System “.
David Parham, MD, Chairperson
Winner of the McAdams Study Stipend is Gary Mierau, PhD, The
Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO. He will visit Dr. Jem Berry, Bristol,
UK, to broaden investigations into diagnostic modalities in pediatric
small cell tumors.
Young Investigator Award winner is Russell Broaddus, MD, PhD, Baylor
College of Medicine, Houston, TX, for his proposal for “Specific
cytokine-directed immunotherapy in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel
David Zwick, MD, Chair
The Practice Committee has revised the SPP Slide Survey. Beginning in
1998, subscribers may obtain up to 12 hours of CME credits for
participating and submitting within a limited time frame their answers to
several multiple-choice questions. Committee slides survey oversight,
schedules and selection processes have been defined. Other modifications
in the Slide Survey are intended to improve the educational quality and
provide data from the participants' responses that will help target future
educational activities of the Society. (Subscribers should note that the
Slide Survey is not intended nor will it provide external proficiency
monitoring for subscribers; subscribers’ responses are analyzed
anonymously and only group responses reported to subscribers). Interested
individuals may submit potential slide survey cases for Practice Committee
consideration by contacting Robert Novak, SPP Slide Survey Coordinator,
Department of Pathology, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, One Perkins
Square, Akron, OH 44308-1062, (330) 379-8725, FAX (330) 258-3226.
Virginia Baldwin, MD, Chair
New Members - Since the Interim Meeting in September 1997, the Society
has accepted the applications of 25 new members, for a total of 580
members from 37 countries. Membership Application Process - This is
functioning much more smoothly with the assistance of the staff at the
Delinquent Members - As of January 1998, there were 24 members in
arrears for their 1997 dues. Since the approval of the by-laws changes at
the 1998 General Meeting in Boston, there is now a clearer process for
dealing with delinquent embers, and delinquent members will not be
permitted beyond one year of the membership arrears.
Membership Directory - All members should have a copy of the directory.
It is each member’s responsibility to keep the Society Office notified
of any changes in address in a timely fashion.
Recruiting - There is a new and most attractive Society brochure
created by Beverly Rogers. We are looking into ways to getting that
information out to those practicing pediatric pathology who may not be
aware of our support and educational opportunities are available.
Proposed By-laws Changes - The proposed changes published in the last
Newsletter were passed at the 1998 Annual General Meeting in Boston.
Representation of Membership Committee on Council - The Membership
Committee is now directly represented and will look forward to a mutually
rewarding relationship for the benefit of the Society.
Henry Krous, MD, Chair
Endorsement of the Finance Committee’s recommendation that a uniform
fee be charged to organization with which the Society for Pediatric
Pathology co-sponsors educational activities and who request CME
accreditation through the auspices of the Society. The recommendation is a
$500 base fee and $5 for each additional registrant over 100 for those
organizations that request only documentation of attendance and $1,500
plus $15/registrant over 100 for those organizations requesting additional
administrative services (certificates etc.).
Council endorses and encourages the participation of all accredited
pediatric pathology fellowships in the National Resident Matching Program.
Materials and copies of relevant correspondence were circulated to each
director of an accredited pediatric pathology fellowship program. Dr.
Krous is working with the program directors and Ms. Liz Lostumbo, National
Resident Matching Program to finalize implementation of the matching
The Society continues to pursue a solution to standardization of
Canadian and United States pediatric pathology training fellowships in
order to achieve board certification in pediatric pathology by the
American Board of Pathology. For additional information contact Joe
Rutledge, M.D. and see his report in this Newsletter.
Educational innovations at the Boston meeting included the following.
Non-SPP members were allowed to register for SPP Workshops on the day of
the presentations at the same cost to SPP members, but without a meeting
registration fee. The Farber Lecture and the President’s Inaugural
address were videotaped and added to the Society archives.
AD-HOC FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Joe Rutledge, MD, Chairperson
The first goal of this ad-hoc committee is to insure Canadian programs
will qualify candidates to sit for the specialty exam in pediatric
pathology given exclusively by the American Board of Pathology. Drs. Jim
Dimmick, Virginia Baldwin and Glenn Taylor are working with the Canadian
governing boards to determine the position north of the parallel. Dr. Bill
Bradford and Bill Donnelly will work on the USA side. We are optimistic
that a mechanism exists to allow certification of our fine Canadian
programs. Drs. Virginia Baldwin and Joe Rutledge will work with the
American Board of Pathology.
