The Society for Pediatric Pathology, founded in 1965, is an educational and scientific organization of physicians and scientists who share a common interest in this vital field. Over 800 members of the Society practice in Children’s Hospitals and University Hospitals of the United States, Canada and throughout the world. It is the aim of the Society to foster research, education, and practice as they pertain to pediatric pathology, and to provide a forum for discourse among its members.
The Mission of Society for Pediatric Pathology is to perform the following and other related functions:
- To promote expertise, effective teaching and productive research in the practice of pediatric pathology.
- To assist and promote the development and recognition of resident/fellow training programs in pediatric pathology and, through the American Board of Pathology, establish and maintain a means by which pathologists may be certified as having special competency in pediatric pathology.
- To sponsor and promote the education of physicians and others in healthcare related to pediatric pathology.
- To establish and maintain appropriate relationships with other societies and groups of physicians, and other scientists, who share professional interests with the Society.
The Society for Pediatric Pathology (SPP) welcomes all physicians and scientists interested in Pediatric Pathology. Several categories of membership are available:
- Regular: Pathologists, other physicians, or scientists with interest in Pediatric Pathology or allied disciplines. Dues ($300 per year) include an online subscription to the journal Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. A print subscription to the journal is available (additional $45 per year).
- Affiliate: Individuals who qualify as regular members but have permanent residence outside North America. Affiliate members are not required to pay dues, but may pay $120 per year in order to receive PDP online or $165 printed. Affiliate members residing outside North America have the option of becoming Regular members.
- Junior: Junior membership is open to those physicians and scientists actively engaged in formal training, with attestation from the training program. Dues are reduced ($100 per year) but still include an online subscription to PDP. A print subscription to the journal is available (additional $45 per year).
The Society conducts a Spring Annual Meeting in conjunction with the U.S. -Canadian division of the International Academy of Pathology (USCAP), attracting large numbers of registrants from both organizations. In addition, the Society holds a Fall Meeting each year at various pediatric institutions throughout North America. Both the Spring and Fall meetings include presentations of papers and a symposium focusing on a selected topic. The Spring meeting includes the Sidney Farber Lecture, which features an in depth view of current topics in pediatric and developmental pathology. Each Spring meeting also includes a series of six workshops for the continuing education of practicing pathologists. The Perinatal Section of the Society sponsors a further symposium focusing on perinatal topics within the field. CME and SAM credit is offered for these educational activities.
Pediatric and Developmental Pathology is the premiere journal dealing with the pathology of disease from conception through adolescence. It covers the spectrum of disorders developing in utero (including embryology, placentology, teratology), gestational and perinatal diseases, and all diseases of childhood. A section entitled “Current Practice in Pediatric Pathology” describes the latest advances in the fields of pediatric surgical pathology such as Wilms tumors, neuroblastomas, and germ cell tumors. In addition, the regular content of PDP is periodically supplemented with the monographic series, Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology. This group of articles provides scholarly and comprehensive treatment of a specific topic, with historical data, current information, and the author’s perspective. On-line access to Pediatric and Developmental Pathology is available. The Society also sponsors a popular list-server that connects pediatric pathologists from all over the world.
The Slide Survey Program of the Society for Pediatric Pathology is intended for pathologists-in-training, general pathologists, and pediatric pathologists. This annual program consists of 18 (3 sets of 6) cases representative of the broad spectrum of perinatal, childhood and adolescent pathology. Cases are distributed three times per year. Each case includes a representative glass slide and/or virtual slide, brief clinical history, and images of pertinent clinical, gross and/or ancillary procedure findings, enabling the subscriber to submit a diagnosis. Three multiple choice questions enhance the learning experience and serve as a mechanism to update the reader on recent advances in the field. The survey of answers is completed online, and submissions are recorded electronically. A compilation of answer data and brief case discussions with references are then posted online. All PDF files of booklets and discussion sheets are also available on the SPP website. Participants can receive CME credit.
The Society for Pediatric Pathology sponsors a Young Investigator Research Grant program and also a Short-Term Study Stipend program. A number of awards are given to honor meritorious work by young investigators, work incorporating novel technology, and excellence in presentations relating to perinatal pathology and presentations by pathologists-in-training.