In the 1922, pathology as a medical specialty was in its infancy, and was originally practiced by clinicians who saw the potential of laboratory medicine to help diagnose their patients. When the umbrella of the American Medical Association failed to recognize these clinicians and the critical importance of diagnostic medicine, they banded together and created a national organization. That organization was the American Society for Clinical Pathologists—ASCP—and included 145 charter members. Its objectives included promoting the practice of medicine through the application of clinical laboratory methods; stimulating original research; establishing uniform standards for laboratory tests; elevating the professional status of those practicing laboratory medicine; and encouraging collaboration with their colleagues in other branches of medicine.
In 2022, ASCP—now called, of course, The American Society for Clinical Pathology—celebrates its 100th anniversary. It’s an impressive milestone, and to celebrate, ASCP is taking a look back at everything the Society has accomplished over the past century. They include, but certainly aren’t limited to1:
The goals of ASCP as an organization today aren’t so very different than they were in 1922. There is a continued mission is to provide excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals all around the world. Current activities include work in low- and middle-income countries to improve clinical laboratories and cancer diagnostics; the ASCP Annual Meeting, which provides the opportunity to earn more than 100 CME credits each year; and international certification of clinical laboratory scientists.
ASCP is taking the opportunity of its centennial to celebrate the many accomplishments of the Society, as well as look ahead to the future. By way of celebration, listen in on podcasts on the history of the profession and the organization, visit Critical Values online to ready essays that look back on the practice of pathology, and more. ASCP is also waiving the in-person admission fee to the 2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on September 7-9, 2022. Other activities are planned for throughout the year—be sure to bookmark www.ascp.org/100 to keep apprised of ways to celebrate ASCP at 100.