2020 Special Courses Guidelines

Special Courses are subspecialty seminars that target specific issues in pathology.

Faculty for the Special Courses are expected to prepare and submit the following materials:

    • Financial Disclosure Form
    • Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
    • Microsoft Word document containing references
    • SAMs or ARS Multiple Choice Questions
      Each Special Course will offer American Board of Pathology SAM credits through either a post-activity quiz (SAMs) or audience response system (ARS). The course director will provide faculty with the specific format selected for the session.

Material and Question Preparation

Pre-Meeting Materials

    • Course registrants will receive a secure online PDF of each presentation submitted. These should be submitted in advance of the meeting and be as close to the final slides as possible.
    • Microsoft Word document containing references (if references are not included in the presentation)

SAMs or ARS Multiple Choice Questions
Question Writing Guidelines

      • Post-activity Test (SAMs) Questions
        Each special course will need to prepare multiple choice questions. All questions must have three (3) answer options with a single correct answer and include a correct answer rationale, learning objective, and reference.
      • Audience Response System (ARS) Questions
        Each special course will need to incorporate multiple choice questions into each presentation. It is recommended that these be case-based questions that will take the learners through a difficult clinical concept or differential diagnosis. Each question must have a single correct answer. All questions should include a reference.

Post-Meeting Materials

  • Course registrants will receive a secure online PDF of each final presentation submitted through the speaker ready room. Faculty members who do not want to have their presentation (or portions of their presentation) used on the website, must state this desire to USCAP in writing to Krista Cairns.

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

Presentation Guidelines

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 large lecture. All presentations should use the USCAP 2020 Annual Meeting Template intro slides, at a minimum.

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 points
  • 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.

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.


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.


Special 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 – All special course faculty receive complimentary general registration, companion meeting registration, and registration for their course.


Thursday, January 16, 2020: Complete disclosure form; Submit PowerPoint presentation, references, and SAM/ARS questions through the faculty portal.