Academic Pathology


With this opening editorial, the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) is launching a new journal called Academic Pathology. The APC is a nonprofit society that serves as the voice of academic departments of pathology in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The APC exists to provide leadership and advocacy for the dynamic discipline of pathology and to enable academic departments to meet the demands of their 3 missions—medical education, research, and practice. The decision to launch a new journal was borne out of the desire to give voice to the innovations in leadership and management of academic departments of pathology (in their entirety, including anatomic pathology, laboratory medicine, experimental pathology, etc). Although the field of medicine has been evolving continuously since its modern origins in the 19th century, the pace of change has accelerated in an extraordinary fashion. The modern structure of academic departments of pathology was established in the mid-20th century, coinciding with the growth of robust extramural funding for basic and clinical research and the convergence of anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine as specialty areas in academic pathology. Although the criteria for success of academic departments of pathology maintain continuity with those of the 20th century, the 21-century models for health care delivery—and funding—require an almost completely new approach to establishing the sustaining value of academic pathology. In turn, academic departments of pathology have unprecedented opportunity to provide leadership in the transformation of our specialty in the 21st century. We seek these voices of leadership and change. There is a strong call for leadership development and performance in medicine. To date, the discipline of academic pathology has been underrepresented in this discussion, although the need for such leadership is recognized. Articles relevant to the performance of the 3 missions of academic pathology are published both in pathology journals (eg, Refs. 9-16) and elsewhere. Until now, however, a journal has not existed that specifically solicits articles addressing the operational and leadership challenges faced by academic departments of pathology. In creating this journal, we seek to cultivate scholarship in this arena and help disseminate innovation and best practices. This is an open-access journal, and the intended audience for this journal reaches beyond academic pathology. It is precisely the innovative practices developed and assessed in academic departments of pathology that can help improve the performance of pathology and laboratory medicine throughout the industry. Moreover, pathology practice, education, and research have impact on the delivery of health care writ large. Hence, we hope that articles published in this journal will reach a national and international audience both within the field of pathology and beyond. In the latter case, health care providers, educators, researchers, and policy makers alike may benefit from articles published in Academic Pathology. We also consider that this journal should both welcome an international authorship and give consideration to articles of value to the worldwide practice of academic pathology. This journal will publish original articles, reviews, case studies, and commentaries that address the core missions of academic departments of pathology. Contributions should reflect the best practices of pathology as a dynamic 21stcentury discipline. All articles will be rigorously peer reviewed for relevance and quality. Priority will be given to articles that address any of the following:

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@inproceedings{Crawford2014AcademicP, title={Academic Pathology}, author={James M. Crawford}, year={2014} }