From the President's Desk:

Bakul I Dalal
President, AIPNA

 

Dear Bhaaratiya Pathologists residing in North America:

I am honored, delighted, and somewhat apprehensive to assume the position of president of AIPNA for the second time (first time 2009-2011). The organization has come a long way since my first time at the helm, thanks to all those who volunteered their time and skills.Many thanks to Mitual Amin, the outgoing president, and his team for their efforts to bring AIPNA so far.
I am a hematopathologist in Vancouver. I graduated from Jamnagar, trained at the PGIMER Chandigadh, and took a tortuous route through the Hammersmith Hospital London, the National Institutes of Health Bethesda MD, the University of Chicago, and the University of Western Ontario London to finally settle in Vancouver.
AIPNA has a dual mission, networking and academic:

  • It is about the only forum for networking and socialization for North American Pathologists/pathologists-in-making originating from Bhaarat. Once you are a member (see the Zeffy link above to pay/renew your tax-deductible membership), you will have access to meeting/communicating with hundreds/thousands of us from Bhaarat. For communication related to membership, please email [email protected]
  • AIPNA organizes annual CME conferences in Bhaarat (since 1995), and also puts up annual companion meetings in North American and global conferences by organizations like the College of American Pathologists, US-Canadian Academy of Pathology, Association of Molecular Pathology, International Society of Laboratory Hematology, International Academy of Pathology et cetera. If you are attending any of these meetings, do register for the AIPNA companion meetings for educational as well as networking opportunities.
  • AIPNA publishes interesting cases on our website and also on social media. Please submit them to [email protected].
  • AIPNA fosters academic excellence by recognizing research efforts by residents at the USCAP meeting.
  • AIPNA helps promising young Bhaaratiya pathologists working in Bhaarat and in North America by providing them with short-term observership.


We look forward to your feedback and ideas about AIPNA, this newsletter, and the general direction we are/should be going.

 

Please feel free to communicate with me at [email protected]

Bakul I Dalal
President, AIPNA

 

 

Mitual Amin, MD,
President, AIPNA

 

This is a very humbling moment for me as I take on the role of the new President of AIPNA. I started attending the AIPNA meetings in 1996 as a first-year resident and little did I ever know then that I would be chosen to lead this organization one day. Previous Presidents have contributed towards the founding of this organization, managing its birthing pains, sustaining a sense of community and contributing towards its academic mission. AIPNA’s membership includes pathologists with humble leanings to luminaries, and yet every one of us leaves an indelible mark on the organizations we serve.

As the times change and the world becomes a well-connected global community, our goals need to shift accordingly, and I need your support and active participation to make AIPNA more prepared and become a significant presence in the Pathology world. Our organization respects tradition and as the incoming President, my primary goal will always be to uphold the mission of AIPNA. While I continue to support and expand on our current goals, with a defined focus on the educational initiative started in recent years; as your President, I would like to focus on some other initiatives such as the future self-sustainability of this organization and increasing membership that proudly involves the majority of pathologists of Indian origin serving in the academic institutions. We need to train the junior AIPNA members to become future leaders in the organizations they serve. While the devil is in the details, I will make every effort to achieve these goals with the support from the AIPNA executive committee and all the AIPNA members.

Our members need to feel a sense of belonging and a sense of pride for this organization, and this membership needs to give them an emotional and professional dividend which will then lead to enhancing and strengthening our networks and fulfilment of the mission of this special organization.

 

Please feel free to communicate with me at [email protected] / [email protected]

Mitual Amin, MD
President, AIPNA
Mitual Amin, MD. serves as Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology at Beaumont health, MI and currently serves as its Interim Chair. He also serves as President of Michigan Society of Pathologists.


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”
Two years ago I took on the Presidentship of AIPNA ready to change the way things were done. Today I hand over the baton, knowing that, without a doubt, I am the one who is changed. Serving AIPNA, as President for the last two years, gave me opportunities to learn, face challenges, and develop
friendships that will remain intact forever.

AIPNA has a bright future ahead of it under its new President, Mitual Amin, MD., Vice- Chair of Pathology, Beaumont Hospital, MI. I shall continue to be a contributing member, as Past -President and as member of the web development/social media committee. I take solace in knowing that Mitual has great plans, ideas and the capability of making AIPNA bigger and better.

