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President's Newsletter

April 2022

On behalf of the BDIAP, firstly I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Easter break.

In relation to our activities in the first quarter of 2022, the division has been active both home and abroad.

BDIAP Study Days 2022

In March, we held our Molecular Pathology Study Day and Approach to Cut-Up Study Day virtually, both of which were attended by over 200 delegates, with the feedback generally excellent.

It was of course a shame not to meet in person, given how much more an enjoyable meeting experience it was to meet in person at our November 2021 meeting, but we feel it was the right decision. For those who registered, educational material is available for the next 3 months, with materials available to all members for up to one year thereafter.

Thank you to Dr Matthew Clarke, our Deputy Meetings Officer who chaired both meetings throughout and was an excellent and inquisitive host for the Q&A sessions (pictured below grilling Professor Manuel Salto-Tellez, Dr Paul Craig and myself). Matt has provided an overview of this year's Molecular Pathology Study Day, which you can read here. Our Trainees Councillor, Dr Katie Allen, has also provided an overview of this year's Approach to Cut-Up Study Day, which you can read here.

BDIAP Schools 2022

In relation to our activities abroad, I am very pleased that the Arab Division of the IAP agreed to rename our BDIAP School in honour of Professor Kristin Henry, and a 2-day virtual meeting on Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Applications in Diagnostic Pathology was delivered at the end of March 2022.

We also delivered several lectures to the South African Division of the IAP annual meeting in January 2022. Thanks go to all the speakers who gave their time and also to Dr Eduardo Calonje for coordinating these events.

Educational materials are also now available on the website for all members in relation to the Symposium on Urological Pathology in November 2021 and the South African Division of the IAP annual meeting 2022. Educational material that has been made available can be found on the Past BDIAP Meetings page of the BDIAP Member's Area.

Future Meetings 2022

Looking ahead, I am sorry to report that the joint meeting with the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, due to be held June 2022 in Liverpool, has had to be postponed, primarily due to logistical difficulties outside of the control of our respective Societies. The meeting has been rescheduled for June 2023 at the same venue.

The biennial Central IAP meeting is scheduled to be held in October 2022 in Sydney, Australia, as a hybrid meeting, with some days being virtual (11th and 12th) and others being face-to-face (13th – 15th). Visit the conference website for more information by clicking or tapping on their event logo.

Although a long way to travel, I hope as many members can attend as possible.

The BDIAP is making available bursaries to facilitate attendance at the virtual component, the deadline for applications was on the 15th April. Outcomes are to be communicated to all applicants by the end of May.

You can view all BDIAP bursary opportunities on our website.

Following on, our Autumn meeting is on Upper Gastrointestinal Pathology, which is due to take place on November 18th - 19th at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, with the program finalised and I look forward to seeing as many members there in person as possible. More information can be found on our website. Thank you to both Professor Neil Shepherd and Professor Kieran Sheahan for organising the programme.

BDIAP Symposium on Upper GI Pathology 2022

Other BDIAP Activities

In relation to activities other than meetings, for interested members, all BDIAP bursary reports are published on the website and can be reviewed here. Please also find a link below to a report from one bursary recipient, Dr Emma Short, on the outcome of her studies in relation to coaching and mentoring. It is rewarding to obtain such feedback and thanks go to Dr Nafisa Wilkinson and her subcommittee for all the work they do in co-ordinating these initiatives.

Read Dr Emma Short's Bursary Report

I wish you all a pleasant remainder of Spring!

Professor Andrew Nicholson

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