FSP Twitter Chat Summary: What Your State Pathology Society Can Do for You #FSPChat

Twitter Chat Summary: What Your State Pathology Society Can Do for You #FSPChat

On June 30, the FSP hosted its first-ever Twitter Chat on the topic of What Your State Pathology Society Can Do for You. The Twitter Chat had over 235,000 impressions and engagement from over 25 individuals. The key takeaways from the Chat included:  

  1. The most important member benefit of being involved in your state pathology society is networking.
  2. Getting involved in your state pathology society by joining a committee is the best way to get the most out of your membership. Serving on a committee allows members the opportunity to impact the society and make long lasting professional relationships with other members.
  3. Your state pathology society has a long history of protecting your practice of pathology. The advocacy efforts of the FSP have effected change and the FSP continues to support its Florida pathologists even most recently with reversing the proposed rules changes to Medicaid for CP PC.
  4. Attending your local state pathology society conference allows members the opportunity to network with their friends in the pathology community as well as reputable and noteworthy pathologists across the country, all from the convenience of their backyard and in desirable venues and locations.
  5. Having a mentor in your state pathology society is integral. Long standing members of the FSP are key in engaging new members and paving the way for future leaders in the society.  


Nicole D. Riddle, MD


Khaled Algashaamy, MD
Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD
Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD
Lynh Nguyen, MD
Jim Zhai, MD

Question 1: What is the most important benefit your state pathology society provides you?

A1: Among all the things that make FSP membership important, I put friendship and network on top – Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

A1: As a resident – Education. Hearing about things you already learned or for the 1st time in a different light from an expert. As a fellow: Networking. You have completed your residency/fellowship and now you’re looking for a job. I’m not skilled at small talk or even a great salesman for myself, but I entered the @FLPathologists poster presentation contest as a fellow…and won. This short amount of time in the spotlight broke the proverbial ice for me and I made a lot of great professional connections as a result. It might just be what get you in the door. As a pathologist: Updates. As a trainee you are constantly inundated with new and innovative ideas and practices whether you like it or not. Once in practice, it becomes your responsibility to stay hip with the newest biomarker/IHC, molecular test, terminology, grading system and technology available. @FLPathologists really helps with that and you can share that knowledge within your practice. – Lynh Nguyen, MD

A1: The best part of my @FLPathologists involvement is the networking opportunities provided at the annual conference. I love catching up with friends and colleagues, all while staying up-to-date in #Pathology! – Nicole Riddle, MD

A1: Important membership benefits includes networking, education, and advocacy. Many connections lead to great job opportunities and life-long friendships. – Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

A1: Networking with wonderful pathologists from all around the state, developing the leadership skills that are necessary to thrive in modern medicine, and participate in advocacy roles that help push our beloved profession forward – Khaled Algashaamy, MD

A1: As a long time member since residency and now as faculty, @FLPathologists provide opportunities for networking, collaboration on projects, education and much more!! – Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD

A1: I meet so many great pathologists at FSP by two meetings a year, committee activities, etc. The member spotlight features one member per month since 2018. I was the first one and have been enjoying reading others interview ever since. – Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

A1: I benefit a great deal by involving FSP, including the most wonderful education programs, personal and friendly networking, update of regulations, and political advocacy to protect our profession and interest of Pathologists. – Jim Zhai, MD

A1: I really enjoy working with our board members! – Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

Question 2: How are you involved in your state pathology society? Do you serve on a committee?

A2: I am on the @FLPathologists Board as a Member-At-Large AND Chair of the Communications Committee and am working with our team on increasing our #SoMe presence. – Nicole Riddle, MD

A2: Thanks to my FSP mentor Dr. Meg Neal I joined @FLPathologists and helping organize educational conferences in 2013. I’m the VP of FSP and education and communication committees. At the 2013 @Pathologists HOD meeting, I met Dr. Neal and found the wonderful FSP. – Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

A2: Greetings #FSPChat from Cleveland! I am not an official member of @FLPathologists but I do love coming to your winter conference. Great people and venue. Hope to resume when it is safe to do so. – Sean Williamson, MD

A2: I attended @FLPathologists meeting the first time and once expressed interest, I was afforded the opportunity to serve on the board, chair the residents and fellows committee and serve on the communication committee with wonderful faculty. – Khaled Algashaamy, MD

A2: I serve on the membership committee. I enjoy engaging residents and new faculty in the area with our society and the many offerings. Also at the annual meeting in Orlando, I try to meet most of the new members and encourage others to join. – Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD

A2: To be honest up until now I’ve been taking advantage of all of the benefits but not its time to give back. I’m hoping to join a committee this year! – Lynh Nguyen, MD

Question 3: How can your state pathology society protect your practice of medicine?