I want to thank the general membership of AIPNA for having faith in me to run the organization and your, especially the Executive Board members’ willingness, to step in when I couldn’t quite manage it on my own. Before I conclude, I have something to say to the junior members of AIPNA especially those in leadership
roles: what you do matters. Who you are matters. You may not change AIPNA or the world, but you bring your own special uniqueness to the table and you’re the only one who can do that. Hope you share the same amount of inspiration and passion as I have in serving this great organization whichbrings us all together as one family!

Thank you for two years of fun, camaraderie, and life-changing moments.

 

Please feel free to communicate with me at [email protected]

Anil R. Prasad, MD., FCAP, FASCP
President, AIPNA
Anil Prasad, MD. is based in Tucson, AZ. He serves as VP of a private group of pathologists serving 3 community hospitals and has a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Pathology at the Univ. of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He also serves as Consultant Pathologist, Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. - Kenneth Blanchard

 


 

Dear Friends,

Each of us has been impacted by the pandemic - some more profoundly than others - but together we have exhibited resiliency and tried hard to make the best of a bad situation. Our deepest condolences to the families of so many renowned pathologists we lost in the recent past. One of them is the world renowned Cytopathologist Dr. Prabodh Gupta, a passionate teacher and highly accomplished pathologist.

It is a privilege to welcome you to the 2021 Annual AIPNA virtual GBM to be held on Sunday evening, March 14th. in conjunction with the 110th. USCAP Annual 2021 virtual meeting. I’m happy to announce that this year‘s GBM’s Educational event keynote speaker is Bharat Nathwani, MD whose talk will be beamed live all over the world just like last year in LA. I hope all of you will join us by zoom for this first ever virtual annual AIPNA general body meeting.

I am ecstatic to announce a new initiative that took form recently in collaboration with some of our past presidents Drs. Anand Lagoo, Meenakshi Singh, Megha Joshi, Bakul Dalal, Ashraf Khan, Nirag Jhala and myself to institute the "Presidents' Initiative for AIPNA Pathology Research Fellowship Grant" by providing an endowment fund of $7000 to help foster relevant, cutting edge collaborative basic research in pathology in India which will be open to any deserving candidate of merit with long-term goals of furthering translational research. This initiative as well as many others underscores AIPNA’s culture of philanthropy and commitment to advancing Pathology education and research in India and elsewhere. I look forward with extreme enthusiasm in continuing our mission to guide the new generation of pathologists associated with AIPNA. Residents please look out for Abstract Submission Guidelines for AIPNA Best Abstract Awards. There was an overwhelming response last year with amazing quality. Thanks to Dr. Lagoo who is funding all the prize money just like last year!

Our website development team has been continuously striving to make your experience at www.aipna.org meaningful, streamlining collection of membership dues, donations. The website will provide you with constant news updates, relevant educational materials which can be used by medical students and residents as well as academic faculty and practicing pathologists.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record let me re-iterate the importance of ALL AIPNA   members taking an active role in the organization. I cannot stress enough how crucial it is for every member to be engaged in the organization’s activities. Please encourage pathologists you know to join AIPNA and any contributions/donations will of course go a long way. Payments can be made through PayPal at www.aipna.org.

I am proud to inform you that today the AIPNA executive committee is composed of a dedicated and talented group of individuals whose passion to serve is the single most important factor in helping our organization thrive and grow by leaps and bounds!

I urge each one of you to attend this year’s 26th. AIPNA-ICP International CME Virtual Meeting being held at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences Kochi, Kerala, India. between Feb 4th and 6th.  For a paltry $50.00 registration fee you will be treated to a fabulous educational event with highly qualified speakers in a variety of subjects, all stalwarts in their respective specialties. This year’s Prof. SJ Nagalotimath oration is by Dr. Shivayogi Bhusnurmath, St. George’s Medical School, Grenada. Check out the link https://www.vidocto.com/aipnaicp/

Despite extremely challenging times we the people of the world have adapted and shown our creativity. Zoom and other technologies have come to our rescue and allowed us to stay connected…even if were accidentally on mute sometimes!  

