Thursday, January 30, 2014

31 January 2014: Website News Page being retired

We are replacing the Website News page with this Blog.  To see prior entries on the News page, click here.

We welcome your comments on Blog entries, with the usual caveats (no cussing, no slandering others, no advertisements).

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

29 January 2014: More chapters in Topic format

We have now converted the Vulva and Vagina chapters to topic format.  We are also having the topics in these chapters updated by outside reviewers, although this is being done one topic at a time.  See the recently updated Aggressive Angiomyxoma topic as an example.

Monday, January 27, 2014

27 January 2014: Nasal cavity in topic format

We have completed putting the Nasal Cavity chapter in topic format.  This means all we added an Index (Table of Contents in alphabetical order), images are in the form of thumbnails, and there are more links between topics, but the content has not changed.  In addition, we are having each topic reviewed and updated.  Since this typically takes 2-3 weeks per topic, and we have only one active reviewer for this chapter, it will take a while to complete.

We actively search out new Pathology related books, and post them to the New Books page, the Books by Author pages, and the subspecialty book pages.  We will now also add thumbnails of some of them to the main pages of the relevant chapters.  For example, we have added the book Bostwick: Urologic Surgical Pathology to the GU chapters.

Friday, January 24, 2014

24 January 2014: More stains, COW #298

The main Stains page is our #3 most popular page (after the Home page and the Jobs page), and CD markers is #8, so we plan to accelerate our updates.  Recently, we added CD Markers: CD270 (associated with follicular lymphoma), CD351 (Fc receptor for IgA and IgM), CD352 (contributes to germinal center formation, associated with autoimmune diseases), CD353 (involved in lymphocyte activation) and biomarker AMY1A (helps differentiate oncocytoma from chromophobe renal cell carcinoma), and updated Alpha fetoprotein (AFP) and alpha-lactalbumin.  We are checking out the diagnosis for Case #298, and thinking about a new editorial policy for the Cases, to have more oversight.  Perhaps someone on our editorial board can review each case before it is posted.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

21 January 2014

We have converted these chapters to Topic format: Fallopian tubesTestis, and should be completed with Nasal Cavity within a week.  We are also adding links to related Jobs, Fellowships, Conferences, Cases of the Week and Books for each chapter.

We have finished the preliminary version of the Thyroid Gland Competency Assessment, by Zubair W. Baloch, M.D., Ricardo R. Lastra, M.D. and Michelle R. Pramick, M.D., posted in the Thyroid and Cytopathology chapters.  We will also be adding some additional cytopathology images to these sections.  In the near future, we will post Assessments for cervix-cytology, salivary gland cytology and molecular cytology.

20 January 2014 - COW #297

We don't have much controversy on our website, but there was a little regarding Case of the Week #297.  The question was whether this was an adenomatoid tumor (the contributor's diagnosis, based on the presence of a mass) or mesothelial hyperplasia (no mass).  The first problem was that the contributor included some micro images of adenomatoid tumor from another case, to illustrate some features sometimes seen in this tumor.  Unfortunately, I put them all together, which was my mistake, and which undermined the legitimacy of the diagnosis to some.  These images from another case were subsequently removed from COW #297.

The second issue is whether or not there actually was a mass.  Based on the image below, and the contributor's statement that this was a mass, I conclude that there really was a mass, but others are free to disagree.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

15 January 2014

We continue to convert topics to our Topic format with thumbnails and more white space.  We hope to have this completed by the USCAP meeting in early March 2014.  Once completed, we will start to tackle the backlog of contributed images.

For each chapter, we have completed adding a list of relevant books after the Primary References.  We will start to add links near the top to relevant Jobs, Fellowships and Conferences.  This has been done for the Kidney non tumor chapter.  We hope this makes it easier for you to find information.

Friday, January 10, 2014

10 January 2014

We have now converted the entire Pleura chapter into Topic format.

We continue to add new relevant books to the main page of each Chapter, with thumbnails of the book covers linked to Amazon.  Our book sales have increased, suggesting that visitors find these links useful.  What do you think?

We also are refining the Google Adsense links, by eliminating ads that may be offensive to our visitors.  These ads only pay us when visitors click on them, and the total revenue is modest, so we are happy to listen to your comments and make appropriate changes.  We are also still working on getting advertisements more appropriate to our audience, but this is more difficult than one would think.  If you have suggestions, let us know.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

9 January 2014

We have now converted the Cervix chapter entirely into our new Topic format.  This format has thumbnails and a cleaner look.  We hope to have the remaining chapters converted by the USCAP meeting in March.  Once this is done, it will be easier to add more images, and we anticipate doubling the number of images in the next 1-2 years.  We have many contributed images that are in the queue to add, as well as images from the AFIP Fascicle, third series (which are not subject to copyright because they were produced by the US Government), donated images by Dr. Mark Wick, and images from

Now that our first Pathology Jobs Report has been posted, we want your feedback.  We plan to add more data from prior periods in 2013, and then to add each new quarter going forward, with comparisons to prior year data.  Our report does not cover every pathology job, which would, of course, be impossible, but analyzes the large number of full time Pathologist jobs posted at  We exclude jobs for residents/fellows, PhD's or locum.

Monday, January 6, 2014

6 January 2014: Plans for 2014

Here is what we are planning for 2014:

1. New website structure based on a WordPress Content Management System, which will create a different format for desktops and smartphones.  This will be a lot of work for us, but for visitors, it will be mostly invisible.  However, you will see these changes:

- Easier to use format for smartphones, most likely with drop down menus that are easier to use than the existing large numbers of links
- Better search for the 6700+ topics on the website
- More uniform templates for each Chapter and Topic; this will make the website a little easier to navigate, and will allow us to uniformly implement changes faster
- Somewhat "cleaner" look to the website.

2. More images.  We plan to double the number of images, using great images from Dr. Mark Wick, AFIP Third Series and WebPathology, as well as free full text journals and contributed images.

3. More updated content, with a stronger editorial board.  We would like to have an Editorial Board that exercises greater oversight over the textbook content.  Unfortunately, I am not 100% sure how to get there, but we will work it out.  If you have expertise that you would like to share, please contact Dr. Pernick at 248/646-0325 or

4. One stop shopping for Pathology related products and services, with an expanded Pathology Buyer's Guide / Marketplace.  For example - need to find a Laboratory to perform uncommon tests or second opinions?  We will have a list of these Laboratories, with a short survey of relevant information.  We will post information for all businesses for no charge, so the list should be comprehensive.