A3: FSP has a strong tradition of protecting pathology practice. We have our own lobbyist Amy Young representing @FLPathologists. Recently there is an alarming issue impacting pathology. FSP President is leading the effort to advocate and protect pathology. – Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

A3: @FLPathologists always fights for Florida pathologist, most recently challenging a proposed Medicaid change of the CP Professional Component. I know several colleagues will also be at the TWON Hall on July 15 and I very much look forward to participating. – Nicole Riddle, MD

A3: I urge everyone to attend the July 15 Town Hall. A good opportunity to hear about our advocacy efforts when it really counts! – Morton Levitt, MD

A3: I encourage you to check out what @FLPathologists has done for the pathology community. They have tirelessly advocated proper reimbursement for pathology and more recently advocacy led efforts at the national level to allow pathologists to work remotely during the pandemic. – Lynh Nguyen, MD

A3: As a trainee I was not initially aware of the importance of representation and advocacy, however being involved with @FLPathologists I quickly learned the immense impact state societies have in representing and protecting our practice. – Khaled Algashaamy, MD

A3: FSP has a history to fight for pathologists in Florida, most recently challenging a proposed Medicaid policy change on CP PC billing. A Town Hall on July 15, prepare to participate. – Jim Zhai, MD

Question 4: How does attending your state pathology society conference impact you?

A4: Attending @FLPathologists reaffirms my love for pathology, knowledge and becoming better to serve my community. – Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD

A4: Networking is the number one impact, being exposed to so many faculty (new and seasoned) is a wonderful opportunity and I am very grateful for it. I always look forward to our @FLPathologists meetings. – Khaled Algashaamy, MD

A4: Attending my local state pathology conference has provided me the opportunity to learn from and network with national experts within driving distance to my home and in lovely vacation style locations. Win-win! – Nicole Riddle, MD

A4: Residents and fellows benefit from education programs, additional training and jobs in Florida. We have numerous trainees who found jobs from annual meetings and networking. – Jim Zhai, MD

A4: FSP has the best quality education programs. Plus, we have Disney resort in our backyard and beautiful sunshine above most of the year, especially in the winter. Everyone loves the opportunity to teach at @FLPathologists meetings. Great networking too! – Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

A4: Attending @FLPathologists reenergizes me. I might be seeing familiar faces or fresh new faces, learning something new, or having an impact on someone’s life, their practice or their career path. It gives me a sense of community and that I’m not just practicing pathology within the 4 walls of my office. – Lynh Nguyen, MD

A4: FSP winter and summer meetings are the best. The best speakers, the most practical and timely topics, the most terrific venues. Cannot get any better! I got to learn and enjoy the personal interactions with big shots and friends. – Jim Zhai, MD

Question 5: Name on mentor or colleague in your state pathology society who has impacted your practice. Tag them here!

A5: Dr. Meg Neal is my initiator and mentor to FSP. I learned a lot from Dr. Jim Zhai on running the best educational programs. I also appreciate their leadership style: inclusive, thoughtful, and principled. – Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

A5: Is it a surprise that Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD has and continues to have a major impact in my life and practice? She has always encouraged me and puts out little breadcrumbs for me to follow. I am lucky that our paths have crossed and am a better pathologist and teacher because of it. She’s my pathology mom (one of many!) – Lynh Nguyen, MD

A5: For me, this one goes to Antonio Martinez, MD. I am forever grateful to him for ushering me into @FLPathologists. – Khaled Algashaamy, MD

Not yet a member of the FSP and interested in joining? Join online now here – https://flpath.org/join-fsp

Already a member of the FSP but interested in getting more involved and making an impact? Learn more about the FSP Committees here: https://flpath.org/about/committees.


Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 9:30am