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Dear Colleague,

The Atlas of Tumor Pathology was first conceived at a cancer research meeting held in St. Louis in September 1947, as an attempt to standardize the nomenclature of neoplastic diseases. Over the years, this vision has grown into a series of almost 40 Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) fascicles, covering all aspects of tumor and non-tumor pathology, incorporating the most up-to-date practices and nomenclature. The worldwide impact of these publications has surpassed the original goal. They quickly became among the most influential publications on pathology.

This fall, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) and the American Registry of Pathology (ARP, publisher of the AFIP fascicles) are collaborating to host a companion interactive microscopy course to the fascicles, designed to help surgical pathologists become familiar with recent changes in tumor classification, recently developed diagnostic markers, recently discovered molecular genetic alterations and evolving diagnostic criteria for neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders in surgical pathology. Offered in a superb location with unparalleled opportunities for discussion and mentoring with many of the fascicle authors themselves, this is truly a course not to be missed.

We hope that you can join us in USCAP’s Interactive Learning Center in Palm Springs, CA this October 23-26 for this groundbreaking course.


Elizabeth A. Montgomery, MD
Editor-In Chief, AFIP/ARP Fascicles
Director, Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology
Professor of Pathology, Oncology, and Orthopedic Surgery
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Baltimore, MD

Jason L. Hornick, MD, PhD
Associate Editor, AFIP/ARP Fascicles
Director, Surgical Pathology and Immunohistochemistry Laboratory
Professor of Pathology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Dennis P. O’Malley, MD
Pathologist and Chair, Board of Directors
American Registry of Pathology
Arlington, VA