The American Board of Pathology has postponed a decision on the 5th
year of pathology training. When that decision is made, the SPP may have
an opportunity to seek an increase of required fellowship training from
one to two years. The Board will, however, likely follow the ACGME lead on
length of fellowships. According to those working on residency and
fellowship funding and who have the inside line on the philosophical
decisions on fellowships, it will be an uphill battle to get official
sanction of 2 years required. Each of us should think about what is
necessary training for the practice of pediatric pathology. I propose that
we have some time at the next two meetings to discuss the realities of
Beverly B. Rogers, MD, Chair
Two issues of the new SPP sanctioned journal, Pediatric and
Developmental Pathology has now been published. There is overwhelming
approval for the new format and type font used. The current allotment of
pages by Springer has resulted in publication of fewer pages than
previously and Dr. Denis Benjamin and Mr. George Degnon are addressing
this. The change to Springer has also allowed for an increase in the
number of color pages in each issue. Springer will apply to the National
Library of Medicine for indexing after the fourth issue and we anticipate
a favorable response.
The subscription base for the new journal is approximately 800
subscriptions. The majority are from the US from SPP members, who receive
it as part of the society dues. The Pediatric Pathology Society has also
included the journal as part of their dues, and they make up 137 of the
subscriptions from overseas. There are only 18 institutional
subscriptions; there were more than 100 institutional subscriptions to the
previous journal. This is due in part to a timing issue for renewals.
Every SPP member is encouraged to speak with his/her library concerning a
change in subscription. A letter will be forthcoming from Dr. Rogers that
can be forwarded to each library. Mr. Degnon will talk to Springer about
sending advertisements and letters to institutions that subscribed to the
With the combined format for the Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology
and Pediatric and Developmental Pathology, there is need to eliminate
overlap between the two editorial boards. The “Process for Nomination of
Editors” and “Guidelines for the Selection of Members of the Board of
Editors” will be revised to reflect this. It was suggested that the
combined editorial board be composed of 50 individuals, 2/3 for Pediatric
and Developmental Pathology and 1/3 for Perspectives in Pediatric
Pathology. Currently there is a vacancy as an associate editor with the
resignation of Dr. Cheryl Coffin; a replacement to be chosen by Dr. Denis
Benjamin. Also Dr. Jem Berry has been named the associate editor for
The Pediatric Pathology Society has given their complete sponsorship to
the new journal, Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. This is reflected
in their including the subscription as part of their membership dues and
appointment of Dr. Jem Berry as European associate editor. The committee
supports the principle to provide revenue to the PPS in return for their
support. Mr. George Degnon will work out the specific arrangements with
approval by the Publications Committee and Executive Committee of the SPP.
There are plans for publication of a separate bound issue of
Perspectives of Pediatric Pathology compiled from the Perspectives
articles published during the year in Pediatric and Developmental
Pathology. The issue will also include a “Founder Series” article.
Dr. Paul Dickman was officially chosen as editor of the Website
and is working on various ways to expand the Website.
September 18 and 19, 1998
Glenn Taylor, MD
SYMPOSIUM, NEW HORIZONS IN
CARDIOVASCULAR PATHOLOGY - Director, Dr. Robert Freedom, Hospital for
Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Regulations of the Extracellular Matrix
in the Pathobiology of Pulmonary Vascular Disease - Dr. Marlene
Rabinovitch, University of Toronto
Host-Pathogen Interactions in Viral
Myocarditis - Dr. Perer Lui, University of Toronto
Approach to the Pathologic Diagnosis of
Pediatric Cardiomyopathy - Dr. Glenn Taylor, University of Toronto
Prospects for Cardiac
Xenotransplantation - Dr. Lori West, University of Toronto
New Technology for Cardiovascular
Bioprosthesis - Dr. Greg Wilson, University of Toronto
Second Meeting of the International Placental Pathology Group
Edwina J. Popek, DO, Secretary
The IPPG met Friday evening, preceding the
SPP meeting in Boston. Three short presentations by Drs. Carolyn Salafia,
Edwina Popek and Jorge Las Heras were made on relevant placental topics.
A short business meeting followed. The
major discussion revolved around whether to form a formal organization,
and if so, what should be our mission. There was considerable difference
of opinion on both of these issues. It was decided that there were
advantages to a formal organization and we would pursue the details. This
discussion took the form of an election of sorts, where Dr. Jorge Las
Heras was unanimously elected as President and Dr. Edwina Popek,
Secretary. Drs. Cynthia Kaplan, Robert Bendon and Ona Faye-Peterson were
chosen as representatives from various regions of the US.
