9 September 2022: Cancer Research Grants

PathologyOutlines.com is offering grants of up to $25K for the following research topics:

  • Premalignant states for glioblastoma or Hodgkin lymphoma: We welcome your proposal to identify premalignant states for glioblastoma multiforme or Hodgkin lymphoma based on molecular and not histologic patterns. As described at Arch Pathol Lab Med 2018;142:558, complexity theory suggests that these states likely exist, even if there is no histologic evidence.
  • Efficacy of large combinations of therapies to substantially reduce cancer deaths for aggressive lung, colon, pancreatic or breast malignancies, targeting different aspects of tumor cells, microenvironmental features (vasculature, stroma, extracellular matrix and inflammation) and systemic features (chronic inflammation, immune system dysfunction, hormonal activity, germline changes) (see Strategic plan to reduce cancer deaths).
  • Better understanding of and possibly treatment for physiologic changes associated with cancer deaths shortly after diagnosis (see How cancer kills).
  • Strategies to markedly improve cancer prevention behavior, such as implementing the American Code Against Cancer or other substantial changes to health related behavior.

Requirements: Proposal should be up to 500 words and include CVs of principal investigators. The deadline to apply is 30 September 2022.

See pathologyoutlines.com/ccngrants.html for more information.

Email Dr. Pernick at Nat@PathologyOutlines.com to apply.

7 September 2022: A Message from Dr. Pernick

In August 2001, I started PathologyOutlines.com because I believed that professional medical information should be free, easy to access and not require registration. At that time, there were not many sources of professional medical content that met these criteria.

I am pleased that beginning in 2026, academic journals will have to provide immediate access to papers that are publicly funded, which should be very useful in disseminating medical knowledge. See nytimes.com/2022/08/25/us/white-house-federally-funded-research-access.html for more information.

We encourage other businesses to find ways to disseminate important medical knowledge easily and without cost.

Nat Pernick, M.D., President and Founder
PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.
Email: Nat@PathologyOutlines.com

30 August 2022: Worldwide Directory of Pathologists Image Contest

We are planning a Directory image contest to celebrate the great images that pathologists take. The 3 winners will get gift cards of $250, $150 and $100 respectively and will be publicized on our website.

The contest also promotes our Worldwide Directory of Pathologists, now with more than 10,000 pathologist profiles and with another 10,000 to be added each year. There is no cost to be in or to use the Directory and we plan to continue it for decades, which means you can confidently use the URL for your Directory profile in your email signature, social media, CV or website(s) indefinitely.

To be eligible for the contest and to vote, you must be a Pathologist with a Directory profile. See pathologyoutlines.com/directory to add or modify your profile. The deadline is September 30, 2022 to add an image to your profile for the contest.

Starting on October 1, 2022, our Editorial Board or others will screen the images and select the top 20 or so for the voting round. Voting is from November 1, 2022 through December 15, 2022.

More details will be forthcoming. For any comments or questions on having a Directory proflie, please email Directory@PathologyOutlines.com.

5 August 2022: Use of Author Contributed Images

We appreciate all the authors who have contributed images to topics at PathologyOutlines.com. In general, these images are protected by our copyright and cannot be used by others (except for the contributors) without our consent. However, they typically can be used for limited educational purposes under the Fair Use doctrine without consent (see https://libguides.unm.edu/images/fairuse).

Recently, several organizations, both nonprofits and businesses, have requested permission to use some of our images. We may allow this after review, but typically we require that they attribute the image to the submitter and to us. For business use, if a large number of images are requested, we charge the business a fee solely to cover our administrative costs (i.e., we do not pay the author).

If you have any questions about using our images, please email comments@pathologyoutlines.com.

2 August 2022: Worldwide Directory of Pathologists Update

We have now created a list of all pathologists at academic institutions in the U.S. and Canada for entry into the Directory. We currently have 7,000+ U.S. profiles, 750+ Canadian profiles (mostly academic) and we estimate that U.S. and Canadian academic pathologists will total ~10,000 when all profiles are created, targeted for October 2022.

Pathologists are defined for the Directory as having a doctoral degree plus pathology residency or fellowship training (or comparable); this includes PhDs and other subspecialists. Typically, they perform or can perform direct patient care at the level of an AP or CP attending. We include residents and fellows in the Directory, but not medical students.

We also include pathologists who are now doing something else as well as deceased pathologists already in the Directory for 5 years after passing. We are able to inactivate Directory entries if a pathologist requests for their profile to be removed.

