2020 Hot Topics Guidelines

Hot Topics is a “lunch and learn” session designed to encourage interactive discussion between a panel of experts and audience members on a variety of current and highly relevant subspecialty topics. A panel moderator will introduce discussion topics, and the panel will discuss these while encouraging questions and comments from the audience. There is neither a didactic PowerPoint component, nor a handout/syllabus. The session is interactive, real-time, for an hour. Lunch is provided.

Panel Composition

  • Moderators and topics are selected by the Education Committee
  • Panel members are invited by the moderators
  • Moderators are expected to vary the composition of the panel in order to include a variety of presenters
  • It is recommended that four to five panelists be invited to allow adequate time for discussion and audience participation

Required Materials

  • Hot Topics are supposed to be an interactive panel discussion. There is not a didactic PowerPoint presentation, nor a handout/syllabus. Moderators will submit the following information to USCAP for planning purposes:
    • Session Title/Theme
    • Panelist names, their academic affiliation and full contact information (including email address)
    • Course Learning Objectives
    • Target Audience


    The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology protects the integrity of its educational program content by strict enforcement of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support. In accordance with requirements of the ACCME, USCAP requires all individuals who are in a position to control the content of a CME activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that produces, markets, resells, or distributes healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients. Relevant financial relationships are defined as remuneration paid to you or your spouse/partner in any amount that has occurred within the last 12 months when these two conditions apply:

    1. You or your spouse/partner has a financial relationship with a commercial interest.
    2. You have the opportunity to affect CME content related to the products or services of that commercial interest.

    All materials will be due on Thursday, January 16, 2020.


Moderators and speakers will receive complimentary registration to the Hot Topic session they are participating in. All speakers and moderators who wish to attend any other portion of the USCAP Annual Meeting are required to pay the General Registration fee. Neither moderators nor panelists are reimbursed for expenses.


Thursday, January 16, 2020: Moderators and faculty complete disclosure form.