Benefits and How to Join
Established in 1964, the American Society for
Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) is the national organization
of health care professionals committed to improving health through the
study, prevention, diagnosis, and management of lower genital tract
disorders. For more information on the ASCCP, please visit About ASCCP here.
The ASCCP membership categories include:
|Physicians, nurse practitioners, PA’s, etc., who are interested in colposcopy or gynecologic pathology or those who demonstrate an active interest in lower genital tract disease by their professional involvement through pathology/cytology, nursing, public health policy, and/or research/basic science
|Clinicians currently enrolled in an accredited training program, medical school or postgraduate nursing program. Physicians in post-residency fellowships are also eligible. Members in this category will have a reduced dues schedule as set by the Board of Directors. They will be entitled to vote and hold office.
Your membership in ASCCP entitles you to:
- ASCCP’s official quarterly publication, Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease (print, online and mobile versions); Fellow, Resident and Student members have the option to purchase access
- Monthly newsletter and periodic updates
- Pathology Consultation Service: submit up to four cases to be reviewed annually
- Access to the ASCCP Practice Committee for clinical questions regarding screening and management of lower genital tract disease
- Access to two online colposcopic case study archives with more than 100 cases combined available for your review
- Discounts on ASCCP CD-ROMs, the Modern Colposcopy Textbook & Atlas, and other educational resources
- Discounts on ASCCP scientific meeting and education program fees
- Algorithm booklet: “Updated Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests & Cancer Precursors” including related Journal review article published from the conference
- Free copy of the 2009 HPV Genotyping Clinical Update
- Members’ only portions of the website
- Access to vulvar microscopic terminology and image atlas
- Access to “Cervical Cytology Specimen Adequacy” guideline including PowerPoint slides summarizing “Managing Women with Negative Pap Tests but Lacking Endocervical Cells or Other Quality Indicators and Managing Women with an Unsatisfactory Pap Test
- Free Access to the Educate the Educators HPV Program
- Access to Guidelines FAQs
- Access to a vular image data bank. Members have access to share and review clinical, gross pathology and histopathology online photographs of vulvar disease. Not only are you encouraged to contribute images of your own, but you will also be able to download these photographs for educational purposes.
Most importantly, membership in ASCCP allows you to continue to stay up to date on advances in the management of lower genital tract disorders.
The Society seeks to improve clinician competence and performance and patient outcomes in the field of lower genital tract disorders through the education of health care professionals and others in colposcopy and related strategies. We intend to provide physicians and other licensed healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to fill gaps in practice.
Specifically, we intend to offer educational opportunities that will allow clinicians to:
- Achieve expertise in performing colposcopic examinations including an understanding of normal and abnormal cervical anatomy, cytology, histology, and colposcopic findings;
- Recognize, evaluate, and manage premalignant and malignant diseases of the cervix, vagina, vulva, and anus;
- Recognize, evaluate, and treat related diseases of the vulva and vagina including vulvodynia, nonneoplastic epithelial conditions, preinvasive vulvar conditions, vulvar carcinomas and vaginitis;
- Understand the natural history of premalignant lower genital tract disease to allow more directed therapy;
- Describe the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the pathophysiology of lower genital tract neoplasia and use HPV DNA testing in its evaluation and management;
- Understand the risks and benefits of the HPV vaccine and know how to access new information on the use of the HPV vaccine; and,
- Become familiar with new diagnostic modalities for lower genital tract diseases.
To achieve these goals, the Society encourages
resident and postgraduate training in colposcopy and sponsors seminars and
continuing education programs, as well as a scientific meeting. ASCCP
also publishes a journal and offers CME-accredited online
activities, a national mentorship training program, a residents'
assessment of competency in colposcopy, and other materials designed to
be helpful to the health care professional.
The Society has established standing committees of known experts who are
available to members for consultation on difficult problems of
management or pathology review.
ASCCP activities will educate the target audience in the clinical management of the spectrum of benign, premalignant, and malignant disorders of the female lower genital tract (i.e., cervix, vagina, and vulva) with an emphasis on disorders best imaged using colposcopy. Other disorders, including those of the male and of adjacent areas, including anal and perianal epithelium, will be addressed briefly as they relate to this primary content area.
The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology offers a general clinical meeting every two years. This meeting features lectures, debates, symposia, and paper presentations on new developments concerning all aspects of lower genital tract disease screening, diagnosis, and management.
The Society also sponsors several postgraduate courses on basic and advanced colposcopy, as well as vulvar and anal diseases. Members receive discounted rates on all registration fees. Locations and dates of courses may be obtained from the national office or by clicking here.