The United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s (USCAP) mission is to sustain gold-standard education and delivery of scalpel-edge information from current translational research to support pathologists globally with the highest quality continuing medical education (CME) delivered by modern digital methodology and innovative, live and on-line teaching platforms.
A distinguished body of educators including Drs. William Osler, William Welch, William MacCallum, and Maude Abbott founded the International Association of Medical Museums in 1906. The name was later changed to the International Academy of Pathology (the IAP), which became the parent organization of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (the Academy). With an uninterrupted focus on excellence in medical education, the IAP extended its geographic scope worldwide. There are currently 50 semi-autonomous, national divisions of the International Academy of Pathology, of which the US and Canadian Division is the largest, with membership greater than 10,000 pathologists.
The USCAP hosts several multi-day educational events throughout North America every year, including our USCAP Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of pathologist-scientists in the world. The Annual Meeting offers over 100 courses, an expansive exhibit hall, and attracts over 5,000 pathology professionals from 86 countries around the world. Additionally, regional meetings are held in attractive venues throughout North America. These meetings are smaller, and more readily enable peer-to-peer discussions and discovery and are targeted to pathologists practicing in community hospitals and private sectors. Course participants can focus on substantive areas of pathology with leading experts, and apply the knowledge gained from those exchanges in their daily practices. Our regional meetings include Diagnostic Cytopathology, Practical Pathology Seminars, Diagnostic Pathology Update and Interactive Microscopy. In 2015, USCAP introduced a unique Interactive Learning Center in Palm Springs, California, with an emphasis on development of new digital educational assets.
The Academy publishes two monthly scientific journals: Laboratory Investigation and Modern Pathology, two of the top four or five general diagnostic and investigative pathology journals in the world by impact factor. The former is an instrument for the dissemination of the most current research observations that have relevance to human disease. Modern Pathology is a journal of anatomic pathology: its articles address the utilitarian needs of surgical and autopsy pathologists. Both are published by Nature Publishing Company. Regular membership is available for any physician, scientist or allied health professional who has completed nationally/internationally recognized training in anatomic, clinical, hematologic and/or molecular pathology, or in an equivalent/related field, as approved by the Board. Trainee Members must be enrolled in a pathology or equivalent professional training program, recognized by the Academy, leading towards qualification for
Regular Member status. Membership categories have been re-characterized to embrace and include Ph.D. colleagues.