The ASC 67th Annual Scientific Meeting in Salt Lake City once again brings together one of the largest gatherings of both pathologists and cytotechnologists to participate in the ongoing education and scientific inquiry using cytologic methods. By attending, you become an active participant in learning from and reuniting with colleagues from throughout the United States and abroad, as well as exchanging knowledge with leaders in the field. The Meeting contains 17 video microscopy tutorials (VMT), 10 Short Courses (SC), 6 Panel Luncheons (PL), 10 Roundtable Luncheons (RT), and 15 sessions of Sign-Out with the Professor (SP).
The Meeting begins Thursday morning with Strategies in Cytotechnology Education, video microscopy tutorials, and short courses. The State of the Society Address by President Syed Ali at 1:00 pm is followed by the Leonard G. Koss Lecture given this year by Mr. Douglas A. Smith. Mr. Smith has formerly served as CEO of Kraft Foods Canada, Chairman/CEO of Borden Foods Corporation and Chairman/CEO of Best Brands Corporation, and is author of a best- selling book entitled Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy. His lecture, “The Science and Skill of Flourishing,” will be an inspirational beginning to the Meeting. The afternoon is filled with multiple platform presentations including those by the two previous Shark Tank awardees, and additional workshops.
Friday morning begins with the New Frontiers Symposium, which this year covers the topic of Artificial Intelligence. This panel symposium consists of four renowned speakers and is moderated by former Scientific Program Committee Chair, Dr. Douglas Clark. Friday afternoon’s State of the Art Symposium, chaired by Dr. Ashish Chandra from the United Kingdom, hosts four exceptional educators in this field who will provide us with an in-depth report on the newly issued International System for Reporting Serous Effusions and Body Cavity Washings. For the first time ever, the Chinese American Pathology Association will also hold a companion meeting on Friday afternoon.
Saturday is highlighted by the WorldVision Cytopathology Contest chaired by Drs. Guliz Barkan and Diana Rossi. Open to individuals from around the world, this contest provides a forum for exposure to cytopathology at the international level. The always popular Diagnostic Cytology Seminar occupies the Saturday afternoon slot. Sunday morning is filled with multiple additional workshops including VMT, SC, and Sign-Out sessions as well as Strategies in Cytopathology Education.
Several dinner events allowing for more informal collegial interaction are slated for this year’s Meeting. In addition to the annual President’s Reception on Friday evening, this year’s JASC Hot Topic session will consist of a panel dinner on Thursday evening, chaired by Dr Paul VanderLaan with a discussion of the soon-to-be published JASC survey regarding the topic of on-site adequacy among cytology laboratories in the United States. Lastly, the ASC Foundation will host a dinner reception on Saturday evening.
The multitude of events at our Annual Scientific Meeting is certain to allow you to glean incredible value from this tremendous diversity of curriculum, and to give you the opportunity to share knowledge, gain exposure, and enhance your career.
Paul Wakely, MD, Chair
Scientific Program Committee