Society for Hematopathology Newsletter, Autumn 2002

USCAP administrative team to take over SH management

On January 1, 2003, the administrative affairs of the Society for Hematopathology will be transferred to the USCAP office in Atlanta. Mr. Jim Crimmins, who is in large part responsible for the smooth operation of the annual USCAP meetings, will head the staff responsible for the management of the Society. The officers and Executive Committee members believe this change will make it easier to administer the various functions of the Society that take place in conjunction with the USCAP meetings. It also aligns us with an experienced management team who understands pathology and its subspecialties.

Although all of the administrative functions will not be transferred to USCAP until January 1, 2003, Jim and his team will assume responsibility gradually over the next two to three months. Please note that your annual dues statement is enclosed, and that the dues should be returned to the USCAP address provided on the renewal form. Until January 1, the FAES management group will continue to take care of all other business. The officers, the USCAP management team, and FAES are working to make this transition a smooth one.

The officers and Executive Committee wish to thank the management group at FAES, including Lois Kochanski, Stephanie Hollis and Carline Coote, for managing the Society's affairs for the past three years, and for a job well done.

Education Committee Formed

Many members of the Society will have their hematopathology fellowship programs inspected in the next several months. We have been informed that as of July 1, 2003, competency requirements similar to those now in place for pathology resident programs will be instituted. An Education Committee, comprised of SH members who are knowledgeable and interested in resident and fellow training, has been formed to help members who have fellowship programs prepare for this change. In addition, the committee will serve as a liaison to the ACGME and RRC for matters related to training in hematopathology.

Thanks to the many members of the Society who volunteered for this committee. The first volunteer was our past President, Kathy Foucar, who also agreed to chair the committee. The other members of the committee are Sherrie Perkins (University of Utah), Russell Brynes (USC), Paul Kurtin (Mayo Clinic) and Michael Borowitz (John Hopkins).

The committee has already an opportunity to review and comment on the new competency requirements proposed by the RRC for hematopathology. In the coming months, the committee will draft general guidelines and give advice on how to meet the new standards. Watch for more on the Society's website, socforheme.org, regarding this important activity.

Society for Hematopathology Pathologist-in-Training Award

The Hematopathology Pathologist-in-Training Award is given each year to a fellow, resident or medical student who presents an outstanding paper related to the field of hematopathology at the annual USCAP meeting. If you wish to nominate a trainee who has had an abstract accepted for the meeting, please complete the Society's Pathologist-in-Training nomination form and submit it as soon as possible. In order to give the judges an opportunity to adequately preview the content of the abstracts, all nomination forms for the March 2003 meeting must be submitted no later than February 23, 2003. For your convenience, a nomination form is included in this mailing, and can also be obtained by visiting the Society's website, socforheme.org.

Response to Case-of-the-Quarter Survey

In the last newsletter, we included a survey form to help determine the preferred format for the Case-of-the-Quarter. The Executive Committee will review the responses at their next meeting in March in order to decide which format best suits the needs and wishes of the membership. However, to date fewer than 25% of the members have responded. If you havenšt returned your survey form, please take a minute to do so. It is available on the website in case you have misplaced the original form.

2003 Scientific Symposium, March 23, Washington, DC:
"Aggressive B-cell Lymphomas"

The Annual Scientific Symposium of the Society for Hematopathology will be moderated by Jonathan Said (UCLA) and Eric Hsi (Cleveland Clinic Foundation) on Sunday, March 23, 2003. They have arranged the following program that clearly will be informative for all of the membership.

Riccardo Dalla-Favera (Columbia University): "Molecular pathogenic mechanisms of aggressive B-cell lymphoma"

Margaret A. Shipp (Dana Farber Cancer Institute): "Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma outcome prediction by gene expression profiling and supervised machine learning"

Stefania Pittaluga (National Cancer Institute): "Morphological and immunophenotypic correlations in the diagnosis of aggressive B cell lymphoma"

Jonathan Said (UCLA School of Medicine): "Transformation of low grade to aggressive B-cell lymphomas, morphologic and molecular characteristics"

Elaine Jaffe (National Cancer Institute): "Burkitt and Burkitt-like lymphoma"

Amy Chadburn (New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell): "Aggressive B cell lymphoma associated with immunosuppression"

Future dates/meetings to plan ahead for:

2003 SH/EAHP Workshop, October 23-25, 2003, Memphis, TN:
"Congenital, Reactive and Neoplastic Disorders in Pediatric Hematopathology", organized by Robert Lorsbach and James Downing, Department of Pathology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Information regarding case submission, hotels, etc., will be sent to the membership soon, but mark your calendars now.

I hope everyone has a splendid autumn and a safe and happy holiday season.

Jim Vardiman