See the blue box on the Directory page to learn how to add or update your profile. We plan to add a Consultation search in the fall of 2022, so you may want to review your profile to make sure it is as accurate as possible.

5 April 2022: How I Deal With the 250+ Emails I Get Daily, by Nat Pernick M.D.

I have more work than I can handle, similar to most of you. Although I want to be polite, I have to focus on my work. These are my most common responses to emails:

  1. Respond. The main reason to keep my email prominent is so people can contact me with important issues. They might not do this if it was difficult to find my email. This makes it worthwhile to deal with all the annoying issues below.
  2. Decline politely if asked to do something I cannot do from someone I know or don’t want to offend.
  3. Ignore. I see no reason to answer emails that are computer generated. Most email providers separate most of them into a spam / junk folder, which I check every 1 – 2 days because occasionally something important goes into these folders.
  4. Write to ignore. If the email seems to be from a real person and I am not interested, I respond simply, “Not interested, please remove.” No need for anything more or to follow up if they continue to email.
  5. Report. I don’t do this very often, but you can report people as a spammer to your email service.
  6. Ask office staff to send a canned response. I frequently get patient requests for medical advice or requests to help people write papers, complete studies or find a job. I used to respond when I was younger but soon learned that was a mistake. At these times, I responded personally, but now I have an office assistant send a standard response. This goes something like: “We provide a free online textbook but cannot provide personal advice or answer your medical questions or provide personal assistance. You may want to contact your local medical facility or medical school.” Your letter will be different, though I think key points are to have something ready so you can respond quickly.

Email Nat@PathologyOutlines.com with any comments or questions.

4 January 2022: #PathOutPic Twitter Campaign

PathologyOutlines is publicizing the use of the Twitter hashtag #pathoutpic to identify possible histopathology images from Twitter to post in our online textbook. If you tweet high quality histopathology images and are willing to grant us permission to use these images on PathologyOutlines.com, please include the #pathoutpic hashtag in your tweet.

Every few weeks, our image representative will search Twitter for posts with this hashtag. The image representative will select the best images based on image quality (good focus, white balance, visually interesting, etc.), appropriate and reasonable associated text (i.e. the tweet) and whether the image is useful for the appropriate topic(s). This decision is solely within the discretion of the image representative. Not all images with the hashtag will be selected. We will only consider hashtags on the original tweets; users cannot give permission for images they do not own.

In general, images will be posted in the appropriate topic under a header that states “Contributed by @[username] on Twitter” with the diagnosis as the image caption and the Twitter post as the image legend. A URL link to the Twitter post will be included. We may also retweet the original posts with the selected image.

We give permission to the image owner to use the image in other publications, as long as this does not restrict the use of the image on our website. If users post an image with the hashtag but later wish to revoke permission for our site to post the image, they may contact us separately.

12 November 2021: New Editorial Board Appointments

PathologyOutlines.com has appointed 3 new Editorial Board members in November 2021 so far:

Dr. Viktoryia Kazlouskaya was appointed to our Editorial Board for Dermatopathology. Dr. Kazlouskaya is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. She obtained her M.D. / Ph.D. degree and completed her dermatology residency at Vitebsk State Medical University in Belarus, in addition to dermatopathology training at Dermatologikum in Berlin, Germany. After graduation, she practiced as an Assistant Professor at Vitebsk State Medical University in Belarus and subsequently was appointed as a chairwoman of the Dermatology Division at Gomel State Medical University in Belarus. After she moved to the U.S., she repeated her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate in New York and Dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an author of over 60 peer reviewed publications and over 20 book chapters.

Lewis A. Hassell, M.D.

Dr. Lewis Hassell was appointed to our Editorial Board for Lab Administration & Management and Informatics. Dr. Hassell is currently the endowed Professor of Excellence in Pathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and was the former Director of Anatomic Pathology. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and completed training in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a past board member of American Pathology Foundation, College of American Pathologists and Digital Pathology Association and was the past president of the CAP Foundation. Before re-entering academia, he practiced for 17 years with Dahl Chase Pathology in Bangor, Maine and for 4 years in Northern California.

Dr. Maryam Pezhouh was appointed to our Editorial Board for Gastrointestinal Pathology. Dr. Pezhouh is an Associate Professor of Pathology at University of California, San Diego. She obtained her M.D. at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran and attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University. She then completed her anatomic and clinical pathology residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She subsequently did a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.

