Established in 1964, ASCCP, The Society for Lower Genital Tract Disorders 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.
Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, 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.
- Physician | $225
- Nurse/Nurse Practitioner/Midwife | $175
- Physician Assistant | $175
- Researcher | $175
- International (World Bank=Low to Middle Income) | $125
- Emeritus | $0
Clinicians currently enrolled in an accredited training program, medical school or postgraduate nursing program. Physicians in post-residency fellowships are also eligible. Resident/Sudent and Emeritus memberships do not include a subscription to the Journal. A discounted online subscription may be purchased for $50 and a print subscription to the Journal can be purchased for an additional $45. They will be entitled to vote and hold office.
- Resident* | $35
- Student* | $35
*Resident/Students will need to upload a letter from Department Chair confirming residency status or a copy of their student ID
Your membership in ASCCP entitles you to:
- Online access to ASCCP’s official quarterly publication, Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease; Print subscriptions of the Journal may be purchased for an additional $45. Emeritus, Resident and Student members have the option to purchase a subscription for an additional cost.
- Access to Cases of the Month, allowing you to test your knowledge on patient cases.
- Subscription to the weekly e-newsletter, the ASCCP Advisor.
- Discounts on ASCCP's Annual Meetings and educational courses.
- Free registration to quarterly webinars.
- Access to the ASCCP Practice Committee for clinical questions regarding screening and management of lower genital tract disease.
- Discounts on ASCCP's Modern Colposcopy Textbook
- Access to the Image Archive, which allows free downloading of lower genital tract images for educational purposes.
- Access to Guidelines FAQs
- Up-to-date information 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.