International Pathology Day

Celebrating pathology & laboratory medicine around the world.

International Pathology Day (IPD) was established by the College in 2014 in partnership with a number of pathology and laboratory medicine institutions across the globe to recognise and celebrate the contribution and important role played by pathology and laboratory medicine services in addressing global health challenges and improving the health outcomes of communities around the world.  

Pathology is critical for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of many of the leading causes of disease, providing over 70% of all the diagnoses which doctors use as the basis of their clinical decisions, whilst making up only 2% of global spending on healthcare. Without pathology, there is no medicine!

International Pathology Day (IPD) was held on Wednesday 14th November 2018


For IPD this year, the College hosted one day conference, organised in partnership with The Pathologist magazine. 

The role of genomics in the diagnosis and treatment of disease is growing at a phenomenal pace, allowing patient care to become more personalised. As a result, pathologists are not just involved in an initial diagnosis; now, they are involved in the entire treatment pathway of a patient. Where a disease has a genetic basis and molecular testing is therefore performed, the role of the pathologist in guiding treatment through the course of a patient’s therapy is crucial.

As part of the College’s International Pathology Day (IPD) celebrations, this one-day event explored the important role and contribution of pathologists, scientists, and laboratory medicine professionals in the treatment pathway and care of patients, and how the results from research undertaken in the laboratory are directly used to develop new ways to treat patients and combat disease.

The event has been accredited by the College for 4 Credits Continuing Professional Development (CPD)/ Continuing Medical Education (CME).  

Roundtable: Out of the Box Pathology... How the Profession is Helping to Drive Innovation in Disease Therapy and Diagnosis

This unique panel event delved into unchartered territory for most pathologists; their crucial role in discovering new drug targets and therapeutics working within, or in collaboration with, industry. This fascinating discussion was chaired by Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists and delivered by pathologists who took the less trodden career route to work on some ground breaking discoveries and life-changing projects. 

Missed the discussion? Register here to watch on demand.

Get involved

Interested in partnering the College and supporting IPD in 2019?  There are several ways in which organisations and individuals can get involved or take action.

1. Support International #PathologyDay: Social media, stories & photos

Tell us why global pathology matters. International Pathology Day is about championing and celebrating the work of pathologists and laboratory medicine professionals all around the world.  Connect with us on social media and tell us why you are supporting International Pathology Day! Post, tweet or publish your views and stories on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #PathologyDay.  Why not take a photo of yourself or your team holding one of our International #PathologyDay Posters and publish it on social media? 

2. Organise your own event or activity

Interested in organising your own IPD event, but do not know where to begin? Running your own event is easy and it can be as small or as big as you want!  If you are looking for inspiration, here are some examples of previous IPD activities that have taken place around the world: 

  • Germany: The Institute of Pathology in Berlin held an open day, which included guided tours of the department and presentations on the role of pathology in clinical medicine.
  • India: The Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in Hyderabad organised a seminar on the growing importance of pathology in the era of personalised medicine. 
  • Hong Kong: The Hong Kong College of Pathologists (HKCP) organised a week-long exhibition entitled "The science behind medicine". 
  • USA: The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) promoted the day via its social media channels.
  • Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwe Association of Pathologists organised a scientific conference on molecuar pathology at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.

Event Planning Guides

Our event planning guides contain a wealth of tips and templates that can be easily customised to suit your needs.  The guides cover topics such as promoting your event, engaging and recognising volunteers, dealing with the media and how to evaluate your activity or obtain feedback after your event has taken place.

3. Promote your activity on our events calendar

Pathology is global and we want to showcase IPD events that are taking place all over the world!  Get your IPD event listed in our Online Events Calendar by completing our Public Events Form