While virtual meetings have fulfilled immediate needs there is something to be said about live face to face events with their offerings of informative exchanges, fruitful encounters, collaborative relationships. Hopefully we can resume in-person meetings soon. We do not know what 2021 has in store for us but I remain optimistic that it will be something positive. We are forging ahead with many new initiatives at AIPNA including possible collaborations with ASCP and CAP for Global Health Initiatives. Please email Akisha Jones-Donald our Editorial Administrator at [email protected]. if you want to be involved and expect more information on this and other matters/issues at www.aipna.org

I wish you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous 2021!

Please feel free to communicate with me at [email protected]

Anil R. Prasad, MD., FCAP, FASCP
President, AIPNA
Anil Prasad, MD. is based in Tucson, AZ. He serves as VP of a private group of pathologists serving 3 community hospitals and has a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Pathology at the Univ. of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He also serves as Consultant Pathologist, Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. - Kenneth Blanchard




Dear Friends,

It has been approximately 9 months since I started my role as President of AIPNA. Despite being so closely involved with the organization’s activities as board member for several years, I can fairly say nothing prepares you for this immensely responsible role. Just like so many others in similar roles in various other organizations, I am living and learning. With the position and the title comes this deep sense of accountability and sense of duty. AIPNA is always at the back of my mind even during hectic times at my day job: how do I rally people, how do I recruit younger generation of pathologists to become leaders in AIPNA, how can I make AIPNA membership more attractive, how can I tap into the immense talent base our membership has to offer and how do I make people passionate about serving AIPNA and making them feel proud that they are part of this wonderful AIPNA family.

A new year has begun. It’s hard to believe how quickly last year passed! There are several items I want to let you know about, so I’ll get to it right away.

AIPNA Bylaws were changed to expand the Executive Committee and form Subcommittees with the exclusive intention of involving more members from the general body in decisive roles. I am delighted to say that quite a good number of passionate AIPNA members came forward and are now devoting some of their precious time to help run this glorious 26 year old organization. These individuals (office bearer names available in the website) have been meeting regularly to refine consensus as to how best shape the future of AIPNA.  

Secondly, It gives me immense pride and joy to let you know that  AIPNA now has an official website (www.aipna.org) through which you can get the latest news updates and register for meetings, besides browsing through educational contents, webinars etc.  I hope all of you have had a chance to experience this first iteration of the website. Please give your continuous feedback, both good and bad to Akisha Jones-Donald our Editorial Administrator at [email protected]. Continuous content improvement and development besides feedback with the underlying aim of bidirectional interactivity are essential elements for the sustenance of a successful website. You, dear members, can make or break this communication platform. Please own it and use it just as you visit many of your other favorite websites.

Thanks to the hard work of more people than I can name here the educational content of the website is worth tapping into. The Live Educational Webinar series is a big hit. The inaugural webinar by Dr. Vinay Kumar was a blockbuster. On January 7, 2020 at 8 am US EST. Romil Saxena, MD is going to give the audience a treat on liver pathology. Our Social Media Committee members are making AIPNA more visible strategically through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter besides engaging various whatsapp chat groups.

The third annual CAP-AIPNA breakfast Educational Meeting at the Annual CAP 2019 in Florida was a great success as in the past with three fabulous presentations. An obituary speech in memory of Jasveer Khurana, MD was part of the proceedings. Details of the meeting and lecture contents with ppts are available in the website under the educational content tab. Our AIPNA educational session at the ASCP Annual Meeting in Phoenix was well received too.

The 25th ICP-AIPNA International Pathology CME is being organized by the Dept. of Pathology, BJ Medical College, Gujarat. There are already more than 700 registrants for this fabulous event taking place on Jan 31st to Feb. 2nd, 2020.

The AIPNA Annual GBM is to be held during the 109th. Annual USCAP Meeting in LA. on March 1, 2020. at the JW Marriott. I persuade each one of you to attend, network with peers and mingle with friends. For new/junior members this is a great platform for productive conversations regarding academic pursuits, practice patterns besides building professional ties. Personally, interacting with so many supportive AIPNA family members is simply invigorating. There is a Networking Session for Resident/junior members on Feb. 29th. evening at JW Marriott itself.

