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Congratulations to James Harris, MD, the new President of the
California Society of Pathologists

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James Harris, MD, president of APMG, is now also president of the California Society of Pathologists.
If you are not already part of this organization, please consider joining. The work of CSP members and volunteer leadership benefits every pathologist in California. Members enjoy:
  • Legislative representation
  • Discounted registration to Annual Meeting
  • Resources and legal guidance
  • Commitment to Residents and Fellows who represent the future of pathology

Visit the CSP website HERE.

Loma Linda Pathologists' Assistant Program Partners with APMG

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APMG medical centers are contracted with the Loma Linda Pathologists' Assistant school to help train students in gross dissection. After classroom teaching, students do clinical rotations of varying lengths with several APMG-affiliated hospitals. The program has been very successful and provides real-world experience for the trainees. Above is the 2021 graduating class. Below, one of the students discusses dissection technique with Dr. Kelli Chase.

Changes to CLIA Licensing in the Time of COVID-19

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The CAP and others have successfully lobbied the CMS to waive the requirement for a CLIA-license to sign out cases remotely provided that the designated primary site does have a CLIA certificate. The waiver also includes review of clinical pathology images and data (e.g.,electropherograms, gel images, fluorescence in situ hybridization, molecular results, flow cytometry dot plots, blood bank and HLA data).

This waiver is important because it will preserve the continuity of patient care, ensure ongoing quality by getting cases to the appropriate pathologists where subspecialty review is required, and will optimize the safety of pathologists by minimizing their exposure to busy hospitals with a concentration of patients, specimens and surfaces harboring SARS-CoV-2.

There have been many questions about the impact of this waiver and what remote sign-out actually entails.

In response, the Digital and Computational Pathology Committee and the Informatics committee of the CAP has created a set of Frequently Asked Questions. This effort was led by Andy Evans, MD who chairs the Digital and Computational Pathology Committee and APMG pathologist Eric Glassy, MD who chairs the Information Technology Leadership Committee of the CAP.

Please click HERE to go to the CAP FAQ page about remote sign-out.

James Harris, MD, APMG President, Discusses the Importance of Advocacy.

The College of American Pathologists interviewed Dr. Harris about protecting the future of pathology by supprting advocacy and how being first and being involved are his keys to success. Click the image to view the video.

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ADVANCE 9.0— Preparing for Advance 10

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Affiliated Pathologists Medical Group embarked on a Strategic Planning effort in 2011 which culminated in a full day seminar called Advance 1.0. (The program was similar to a retreat but we preferred to call it an Advance). APMG’s Strategic Plan assessed and defined the mission, vision, and goals that will drive APMG’s work and partnerships for the foreseeable future. We felt that by planning now and focusing our resources for the coming years, APMG would be able to respond to the rapid health care reform changes that are occurring in our environment, economy, and society. The program was successful and is now a yearly event. Our 9th Advance was held in July, 2019. Due to COVID, we took a hiatus but now are looking forward to our 10th gathering the summer of 2022.

Some of the stars from previous talks:
  • Banafsheh Rashidi, MD: PDL
  • Adam Stelling, MD: A unique case of lymphoid leukemia
  • James Harris, MD: Becoming more active in Professional Associations
  • Jeffrey Virgin, MD: Progress in setting up the new high-sensitivity troponin assay in Redlands
  • Panel Discussion: Medical Director Burnout – Drs. Virgin, Harris, Nguyen, Tam Singer, and Duffy
  • Brian McNally, MD: Medical Renal Pathology Pearls for the General Surgical Pathologist
  • Georgia Tunstill, MD: Digital Pathology Breast cases and MMR