11 January 2023: #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.

9 December 2022: Q2 & Q3 Jobs Reports

We have now posted the Jobs reports for the second and third quarters of 2022. 

For Q2, there were 370 job postings at PathologyOutlines.com for full or part time Pathologists. This is a 7.2% increase from the 345 job postings in the second quarter of 2021. Visit pathologyoutlines.com/pathjobs2022q2.html for the full report.

For Q3, there were 413 job postings at PathologyOutlines.com for full or part time Pathologists. This is a 10.1% increase from the 375 job postings in the third quarter of 2021. Visit pathologyoutlines.com/pathjobs2022q3.html for the full report.

7 December 2022: Prices for Ads on PathologyOutlines.com

Below are the prices for advertising jobs, fellowships and conferences (as well as banners, e-blasts and social media posts) on PathologyOutlines.com starting 1 January 2023. If you are looking to advertise, contact us at Ads@PathologyOutlines.com. We typically respond within 1 business day.

Jobs: $1,000 for a highlighted listing; $550 for a Related position

Fellowships: $750 for a highlighted listing; $450 for a one line listing

Conferences: $750 for a highlighted listing; $450 for a one line listing

Monthly rates for Banners: 

Premium E-Blast: $2,400 per deployment 

Standard E-Blast: $1,200 per deployment 

Social media posts: $1,200 per deployment 

10 November 2022: Textbook Updates

We have posted updates of the following topics:

CNS nontumor > Fungal infections > Aspergillosis
by Sameen Afzal, M.B.B.S, Mohammad Khurram Minhas, M.B.B.S.
Topic summary: Cerebral aspergillosis is an aggressive, rare form of invasive aspergillosis characterized by brain parenchymal or meningeal invasion by Aspergillus species; invasion of either brain parenchyma or meninges by septate, branching fungal hyphae of Aspergillus spp. with associated inflammatory reaction. Cerebral aspergillosis is a rare disease with poor prognosis and a high fatality rate. Cerebellar and brainstem involvement is a sign of poor prognosis. Antifungal therapy with voriconazole (triazoles) as first line therapy.

Oral cavity & oropharynx > Soft tissue tumors & proliferations > Peripheral ossifying fibroma
by Timothy Fielder, M.B.B.S., B.Med.Sci., Ruta Gupta, M.D.
Topic summary: Reactive gingival proliferation characterized by spindle cell proliferation with calcification or ossification within gingival connective tissue. Epidemiology: Can occur at any age, reports range from 2 months to 87 years. Recurrence is more likely if offending irritant is not removed. Treatment: Surgical excision or removal of irritants including plaque / calculus or poorly fitted prosthetics. Diagnosis: Readily diagnosed histologically with high interobserver concordance.

Larynx, hypopharynx & trachea > General > Staging-hypopharynx
by Kelly Magliocca, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Topic summary: All carcinomas of the hypopharynx are covered by this staging system. Hypopharynx is the portion of the pharynx extending from the plane of the superior border of the hyoid bone (or floor of the vallecula) to the plane corresponding to the lower border of the cricoid cartilage. Contents include: Pyriform sinus (right and left), lateral and posterior hypopharyngeal walls, postcricoid region, extending from the level of the arytenoid cartilage and connecting folds to the inferior border of the cricoid cartilage.

Prostate gland & seminal vesicles > Acinar / ductal adenocarcinomas > Ductal adenocarcinoma
by Sarah Findeis, M.D., He Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
Topic summary: Rare subtype of prostatic carcinoma composed of large glands lined by tall columnar cells with pseudostratified nuclei. Frequently mixed with acinar adenocarcinoma. Epidemiology: Accounts for 3.2% of all prostate cancers. Similar mortality rate to acinar carcinoma with Gleason score of 8 – 10. Treatment: Hormonal therapy, radiation or surgery; tends to have a worse outcome compared to prostatic acinar adenocarcinoma.

26 October 2022: Worldwide Directory of Pathologists Update

Our Worldwide Directory of Pathologists at pathologyoutlines.com/directory now has over 12,000 profiles and includes all known academic pathologists in the U.S. and Canada. We have added these profiles from public websites and then notified the pathologists, giving them an option to opt out.

We are now adding nonacademic pathologists that reside in the U.S. and Canada and will then proceed to other countries. Due to privacy laws in EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden), we will not be adding the pathologists in these countries from public databases. 

Instead, we urge these pathologists (and others) to sign up for the Directory with our short survey at pathologyoutlines.com/directorysignup.html. It only takes a few minutes to complete and will be worthwhile as it will help other pathologists learn more about you and will strengthen our international community of pathologists.

Fellows and residents are welcome to create a profile as well.

If you have any questions about our Directory, please email Directory@PathologyOutlines.com.

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 November 30, 2022 to add an image to your profile for the contest.

Starting on December 1, 2022, our Editorial Board or others will screen the images and select the top 20 or so for the voting round. Voting instructions will be provided in January 2023.

More details will be forthcoming. For any comments or questions on having a Directory profile, 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.