Wednesday, September 30, 2015

30 September 2015: See our Stains chapter for new Topic format

We have completed converting the topics beginning with "A" in our Stains chapter to our new Topic format.  This is our most popular chapter, and we are converting one topic at a time from A to Z.  We expect the pace to pick up as we add new staff.  We are also converting other topics as we make changes to them.  Let us know if you have any thoughts.

30 September 2015: New Management Article

We posted a new Management Article by Jacob Vugrinac of Vachette Pathology, entitled "Good Old Rocky Top: Keeping its Physicians Independent". We will be posting more articles from Vachette Pathology in upcoming weeks. so keep your eyes open for them!

And, if you have not yet seen information on upcoming webinars that Ventana and ASCP are sponsoring, you can view them here: http://pathologyoutlines.com/webinars.html#newwebinars. Check back often, as we continue to add new information as it becomes available.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

30 September 2015: New image contributions

Thanks to Dr. Bushra Sikandar, The Dow University of Health and Sciences (Pakistan), for contributing images of Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Oral Cavity.

30 September 2015: Shop Amazon.com Contest begins October 1, 2015


To promote shopping at Amazon.com, we will award Amazon gift cards of $100, $50 and $25 through a drawing of those who made any purchase (it need not be pathology related) at Amazon.com in October and November 2015.  To be eligible, you need not purchase through a PathologyOutlines.com link, but we will award one additional $25 gift card for every 50 items purchased over our goal of 400 items purchased through our website.

Remember, your purchase supports our free online textbook (through an Amazon commission to us of 5% or more), if you access Amazon.com through a link from PathologyOutlines.com, at no cost to you!

To enter, simple email your Amazon.com receipt by December 5, 2015 to NatPernick@gmail.com, with Amazon contest in the subject line.  The email must include the date of purchase, a description of at least one item purchased, your name and email address.  Only one entry allowed per person.

Winners must provide us with their first and last name, institution or city / state where they reside.  Winners will be announced in this blog.

29 September 2015: Join us at CAP '15 for a short Focus Group!

If you are a pathologist attending the CAP '15 conference in Nashville, TN, please stop by our booth #234 for a short (~ 5 minute) discussion with Dr. Pernick to get your feedback on some website related topics.  After you participate, you will receive a special, limited edition, PathologyOutlines.com baseball cap!


We will be at Booth #234 on:

Sunday, October 4, 7:15 pm-8:30 pm
Monday, October 5, 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Tuesday, October 6, 9:00 am-2:00 pm.  

We hope to see you then!



29 September 2015: Changes to Header and Footer

We have made some changes to the Header and Footer:

First, we have created a new Pathology Products and Services page, with links to the Buyers Guide, Feature Page, New Products, Promotions and Product Questionnaire / Survey pages, and removed those other links.  

Second, we added a new Contribute page, which describes how you can help support our website, both financially and editorially.

Third, we removed the Updates page, since updates are now posted in the Blog.

Finally, we changed Cases to Case of Week.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

25 September 2015: Removing books published in 2010 or before

We are planning to remove books from 2010 or before from our Books pages, since most pathologists are not interested in buying 5 year old books.  However, we will continue to post the books on the Publisher pages (i.e. ARP Press   ASCP   CAP   LWW   WHO), as well as others that appear to us to be "classics", or if there are few other books in that subspecialty.  If there are other books from 2010 or before that you want us to keep on the website, please send an email to Dr. Pernick at NatPernick@gmail.com.

24 September 2015: Image contribution - Atrial myxoma

Thanks to Pallavi Khattar, M.D. (New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, New York), Puneet Bedi, M.D. (Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, New York) and John T Fallon, MD, PhD (New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, New York) for their interesting images and Case Discussion, which are posted here.

24 September 2015: Policies and procedures for clinical and anatomic laboratories

Does anyone have a set of policies and procedures for blood bank, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunology, microbiology or histopathology that they agree to post on our site, to help others who are starting / improving their labs?  Of course, we would acknowledge you as the source (unless you want to be anonymous).  Contact Dr. Pernick at NatPernick@gmail.com with any questions.

