Thank you to members who participated in our AAPA Town Hall meetings last year. We will continue with this format again this year and hope you have found the past Town Hall meetings helpful. These meetings give members direct access to the AAPA leadership and a voice in the conversation. Your feedback will help guide us in our future plans.
All members are invited and encouraged to attend our next Town Hall meeting, which will take place during the AAPA Spring Meeting in Phoenix on Tuesday, April 9 at 5:00 pm MST (5 pm PDT, 6 pm MDT, 7 pm CDT, 8 pm EDT). Conference attendees will be able to join in person, while the rest of the membership will again be invited to join remotely via GoToWebinar. An invitation will follow closer to the meeting date with GoToWebinar registration information.
Our April meeting topic will be Utilization of Pathologists’ Assistants in the Forensic Setting.
There are potentially many opportunities for pathologists' assistants to pursue a career in forensic pathology. With the ever-increasing shortage of forensic pathologists, attracting pathologists' assistants to the forensic field could assist with this deficit. Pathologists' assistants are professionals with a unique skill set who can increase productivity in all aspects of the Medical Examiner's Office. As our scope of practice states, “Pathologists’ assistants perform postmortem examinations including prosection, assisting the pathologist with rendering the provisional anatomic diagnosis, composing the clinical history, recording the macroscopic anatomic findings, and submitting tissue sections for microscopic examination.” Pathologists’ assistant training programs offer comprehensive instruction in general and specialized techniques for performing postmortem examinations in both the hospital and medical examiner settings, with emphasis on the external examination, evisceration, and block dissection of the adult, perinatal, and pediatric decedent. Students also participate in forensic pathology practicums in Medical Examiner Offices throughout the country.
The American Association of Pathologists' Assistants' goal is to identify avenues for pathologists' assistants to become involved as partners of the forensic pathologist. A task force, comprised of pathologists’ assistants with extensive experience in forensics, is examining how qualified pathologists' assistants can be utilized in the forensic setting and how to best demonstrate these qualities to the forensic pathology community. As this Town Hall will be held live at the Spring Meeting, our panelists hope to have an engaging and meaningful discussion with those in attendance as well as those participating remotely.
Panelists include AAPA Forensic Task Force members Veralucia Mendes-Kramer, Monica Kendall, Courtney Hyland, Charlie Comer, Nick Daniels, and Board of Trustees member, Ryan Schniederjan. Our moderator will be Francesca Daher.
You will be invited to pre-submit questions before the presentation, as well as submit additional questions during the live Town Hall meeting.
Mark your calendar now for Tuesday, April 9 at 5:00 pm MST. Details on how to reserve your spot will follow closer to the meeting date. Note: a replay will be available to those unable to attend.