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Mission Statement




Purpose and Mission

The United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology's (USCAP) mission is to provide pathologists with high quality continuing medical education (CME) at the investigative and applied practice level and to reinforce and update attendees' knowledge of pathology in their area(s) of interest and need in the understanding of pathologic processes. 

This mission is accomplished by a broad CME program, which includes various topics and forums of particular intellectual and professional interest where participants can engage in presentation, discussion, and critical evaluation of the application of scientific, technological, and methodological advances to matters related to human health and disease. Specifically these include lectures, seminars, symposia, courses with extemporaneous discussion and critical evaluation, question and answer sessions, and the distribution of instructional materials for the purpose of meeting identifiable educational needs. The program is planned to meet the needs of pathologists of various levels of experience from residents and fellows to the well-established and expert investigator and practitioner. The effectiveness in meeting registrant needs is assessed by their satisfaction as evidenced by comparative and annual attendance monitoring and by registrant evaluations as to the improvement of their knowledge and skills relevant to their pathology practice. 


Services and Activities

Meetings and Conferences

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 around the world – in fact, over 20% of attendees come from continents other than North America. If  you are a pathologist, this is the place to be.


The Annual Meeting:

  • Proffered papers and posters presented by meeting attendees that represent new, basic, and clinical scientific information
  • Long Courses for in-depth review of recent concepts and advances in pathology, as well as Short Courses on organ or topic oriented pathology. All courses are archived on line for future reference and learning
  • Special Courses are structured to provide pathologists with in-depth knowledge of advanced scientific techniques and methodologies
  • Specialty Conference seminars where pathologists can meet acknowledged experts and engage in discussion of specific and important cases
  • Plenary lectures of topics of special interest


Regional Meetings:

Our regional meetings are held in attractive venues throughout North America. These meetings are smaller, and more readily enable peer-to-peer discussions and discovery. 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 Pathology Update – an annual course that provides updated practical knowledge in anatomical pathology for residents, surgical pathologists, and academicians
  • Diagnostic Cytopathology Update – an annual physician-oriented course that addresses intriguing differential diagnoses encountered by cytopathologists and anatomic pathologists in their day-to-day practice
  • Practical Pathology Seminars – an annual course for anatomical pathologists that provides updated, pragmatic, problem-solving information for the resolution of diagnostic pitfalls in an array of areas in surgical pathology
  • A new Interactive Microscopy: Check Out with the Experts- Experience surgical pathology one-on-one with the experts who will not only discuss criteria, but share their personal strategies in diagnosis and communication
  • Biennial Congress of the International Academy of Pathology and other IAP Divisions around the world


Electronic Educational Offerings: 

The USCAP offers pathology education in a variety of media and formats, enabling busy pathologists many ways to learn and advance their skills.  Much of our content is free, although there is a charge to access some content, which goes to support our educational, non-profit mission.  Whichever you choose, you will be learning from the experts. For more information click here.