Resident Recruitment Award

Applications are being accepted for the Resident Recruitment Award starting May 15th, 2023.

Deadline: Monday, July 24, 2023 

Background: The Society for Pediatric Pathology established the Resident Recruitment Award to encourage residents to consider a career in pediatric pathology.

Goals: To identify interested candidates and involve them in the SPP through the Fall Meeting of the Society and its publications.

Nature of the Award (three awards will be given in 2023):

  • Complimentary registration, travel, and lodging expenses to attend the 2023 Fall SPP Meeting (October 6-8, 2023, in Portland, OR)
  • Poster presentation of award-winning submission at the Fall Meeting
  • Lunch with "Legends in Pediatric Pathology" (lunch at the Fall Meeting with well-known pediatric pathologists)

An applicant must be a resident in an ACGME-approved Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology program as of July 1, 2023. Prior recipients of this award are not eligible.

The same case can be submitted for this award and the Case Report Award for the Fall meeting. The resident recruitment award submissions and case reports for the meeting have different page/word limits and will be judged separately. The resident recruitment award application process is described below, while case report abstracts should be submitted via the abstract website (once available). Those who receive the concurrent year’s resident recruitment awards can still present their case report with the other accepted case reports at the poster blitz, but will not also be eligible for the case report award.


All case reports must consist of a two-page (additional pages will be discarded) case report that highlights unique aspects of pediatric or perinatal pathology. A complete application should include:

  1. The two-page case report, including figures and references. The applicant’s name and any co-authors should not be provided on these two pages, but instead in the cover letter.
  2. A letter of support from the applicant's Residency Director, to confirm the applicant will be a resident in Anatomic or Clinical Pathology in the 2023-2024 academic year, and that they would be allowed to attend the Fall meeting if selected.
  3. A cover letter that includes:
    1. The resident's name, address, email address, phone number, residency program, and year of residency.
    2. Any coauthors of the case report.
    3. Whether or not your contact information can be distributed to Pediatric Pathology fellowship programs.

Selection Process:
Complete applications must be received no later than Monday, July 24, 2023. They will be judged by the members of the Research/Awards Committee for their creativity, composition, content, and how well they reflect unique or special aspects of Pediatric Pathology. Awardees will be notified via email by August 31, 2023. 

Winners are encouraged to submit their case reports for consideration to Pediatric and Developmental Pathology, the official journal of SPP and the Paediatric Pathology Society.

Questions and applications should be either e-mailed or mailed to:

Selene Koo, MD, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Department of Pathology
262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 250
Memphis, TN 38105
[email protected]

Resident Recruitment Award Winners

Year Name and Affiliation Title
2020 Caitlin Hughes, MD; Vanderbilt University Bilateral Sertoli-Leydig cell tumors: a pathognomonic feature of DICER1 syndrome?
2020 He Zhen Ren, MD; University of British Columbia Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma with EWSR1-ATF1 fusion in a 15 year-old male
2020 Jonathan Slack, MD; University of Calgary Bilateral nephroblastic tumors and a complex renal vascular anomaly in a patient with a somatic mosaic RASopathy: novel histopathologic features and molecular insights
2021 Elizabeth “Beth” Doughty, MD PhD; University of Colorado “Unboxing” the pulmonary effects of TBX4 germline mutation, an autopsy case study
2021 Suzanne Schauwecker, MD, PhD; Vanderbilt University Novel FOXP3 Mutation Associated with Refractory Diarrhea, Late-Onset Necrotizing Enterocolitis and an Aggressive Course
2021 Yan Zhou, MD, PhD; University of Minnesota Infantile Diarrhea Secondary to an Acquired Duodeno-Colonic Fistula: Informed by Upper GI Biopsies
2022 Karl Grenier, MD, PhD, McGill University Health Centre A case of Apert syndrome with tracheal cartilaginous sleeve: demonstration of wintergreen oil tissue clearing technique for tracheal malformation visualization
2022 Madeleine Opsahl, DO, University of Missouri School of Medicine Histiocytic sarcoma with NF-kB pathway alterations in a 13 year old female
2022 Ling-Lin “Emily” Pai, MD, PhD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Diffuse Glioneuronal Tumor with Oligodendroglioma-like Features and Nuclear Clusters (DGONC) – A Novel Pediatric Brain Tumor Entity