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Volunteer Grossing Videos

Pay It Forward

The classes of 2020 and 2021 will be our colleagues and friends. We have the opportunity right now to make a real difference in their training and in the training of future generations of PAs. We can build a collection of educational materials as a proactive measure should a situation like this arise again. We are a community of educators.

Let’s rise to the challenge.

Who owns the rights to the videos?

  • The person who made the video owns the rights. By submitting a video they give the AAPA permission to store and make material available directly to PA training programs, and for use in AAPA educational content.

Is IRB approval necessary?

Who will have access to these videos?

  • The program director or administrative/technical designee of a NAACLS accredited or serious applicant status PA training program. Students will be able to view the materials, but will not be able to download them.

Do I need to be affiliated with a particular program?

  • No. Any donated materials will be equally available to all the programs. This is a great way to get involved with the students even if your site cannot take on student training!

Are the programs accepting any non-video resources?

  • Yes. Gross photos are also welcome. Gross photos with patient history can be used as case studies in lectures or on tests. Sequential photos of the grossing process or annotated gross photos are also helpful. Any gross photos are valuable in building an AAPA resource library for further education

If you have additional lecture materials or other ideas, please contact the Education Chair for more information.

If I can’t submit any materials, can I help in another way?

  • Yes! We need volunteers to review the submitted videos to ensure they are completely HIPAA compliant and meet standards. Please submit the volunteer form or contact the Education Chair for more information.

Can the AAPA provide me with a document explaining the project to give to my supervisor or pathologists?

Are there examples of what to do?

  • Yes. Please view the sample grossing videos below.

How can this take the place of grossing?

  • It cannot, and is not intended to do so. The class of 2021 will still be able to complete the overwhelming majority of their regular grossing rotations. The pandemic has revealed the need to have contingency plans that provide high quality virtual material, and this effort seeks to address that.

How do I set up the camera?

What is necessary to ensure that these videos are HIPAA compliant?

  • Please make sure all materials with patient information (requisitions, cassettes, specimen labels, computer screens) are outside the video frame. If you are recording with sound while dictating, dictate the initial lines with identifying information before beginning the recording. Please review the video for any identifiable information. Additionally, the AAPA will review all submitted videos to ensure compliance.

How do I submit the videos to the AAPA?


Bone/Soft Tissue

  • Bone for DJD
  • Pathologic fracture
  • Mid foot amputation


  • Mastectomy
  • Lumpectomy w/ clip/imaging



  • Thyroidectomy with follicular adenoma
    (Submission of entire lesion capsule emphasized)


  • Radical nephrectomy
  • Simple nephrectomy
  • Ureter
  • Bladder
  • Fresh kidney biopsy
    (With and without light dissecting microscope, triaging for various clinical histories)

Gross Only




GI – Lower

GI – Upper

  • Esophagectomy with distal gastric cuff
  • Gastrectomy with adenocarcinoma
    (Review chronic ulcer versus adenocarcinoma)



  • Distal pancreatectomy
  • Whipple prosection
    (Demonstration of opening bile and pancreatic duct, ampulla section)


  • POC prosection
  • Multiple gestation pregnancy placenta
  • Ectopic pregnancy


  • Lung wedge
  • Total pneumonectomy
    (Description of various sectioning techniques (superior to inferior, versus airway, etc.)

Reproduction – Female

  • Benign uterus
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Ovarian cyst
  • Cervical cancer
  • LEEP

Reproduction – Male

  • Prostate
  • Penectomy
  • Orchiectomy


Video Template

  1. Anatomy
    • Orientation
      • Anterior and posterior views
      • Any other angles necessary, depending on specimens
    • Major Landmarks
    • Surgical Margins
  2. Prosection
    • Regular order of grossing
    • Measurements, inking, macroscopic observations
    • Sections to take
  3. Pathology
    • Characteristics of the observed pathology
    • Discussion of differential pathologies specific to specimen

AAPA Grossing Guidelines

The AAPA Grossing Guideline Protocols are a set of documents that ensure all information required by the CAP Cancer Protocols is included in the macroscopic description. The Grossing Guideline Protocols focus on TNM staging and all information under those headings.

The AAPA Grossing Guideline Protocols support medical professionals engaged in the macroscopic examination of cancer resection specimens providing a standardized, systematic approach.

Learn more.

Job Hotline Ads

The most effective way to announce a job opening for a pathologists’ assistant is through the AAPA Job Hotline. Members are able to access the AAPA Job Hotline 24 hours a day through the Members Only section of www.pathassist.org. Our membership consists of certified and certification exam eligible PAs and does not include other laboratory personnel such as histotechnologists or cytotechnologists.

Please submit your job ad and payment directly through our website by completing the AAPA Job Hotline form. If you have any questions or problems with your online order, please contact the AAPA Central Office.

Upon receipt, ads can take up to three (3) business days to be processed. Once your ad and payment are processed, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

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