President's Message Fall 2014
Posted March 14, 2014
The Spring Meeting in San Diego was a great success. Despite some rainy weather, we enjoyed another worthwhile gathering for intellectual and social discourse. Highlights included a near-record number of abstract submissions, from which an exceptional set of platform and poster presentations emerged. I was particularly impressed by the works of fellows, residents, and other trainees, whose presentations were delivered with poise and confidence that many never achieve over long academic careers. Congratulations to Drs. Barina Aqil and Ilana Ariel, whose presentations earned the Vawter and Neustein Awards, respectively. Dr. Kevin Bove's lecture on Infant Cholestatic Liver Disease was outstanding.
The Social Hour preceding the Banquet featured the musical entertainment by The Temporary Jazz Band (aka, "Three Bald Guys and a Drummer"). The three "bald guys" in this group are our own Mike Caplan (keyboard), Craig Zuppan (bass), and Paul Dickman (sax). Jeff Olson (drummer), a non-SPP friend of Craig's filled out the quartet. These hep cats really had their groove on! Hopefully their inclusion will be an annual event, perhaps complemented by others of you with hidden talents (a vocalist perchance?). Thanks to all who endured my Inaugural Address, which was not helped out by the conspicuous absence of complimentary wine at the banquet tables. An official inquiry into this change of protocol has been initiated.
Success of the Spring Meeting was possible because of the efforts of many individuals. In particular, the Education Committee, led by outgoing Chairperson Lisa Teot, deserves recognition for an extraordinary program, including a Symposium on Pediatric Dermatology: Focus on Cutaneous Inflammatory Disorders, which was organized by Dr. Pierre Russo. We also must acknowledge last-minute heroics of President Glenn Taylor, Rob Ruiz, John Hicks, and George Clay (Guidesign Website Management), who anticipated problems with the USCAP website support for the meeting and were able to provide us with CME pretests, handouts, and SAM credits, despite failure of the USCAP system.
Behind the scenes, the SPP leadership has developed an ambitious Strategic Plan, which members are encouraged to review under the "About the SPP" and "About Us" tabs on the website (or click here). Some of the on-going initiatives include centralization of SPP documents (committee manuals, minutes, awardees, etc.) in a reliable database for easy storage and retrieval, introduction of various on-line formats (e.g. tablet-version) for Pediatric and Developmental Pathology and its supplement, Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology, a root-cause analysis of deficient numbers of applicants fellowships in pediatric pathology and low pass rates for our subspecialty board exam (67% in 2013), and plans to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2015. Please look over the Strategic Plan and share your ideas with me or others in SPP leadership.
It seems that there is no time for rest. The deadline for Abstracts for the Interim meeting is May 31, 2014. The Fall meeting is particularly special because we once again get together with our international colleagues in the Paediatric Pathology Society (PPS), this time on their home court in Birmingham, UK (September 4-6, 2014). Registration and abstract submission are now open and can be accessed through the PPS website where the preliminary program is also found.
I hope to see you all there!
Raj P. Kapur
Society for Pediatric Pathology