COVID-19 Update

Updated August 2, 2020

We are pleased to announce the dates of the virtual Concurrent Annual Meeting for ACVP, ASVCP, and ISACP with the core meeting scheduled for October 30-November 1, 2020 and pre-meeting workshops beginning October 12, 2020.

Please see the snapshot of the programming available virtually in 2020. Pre-meeting workshops are scheduled so that none are competing allowing you to attend more than one workshop this year. The ACVP Plenary Session is on Artificial Intelligence and the ASVCP/ISACP Current Topics session is on Gastrointestinal Diagnostics. Two concurrent sessions will be offered: one on fiber-producing species and one on future practice implications for pathologist training. RACE credits will be offered.

Networking events for students and residents, as well as a diversity event are planned. A more detailed schedule will be forthcoming. Reduced registration fees will be offered.

The Lifelong Learning Committee, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting Committee, is offering a free webinar on COVID-19 sponsored by StageBio. This webinar will be presented on Thursday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CDT. Speakers include Dr. Linda Saif, Dr. Jana RitterDr. Olga Gonzalez, and Dr. Timothy Sheahan, and it will be moderated by Dr. Jerry Ward and Dr. Sanjeev Gumber. Mark your calendars!

We would like to thank the Contingency Meeting Planning Task Force, chaired by Heather Tillman and Alicia Olivier, Christiane Löhr, 2020 Program Chair; Tina Meichner, ASVCP Program Chair; and Mary Christopher, ISACP Program Chair, who have been working with session chairs and invited speakers to determine which content will be presented in 2020 and what will be transferred to 2021. Ingeborg Langohr and David Rotstein have been working on virtual abstract presentations and awards for this year. It takes a village.

We are looking forward to seeing you there — virtually. In the meantime, please stay safe and we wish good health to you and your families.


Updated June 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The ACVP Board of Directors met recently to continue discussing the 2020 combined ACVP, ASVCP, and ISACP Annual Meetings in the context of the State of Illinois reopening guidelines and restrictions on gathering sizes. Based on those guidelines, we will not be able to hold a large meeting such as ours in Chicago in October. As such, we must cancel the in-person meeting as permitted in our hotel contract in the case of a force majeure event such as the pandemic.

This has been a tough decision and has been communicated to the ASVCP Executive Board and the ISACP Executive Board. We will especially miss this year’s opportunity to partner with ISACP for an in-person concurrent meeting.

Although an in-person Annual Meeting will not take place in 2020, we are currently planning to proceed with a virtual meeting. Our Contingency Planning Task Force and the Annual Meeting Committee have proactively explored options and weighed possibilities for a virtual format. This might include a virtual poster session and pre-recorded oral presentations, as well as live events to facilitate interaction and networking in a virtual format.

This communication comes with our thanks for your interest in ACVP, ASVCP, and ISACP and your support as we grapple with transforming important continuing education content to a virtual format. We greatly regret the loss of an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas in-person but look forward to a virtual meeting in 2020 and additional opportunities for interactions among our members throughout the year and during next year's ACVP / ASVCP Concurrent Annual Meeting in Seattle on October 30-November 2, 2021.

In the meantime, we wish you good health,

ACVP Board of Directors
ASVCP Executive Board
ISACP Executive Board



Updated May 13, 2020

Dear ACVP Members,

The ACVP Board of Directors would like to update you on the status of the 2020 Annual Meeting in Chicago on October 31-November 3. We are committed to proceed with presenting the best conference possible and continue to monitor information about SARS-CoV-2 and look to recommendations of scientists, the healthcare community, and governments. Your safety is our top priority. The ACVP website will be updated on a regular basis as more information becomes available.

The Annual Meeting Committee is working to finalize an exciting and provocative program. We will be offering RACE credits, as usual. More information will be available soon on the ACVP website.

Why couldn’t ACVP postpone the meeting? The Board only has two options: to hold or to cancel the meeting. We plan our meetings many years in advance to secure sufficient hotel rooms and meeting space. Doesn’t insurance cover cancellation? Although ACVP does carry conference insurance, policies do not include protection against cancellation due to an outbreak such as the coronavirus. What are the financial implications of cancelling? Outright cancellation of the meeting could result in a $550,000 loss due to contractual commitments to the hotel. This would be a considerable loss to the College and jeopardize our financial stability. 

Each individual must judge the risk of attending carefully and make decisions accordingly. The Board has voted to forgo any late registration fees for the 2020 meeting. Full refunds will be offered to all registrants if the meeting is cancelled. Hotel reservations can be cancelled up to 72 hours in advance of arrival. We understand that travel may be dependent upon institutional restrictions and budgets.

We are already discussing virtual conference content delivery options for members and registrants. This includes a virtual poster session and pre-recorded oral presentations, as well as live events. We encourage you to contribute your research abstract to this year’s Annual Meeting. While we would not intend a virtual format to fully take the place of our Annual Meeting, we are considering adding virtual mini-conferences and webinars, in conjunction with our Life-Long Learning Committee, perhaps organized around special topics.

We will continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation and communicate information as it becomes available.

Wishing you good health,
ACVP Board of Directors


Dear Colleagues,

We have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving domestic and worldwide pandemic related to COVID-19 during the last several weeks. There is tremendous uncertainty at present regarding what will happen in the coming months. 

As of now, plans for Phase II Certifying Examination are being assessed.  See this page for details.  We are still planning to move forward with the Annual Meeting scheduled for October 31-November 3, 2020 in Chicago. 

We continue to track the latest news from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, as well as state and local health organizations regarding this pandemic. We encourage you to stay up to date by visiting the resources listed below.

We are grateful to everyone who continues to work tirelessly on the planning of the 2020 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is years in the making with members, volunteers, staff, and partners coming together to make this event possible. 

The health, safety and well-being of our global community is our highest priority. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone impacted by this global health crisis.

Take care of yourselves and stay tuned for our updates.

ACVP Board of Directors


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