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We Are The AAPA
The American Association of Pathologists' Assistants (AAPA) was founded in 1972 as a not-for-profit volunteer organization of allied health practitioners dedicated to the advocacy and advancement of the pathologists' assistant profession. The AAPA advocates, promotes and sustains the highest education and professional standards for the profession, for all associated educational training programs and for individual pathologists' assistants. It is our mission to provide our members with high quality, targeted continuing education (CE) opportunities, as well as professional development and leadership activities to include networking and support. Additionally, the AAPA strives to promote and support high quality standards within the scope of practice for pathologists' assistants in anatomic pathology, ensuring the provision of high quality patient care.
The AAPA will be the premier professional association for pathologists’ assistants, supporting the individual practitioners as they serve patients, pathologists, and the profession.
Our Mission Statement
The AAPA is dedicated to providing comprehensive professional support for pathologists’ assistants.
Our Core Values
Quality Patient Care, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration.
We are your first choice for pathologists' assistant-specific education
The AAPA has been providing pathologists' assistant-specific professional and continuing education for over three decades. Each year, the AAPA's Continuing Education Conference provides members with the perfect venue to obtain the PACE credits necessary to maintain ASCP certification. Under the direction of the AAPA's Conference and Education Committees, the AAPA brings nationally and internationally recognized speakers to the annual conference to discuss the most current topics challenging today's pathologists' assistants, pathologists and the practice of anatomic pathology. This national conference is the single best outlet to address the need for continuing medical education of pathologists' assistants.
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HISTORY OF THE AAPA
The pathologists’ assistant profession began in 1969 with a pilot training program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Durham, North Carolina; the program was, and still is, administered through Duke University. A short time later, additional programs were established at VAMCs in Birmingham, Alabama (University of Alabama), and West Haven, Connecticut (Quinnipiac College). These baccalaureate degree programs were the first to formally train men and women to assume responsibility for functions originally performed by anatomic pathologists and other anatomic personnel.