Friday, April 18, 2014

18 April 2014: New transfusion medicine topics

Huy Phu Pham, M.D. has written 3 new Apharesis topics for the Transfusion Medicine chapter: LDL apheresisleukocytapheresis and plateletpheresis.

Monday, April 14, 2014

14 April 2014: Autocomplete

We have updated the Google Search Box at the top of our Home Page to include the Autocomplete feature, suggested by some of the USCAP visitors to our booth.  We hope you find this useful.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

9 April 2014: Another record, new images being added

Yesterday (April 8, 2014), we had another day of record traffic with 24,991 visits.

Visit the Updates page to see the topics being updated with new reviews and new images.  Currently, we are adding images from Contributors (oldest first, we are slowly catching up, but are just starting 2011), AFIP fascicles (3rd series) and

Thursday, April 3, 2014

4 April 2014: New Feature Page, New Mystery Case

For April 2014, our Feature Page highlights Laboratory Accreditation / Education / CME, and includes information from ARUP Laboratories, Boardvitals Review for Clinical Pathology and College of American Pathologists (CAP).  Please thank these advertisers for supporting our website!

Our Home Page has a new Mystery Case on the right hand side.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

3 April 2014: Why is this job ad still posted if it has been filled?

As many of you know, we post Job ads for 6 months (12 months for academic positions), or until the advertiser tells us the position is filled.  We start calling the advertisers at 4 months, to see if the position has been filled.  But it is up to them.  They might keep the ad posted even if it is filled.  Sometimes, they want to wait until the new person actually shows up the first day or stays the first few weeks, before they pull the ad.  If so, the Jobs page may be a little inaccurate.  But there is nothing we can do about this.

FYI - most private practice jobs fill, or at least make an offer to a candidate, within 2-3 months.  If you see an ad that old, it probably is not still open, although you can always try contacting them.

3 April 2014: References and copyright

What sources are used in preparing the Topics in our textbook?  They include general references (Textbooks, WHO and AFIP/ARP publications, image websites) listed on the Chapter pages, references cited in the Topics, as well as Rosai, Sternberg or Robbins, which were typically the source for early versions of many topics.  We list the later editions of these standard textbooks only if they are actually cited by the reviewers.  I acknowledge that this policy is a little inaccurate, because we are not giving credit to the original source for material that may not have changed much over the years.  On the other hand, we prefer not to list old editions of the source (which won't be useful to pathologists), and we don't want to list a newer edition if the reviewer has not actually consulted it.  So, the source for standard information about an entity that hasn't changed in years is likely to be one of these standard textbooks.

We are very careful to respect the copyright of authors.  We do not intentionally copy text from authors, or use so much of it that it would violate their copyright.  If you are concerned, let us know.  However, it is important to understand the limitations of copyright.  As noted here, "Copyright does not cover ideas and information themselves, only the form or manner in which they are expressed."  Thus, if one summarizes the main points discussed in a textbook or paper, that is NOT a copyright violation, but if one cuts and pastes the text, using the exact same words, that likely is a copyright violation.