2020 Long Course Guidelines

The purpose of this course is to provide learners with a resource for novel information that will change their practice of pathology. The course is intended to be a foundation to help learners begin their practice changes. Faculty for the 2020 Long Course are expected to prepare and submit the following materials:

  • 2-3 Learning Objectives per talk
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
  • References (if references are not included in your presentation)
  • 2 SAMs questions per talk
  • Contribute to manuscript for Modern Pathology

Material and Question Preparation

Presentations should be created using Microsoft PowerPoint. Apple Keynote based presentations will not be supported. Slides should be uncomplicated, and the text and graphics should be prepared to present in a room that accommodates an audience of approximately 800 registrants. All presentations should use the USCAP 2020 Long Course Template (link below).

The Long Course will provide American Board of Pathology Continuing Certification credit. In order to offer credit each faculty member must submit 2 SAMs questions per talk. All questions must have three (3) answer options with a single correct answer and include a correct answer rationale, learning objective, and reference.

Tips for Building Your Presentation

  • Format for presentation must be 16:9
  • Sans Serif fonts are recommended for projection
  • Use a font size of at least 28 point
  • Use no more than 2 fonts on a slide
  • If you are inserting images, the recommended format is JPEG or JPG
  • If you are inserting a video, the recommended video format is .WMV

Use of Materials and Copyright

USCAP will provide course registrants with a secure online PDF of each presentation submitted. In addition, the Long Course will be recorded and available in USCAP’s eLearning Center.

Authors and/or their employing institution should own copyright to all images, materials and graphics used in their presentations. If any content is not owned by the author/institution, written permission from the copyright holder for the duration and terms of its use must be provided to USCAP by the author at the time of content submission. USCAP shares copyright of all materials published on its web pages and presented in its forums with the authors of the material for the duration of its use by USCAP, after which exclusively the author holds copyright. USCAP will not use the material for any purpose other than that for which it was submitted without the author’s consent.

Inclusion of material in USCAP’s eLearning Center does not necessarily preclude its publication in other forums; however, authors wanting to publish the same photographs or text elsewhere are advised that alternate publishers often require transfer of the copyright to them and would need to be informed that the material is already published online.


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.

Manuscript Guidelines

Due Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Length of manuscript in words: 3,000 – 10,000

Number of references: Under 100

Number of illustrations: Most articles have 3-8 composite figures, with most in color. Color figures should be planned wisely. Only scientifically necessary color is allowed.

Formal abstract: Yes, a formal abstract is required.

How to submit: http://mts-mpa.nature.com/cgi-bin/main.plex Select article type “Long Course” to ensure proper routing.

2020 Timeline for Manuscript

The manuscript will be published in January 2020.

  • April 1: Faculty receive their writing assignments from the course directors
  • May – June: Managing editors receive status updates from authors
  • July 1: Manuscripts are due to Modern Pathology
  • July – September: Modern Pathology Editorial Board peer review process
  • September 2: Review of manuscripts is complete and decision letters are sent to authors
  • September 16: Final version of manuscript submitted online
  • October 7: Proofs are sent to authors
  • October 14: All corrections to proof returned to publisher
  • November 13: Deadline for table of contents, cover art, and cover caption


Long Course faculty receive the following:

  • Travel Stipend – The Academy will reimburse for travel expenses up to $800 for the first course and an additional $500 for each additional course (short course, long course, special course).
  • Registration – Faculty will receive complimentary General Registration and Companion Meeting Registration along with registration for this course.


Thursday, January 16, 2020: Submit disclosures, PowerPoint presentation, references, and SAM questions through the faculty portal