The future of AIPNA is bright. If every member makes a commitment to serve, recruit, donate, help fund raise, be engaged or simply participate; the work of our organization will greatly refine and make an impression on the pathology world in general. But “every” is the key word! Each member has a role in building our organization and contributing to its depth and credibility.
Please feel free to communicate with me at [email protected]
Anil R. Prasad, MD., FCAP, FASCP
President, AIPNA

Anil Prasad, MD. is based in Tucson, AZ. He serves as VP of a private group of pathologists serving 3 community hospitals and has a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Pathology at the Univ. of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He also serves as Consultant Pathologist, Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Care Center


"The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good" --- Ruth Benedict

Dear Friends,

Thank you for nominating me to lead our organization as of March 2019. As many of you know, I have been representing AIPNA’s interests as CAP liaison for several years and have been the Vice-President of AIPNA for the last two years. My predecessors have certainly left me with real big shoes to fill! Hats off to their perseverance and their devotion to serve AIPNA. I accept this new role with great humility and a deep sense of responsibility. I sincerely believe AIPNA’s future will be determined by our collective goals for the organization and by our struggle to make them real.

It was way back in 1991 that Tim Barnes-Lee and his colleagues at CERN launched the “world wide web”! It is about time that AIPNA has a functioning website. The website will bring more visibility, help recruit new members and talent and make it easier for existing members to pay their dues. It will allow access for eligible candidates in India and elsewhere to apply for travel grants and look for fellowship opportunities. I sincerely hope, that, rather than being a static information page, the AIPNA website will act as a tool to provide an intimate, interactive learning environment stimulating contemporary perspectives in the various fields of pathology and the practice of medicine. At the very least I would like it to be a forum of virtual “roundtables” that accommodate conversations about the many factors that affect our practices here in the US and the rest of the world. All this, of course is dependent on your input and involvement dear members! Infrastructure is important and should be AIPNA’s first concern. To this end the Bylaws are being tweaked and various committees are being structured to make it feasible for new interested and dedicated AIPNA members to participate at the helm of affairs. I invite young, bright members to bring their energy and intuition, help enrich AIPNA and provide new directions. AIPNA is dependent on the efforts of generous volunteers whose collective intellectual horsepower will help this organization grow. Fundraising is an important issue and is critical to make AIPNA durable. The room rentals, free dinners and networking events don’t come cheap! We are solely dependent on generous donations, membership dues and sponsors. Each one of you, owe it to yourself to see how you can contribute. Pause; think for a moment, as to how YOU could GIVE! It could be your time, money, participation, getting corporate sponsors, recruiting friends to become members or simply showing up!! AIPNA will continue to provide grants for “needy and worthy” candidates. We should be committed to funding and creating meaningful opportunities for pathologists based outside the US who may want to “observe” our practices or learn new technology or expertise. I sincerely believe, especially with the advent of the website, that we pathologists in the US can significantly learn from our colleagues in India and elsewhere through diverse research collaborations, sharing cost-effective practice related problem-solving techniques etc. We should think inclusively about our own members’ concerns and interests. I firmly believe that a lot of us within AIPNA can be “role models” to our resident members and “new in practice” members. With a little bit of creative thinking and hard work our services should inculcate the right attitudes and skills in the younger generation that will frame AIPNA’s future, besides, it will make us hold ourselves to high standards. I will make sure AIPNA remains true to its charter (Bylaws) and unwavering in its mission to all of us. The new Bylaws will be shared with each one of you through a future issue of this newsletter. AIPNA needs dedicated individuals to join the Executive Committee and serve in various committees such as the Web Development Committee, CME Committee, Financial Committee, Event Management, Sponsorship, Social Media, Abstract, Grants, Awards Committee, Resident Mentorship program etc. It is my clarion call to each one of you to please sign up by emailing us at [email protected] to indicate your area of interest and please include your preferred email and phone number. AIPNA has brought us together and the fact that we celebrate this organization’s 25 years of existence, dear friends, is testimony to your talent, dedication and determination. We will be presenting a separate publication on our 25 years of growth in the weeks ahead. I am honored and glad to serve AIPNA. I look forward to further contributing to the AIPNA mission and the community at large.

Anil Prasad, MD. is based in Tucson, AZ. He serves as VP of a private group of pathologists serving 3 community hospitals and has a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Pathology at the Univ. of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He also serves as Consultant Pathologist, Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.