The DPA will provide up to three conference travel awards ($2,000 value each) for pathology residents, fellows and PhD candidates to attend Pathology Visions 2017. The travel award funding is intended to defray costs of registration and travel expenses. Recipients will be chosen based on their understanding of the impact of digital pathology and whole slide imaging on the specialty of pathology, merit of application and the value of the award to the applicant.

Application submission deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

What 2016 Recipients Had to Say:

I am very grateful that I was a Pathology Vision Travel Award winner. Winning the award let me attend Pathology Visions, and afforded me the opportunity to learn from a conference I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. I think the travel award provides a unique opportunity for house staff to learn about this growing field. The poster presentations and awards represent an avenue for younger pathologists to meet thought leaders and early drivers of change. Sometimes the house staff may be forgotten; a theme at Pathology Visions was convincing DEPARTMENTS the value of digital pathology, let alone teaching residents about it. Yet is important to keep building interest for the next generation. For Innovative technology, we always talk about “ what is coming down the pipeline”. Promoting resident interest is building the pipeline. Studies of other specialties has shown that in a resident’s decision for fellowship, a large percentage of it is determined by exposure during their education. If they don’t know about it, they won’t pursue it as a career.  The nascent field of digital pathology is just now, finally, starting to take off in a big way. Recent new changes by the FDA show that the government is changing its views of Digital Pathology, paving the way for opening the door to primary diagnosis.  Once that happens, it will be up to early adopters and innovators to pursue it, and make it mainstream. The groundwork has already been laid for many years by visionaries who have worked to set up this technological shift within their departments.. But current residents will play a key role in pushing this adoption. House Staff are often at the forefront of dealing with the minute details of workflow such as with acquisition, grossing, processing, previewing and transfer of slides. Any technology, such as whole Slide Imaging, which makes their jobs easier, for X-Conference, or Tumor Board, or Consults, will generate lifelong advocates who can push for increased adoption wherever they end up. Digital microscopy represents a unique change in the way we as Pathologists do business. With tools such as enhanced computer aided diagnosis and better image analysis, we are changing the way we view slides in ways not seen since the invention of the microscope. I think projects like the Caymelon 2016 challenge highlight the importance of this. They show how computers can fundamentally alter the way we practice by guiding us to potential tumor sites using ever more advanced algorithims. It is a situation similar to twenty years ago when radiology was all on simple x-ray film. Now we can make 3d representations of entire systems to an almost microscopic level. Pathology is at a similar shifting point, where the time of looking at one glass slide on a single microscope is shifting to total access anywhere and anytime. The travel award lets House Staff see what’s coming, and can help them guide the future. - Chancey Christenson, MD, MPH, Geisinger Medical Center 

I attended the Pathology Visions 2016 conference in San Diego as a Digital Pathology Association Travel Award recipient.  It was my first time attending a Pathology Visions conference and it was a great experience!  As an award recipient, I had several opportunities to meet and interact with leaders in digital pathology from both academia and industry.  In addition to the many chances to network, Pathology Visions offered the opportunity to attend educational sessions from a wide variety of presenters (many international) working at the cutting edge of digital pathology in both research and clinical settings.  I was not only able to learn about the state-of-the-art of digital pathology tools and workflows, but also to see real-world use cases in the several practical sessions addressing implementation of digital pathology workflows in clinical practice.  As a trainee at the cusp of transition to clinical practice, I found the mixture of research-oriented and clinically-oriented sessions to be a perfect mix.  Beyond the educational sessions, Pathology Visions also offered ample opportunities to meet with vendors and discuss their latest offerings.  This was quite useful, and allowed me to identify several products that we now hope to evaluate in our educational practice.  Pathology Visions provided an excellent educational experience, and I would highly recommend the conference to any trainee interested in digital imaging or digital image analysis in pathology. - Andrew P. Norgan, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic

For a complete list of past recipients, please click here

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