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CAP21 Abstract Program

January 8, 2021
Abstract submission begins at 9:00 AM CT
March 8, 2021
Abstract submission closes at 5:00 PM CT
May 26, 2021
Corresponding authors notified of submission status
August 13, 2021
Top 5 Junior Member Abstract Program winners notified

Abstract Submission is Now Open​

Abstract and case study submissions to the CAP21 Abstract Program are currently being accepted. All submissions must be submitted by 5 p.m. Central time Monday, March 8, 2021.

Program Description

The CAP21 Abstract Program is a competitive program sponsored by the College of American Pathologists. The program is designed to promote a broad range of research in pathology. It offers pathologists and research scientists the opportunity to present original research to their peers in a poster presentation format. Editors from the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine will evaluate submissions to this program.

In addition, the CAP21 Abstract Program provides a unique opportunity for residents to enhance research skills, develop writing proficiency, gain practical experience at presenting their findings, and contribute to the literature and advancement of pathology. Accepted abstracts and case studies will be published as a Web-only supplement to the September 2021 issue of the Archives. CAP junior members who have their abstracts accepted are eligible for cash awards as part of the Top 5 Junior Member Abstract Program.

Evaluation Criteria

Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the hypothesis
  • Valid conclusion(s)
  • Argument clarity
  • Presentation quality

Case studies must include novel findings, such as the following:

  • A new disease or condition (i.e. not previously reported).
  • A distinctive or unusual presentation of a known disease, with one or more well-documented new findings of special clinical relevance (i.e., potentially applicable to diagnosis, therapy, prognosis, etc.) or that serves to provide new insight into the possible pathogenesis of a disease (hypothesis-generating). The new information might be derived from distinctive morphology and/or ancillary testing.
  • A known disease with a demonstrated new finding using state-of-the-art techniques (immunohistochemical, molecular, 3-dimensional reconstruction, cytogenetics, etc.) relevant to a clearly stated hypothesis.
  • A known disease presenting with a previously undescribed clinically or etiologically relevant association (i.e., a myelodysplastic syndrome associated with a plasma cell dyscrasia, etc.) in order to heighten awareness of a possible link between entities. Such a link might have been described before in one or more individual case reports, and the addition of a case might help solidify a real association.

Submission Categories

Abstracts and case studies may be submitted to the following categories:

Anatomic Pathology

  • Autopsy and forensic pathology
  • Bone and soft tissue pathology
  • Breast pathology
  • Cardiovascular pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Endocrine pathology
  • Head, neck, and oral pathology
  • Ophthalmic pathology
  • Gastrointestinal and liver pathology
  • Gynecologic and placental pathology
  • Kidney and genitourinary pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Pulmonary and mediastinal pathology

Clinical Pathology

  • Clinical chemistry
  • Clinical immunology
  • Hematopathology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular pathology
  • Transfusion medicine and coagulation

Practice Management

  • Administrative and regulatory affairs
  • Informatics
  • Pathology education
  • Practice management
  • Quality assurance


Please review the entire submission guidelines using the appropriate link below:

Top 5 Junior Member Abstract Program

Authors of the top five accepted abstracts received from CAP junior members will be named as the Top 5 Junior Member Abstract Program award winners and given cash prizes:
  • First place cash award = $1,500
  • Second place cash award = $1,000
  • Third place cash award = $750
  • Fourth and fifth place cash awards are $500 each.


To be eligible for the CAP21 Top 5 Junior Member Abstract Program awards, a CAP junior member must:
  1. Have performed a substantial portion of the research and work involved in the preparation of the abstract;
  2. Be listed as either the first or second author;
  3. Serve as the corresponding author.
Top 5 Junior Member Abstract Program award winners will be notified by August 13, 2021.

Author Requirements

Corresponding authors must be available to respond to questions about the content of their submissions from the Archives editorial office, especially during the period of April 6 to May 21, 2021. E-mail addresses for corresponding authors must be active and accessible through August 2021.

Corresponding authors will be notified of their submission status on May 26, 2021. Accepted authors will receive specific information regarding poster presentation requirements in their acceptance notification email on May 26.


If you have questions about the abstract program, please e-mail prior to completing your submission. Your questions will be routed to the abstract program coordinator. Please remember that submissions cannot be changed or resubmitted after the March 8 deadline; be sure to carefully review your abstract or case study prior to submitting it.