Monday, March 30, 2015

30 March 2014: More memberships

Thanks to the following new members, whose support helps us improve PathologyOutlines.com:

Basic
($100 per year)

Jorge Billoch, M.D., San Juan, Puerto Rico (18Mar15)
Jerad M. Gardner, M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (1Jan15)
Sara C. Shalin, M.D., Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (1Jan15)
David R. Stockman, M.D., M.S., University of South Carolina School of Medicine (20Mar15)
Debra Zynger, M.D., The Ohio State University (1Jan15)


Resident / Fellow
($50 per year)

Abul Ala Syed Rifat Mannan M.D., Mount Sinai - St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York 



30 March 2015: Duration for Academic Job postings

After discussing with some of our advertisers, we have decided to shorten the period of time in which Academic jobs are posted on our Jobs page to 6 months (previously they could be posted for up to 12 months).  If any advertiser would like to renew their ad after the 6 month period, we will give 50% off the new ad as long as no major changes are made to the ad.  A benefit to the advertiser of renewing their ad is that it will appear in the newly posted ads section of the Jobs page as well as the newly posted Jobs emails.  It would also have a new date on it at the bottom.  We think this will improve the Jobs page by keeping it more current. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

27 March 2015: USCAP follow up

Thanks to all who stopped by our booth at USCAP.  We posted many photos on our FaceBook page.  We also signed up many new authors, and likely members of our Editorial Board. 

Our website continues to be a free, no registration website focused on the needs of the pathology community.  But we have started an optional Membership feature to support the expensive changes we are undertaking, including expanded IT capabilities (new Home Page, new Chapter and topic templates, better Search, improved Mobile use), expanded Editorial Board and more frequent topic updates.  Thanks to the following new members:

New Memberships:

Leadership
Pathology Associates of Norwood, Massachusetts (27Mar15)


Monday, March 23, 2015

23 March 2015: Searching PathologyOutlines.com

We are at USCAP, Booth #825, and look forward to meeting you.

We were told of a "nontraditional" way to search our website.  The traditional method is to use the search box in the Upper Right corner of our Home Page.  But you can also use Google, and type the search term, followed by PathologyOutlines.  

Once you are on a Page, you can use the search feature of your browser (often Control F) to search for text on a page.  In the future, we will have a "topic search" - we will let you know when this is available.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Promotions Email Information is Posted Online!

In case you missed the latest Promotions Email we sent this past Monday (3/16/15), we have posted all of the information on-line.  Promotions Emails provides the pathology community with valuable information- and sometimes special pricing- from some of our corporate advertisers. They're sent out 2x a year- once in the spring and once in the fall. Check out the latest one now: http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/promo.html.

20 March 2015: Links to related Jobs, Conferences, Fellowships and Cases

We have now finished adding, to the top of each Chapter page, links to Jobs, Conferences, Fellowships and Cases related to the subject of the Chapter.  Find this in the Authorship section of each Chapter, near the top left.  We also list related Books at the bottom of each Chapter.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

18 March 2015: Why I use Amazon.com

As you may know, PathologyOutlines.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  This means we earn a "commission" of 5% or more on items purchased from Amazon, if the visitor accesses Amazon by going through a link from PathologyOutlines.com (the commission is paid from Amazon's profits - not by the purchaser).

As the owner of PathologyOutlines.com, my purchases are not eligible for the commissions, but I use Amazon regularly anyway, for many reasons.  I prefer shopping on line, rather than going to stores.  I can purchase 24/7, at any time, regardless of how I am dressed, and don't have to drive to stores or see if they are open.  I like reading the comments, which often are very helpful.  I also like being able to determine where products are made, and comparing them to similar products.  This information is often listed on the Amazon page, and if not, I can Google the company to try to find out. 

For shipping, I decided to be a member of Amazon Prime, so almost all items are shipped for free, and typically are received within 2 business days.  The cost is $99 for one year, which also gets me free music / video downloads (which I haven't used yet).

My experience with Amazon's customer service is very good.  Once I ordered light bulbs (not a good idea), and as most people would predict, they came broken (the packaging was not very good for light bulbs).  I returned them and immediately got a refund.

Let me know what your experiences have been with Amazon.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

17 March 2015: Changes to University of Iowa website

This website has changed its access to virtual slides.  To view them, you must now download the viewer, see http://www.mbfbioscience.com/iowavirtualslidebox.  However, our policy is that we only link to images that can be seen directly by any visitor, without downloading any apps or viewers.

17 March 2015: Management of Pathology Practices Article

Check out our most recently posted article on Business Strategy for Pathology Practices and Independent Laboratories, by Mick Raich, President, Vachette Pathology.
 
Recently, I was asked to speak at the G2 PathForward Symposium about business strategies for pathology practices and independent laboratories, including issues such as mergers and acquisitions, the ACO movement, revenue, and managed care changes. My goal was to look at strategies over the next one to five years and offer some action steps that conference attendees could use to prepare for the future. To see rest of article, click here.
 

For more articles on Management of Pathology Practices, visit our Management page.

17 March 2015: Come visit us at the USCAP '15

We will be exhibiting this year at the USCAP conference in Boston.  We are booth #825.  Please stop by, take a picture with us, and let us know how we can be more useful to you.  Learn more about how we're improving the website and how you can help support us by becoming a Member.  See you there!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

11 March 2015: Website temporarily down

Our website was temporarily down today - we apologize for any inconvenience.  Apparently our expanding Jobs page hit a size limit, and updates stopped working in the usual way.  We were able to do a "work around", but in investigating the cause of the problem, a diagnostic tied up the server so much as to make it unusable.  This was shortly fixed, and the website became functional again.  We also increased the size limit for the Jobs page.

We are planning to move to a new server, which should make the website a little faster.  Although there will be some work to do on our end, users should not notice any difficulties.

Monday, March 9, 2015

9 March 2015: Feature Page

Our Feature page for March is Tissue Processors / Other Histology, and highlights our advertiser Milestone Medical. It also contains an original short article, "Tissue Histology: Preserving Information from Molecules", by Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

4 March 2015: New traffic record

Thanks to you, we set record average daily traffic of 21,430 visits per day in February!  As always, please let us know how we can be more useful to you.