Chris Garcia, MD, Mayo Clinic and Abbey Norris, CAE, Digital Pathology Association
As the Digital Pathology Association grows, we’ve been searching for new ways to support the needs of our member community. One of those major needs was to provide ways to interact with each other, even though our members are scattered throughout the world. As you may know, we recently launched DPA Collaborate, a peer-to-peer online platform that gives us new ways to connect as a member community and help move the fields of digital pathology and computational pathology forward together.
Did you know that, as of the end of June 2023, the DPA community is 3,292 strong with representation across 92 countries (55 of which being developing countries)? Were you also aware that we’re still growing as an organization? Our membership includes representatives from health systems, universities, reference laboratories, biopharma companies, device manufacturers, software companies, and more. Amongst our members, we have physicians, pathologists, histotechs, cytotechs, trainees, administrators, academic faculty, private practitioners, imaging scientists, and more. Wherever you may be on your journey to adopting digital pathology and computational pathology tools, DPA Collaborate allows you to connect with your peers in the community who may have insights for you or who could learn from your own experiences. This can be helpful whether you’re evaluating scanners or imaging platforms, working to integrate AI solutions into your systems and workflows, or involved in research and looking for possible tools or approaches.
As an organization, the DPA is dedicated to moving the fields of digital and computational pathology forward, and we can only do that with the help of our engaged membership. We hope that our members will take advantage of the DPA Collaborate platform and contribute to our efforts. This can be accomplished by joining the various communities in Collaborate, allowing for ongoing conversations on certain topics or initiatives. For example, visit the Beyond the Scope community, focused on the DPA Podcast of the same name. In the online community, you can suggest future topics and guests, submit questions and corrections, and provide general feedback. Similarly, we use DPA Collaborate Communities to engage in the work in our many committees, which allows us to work together and coordinate our efforts from wherever we may be. You can also create your own communities on topics and issues that are important to you.
One of the best parts of the DPA is learning from and connecting with each other. With DPA Collaborate, we can do that more often and in a more meaningful way! Please join in on the conversation and great work that we have ahead of us!
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Disclaimer: In seeking to foster discourse on a wide array of ideas, the Digital Pathology Association believes that it is important to share a range of prominent industry viewpoints. This article does not necessarily express the viewpoints of the DPA; however, we view this as a valuable point with which to facilitate discussion.