After action items; Edwina to find out what
is necessary to form a new organization under the auspices of the USCAP
and a future meeting of Officers and representatives to discuss the
formation and mission of the IPPG. We also plan a brief meeting preceding
the interim meeting in Toronto.
Proposal to Organize the North
American Perinatal Pathology Society (NAPPS) Brain
and Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders
Robert Bendon, MD, founder of the Mid America
Placental Study Group
The time has come to create a more formal organization. The advantages
are those already apparent to the SPP. However, we have a different
clientele. We need to interact with other organizations with our own
identity as perinatal pathologists. We need our own program.
I propose the following:
- That we organize with by laws as a separate organization, the North
American Perinatal Pathology Secretary (NAPPS). This is not to exclude
members from anywhere in the world, but merely to distinguish our
section of the International Placental Pathology Group.
- That we have the first meeting of NAPPS to precede the SPP interim
meeting in Toronto, September 17, 1998. I also propose that we
coordinate the NAPPS meeting with the IPPG meeting.
- That we announce the group and its meeting widely. There will be an
annual meeting of NAPPS.
- NAPPS will have open membership.
- The Mid America Placental Study Group will remain unchanged. The
advantages of MAPS are those of a small group. The disadvantage is
that I must arbitrarily exclude some people to remainsmall. MAPS
members, I hope, will support the new group. Formation of NAPPS does
not preclude local subgroups such as MAPS from having meeting. MAPS
will continue to receive the QA slides. NAPPS members may obtain the
slides at cost.
- An announcement per se will not create a new group. Its existence
depends on perinatal pathologists seeing this group as in their best
interest. The corollary is that they will then commit to doing the
work to run the organization. We will need very early to address many
of the same concerns as the SPP such as 1) electronic media 2)
education and meeting planning 3) Newsletter 4) practice including the
slide program and the nosology and 5) interface with other
organization, including the new International Placental Pathology
Group. However, our first efforts have to be organizational including,
by laws, membership, dues, and nominations. I propose a temporary
steering committee to boot strap the organization. They are Kurt
Benirschke, Ray Redline, Trevor MacPherson, Cindy Kaplan, and Steve
Second Annual Conference on Pediatric
Pathology, Diagnosis, Imaging and Investigation November 15-18, 1998
The Society for Pediatric Pathology and the
Institute for Pediatric Medical Education will jointly sponsor a four day
seminar on forensic issues related to the pediatric patient. Codirected by
Drs. Henry Krous, Tracey Corey Handy and Roger Byard, the course will be
held from November 15-18, 1998 at The Catamaran Resort Hotel on Mission
Beach in San Diego.
The seminar will consist of presentations on a broad
spectrum of topics of concern not only to the members of medical examiners
office and child protection teams, but also to the hospital based
physician who is called upon to deal with a sometimes “unexpected”
pediatric forensic issue. Case studies by faculty will actively involve
participants in discussions on the practical approach to diagnosis, scene
investigation, and court room testimony. The faculty will consist of
forensic pathologists, pediatric pathologists, radiologists,
pediatricians, attorneys, and police investigators. Faculty members
include W.F. Balistreri, J. Buchino, R. W. Byard, H. Elias, R. Firstman,
T.C. Handy, R.L. Hanzlick, K. Hymel, P. Kleinman, H.F. Krous, J. Talan and
J. Woods. Topics include postmortem examination, scene investigation,
SIDS, head trauma, postmortem chemistry, sexual abuse, neonatacide,
accidental death, blunt chest and abdominal trauma, natural causes of
sudden death and Munchausen by proxy, among others. A model for
establishing a pediatric forensic program will also be presented.
Participants will receive a syllabus of approximately 350 pages including
conference presentations and case studies.
The Institute for Pediatric Medical Education and
the Society for Pediatric Pathology, both nonprofit organizations, jointly
sponsor “Pediatric Forensics Issues”. The Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for
physicians accredits the Society for Pediatric Pathology. The Society for
Pediatric Pathology certifies that this CME activity meets the criteria
for 29 hours of category 1 credit for The Physicians’ Recognition Award
of the American Medical Association.
A special tuition rate is available for members of
the SPP. For further information, contact the Institute for Pediatric
Medical Education, 6604 Landon Lane, Bethesda, MD 20187. Telephone &
229-8338. Information is also available on the SPP website at
note: The current website is http://www.spponline.org/.)
VIII Latin American Conference of
Panama City, November 15-20, 1998
The VIII Latin American Conference on Pediatric
Pathology will be held in Panama, November 15-20, 1998. It will be a
conjoined conference with the Central American Meetings of Pediatrics,
Pediatric Surgery and Neonatology. Scientific program is still tentative.
