FSP 45th (2019) Annual Anatomic Pathology Conference Highlights

The FSP hosted its 45th Annual Pathology Conference on February 22-24 in Orlando, Florida at the Contemporary Resort. Over 230 pathologists and 43 exhibitors joined us for a fun-filled and educationally packed weekend. The conference featured new breakout sessions on read slide sessions featuring additional pathology topics and innovative sessions on digital pathology as well as an informative lecture on Physician Wellness.

Meeting Highlights

On Friday, Dr. Mahul Amin kicked off the FSP educational sessions with informative lectures on 8th Edition of AJCC TNM Staging: Vision, What’s New & What’s Important and Newly Described Renal Tumors: Implications for Their Accurate Recognition. He concluded his set of lectures with an interactive microscopy session on Challenging Bladder Lesions. Friday afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to attend one of two read slides breakouts, one on Genitourinary/Prostate Pathology led by Dr. Oleksandr Kryvenko and one on Dermatopathology by Dr. Alan Siroy. A welcome reception later that evening, sponsored by UF Health Laboratories, gave attendees the opportunity to unwind from the day and enjoy cocktails and appetizers.

Saturday kicked off with Dr. Steven Billings presenting two lectures on dermatopathology titled Inflammatory Dermatopathology: What the Surgical Pathologist Needs to Know and Melanocytic Tumors: A Practical Approach and Update. Dr. Billings then led an interactive microscopy session on Challenging Cutaneous Soft Tissue and Adnexal Tumors.

Throughout the weekend FSP attendees had the opportunity to network and connect with their colleagues in the FSP Exhibit Hall. The FSP membership booth was the hub of excitement in the exhibit hall with a photo booth for attendees to snap pictures throughout the weekend.

The FSP Business Meeting in the afternoon featured important society updates as well as reports from CAP President-Elect Dr. Patrick Godbey and FMA President-Elect Dr. Ronald Giffler. Several society awards were presented by FSP leadership. Dr. Antonio Martinez presented Dr. Robert Poppiti and Dr. Brett Cantrell with President’s Service Awards for their many contributions to the FSP. Dr. Stephen Vernon presented Dr. Azorides Morales with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the pathology specialty and for his mentorship to many over the years.

Later in the afternoon FSP attendees heard from Dr. Rebekah Bernard on a riveting presentation on Physician Wellness. Attendees were able to hear tools and techniques to reduce physician burnout and improve wellness. The educational sessions concluded for the day with two more read slides breakouts, one on Hematopathology led by Dr. Ana Medina and one on Breast Pathology led by Dr. Carmen Gomez.

On Saturday evening resident and fellow attendees had the opportunity to participate in a Fellowship Fair and Resident Roundtable which was very well received. Residents had the opportunity to rotate around to several roundtables and engage in dialogue and conversation with FSP thought leaders to ask their most burning questions. Roundtable topics included “Marketable Fellowships", "How to Build Your Resume", "Negotiation Tactics", "Academic vs. Private Practice" and "First Year in Practice Expectations".

The final day of the meeting featured ground-breaking lectures from Dr. Eric Glassy on The Hitchhiker's Guide to Digital Pathology and Speaking of Pathology: The Art and Science of Professional Communication. Dr. Marilyn Bui also presented an innovative lecture on Digital Pathology.

We would like to extend a thank you to all attendees for joining us at the meeting and to our sponsors. In addition, we would like to give a special note of gratitude to FSP Education Chair Dr. Jim Zhai and education committee members for their hard work in putting together another excellent FSP Conference.