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Membership Matters: A Profile of the Ohio State Pathology Society

Membership in state pathology societies offers many benefits to both residents and practicing pathologists alike. The Ohio Society of Pathologists has a society provides quality educational content and valuable networking resources to all members.

Residents

State pathology societies make every effort to offer benefits to residents and Ohio is no exception to this. The Ohio Society of Pathologists supports residents by offering current educational topics in both anatomic and clinical pathology disciplines by state and national invited experts. The society meetings are held at a central location within state making for reasonable travel times from all the teaching programs within the state. The leadership has demonstrated a long-term commitment to supporting residents through several initiatives. They have always provided residents lunch during the meetings at no cost. They have sponsored a resident oral case report/review competition. At the 2019 spring meeting, a resident round table discussion event featured a conversation with Nate Pernick, the founder of PathologyOutlines.com. This was a unique opportunity for Ohio residents from multiple residency programs to have an exclusive small group discussion with this well known, seasoned pathologist.

Networking is not about just connecting people. It's about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities

- Michele Jennae, author of The Connect Worker

Practicing Pathologists

Many pathologists upon completing their residency training are faced with making decisions about where to spend their continuing medical education dollars and membership dues. Belonging to organizations is more expensive than it has been in the past. Fortunately, membership dues in the Ohio State society are minimal and membership is an easy way to network with other pathologists in your state.

It is a unique environment in which you can learn about local resources for expert consultation or reference testing. During the breaks in educational programming, “snack table” discussions often allow for discussion of diagnostic dilemmas. These networking conversations can be an invaluable resource for future challenging cases.

State society meetings are an excellent forum to meet with leaders and representatives of the CAP. At the spring meeting, brief remarks regarding the CAP presidential campaign were shared by Emily E. Volk, MD, FCAP and James Richard, DO, FCAP. Meeting attendees also were introduced to the CAP delegates from the state of Ohio and attendees learned about the selection criteria to become a delegate.

Membership in state pathology societies offers many benefits to both residents and practicing pathologists alike. The Ohio Society of Pathologists provides quality educational content and valuable networking resources to all members. If you are not a current member of your local state pathology society, consider becoming more involved in the coming year.


Amy H. Deeken, MD, FCAP
Amy H. Deeken, MD, FCAP, is a general AP/CP pathologist. She serves as the president of Summit Pathology Associates, as director of autopsy at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, and as assistant professor of pathology at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Deeken's research interests are focused on epidemiology of emerging synthetic opiates and social media collaborations. She is passionate about sharing the beauty and wonder of the microscopic world with clinicians and the general public through her #PathArt photography.