Globally Recognized Premier Pathology Associations Form Strategic Alliance

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ASCP and European Society of Pathology Join Forces to Provide Innovative Pathology Education

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By working together, we can meet the global demand for pathology education that explores new technologies and practices which will help to improve the delivery of patient care.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the European Society of Pathology (ESP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, effective March 20, 2015, to provide innovative educational offerings for pathologists and pathology residents throughout the United States and Europe.

“ESP is a premier international medical society that has an unparalleled reputation for providing pathologists with high quality continuing medical education,” says ASCP President William G. Finn, MD, FASCP. “By working together, we can meet the global demand for pathology education that explores new technologies and practices which will help to improve the delivery of patient care.”

The ESP, based in Brussels, Belgium, serves as a hub for European pathology organizations. This alliance comes at an important time in the evolution of health care. The resources ASCP and ESP will provide support efforts to improve patient outcomes and enhance the overall quality and efficiency of the United States and European healthcare systems.

“We are excited to collaborate with ASCP,” says Helmut Popper, MD, Chair of ESP’s Education Committee. “ASCP and ESP share a commitment to providing high quality, innovative education that will expand pathologists’ skills and leadership in emerging healthcare delivery models.”

Education is at the forefront of this alliance. The collaboration between ESP and ASCP will incorporate the latest scientific developments into the daily practice of pathology in areas such as genetics and information technology. The two organizations initially partnered in October 2014 to present a multidisciplinary session on lung pathology at the ASCP 2014 Annual Meeting, in Tampa, Fla. The session provided an updated overview on the multi-disciplinary management of patients with lung cancer, including initial evaluation, tissue acquisition, diagnosis and molecular testing.

Going forward, collaborative initiatives will include joint education sessions at:

The 27th European Congress of Pathology, Sept. 5-9, 2015, in Belgrade, Serbia
The ASCP 2015 Annual Meeting, Oct. 28-30, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif.
The 2016 Biennial Scientific Meeting (Congress) jointly organized by the International Academy of Pathology and ESP, Sept 24-30, 2016 in Cologne, Germany.

Additionally, ESP and ASCP will provide access to their respective organizations’ eLearning educational resources. Potential future opportunities include ESP participation in ASCP clinical guideline development; co-development of educational webinars, educational sessions in Europe; and jointly developed international meetings, resources for residency training, and membership reciprocity.

“This alliance is an important component of the ASCP’s comprehensive international strategic plan,” says Dr. Blair Holladay, ASCP Chief Executive Officer. “ESP is a revered partner in pathology worldwide. We look forward to achieving these goals as we work together to advance patient care.”

About ASCP
Founded in 1922 in Chicago, ASCP is a medical professional society with more than 100,000 member board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists, pathology residents and fellows, laboratory professionals, and students. ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. To learn more, visit http://www.ascp.org. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ascp_chicago and connect with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ASCP.Chicago.

About ESP
The European Society of Pathology is a leading force in European pathology. As a learned society, the ESP has as its primary aim the promotion of high quality diagnostic practice, applied and translational research and under- and postgraduate education in the field of human as well as experimental pathology. This is achieved through its congresses, its journal Virchows Archiv, its European School of Pathology which organizes a variety of postgraduate courses, and its quality assurance projects in diagnostic molecular pathology. To learn more, visit http://www.esp-pathology.org.

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