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.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

4 August 2018: Dr. Debra L. Zynger is our new Editor-in-Chief

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Debra L. Zynger, M.D. as our Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she will review all topics written and set standards for Authors so our website becomes even more useful to practicing pathologists. She previously served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Examples of particularly well written topics include Lymphoma-Primary Amyloidosis, Nasal cavity-Nonkeratinizing squamous cell carcinoma undifferentiated, Testis-Teratoma, GATA3 and INSM1.

Dr. Zynger currently is Associate Professor and Director of Genitourinary Pathology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Friday, August 3, 2018

3 August 2018: Case of the Week Authors needed

We are looking for pathologists (staff or trainees with staff supervision) with publication experience to write discussions for our Cases of the Week (see Case 457 and Case 459 for examples to follow). Discussion consists of a short introduction on the corresponding diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology, clinical features, sites, gross description, micro description, stains, differential diagnosis and treatment. Some sections may not be necessary depending on the case. References should be inserted after the appropriate text using the PubMed PMID.

The main advantage of being an author is helping pathologists throughout the world. In addition, you gain notoriety (8,000 pathologists subscribe to these emails) and receive $75 per discussion. 

If interested, please email Dr. Pernick at and include writing samples.

3 August 2018: Record Number of Jobs Posted

We have a record 353 ads posted on our Jobs page. We attribute this popularity to the high traffic the page receives (44,370 visits in July 2018 alone), our great customer service and our fast posting of ads – we do it within 1 business day of receiving your email. Pathology groups love using our website to advertise, as indicated by their testimonials and by their repeat postings year after year. To post your ad, email the text (Word format, up to 300 words), your logo (optional) and your contact information to

3 August 2018: Website Traffic Up

We are happy to report that total sessions for January to July 2018 are up 27.7% from 4,779,128 in 2017 to 6,101,024 in 2018, and page views are up 24.2% from 11,777,371 in 2017 to 14,627,580 in 2018. Thank you for making the #1 website for pathologists.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

2 August 2018: View prior Jobs, Fellowships and Conferences pages

We have now posted versions of the Jobs, Fellowships, and Conferences pages as of June 1, 2018, July 10, 2018 and August 1, 2018. We have them posted as far back as January 2012.

If you need to look up a prior ad, we maintain these files as of the first of each month (or close to it). See files below:

As of June 1, 2018: Jobs, Fellowships, Conferences 

As of July 10, 2018: Jobs, Fellowships, Conferences 

As of August 1, 2018: Jobs, Fellowships, Conferences 

The format is the name of the file, plus yyyymm, where yyyy is the year and mm is the month.  So, for example, jobs posted as of April 1, 2016 are at
Please contact us with any questions via email at or telephone at (248) 646-0325.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

1 August 2018: Textbook Updates

We have added new images to the following topics: