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Our Philosophy

Our mission is to provide useful information, fast and free, to practicing pathologists; i.e. those signing out cases. Authors should be experts in what they write. Their task is to make each topic authoritative and at least as thorough as what would be found in a specialty textbook. Topics should use our standardized format. Let us know if you want to combine, split, add or remove topics.

Why Be An Author?

  • Author names and links are posted on the topics they write, on associated chapter pages and on the Authors page with an author photo and desired contact information. Authors for the past year will be acknowledged in a display at USCAP, a Blog post and in associated E-blasts.
  • Authorship can be highlighted on an academic CV as a book chapter publication with supporting website traffic to demonstrate national and international impact.
  • Your work helps the large number of pathologists who visit our website do a better job (see testimonials). Each topic lists the traffic for the current and prior year (click here). How else can you help so many pathologists throughout the world? (see traffic).
  • The best authors each year, as determined by our Editorial Board, will receive an Author award. This consists of a certificate, gift card, website acknowledgment, announcement via E-blast and displays at live conferences. Top authors may be invited to join the Resident Advisory Board and Editorial Board.

Author Qualifications

  • Within the past 15 years, you must have published at least 5 first or last author journal articles other than case reports, in U.S., European or comparable journals, verifiable on PubMed, about the subspecialty in which you want to write. Authors are given a choice of topics based on our priorities and their publications.
  • You must either be on staff or have been on staff in the past 5 years in the clinical practice of pathology.
  • You must be fluent in written English as this is essential to follow author guidelines and we do not have staff available for language editing.
  • If you are from outside the United States, then your experience must be comparable to U.S. pathologists.
  • Fellows / senior residents or other staff must have their work co-authored by a pathologist who meets the staff pathologist requirements outlined above and the completed work must meet the same quality standards for our other writers.

Author Responsibilities:

  • Authors must follow our procedures, which are regularly updated based on feedback from authors and website visitors. Before writing, you must sign the Author agreement form we send you and agree on a first topic. We do not accept unsolicited work. Authors typically work on one topic at a time. If you want to do things differently, you must get approval from us first. We regularly review the work done by authors to make sure that our high standards are maintained.
  • You should take pride in your writing, making sure it is thorough and authoritative.
  • You should expect to spend at least 5 hours on each topic, although time will vary based on the subject and your prior knowledge. You will need to thoroughly review the literature, obtain images, write and review your drafts and respond to correspondence from us.
  • You must be able to obtain, from your own collection or from others, representative microscopic or gross images of entities for the topics you write about. These images will be posted on our server so the links never disappear. Images should have a brief caption and a figure legend.
  • Although we will give you an opportunity to correct any deficiencies, work that does not meet our standards will not be published.

Editorial Board Qualifications

  • Our existing Editorial Board or Dr. Pernick typically recommend current authors to be Editors.
  • You must have recently written 3-5 topics as an author, using our current templates and procedures and have been a "good fit" for our textbook.
  • You must meet the author qualifications.
  • You must be on the faculty at a medical school or its equivalent.
  • We prefer that you have fellowship training or certification and a practice focused in the intended subspecialty area(s).

Editorial Board Responsibilities

  • Commit to a 2 year term.
  • Review chapters within your subspecialty annually by updating their table of contents, listing recommended stains or IHC and listing recommended books.
  • Ensuring that staging and classification systems are up to date.
  • Reviewing topics written by other authors.
  • Reviewing Board Review questions and cases of the month.
  • Creating a What's New newsletter every 3 years.
  • Participating in 2 meetings by conference call per year, attending Editorial Board meetings at major U.S. pathology conferences and scheduling time at our booth to recruit authors.

Resident Advisory Board Responsibilities

  • Resident Advisory Board members are nominated by our Editorial Board and must:
    • Participate in 2-3 annual resident specific conference calls to determine how well we are meeting resident needs and to help us communicate with residents.
    • Attend breakfasts at USCAP and CAP if possible.
    • Participate in editorial board meetings if possible.

Click here for our Author Procedure page.

If you are interested in being an author, please send your CV and a list of topics or chapters you are interested in writing / reviewing to Erin, our author coordinator at with any questions.

Author Awards

Best Author Awards for 2019

Award Winners (5 winners, some have Senior Authors)

Jayalakshmi Balakrishna, M.D., Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University / Wexner Medical Center / James Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elaine S. Jaffe, M.D. (Senior Author), Head, Hematopathology Section, Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research / National Cancer Institute / National Institutes of Health

Jesse Hart, D.O., Assistant Professor, Rhode Island Hospital (Lifespan) / Brown University

Farres Obeidin, M.D., Resident, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center and Feinberg School of Medicine
Borislav Alexiev, M.D. (Senior Author), Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Andréanne Gagné, M.D. M.Sc., Anatomic Pathology Resident, Laval University
Philippe Joubert, M.D., Ph.D. (Senior Author), Quebec Heart & Lung Institute

Fenghua Peng, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Chief Physician of Organ Transplant Center, The Second Xiangya Hospital (Changsha, China)
Jonathan E. Zuckerman, M.D., Ph.D. (Senior Author), Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Best Author Awards for 2018

Award Winners

Jalal B. Jalaly, MBBS, M.S., Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Katrina Krogh, M.D., Resident and Guang-Yu Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chair, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Lisa Rooper, M.D., Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Bin Xu, M.D.,Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Honorable mention

Jessica L. Davis, M.D., Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
Jesse Hart, D.O., Assistant Professor, Rhode Island Hospital (Lifespan) / Brown University
Robert E. LeBlanc, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Omid Savari, M.D., Resident and Joseph F. Tomashefski, Jr., M.D., Chairman, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Kyle C. Strickland, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center
Simone B.S.P. Terra, M.D., Resident and Jennifer M. Boland, M.D., Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic
Brandon Umphress, M.D., Resident and Kruti P. Maniar, M.D., Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Best Author Awards for 2017

Top faculty author: Top trainee authors:
Awards were based on nominations by our Editorial Board and staff.
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