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AAPA Response to Shawn Parcells News Story

Friday, April 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
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We have had several members contact the Board of Trustees (BOT) over the last few days to make certain we are aware of the legal cases being brought against Shawn Parcells.  Mr. Parcells is under criminal investigation and currently has a temporary restraining order.


We want to assure you that we are very aware of the situation and have been following the case.  Although he calls himself a Pathologists’ Assistant and has referenced the AAPA, he is not a member of the AAPA, nor is he certified by the ASCP.  Mr. Parcells represents none of the educational, professional, and ethical standards that the AAPA and members of our profession uphold.  He is functioning outside of our published scope of practice, especially considering his lack of certification, credentials, or legitimate training as an OJT.  He does not represent the pathologists’ assistant profession in any legitimate way.  We have been in contact with our lawyers to explore the possibility of protecting our title and profession, and to make sure that Mr. Parcells is not misrepresenting his association with us.  At this point the lawyer has advised that there is no legal recourse that the AAPA can take.  Because Mr. Parcells is not referring to himself as a CERTIFIED Pathologists’ Assistant and because we do not own the legal rights to the title Pathologists’ Assistant, we cannot send a cease and desist letter.  Because Pathologists’ Assistant is a “descriptive title” much like “teacher or professor”, we cannot gain the legal rights to its exclusive use.  Please be assured that we and our lawyers are watching the situation and will do what we can within our power to make sure Mr. Parcells does not tarnish the reputation of our profession.

Thank you to those who have called and emailed with your concerns.  We always appreciate our members who advocate for and protect our profession.

Sustaining Members

2345 Rice St, Suite 220 | St. Paul, MN 55113 | Phone 800.532.AAPA | Fax 651.317.8048 | Email info@pathassist.org