Friday, October 19, 2018

19 October 2018: Follow us on Social Media

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

17 October 2018: Textbook Updates

We have added new images to the following topics:

17 October 2018: Paget's associated osteosarcoma

Dr. Darrell Green, a molecular biologist at the University of East Anglia (UK), is looking for Paget’s associated osteosarcoma patients or stored tissue of the disease. Dr. Green is working on a Paget’s Association UK funded study to investigate DNA and RNA in the condition.  Full collaboration and co-authorship on published work will be extended to potential collaborators. Please contact Dr Green at if you can help. Many thanks.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

14 October 2018: Complexity and Lung Cancer - poster #36 on Tuesday morning

If you are attending CAP '18 in Chicago, stop by poster #36 on Tuesday morning and view Dr. Pernick's poster, How Cancer Arises Based on Complexity Theory. He is also happy to answer your questions about the poster at Useful links - AbstracttablePosterAll abstracts - see Session 400, Poster No. 36 

12 October 2018: Visit us at Booth #310 at CAP '18 on October 21-23

Visit our Booth #310 and say hello to Dr. Pernick and staff. Pick up color copies of our What's New newsletter. Give us your feedback about the website. Get your picture taken for our Facebook page. Tell us why you like for our YouTube video page. Authors can pick up our baseball cap. Our Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board Members and staff will answer your questions about being an Author.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

11 October 2018: Lists of Pathology Residency Directors and Chairs

Our Jobs page now contains, in the blue box near the top, links to these two spreadsheets: List of Residency Directors, List of Pathology Chairs. We plan to update these lists every 6 months, but let us know of any changes in the interim.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

10 October 2018: New videos from ASCP

We have posted 2 new videos from ASCP by Drs. Rana Hoda, Rema Rao and April Bergeron. The videos are on our Testimonials page as well as our YouTube page. Photos from the conference are on our Facebook page.

10 October 2018: Find Pathology Information Fast

There are 3 major ways to find information on our website. First, use the search box in the Header in the upper right. It initially lists any topics containing your search terms. Second, scroll down and click on the appropriate textbook chapter, then review the Tables of Contents for that chapter and click on the appropriate topic. Most chapters have a table of contents organized similar to a textbook followed by an alphabetical list of topics. Third, some users go to Google or their favorite search engine, then type the search term followed by

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

9 October 2018: Textbook Updates

We have posted updated reviews of the following topics:

We have added new images to the following topics:

8 October 2018: Website improvements

We continue to improve the website content by posting more high quality images on our server, regularly updating the existing topics and publishing new topics in various chapters.
You can contribute by sharing your slide collection or becoming an author for PathologyOutlines. 
For guidelines on how to do this, click here.

9 October 2018: Image update

We have now completed round 2 of reviewing all thumbnail images and links on our website. We have removed or fixed bad links and links to questionable websites. Let us know if we missed any. Our goal is to have almost all of the images residing on our server, so the images will be high quality with proper captions and links that do not go bad. To do this, we are pushing our authors to provide their own images for topics that they work on.

Friday, October 5, 2018

5 October 2018 - Thanks for visiting us at ASCP

Thanks for visiting us at ASCP, where we received many new ideas which we will work on implementing. We talked to many new potential authors to update existing topics and add new ones. With 7500+ topics, we are always looking for pathologists who are committed to high quality writing, although our standards have markedly increased compared to the past. If interested in writing, please review our Author Information and Author procedure pages and contact Dr. Pernick at if interested.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

27 September 2018: Visit Us at the ASCP Annual Meeting

Please visit us in booth #1302 at the ASCP 2018 annual meeting in Baltimore. Pick up color copies of our What's New Newsletters, sponsored by Emory University.

Dr. Nat Pernick’s dedicated booth hours will be:

Wednesday, October 3, 12:30-2 pm and 5:30-7 pm.
Thursday, October 4, 9-9:45 am and 1-2 pm.

