The Florida Legislature adjourned Sine Die on Friday, April 30. One of the biggest issues FSP faced during the legislative session this year deals with collection of DNA. Apparently, many pathologists who were ordering routine testing and received those test results may have been unknowingly in violation of current Florida law since the initial patient consent may not have disclosed this testing in advance. These violations have been misdemeanors in Florida for many years, long before the evolution of modern advances in DNA testing. HB 833 and Senate Bill 1140 were filed, and ultimately passed, to prohibit DNA analysis and disclosure of those results without the patients express consent and would have changed the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony. Read FSP lobbyist, Amy Young’s full legislative session recap on the FSP website here.
Calling all FSP Members – It is time to renew your membership dues! Over the last year, we have faced extraordinary challenges and yet the FSP has continued to sustain itself due to the continued support and commitment of our members. To read a letter from FSP President, Jim Zhai, MD, on the importance of being a member of your state pathology society and the impact of FSP’s advocacy efforts visit the FSP website here. Renew your dues online on the FSP website here.
Exciting News! The FSP will hold the Summer Pathology Conference as a live meeting on July 17-18, 2021 in Palm Beach, Florida, at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. We are thrilled to once again be able to connect and network in person together this summer. Educational topics will cover breast pathology, genitourinary pathology and obstetric and gynecologic pathology. The conference will also feature an interactive roundtable discussion led by senior pathologists on medical malpractice with a real-world discussion on how pathologists can respond to diagnostic errors and how to deal with the impact and stress of a malpractice situation. The Summer Pathology Conference will offer 9.5 hours of CME credit. Registration is available online here.
We would like to thank our Annual Corporate Supporters for their commitment to the FSP on an annual basis. The FSP works to educate the membership on the latest scientific developments in Pathology and to stimulate communication between our members and our supporters. To learn more about each of the FSP Annual Corporate Supporters, visit the FSP website.
This month we are delighted to feature Philip Robinson, MD. Dr. Robinson has been a longtime member of the FSP and was recently elected to the FSP Board of Directors and began his two-year term as a Board Member At Large in February 2021. Dr. Robinson is a retired pathologist and prior to that, taught at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
The FSP hosted its first-ever virtual conference on Feb. 12 to Feb. 14 and welcomed over 410 participants from across the world to the conference. Pathologists from over 45 countries and 170 major cities tuned into the FSP virtual platform to hear from expert faculty during live question and answer sessions, microscopy sessions and a live roundtable discussion on COVID-19 testing and treatment. To read the full meeting summary, visit the FSP website here.
The FSP’s Annual Pathology Conference starts this week on Friday, Feb. 12! Attendees can expect educational sessions and video presentations totaling over 20 hours, microscopy sessions led by expert pathologists, interactive roundtable discussions and live Q&A with faculty, networking with over 20 of our industry partners, CME credit for up to 12 hours, and access to the Virtual Platform for 60 days! The virtual conference is being offered at an affordable rate! Medical students attend for free; residents and fellows attend for only $50; member registration is only $189 and non-member registration is $299. Don’t miss out on this exciting educational opportunity and make plans to join us this weekend on Feb. 12-14!
Register early for our first-ever virtual conference and if you are one of the first 100 attendees to register and you reside in the United States, you will receive a conference swag box from the FSP. A box curated with specialty FSP items will be delivered to your home or office before the start of the virtual meeting. Thank you to Neogenomics Laboratories, Inc. for their gracious sponsorship of the conference swag box. Register early to claim your swag box!
Check your mailbox for your official invitation from the Florida Society of Pathologists to join us for our first-ever virtual edition of the FSP’s Annual Pathology Conference on Feb. 12-14, 2021. The FSP Education Committee has been hard at work producing an educationally impactful and socially enriching virtual conference, no easy feat! With the ability to watch the sessions live and earn up to 12 hours of CME credit, the opportunity to interact with your colleagues and our expert faculty through live question and answer sessions and the chance to catch any of the sessions you missed live through our virtual platform for up to 60 days after the meeting, there is no reason not to participate! To learn more about the meeting and to register online visit the FSP website here.
Do you have a unique research project or case study that you would like to showcase? Submit your science for a chance to have your poster on display at the FSP’s 47th Annual Pathology Conference taking place virtually on Feb. 12-14, 2021. The purpose of the FSP Poster Hall is to stimulate research, provide a venue to share innovative and effective educational programs, showcase unique research projects, and to encourage networking among pathologists. All pathologists are invited to submit their case-based posters or research-based posters. If you are a resident or fellow enrolled in a full-time approved training program in pathology or a subspecialty of pathology in Florida, you are also eligible to participate in the FSP Poster Competition. The top 3 posters will win a monetary prize and recognition of excellence during the FSP’s Business Meeting on Sunday, February 14. The deadline to submit is Jan. 8, 2021. To submit your poster, visit the FSP website.