Requirements for Submission of Abstracts (form
enclosed in Newsletter).
For additional information: Dr. Moises Espino, APDO.
7444, Panama, 5 Panama, PTY 120, P.O. Box 02-5275, Miami, FL 33102-5275;
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr.
Patricia De Cano, APDO. 6559, Panama, 5 Panama; e-mail: email@example.com
- Abstract deadline, received by July 31, 1998
- The abstract can be written in Spanish,
Portuguese or English
- Use an electric typewriter or laser printer. Do
- Use the form included with this Newsletter. Fill
the space, but do not go outside of the lines.
- The title of the work should be in capital
letters, followed by the names of the authors, institution, city and
country in lower case.
- Be specific in describing the subject of the
study, materials and methods, results and conclusions.
- The abstracts will be printed in a book of
abstracts just as they are received.
- Please check your presentation choice, poster or
XII IAP Meeting, Nice France
October 18-23, 1998
Liliane Boccon-Gibod, MD
Registration for the IAP meeting deadlines:
- Registration for the Scientific meeting at the
reduced price (2 700 FF) is only available until 1st of June. If you
have not received yet the second announcement with the registration
form, abstract form, etc ask immediately to the Congress organizer
Convergences by e-mail or to their Website (look on last SPP
Newsletter for these references).
- Abstract deadline is April 15th, although it is
possible that, due to delay in sending the Abstracts form to
participants, 4 to 5 days more may be added to the deadline by
- Pediatric Pathologists Dinner is scheduled on
Thursday October 22nd. It is still time to register. We do not foresee
a formal dinner, but a friendly dinner in a good restaurant, with good
wines (price /person: 280 FF, all drinks included). Unhappily, dinner
has to be paid in advance. The easiest way is to ask your bank to give
you a check to Alcyan-Boccon-Gibod in French Francs, drawn on a French
Bank (they all have representatives in France), and then to send the
check by mail to me with your registration form. It will not be
possible to take new registrations for the dinner after May 20th. So,
please, hurry. If you have lost your registration form, ask for one by
fax at 33 1 44 73 62 82.
- A list of hotels has been provided with last
issue of SPP News letter. A vast choice is also given in the Second
Announcement Booklet, available from Convergences.
- Pediatric Pathology is present everyday on the
- International Pediatric Pathology Association (IPPA)
Symposium “ Cholestasis in Children “ takes place on Wednesday
- IPPA General Business Meeting is scheduled on
Wednesday 21st 4:30 pm, after the Symposium on “ Pulmonary Pathology
in Children”. Remember all Pathologists belonging to SPP belong to
IPPA and should attend the IPPA Business Meeting as well as members of
PPS, ANZ Pediatric Pathology Society, Japanese Pediatric Pathology
- Next Editorial Board for Pediatric and
Developmental Pathology will take place in Nice, on Tuesday October
20th, at noon, in a typical restaurant.
Search for Director
Department of Pathology Children's Hospital Oakland, California
Children’s Hospital Oakland is initiating
a search for Director of the Department of Pathology. Academic
appointments are available through the University of California. The
facility is a 205-bed, freestanding pediatric hospital in Oakland,
California, with a large primary care population and a dominant position
in specialty referrals in Northern California and Nevada (70% market
share). The hospital includes 23 pediatric intensive care unit beds, 47
neonatal intensive care unit beds, 25 oncology beds, 17 rehabilitation
beds, and 93 medical-surgical beds, including 22 leased beds off-site. The
hospital occupancy is 72%. Recently, there were 102,257 annual outpatient
visits, 50,354 emergency department visits, 4,509 inpatient surgeries and
2,230 outpatient surgeries.
The Children’s hospital is a regional
pediatric trauma center, receiving patients from all of Northern
California. It provides a major teaching program in pediatrics and
pediatric specialties, and has trained more than 50% of community-based
pediatricians in Northern California. In addition, the Children’s
Hospital Oakland Research Institute ranks among the top three pediatric
institutions in NIH grant funding.
The Pathology Department provides surgical
pathology, autopsy and clinical laboratory services to Children’s
Hospital Oakland. The Pathology Department examines approximately 2,500
surgical specimens annually, 390 non-gynecologic cytologic specimens, and
performs 35 autopsies per year. The Clinical Laboratory provides
hematology, chemistry, coagulation, immunology, flow cytometry and
microbiology, and includes a high-volume sophisticated blood bank.
Approximately 200,000 tests are performed annually. An approved fellowship
program in Pediatric Pathology is not active at the present time.
