Governance of the Global IAP, its Assemblies and Country Divisions

To understand how the International Academy of Pathology – a global system – functions one must understand the differences between an open, democratic, self-organizing system and its Divisions that, as instrumental organizations, operate in a more corporate sense.

As a self-organizing, or emergent order, governance of the global IAP requires transparent engagement of its Council and approval by its membership. To ensure this functionality the President, Secretary and Executive members engage in broad discussions with Divisions to provide the cooperative assurance for ensuring appropriate pathology knowledge is made available to underserved areas of the world. Our concept of “helping people help themselves” requires informing those providing pathology education programs by those who receive the programs as to what will be appropriate in their area. It is not our mandate to have underserved areas be like us and do what we think is best!

The IAP has numerous Divisions based in countries or in local groups of countries. These Divisions are instrumental in effecting pathology education in their area. Typically, tighter executive action takes place with governance of the organization in a more corporate manner appropriate to that area. As Divisions of the IAP they also act cooperatively in consultation with the global Academy in providing extra-Divisional global assistance.

In addition to global IAP Central and IAP Divisions the Academy also has a group of IAP Assemblies of Divisions based in geographic locations. Assemblies include the Asia pacific Assembly, the Latin American Assembly, the Sub-Saharan African Assembly and the European Assembly which is partnered with the European Association of Pathology. IAP Assemblies act as coordinating bodies to ensure cooperation among member Divisions so that Pathology Education at its biennial meetings is appropriate for members of their region.

Constitution and By-laws

The International Academy of Pathology (IAP) has its own Constitution and By-laws, which along with Appendices outline the Organization and Governance of the Academy. Roles of the Executive council are based on the Constitution By-laws, Chapter III.

The IAP is an international organization of organizations which are called Divisions (Constitution Article V) and regional groupings of Divisions called Assemblies (Constitution Article VI). More information on Assemblies is available as Appendix E - Assembly Procedures.

Becoming a Member

Membership in the IAP is through member Divisions,

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Forming a Division

Benefits of being an IAP Division:

  • Founded by Maude Abbott in 1906, the IAP is the oldest international pathology association in the world. It has a rich historical heritage.

  • Prestige of being part of a world class pathology group

  • Scientific and Academic support from all over the world

  • Network of Pathology experts available to lecture in your country

  • The IAP is dedicated to the advancement of pathology by dissemination of knowledge through a large number of educational offerings both at divisional level and at the Biennial International Congress

  • Forums for sharing your expertise, expressing your professional opinion, and building a reputation within the industry

  • The annual meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), a division of the IAP, has one of the largest attendance of physician-pathologists of any meeting in the world (> 4000)

  • Reduced registration fee and course fees to the annual meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) and other USCAP meetings

  • Your membership dues also help fund educational programs that are available to the pathology community at large and your division

  • Reduced subscription fee to Modern Pathology and/or Laboratory Investigation (either or both journals)

  • At the IAP Biennial Congress, you will be able to meet and interact with a large number of world renowned pathologists on a person-to-person basis

  • Members receive the International Pathology Newsletter

  • Eligible to receive educational materials from the USCAP

  • Access to the USCAP web site where thousands of images are available as well as 4500 cutting-edge scientific abstracts searchable by topic

  • Over 700 modules in 19 organ systems on web site available for free

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