See you there!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

26 September 2018: Textbook Updates

We have posted updated reviews of the following topics:

We have added new images to the following topics:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

27 September 2018: Name change for Wegener's granulomatosis

We are in the process of changing the terminology of Wegener's granulomatosis on our website to granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's). The eponym was formally renamed in 2012 by the Chapel Hill Consensus criteria (see J Am Soc Nephrol 2011;22:587, Isr Med Assoc J 2007;9:207, Am J Gastroenterol 2018 Jul 16 [Epub ahead of print], J Clin Neurosci 2015;22:642). Friedrich Wegener had Nazi ties similar to Hans Reiter, which is why Reiter's disease was replaced years ago by reactive arthritis.

25 September 2018: Website down

Today, our website was down for 2.5 hours, the longest that I can recall. Apparently this was due to heavy traffic and an older version of server software. To fix the problem, we doubled the website RAM (memory) and upgraded the software. We will also be looking into a more robust server. We are almost never down, and are committed to being available 24/7. I apologize for any frustration!

- Nat

Monday, September 17, 2018

17 September 2018: Make sure to get our emails!

Please add to your SafeList / Address book, so your subscriptions to our emails go directly into your inbox.

If your email address has just changed, please let us know. You can change it yourself by clicking here and fill in the box at the bottom with your current email address, or send an email to with the old and new email addresses.

Subscribe to our emails by going here:, then scrolling down to the section Email Newsletters / Lists and follow the instructions below it.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

13 September 2018: Fellowships by Organization

Our Fellowships page now lists advertised Fellowships by organization, as well as by date posted, location, year open, and subspecialty. It helps organizations / institutions keep track of all of their ads. This option is available for institutions that purchase a promotional package of 6 or more fellowship ads. Contact for more information.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

12 September 2018: Our What's New In Pathology Email Newsletter

Our What's New In Pathology email newsletter has surpassed 10,000 subscribers. To get this informative newsletter, sign up here: You can also view past newsletters on this page.

Friday, August 31, 2018

31 August 2018: Updates to Mobile Home Page

We have updated the Mobile Home Page to make it more user friendly. Click on Chapters by Subspecialty, and you will see a drop down list of subspecialties, each with their own relevant drop down list of chapters. Currently, about 40% of our users are via mobile.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

30 August 2018: Comment on Our Website

We have a comment link, accessible in the header and footer. If you spot a possible typo or error, or have a comment about a page, please click on the link and tell us about it. We'll automatically know the web address of the errorWe would like you to fill in your email address so we can respond, but this is optional.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

29 August 2018: Author page updated

We have now updated the Author page at However, please advise if any information is incorrect by contacting

We are planning to install an Author database by the end of 2018 so author names will be the same throughout the website. It will also be easier to search for all contributions of an author.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

28 August 2018: Board Review Question pseudo App

We don't have an App for the Board Review Questions, but we have structured the page so it looks something like an App. Bookmark this page on your Mobile, and you can easily search our 450+ Board Review style questions by Subspecialty or by Textbook Chapter.

If you have comments about a question / answer, click on the Comment feature in the footer and let us know.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

23 August 2018: Lists of Pathology Residency and Fellowship Directors

We now provide a list of Pathology Residency Directors on the Jobs page and Fellowship Directors on the Fellowships page, in their respective blue boxes. We have intentionally omitted email addresses. When you click on the link, you can download the files as Excel spreadsheets. We will post updates from the programs, and will review the list every 6 months. Contact us with changes at

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

22 August 2018: How to determine if a journal or conference is "legitimate"

By Debra Zynger, M.D., Associate Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Pathology and Editor-in-Chief, and Nat Pernick, M.D., President,

Congratulations! You have been invited to submit your publication to a journal, speak at a conference, join a conference organizing committee or be on an Editorial Board. How can you tell if it is legitimate or just an attempt to deceptively take your money?

