Fall, 2006

Dear Society members,

We've had a busy summer and fall and are looking forward to seeing each other again at the upcoming USCAP meeting in San Diego. Fiona Craig has completed her term on the ASCP Companion Meeting Committee (see below) and will be succeeded by Jim Cook at the Cleveland Clinic. Thanks to Fiona and others who have been working for the Society in the past months and congratulations to Jim. In addition to your hard work, we also need your continued financial support; dues notices are included in this mailing and prompt payment will be gratefully appreciated. Updates of Society activities and announcements of upcoming events are summarized below.

Society Symposium at next USCAP Meeting in San Diego, March 25, 2007

Moderators: John Anastasi, University of Chicago and Will Finn, University of Michigan

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: Molecular Analysis for Diagnosis, Monitoring and Drug ResistanceAdam Bagg, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Bone Marrow Histopathology in the Diagnosis of the Early Stage of Chronic Myeloproliferative DisordersHans Kvasnicka, University of Cologne, Germany
JAK2V617F and Other Novel Mutations in Myeloproliferative DisordersGary Gilliland, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Mast Cell Disease Dan Arber, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Practical Issues in the Diagnosis of Myeloproliferative/Myelodysplastic Overlap Syndromes Will Finn, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The Diagnostic Interface Between Clinical Presentation, Pathology, and Molecular Tests in Myeloproliferative Disorders Ayalew Tefferi, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Pathologist-in-Training Award at next USCAP Meeting in San Diego
The Society for Hematopathology Pathologist-in Training Award is given each year to a fellow, resident or medical student who presents an outstanding paper (poster or platform) related to hematopathology at the annual USCAP meeting. Previous winners are not eligible. Papers are judged by a committee comprised of members of the SH Executive Committee and scored for scientific approach, significance and presentation. To be eligible for the award, all nominees with posters must be at their posters during the official poster sessions so that they can discuss their work with judges. Each winner receives a $500 prize. Trainees with posters accepted for the Stowell-Orbison competition in the Hematopathology category are automatically nominated and do not need to submit an application. To nominate other trainees, please visit the website (socforheme.org) to check the eligibility requirements and complete the nomination form. The application form should be FAXed to the SH office at 706-733-8033 no later than Friday, February 23, 2007.

Education Committee and Director's Breakfast Meeting at the next USCAP Meeting in San Diego
The education committee has been working on three major projects during the past months. A write-up of a proposed curriculum for teaching of hematopathology fellows is currently under revision and should be published in the next 6-8 months. This project was several years in development and aims to help fellowship directors develop a uniform teaching curriculum as well as address topics that impact on training such as the performance of bone marrow biopsies by trainees. Another topic of interest for the fellowship directors has been the timing of fellowship interviews and the offering of positions to trainees. The committee is currently developing a short survey to gather information that will be distributed to the fellowship directors. We plan to spend time during the upcoming fellowship directors meeting at the USCAP (March 25, 2007 at 7:30 AM) to discuss the results of this survey and to see if a group consensus can be reached either through agreed on dates or by a more formal mechanism, such as utilizing the Match. Finally, as a result of the interesting talk given by Dr. Betsy Bennett at the last meeting, the members of the committee are beginning to develop a bank of didactic questions that can be used by fellowship directors to test fellows during or at the completion of training as an objective measurement of knowledge (as mandated by the RRC and ACGME).

The hematopathology fellowship director's breakfast meeting will be held in conjunction with the March USCAP meeting and will take place on Sunday morning, March 25, from 7:30-8:30 with a light buffet breakfast to be served from 7:00-7:30. The proposed schedule for the meeting is as follows:

7:00-7:30 Breakfast
7:30-7:35 Report on curriculum project Perkins/Reddy
7:35-7:50 Presentation of data from survey on fellowship job offers/interviewing and group discussion on codified dates versus entering the Match Reddy/Perkins
7:50-8:10 Presentation by Dr. Kathy Foucar (University of New Mexico) on RRC Competency Requirements as They Relate to Fellow Evaluation and Ongoing Testing
8:10-8:20 Report on hematopathology question bank Reichard/Thompson
8:20-8:30 Group discussion

SH/EAHP Workshop, Indianapolis, IN, November 1-3, 2007
MYELOID NEOPLASMS AND MASTOCYTOSIS The Society's biennial workshop will provide an overview of diagnostic issues in myeloid neoplasms and mastocytosis in the light of recent progress in molecular pathogenesis and advances in ancillary techniques. Case presentations submitted by the attendees will be supplemented by lectures from experts in the field including Daniel Arber, Hans-Peter Horny, Alan List, Stefano Pileri, Ayalew Tefferi, Juergen Thiele and Brent Wood. Case submission opens November 15, 2006 and closes February 15, 2007

Case submission details: http://www.iupui.edu/~pathol/czader/PreliminaryInfo.pdf

Inquiries: Drs. Magdalena Czader at mczader@iupui.edu Or Attilio Orazi at aorazi@iupui.edu

Course Organizers: Department of Pathology, Indiana University School of Medicine; Society for Hematopathology and European Association for Haematopathology Magdalena Czader, MD, PhD and Attilio Orazi, MD

Case of the Quarter
Cherie Dunphy is actively recruiting cases for the online publication of the Society's Case of the Quarter. If you have an interesting case, please contact her by email or telephone (cdunphy@unch.unc.edu or telephone: 919-843-0718). She will be happy to advise you if your case would be of interest in light of topics that have recently been addressed (or not), as well as provide you with the guidelines for submission.

XIII. Meeting of European Association for Haematopathology (EAHP), Vienna, October 7-12, 2006
The meeting featured the Bone Marrow Symposium and Workshop, the Lymphoma Symposium and Workshop, and the 6th Conference on Biological and Clinical Aspects of Thymic Epithelial Tumours as well as an Educational Session and Satellite Symposia. Thanks to Andreas Chott who headed the local organizing committee and to all of the EAHP and SH committee members who were responsible for putting on an outstanding meeting. There were more than 600 attendees at the Lymphoma Symposium, a record attendance that included more attendees from the US than ever before, approximately 100. Social events included the welcoming reception at the Palais Pallavicini and the gala dinner (Heuriger). The next meeting of the EAHP will take place in Bordeaux in 2008.

SH/ASCP Companion Meeting, Las Vegas, October 18, 2006
The 2006 SH ASCP Companion Meeting in Las Vegas was a great success. Over 100 registrants attended an afternoon session moderated by Drs. Fiona Craig and Beverly Nelson that featured practical updates on T- and NK-cell malignancies, gray zone lymphoma, and chronic myeloproliferative disorders presented by Drs. Dan Jones, Stefania Pittaluga, and John Anastasi. The new committee, composed of Drs. Beverly Nelson, Pat Auon and Jim Cook, has now has turned its attention to the 2007 ASCP companion meeting in New Orleans.

Thanks again to all of the members who serve the Society in so many different ways. In the past year a number of members have expressed an interest in working for the Society in various roles. Many of these individuals have been appointed to committees and others will be appointed in the future.