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From the Archive: SPP Newsletter, Summer 1995

May 6, 2020

In summer 1995, President Joel Haas reviewed the history of the SPP, beginning with the debate over the need for board certification in the early 1980s, and continuing through to the initiation of Young Investigator awards in 1990. Editor John Fisher pleaded for better education of next of kin concerning the value of the autopsy. Several members expressed interest in a program dealing with the effect of managed care on the practice of pediatric pathology. The Editor published letters received from Bruce Beckwith, one lamenting an apparent lack of interest in an affiliation with the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the other requesting that SPP announcements also be published in the PPS newsletter. Kevin Bove wrote an invited commentary on a CAP/ASCP conference on restructuring the autopsy in the managed care era. Emphasized points included a plea for better communication with clinicians prior to starting the procedure, a needed focus on reasons for success and non-success of clinical efforts, and two directives: Make the autopsy relevant and meaningful, and reinvent the autopsy or it will not succeed.

From the SPP Newsletter, Summer 1995