Singapore Division, International Association of Pathologists
Association of Pathologists, Singapore, is the Singapore Division of the International Academy of Pathology (SGIAP). It is a not-for-profit Professional Medical Association, with the objective to excel in the practice of Pathology and the advancement of its science, through the convocation of educational meetings, support of research activities, and the promotion of local and international exchanges. Over the past few years, SGIAP has been organizing many successful meeting addressing subjects such as neuropathology, head and neck pathology, gynaecological pathology and cytopathology.
Society of Cytology, Singapore
The Singapore Society of Cytology was registered in 2014. Our primary purpose was to further the practice of cytopathology in Singapore and to form a platform for all practitioners – pathologists and scientists both in Singapore and the wider ASEAN region, so as to learn and to share – knowledge and problems alike.
As a professional society, we have been actively holding annual courses in both cervical cytology, and in nongynaecology cytology. Participants at these meetings have come from Singapore and from the neighbouring countries. We also hold quarterly in person meetings, hosted on a rotational basis by different hospitals and we currently maintain continuing education record for our cytotechnologists and issue annual certificates of attendances.
Of course, all this changed during the Covid 19 pandemic. Now in the post Covid and HPV screening era, we now need to transform our society to prepare for the future. Screening requirements will change. Molecular techniques, RNA and DNA based NGS testing and a whole gamut of procedures have arrived on our doorstep. Digitisation of, and the application of artificial intelligence to the practice of cytology no longer belongs to the realm of Dr Bones McCoy in StarTrek but is here now in our laboratories.
Life changes fast. It will need a global effort to move our traditional laboratories and traditional practices forwards. We hope that this first combined meeting will be part of that global effort.