In attendance and representing the Florida Delegation were Doctors Marylin Bui, Rebeca Johnson, Anne Champeaux, Emmanuel Agosto-Arroyo, Stephen Vernon, Harvey Feld, Jim Zhai, Patti Gregg, Marino Leon and Antonio Martinez.
The Florida Society of Pathologists (FSP) is excited to announce that it will soon start accepting poster submissions for the 2017 Resident Poster Competition during the Florida Society of Pathologists 2017 Annual Anatomic Pathology Conference, taking place February 17-19 at the Disney's Grand Floridian. In 2017, the Resident Poster Competition is going digital. Posters will be displayed in the digital poster hall on Saturday, February 18, for all attendees to view during the conference. More information, including guidelines and instructions will be coming soon. Check the website and make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to stay up to date.
CAP Board of Governor elections are open and a candidate for re-election to the Board, Bharati S. Jhaveri, MBBS, FCAP, has requested FSP membership support. Please exercise your important vote for the CAP Board of Governors. The decisions made by the Board affect pathologists nationally. Ballots have been sent to CAP members via email and close on August 25, 2016. Please check your email for the notice from CAP to cast your vote today!
Please take action and let your representative know you support bill, HR 5721, and urge them to be a co-sponsor. Last year at this time the FSP was fighting draft LCD on special stains from First Coast Service Options, our Medicare carrier. This directly affects us as pathologists! The CAP, in concert with its coalition partners, has succeeded in getting legislation introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) to fix the flawed Local Coverage Determination (LCD) process.
The Officers of the FSP have made recommendations for a revision of the current bylaws. The proposed bylaws changes will be voted on by the membership at the upcoming FSP Business Meeting which will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016, during the FSP 2016 Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference in Palm Beach, Florida at the Four Seasons Resort. Click here to view the proposed bylaw changes.
FSP is proud to announce that it will endorse two of its members, Rebecca L. Johnson, M.D. as candidate for delegate for AMA House of Delegates and Ronald F. Giffler, M.D. as candidate for FMA Vice President. Elections will take place at the upcoming Florida Medical Association meeting taking place on July 29-31, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.
It is with profound sadness that we share with you the news of our beloved professor and friend Dr. Byrne, who passed away in his sleep on May 17. Services were held in Chicago, where as most of you know, Dr. Byrne and his family called home for many years. As alumni of our UM Department of Pathology, you either trained under him, worked with him, or consulted him for assistance on Hematopathology cases. Dr. Byrne was truly very special and will be deeply missed. We remain grateful for having had the opportunity to know him and to call him our friend.
On May 2-4, 2016, we saw first-hand that the College of American Pathologists (CAP)'s Policy Meeting (2016 CAP Policy Meeting — College of American Pathologists) is a must-attend event for pathologists. Seven Florida pathologists who are members of the CAP House of Delegates and the Florida Society of Pathologists attended this meeting. These included Drs. Marilyn Bui, Prudence Smith, Anne Champeaux, Jim Zhai, Jeffrey Smith, Oleksandr Kryvenko, and Peter Johnson. The meeting provided our Florida delegation with a unique opportunity to advocate for pathology and laboratory medicine, while also briefing us on key regulatory issues impacting the specialty and how to best advocate for legislative solutions to the problems that we all face.