Here are some tips to spot a scam:

Journal article or editorial board invitation:
The journal:
* is on this list of predatory journals
* is unknown to you or your colleagues
* has no editors listed on its website or many editors but includes a random mix of medical specialties and degrees, few of which you recognize
* has no stated qualifications for editorial board members other than providing a CV and a photo
* sent you an invitation with poor English grammar

The publishing company: 
* has no apparent physical address
* has numerous very new online only journals across many different medical specialties
* has only journals which charge a fee to publish and are not indexed in PubMed

Conference speaker or organizing committee invitation:
The conference:
* is unknown to you or your colleagues
* is only advertised via email (i.e. there is no paid advertising for the conference)
* has no agenda or it is vague or unavailable unless you provide an email
* has platforms / seminars which are unrelated to each other
* includes a group photo
* has a website listing numerous other conferences across a large number of medical specialties and non-medical fields
* has a website with poor English grammar

The speaker invitation:
* is surprising because the meeting topic is outside your area of expertise or your role is inappropriate for your current qualifications (e.g. keynote speaker, organizing committee)
* indicates that speaker spots are still available
* is offered 6 months or less from the date of the conference
* allows any topic of your interest to be presented and no stated qualifications
* does not indicate that you will be provided meeting registration, travel expenses, lodging or an honorarium (almost all legitimate speaking engagements at conferences provide travel assistance, lodging, meeting registration or an honorarium)
* has poor English grammar

* Note that even if you decline, some conferences will list your name as a speaker to attract other speakers


* Kolata, G: Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals. New York Times, 30 October 2017
* Wikipedia: Predatory conference
* Pai M and Franco E: Predatory Conferences Undermine Science And Scam Academics. Huffington Post, 13 October 2016

21 August 2018: Textbook Updates

We have posted updated reviews of the following topics:

We have added new images to the following topics:

21 August 2018: Bookmark our improved Board Review Question page

Bookmark our improved Board Review Question page, now with questions sorted by Subspecialty as well as by Chapter. We currently have 450 questions, and add ~25 new questions per month. This page can be bookmarked on your desktop (usually there is a browser button that says Bookmark) or mobile (at the bottom of the page there may be a bookmark icon).

Saturday, August 11, 2018

10 August 2018: Molecular Methods chapter

After some back and forth, we have decided that the Stains & Molecular Markers chapter will contain biomarker information, whether proteins or molecular. The Molecular methods chapter will have information on molecular methods and cytogenetics.

12 August 2018: Recommended Books

Our Books page now has a link for books recommended by our Editorial Board in most subspecialties, including:

adrenal, breast, derm, GI, GU, Gyn, head and neck, hematopathology, IHC, renal, soft tissue and bone, thyroid

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

8 August 2018: Textbook Updates

We have posted updated reviews of the following topics:

We have added new images to the following topics:

8 August 2018: Traffic by Country can be accessed from anywhere with Internet connectivity and is used around the world. The United States provides the most traffic, with 625,572 users and 1,826,103 visits/sessions from January 1, 2018 through July 30, 2018. India is next with 238,754 users and 919,824 visits/sessions. The United Kingdom is in third place with 94,447 users and 248,471 visits/sessions. Canada is fourth with 56,603 users and 167,376 visits/sessions. Australia is fifth with 54,865 users and 153,831 visits/sessions. You can see the rest of the list here: Thanks for using our website, no matter where you work.

Monday, August 6, 2018

6 August 2018: Enhancement to Image Superpage

Each chapter, in the middle of the Table of Contents, has an option for three Superpages - text, images and virtual slides. The Superpages display the entire Chapter contents in one long page, indexed by topic, in alphabetical order. 

We have now added an enhancement to the Images Superpage so you can select which types of images to appear, such as Gross images or Micro images.

Note: you cannot link to the Superpage. It only works if accessed from the Table of Contents. This was done to prevent copyright violations.