2021 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 2021 Long Course are expected to prepare and submit the following materials:

  • 2-3 Learning Objectives per talk
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
  • 30-minute recorded presentation using USCAP recording kit
  • References (if references are not included in your presentation)
  • Contribute to manuscript for Modern Pathology

These recorded presenttions will be available on demand to Annual Meeting attendees at their convenience. Long Course faculty will also be expected to participate in a 30-minute live Q&A session during the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 12:00 – 12:45 PM Pacific Time.

Material Preparation

Presentations should be created using Microsoft PowerPoint. Apple Keynote based presentations will not be supported. All presentations should use the USCAP 2021 Long Course Template (link below).

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.

Disclosures are due on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Tips for Digital Recording

  • Make sure the camera is at eye level and you are centered inside the frame. You want the camera to frame your face, neck, and shoulders. When you are speaking, look directly into your computer’s camera.
  • Ensure you have a professional background behind you and proper lighting in the room. For the best video, avoid bright lights and windows behind you.
  • Record in a quiet space. If you are recording from home, please avoid background noise or interruptions. If you do need to stop in the middle of your recording, you can start over.
  • Present from a computer, not from a mobile phone. The computer should be powered with a charging cord (do not use your laptop battery alone).
  • Close email and mute your cell phone and other items that may ding or buzz during the presentation.
  • Close any computer windows that you don’t need.
  • You will need to time your presentation. Have a clock or a timer near you.

Manuscript Guidelines

Due Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021

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.

2021 Timeline for Manuscript

The manuscript will be published in January 2022.

  • 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 15: Deadline for table of contents, cover art, and cover caption


Long Course faculty will receive complimentary registration for the 2021 USCAP Annual Meeting.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020: Submit disclosures and learning objectives
Monday, February 1, 2021: Submit references (if not included in your PowerPoint presentation)