9 April 2021: Weekly Roundup #44

This is what’s new on PathologyOutlines.com:

1. New Deputy Editor in Chief for Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands and Special Projects

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrey Bychkov as Deputy Editor in Chief for Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands and Special Projects. He is the Director of Digital Pathology at Kameda Medical Center, Japan and Visiting Associate Professor at Nagasaki University, Japan. Dr. Bychkov is originally from Russia, where he obtained his medical degree, completed residency training and practiced in anatomic pathology. Later, he earned his Ph.D. in molecular medicine in Nagasaki, Japan and supervised research projects at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Currently, he is tasked with overseeing digital pathology initiatives in Japan. His research interests are thyroid pathology and digital pathology.

2. New Editorial Board Appointments

Dr. Bonnie Choy was appointed to the Editorial Board for GU Pathology. Dr. Choy is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Evanston, Illinois. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and medical degree from the University of Rochester. She completed her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Chicago, followed by fellowships in Genitourinary Pathology at the University of Chicago and in Cytopathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Marc Pusztaszeri was appointed to the Editorial Board for Head & Neck Pathology & Cytopathology. Dr. Pusztaszeri obtained his medical degree from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2001. He then completed a 6 year residency program in Pathology at CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland. He then practiced mainly at Geneva University Hospitals, where he developed his current specialization of Head and Neck Pathology, Thyroid Pathology and Cytopathology. In 2011 – 2012, he did a visiting fellowship at the Department of Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 2017, he joined the Department of Pathology of McGill University in Montreal, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His clinical and research interests have focused mainly on Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology of the thyroid gland and salivary gland tumors.

3. What’s New In Gynecologic Pathology

Our latest What’s New in Gynecologic Pathology newsletter, previously posted on our Newsletter page, is available as a PDF and was posted in the Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine. It is also posted in PubMed and PubMed Central and can be cited in your publications.

4. Elsevier Video on Clinic Review Articles

See Elsevier’s new video about their Clinic Review Articles on our homepage or here.

5. New Grants Page / Medical News

We have a new grants page with additional links in the Header and Footer. It lists our grant for identifying molecular alterations in glioblastoma as well as our music grant and scholarship programs.

We have also changed the name of Industry News to Medical News.

6. Record Traffic

In March 2021, we again had record traffic for total sessions (1,704,741), average sessions per day (54,992), page views (3,715,082) and users (566,344). Thanks for your support!

7. Annual Jobs Report

We have completed the annual Jobs report for 2020. For calendar year 2020, there were 763 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics. This is a 9.7% decrease from the 845 ads posted in 2018 (click here), attributed to the marked drop in elective surgery from March to July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

8. Website Redesign

For our 20th anniversary, we are studying a redesign emphasizing increased ease of use, most likely with more drop down menus and better search capability. We are also considering a worldwide directory of pathologists with headshots, favorite images and words of wisdom submitted by pathologists. Let us know what you think at Nat@PathologyOutlines.com.

2 April 2021: Weekly Roundup #43

This is what’s new on PathologyOutlines.com:

1. New Editorial Board Member for CD Markers and Stains

We have appointed Dr. Christian Schürch to our Editorial Board to review topics in the CD markers and Stains chapters. Dr. Schürch is a full professor (W3) ad interim of Advanced Tissue Imaging and Digital Pathology at the Department of Pathology, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Bern, Switzerland. After a residency in surgical pathology in Bern and a hematopathology fellowship in Tübingen, he completed his postdoctoral training in Dr. Garry Nolan’s laboratory at Stanford University in California.

2. New Editorial Board Member for Kidney Nontumor

We have appointed Dr. Jonathan Zuckerman to our Editorial Board to review topics in the kidney nontumor (medical renal) chapter. Dr. Zuckerman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He obtained his M.D. from UCLA and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He completed his anatomic pathology residency and his renal pathology fellowship at UCLA.

3. Companion Diagnostics Chapter

We have removed the Companion Diagnostics chapter. Although well written, the topics had minimal traffic and the content frequently changes, so it is hard to keep them up to date. We have moved the most recently written topics to the Breast, CNS tumor, Lung and Ovary chapters.

4. What’s New in March 2021 at PathologyOutlines.com

We have a new short video, This Month At PathologyOutlines.com, posted on our YouTube channel. We also have a text summary in the description box of the video if you are in a hurry.