The applicant must be Board-certified in
anatomic and pediatric pathology, have a minimum of five years experience
in the practice of pediatric pathology, and must be eligible for or
possess a current California medical license.
For additional information, contact: James
Feusner, MD, Chairman, Pathology Search Committee, Children’s Hospital
Oakland, 747 Fifty-Second Street, Oakland, CA 94609; (510) 428-3689; Fax
(510) 601-3916 or Roger A. Williams, MD, Director, Pathology Department,
Children’s Hospital, 747 Fifty-Second Street, Oakland, CA 94609; (510)
428-3530; Fax (510) 601-3915
Staff Pediatric Pathologist
The Montreal Children's Hospital
The Montreal Children’s Hospital and
McGill University Department of Pathology solicit applications for a Staff
Position in Pediatric Pathology for the Montreal Children’s Hospital
located in the heart of downtown Montreal. The Montreal Children’s
Hospital provides pediatric services to a significant portion of the
Montreal community and surrounding communities and is now an integral part
of the McGill University Health Centre. It has strong patient care and
academic programs. The Pathology Department currently processes annually
approximately 5,000 surgical cases and 60 autopsies. The competitive
applicant will have strong diagnostic skills in pediatric pathology.
Expertise would be particularly appreciated in the areas of neuropathology
and gastrointestinal and liver pathology. Candidates should be certified
by the Royal College of Canada, and/or the College des Medicins de Quebec
in Anatomic Pathology and eligible for license in the Province of Quebec.
Participation in teaching and clinical research activities is expected,
and ability to develop an independent research program would be a distinct
asset. This candidate will be appointed to the rank of at least Assistant
The environment in the department of
Pathology, at McGill University and in Montreal are most conducive to
career development, numerous cultural and recreational activities, and a
rich personal and family life.
In accordance with Canadian Immigration
requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and
permanent residents. McGill University is committed to employment equity
and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, including
but not limited to visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with
Please send a letter of application, a
recent curriculum vitae and the names and coordinates of at least 3
referees by May 1, 1998, to: Dr. Rene P. Michel, Professor and Chair,
Department of Pathology, McGill University, Lyman Duff Medical Sciences
Bldg.,3775 University Street, Room B15, Montreal, QC, CANADA, H3A 2B4;
(514) 398-7192, ext 7194; Fax: (514) 398-7446; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
On-Year Residency in Pediatric Pathology
Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Applications are being accepted for a
one-year Residency in Pediatric Pathology at the Children’s Hospital of
Buffalo, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.
The requirements of the program are an MD
degree and three to four years of training in anatomic or anatomic and
clinical pathology. The applicant must be licensable in New York State.
Applicants will have exposure to pediatric
anatomic and clinical pathology, placentology, perinatal and gynecologic
pathology. Responsibilities will include service, teaching and clinical
The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is the
only freestanding Children’s Hospital in New York State. The hospital
also has an OB/GYN service associated with the institution. It is unique
in that apart from being a children’s hospital, it is also the regional
center for high-risk pregnancies. There are 313 beds of which 174 are
pediatric, 54 intensive care nursery, 18 intensive care and 67 maternal
beds. The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Interested candidates should send a
curriculum vitae and the names of three references to: John E. Fisher, MD,
Head, Department of Pathology, The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, 219
Bryant Street, Buffalo, New York 14222
Pediatric Pathology Fellowship Program
San Antonio, Texas
The Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital is
offering a 1-2 year Fellowship in Pediatric Pathology. The fellowship in
AP/CP, encompasses surgical, bone marrow, autopsy, cytologic and FNAB
aspects of Pediatric Pathology and ample access to flow cytometry
laboratories is included. These and all chapters of a modern clinical
laboratory are housed at the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. The program
also includes cytogenetics in the Santa Rosa Northwest Laboratory, and
forensic pediatric pathology in near-by Medical Examiner’s Office. The
fellowship is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical School,
Department of Pathology and keeps a working relationship with the local
Military hospitals. Clinical and research activities are encouraged and
are available a the Children’s Hospital or at the University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio. Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital is
the primary tertiary pediatric care center for South Texas. The program is
comprehensive. For 1997 it included the following volumes for anatomic
Surgicals 2414 (plus)
Autopsy 40 (plus)
ME cases 7
Bone Marrow 213
Send a current curriculum vitae to Victor
A. Saldivar, MD, Program Director, Department of Pathology, Santa Rosa
Children’s hospital, 519 W. Houston, San Antonio, TX 78207. (210)
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