2021 Short Course Guidelines

Short Courses are subspecialty seminars that target specific issues in pathology. Short Courses generally cover diagnostic challenges or provide practical reviews and approaches in topically specific areas. Faculty should provide current perspectives and modern trends in diagnostic criteria, clinical correlation, and ancillary studies. The goal of the Short Courses are to:

  1. Enhance the participants’ professional competence
  2. Stimulate interest, understanding, and preparation for future responsibilities
  3. Provide a practice update for current standards, techniques, criteria, classifications, etc.

For the virtual meeting, each Short Course will be asked to prepare a 1.5 hour presentation. These will be available on demand to Annual Meeting attendees at their convenience. Short Course faculty will also be expected to participate in a 30 minute live Q&A session during the Annual Meeting, March 13-18, 2021.

2021 Short Course Faculty Portal

Required Materials

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

  • Financial Disclosure Form
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
  • Microsoft Word document containing references (if references are not included in the presentation)
  • Recording of presentation – Faculty will be asked to use one of USCAP’s recording kits. Additional information will be provided by USCAP staff. After you submit your final video, USCAP will edit the beginning and end to ensure a smooth start and stop.
    Recording Kit Instructions
  • Cases with Virtual Slides/Still Images (optional)
    Many faculty choose to submit unknown cases. These typically include a short clinical history and images.

All materials will be due on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Meeting Materials
Annual Meeting attendees will receive a secure online PDF of each presentation. The slides submitted should match those used in the recording. Faculty members who do not want to have their presentation (or portions of their presentation) used on the website, must notify USCAP in writing to Krista Cairns.

Use of Materials and Copyright

USCAP will provide course registrants with access to the pre and post meeting materials online.

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.

Disclosures

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.

Presentation Guidelines

Presentations should be created using Microsoft PowerPoint. Apple Keynote based presentations will not be supported. Slides should be uncomplicated. All presentations must use the USCAP 2021 Annual Meeting Template.

Tips for Building Your Presentation

  • Format for presentation must be 16:9
  • Sans Serif fonts are recommended
  • Use a font size of at least 28 points
  • Use no more than 2 fonts on a slide

We understand that all short course faculty members are seasoned educators. However, the following were noted on past evaluations and are intended to alert you to the most commonly identified problem areas.

  • Courses dealing with new and experimental issues should emphasize practical diagnostic aspects (take-home pearls) when possible (e.g. differential diagnosis, patient management, cost effectiveness). Registrants appreciate an abundance of H&E and morphology slides.
  • For case-oriented presentations, the syllabus should include a listing of the final case diagnoses. Recap and highlight some of the main points at the end of each case. The sequence of your syllabus and your oral presentation should be the same.
  • Do not attempt to provide an excess of information, thereby rushing the presentation. A major error is trying to show too much and doing it too fast. Pace yourself!
  • Allow time for questions and answers and still allow your session to end on time. Please repeat questions from the audience so the answers will have relevance for everyone. Make sure everyone has an opportunity for questions – don’t let one person monopolize the time.
  • An enthusiastic and energetic delivery makes a positive impression. Speak into the microphone and do not let your voice drop off at the end of a sentence. Turning away to face the screen causes the audience to miss key words.
  • The slides provided as a pre-meeting handout, should be the projected PowerPoint slides. A major criticism on evaluations is that the slides provided to learners do not match the slides that are used in the presentation.

All materials will be due on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Tips for Digital Presentation

Prior to your presentation, please review the following tips for a digital presentation.

  • 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.

Faculty Benefits

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

Deadlines

Complete Disclosure Form: Friday December 18, 2020
Meeting Materials: Deadlines will vary based on when faculty receive the recording kit, but all faculty must be finished by Monday, February 1, 2021.

Instructions for Presentation Recording

All Short Course faculty must use the USCAP Recording Kit that will be sent by USCAP staff. After you submit your final video, USCAP will edit the beginning and end to ensure a smooth start and stop.