Vol 59 No 1 2019

Dietmar Schmidt, IAP President

IAP President's Welcome Message

Dear Members of the IAP,

As your President for the next two years, I warmly welcome you. It is a great pleasure and honor for me to join the long list of famous and esteemed presidents, pathologists and colleagues who, over a period of more than 100 years, represent the interests of the IAP and support the needs of continuing education in pathology. 

This list includes numerous internationally renowned pathologists, among them my German predecessor Prof. Dr. Ludwig Aschoff from Freiburg and Prof. Dr. Peter Gedigk from Bonn. Prof. Aschoff was President of the IAP from 1914 to 1916; Prof. Gedigk from 1978 to 1980. 

All Presidents of recent years have supported the various divisions of the IAP, in particular through participation in numerous events around the world. The participation of an IAP president in such an event is, not only an honor for the respective organizer, but it can also help in the political development of the health service in many countries. It is important to show the face and to convince health politicians of the importance of pathology through good and convincing contributions.

Jane Dahlstrom, IAP Education Committee Chair

IAP Education Committee Report

Over the past year, the committee has been active in helping to facilitate educational sessions at major scientific meetings (United States and Canadian Association of Pathologists [USCAP], European Society of Pathology [ESP] and at the IAP 2018 XXXII Congress), as well as regional meetings, through our educational support and Ambassador programs. US$66,000 of funding has been allocated by the IAP Education Committee to facilitate  those meetings, occurring in under-served areas of the world.  Reports from these meetings attest to the calibre of pathologists within the IAP, who are willing to give back to their profession.  

The topics of the sessions at the major scientific meetings included: Global Harmonization in Pathology Training (USCAP 2018 Annual Meeting, 17-23 March, 2018, Vancouver, Canada), From inspiration to publication: a step-wise guide to having your work published in a pathology journal (30th European Congress of Pathology (ECP), 8-12 September, Bilbao, Spain) and Innovations in pathology postgraduate training programs,  digital pathology in training and certification,  and a training workshop to instruct residents on writing abstracts, manuscripts and research proposals (IAP 2018 XXXII Congress, 11-14 October, Amman, Jordan).

In Memoriam Eduardo Santini-Araujo, MD

Last August 24th and 25th, 2018 the International Course of Soft Tissue and Bone Pathology was held at Hospital Angeles in Puebla, Mexico, in memoriam of the distinguished Latin American pathologist, Dr. Eduardo Santini-Araujo, who passed away in 2017.

Argentinian by birth, Dr. Eduardo Santini-Araujo was IAP president from 2014 to 2016 (the second Latin American IAP president after Adonis R. L. de Carvalho president 1986-1988), and was also awarded the IAP Gold Medal.

The course was organized by Dr. Sergio Sanchez-Sosa, IAP vice-president for Latin America, with the special attendance of Dr. George Kontogeorgos, present IAP president and Dr. Vilma Barahona-Matamoros, present IAP Mexican Division president.

Robin Cooke December 2018 wearing his Miyuki Scottish tartan jacket. The medals are the Order of Australia (OAM) and the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

The Life Story of Dr. Robin Cooke, Former Editor of the IAP News Bulletin

Dr. Robin Cooke has served ably and commendably for 23 years as editor of the IAP News Bulletin, and editor of the Australasian Division Newsletter. As editor of the IAP News Bulletin from 1995 to 2018, Dr. Cooke, with the assistance of Luke Perkins (Australia), handled the collection, selection, design and assembly for each bulletin. Originally intending to retire from his role as editor after the 2016 Cologne Congress, Dr. Cooke stayed on until the new editor, Dr. Shivayogi Bhusnurmath (St. George’s University, Grenada), was selected in 2018.

In this endearing autobiographical piece, Dr. Cooke shares on events in his early life which influenced his professional life, and reflects on life in Australia over the past 80 years, speaking about his early life and schooling, and his formal education from medical school and junior residency to his post graduate training, which included six years as Director of Pathology Services in Papua New Guinea and two years at Hammersmith Hospital, London. 

Dr. Cooke also shares about being the Director of Anatomical Pathology in Brisbane, his freelance private practice, teaching undergraduate and post graduate students, and writing paper and electronic media publications. He touches on his activities with the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists and the Australasian Division of IAP, and recent battle with a life-threatening medical condition. 

This is his story.