24 September 2015: New images of Breast - granular cell tumor

Thanks to Dr. Oleksandr Grygoruk, Boris Hospital and Medical Center, Kiev (Ukraine), for contributing images to the Breast - granular cell tumor topic.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

22 September 2015: Lambl's excrescence

Thanks to Pallavi Khattar, M.D. (New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, New York), Puneet Bedi, M.D. (Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, New York) and John T Fallon, MD, PhD (New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, New York) for their interesting images and Case Discussion, which are posted here.

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Management Articles and Upcoming Webinars

Last week, we posted a new Management Article by Mick Raich of Vachette Pathology, entitled "An Overview of the New Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule". We will be posting a few more articles from Vachette Pathology in upcoming weeks. so keep your eyes open for them!

And, if you have not yet seen information on upcoming webinars that Ventana and ASCP are sponsoring, you can view them here: http://pathologyoutlines.com/webinars.html#newwebinars. Check back often, as we continue to add new information as it becomes available.

Friday, September 18, 2015

18 September 2015: Promotional / Commercial Emails

We have a new email list for Promotional and Commercial Emails.  The Promotional email is sent out before the USCAP and CAP/ASCP conferences, and lists special promotions for our visitors (click here for the last Promotional email).  The Commercial emails are sent from time to time, as requested by advertisers, but no more than once a month.  With each Commercial email, we award an Amazon.com gift card (currently $50) through a drawing of recipients who respond that they are interested in receiving it (more details are at the bottom of the Commercial email).

Let me know if you have any questions or comments at NatPernick@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

16 September 2015: New Pathologist Jobs Report

The Pathologist Jobs Report for the second quarter of 2015 has now been posted.  It is available from the Jobs page, or by clicking here.  It begins:

For this quarter, there were 94 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 11% increase from the 85 job postings in the second quarter of 2014. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, PhD, residency, fellowship or non-Pathologist positions. Of the 94 postings, 90 were for 1 position, 3 were for 2 positions and 1 was for 3 positions.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

15 September 2015: August website statistics

For August 2015, we averaged 20,539 visits per day (up 13% from last year), and had 636,722 total visits.  Our Jobs pages received 43,516 visits, Fellowship pages received 6.538 visits and Conference page received 9,020 visits.  We posted 47 Pathologist job ads in August, which is a record number.  We hope that with the new website format that traffic will continue to increase. 

15 September 2015: Commercial Email contest winner!

Our Commercial Email contest winner is Dr. Lik Lee, New York (USA).  He was sent a $50 Amazon gift card.

Please make sure to read our sponsored emails for a chance at another contest!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

8 September 2015: New Membership

We have recently added Steven Alexander Mann, M.D. to our Membership page:

Basic 
($100 per year)


Steven Alexander Mann, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine (8Sep15)


Thank you, Dr. Mann, for supporting PathologyOutlines.com! Visit our Individual Membership page to see why you should become a member too! 

8 September 2015: Removal of Books for Dermatologists

Beginning 2016, we are planning to remove the books listed on the Books page in the section "Books for Dermatologists".  Many years ago, we had a Dermatology version of the website (DermatologyOutlines.com), and we created a separate Books section for them.  However, there never was much interest in the Dermatology website, so we discontinued it (and redirected it to PathologyOutlines.com), but kept the Books.  Since we are a Pathology website, there really is no point to keeping the books that are of interest to Dermatologists but not Pathologists.  Of course, we are keeping all the Dermatopathology books.  If there are any specific books in the Dermatology section, or others like them, that you want us to keep, please email Dr. Pernick at NatPernick@gmail.com.

Friday, September 4, 2015

4 September 2015: New website format being implemented

We are moving forward with converting our chapters and topics into our new "Phase 2" format.  Each page will have a common header and footer, and a navigation "breadcrumb" at the beginning and end.  The chapter and topic pages will also have a more consistent format, and each Topic page will have a Table of Contents at the beginning.  We are also removing the sometimes obnoxious Google ads.  

To date, we have converted all of the Chapter pages, and are converting new topics as they are updated.  We are also starting to convert each topic in the Stains chapter, from beginning to end, to the new format.  However, it will take a while to convert all 7000 topics.

We are also creating a more mobile friendly version of the website, beginning with a mobile version of the Home Page.  We hope to have at least part of it available by USCAP 2016.

- Nat