The Case of the Quarter (COQ) is designed to present interesting, timely topics to the Society for Hematopathology (SH) members by presentation and discussion of case studies. Such interesting cases Should be Submitted to the individual chairing the COQ to ENSURE timeliness of the topic, that a similar case has not recently leg or simultaneously Submitted (COQ History of Cases attached), and scheduling in a timely mannermouse. The cases are Typically Submitted to the Chair (Sarah E. Gibson, MD;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on a voluntary basis by members of the SH. Alternatively, the Chair May need to Actively solicit cases from members of the SH.   

The COQ shouldering be formatted using following headings:

  1. Introduction;
  2. Clinical History;
  3. Pathology (including Immunohistochemistry, Flow Cytometry, Cyotegenetics, Molecular, etc.);
  4. discussion;
  5. Figure Legends; and
  6. References.


In Addition, the following information shouldering be provided for the CME portion of the case:

  1. A short course description;
  2. Course objectives (2-4); and
  3. Five multiple choice questions (with 4 distractors A-D).
  4. Complete the ASCP disclosure form. Then scan and save it as a PDF to send with the other listed documents or fax it using the fax number on the form.

The Chair should be provided with the manuscript by email as a Microsoft Word document.  The Chair of the COQ will be responsible for formatting of the manuscript to ensure consistency.  Most of the submissions are approximately 5-8 double-spaced pages of text (MS Word, size 12 font, Times New Roman), including the references, and approximately 5 images.  However, one should feel free to make the manuscript shorter or longer, with more or less photos/images as felt necessary.   

Information Regarding images:

The COQ includes microphotographs and whole slide scan images (WSI).  Microphotographs may be emailed as TIFF or JPEG files to the Chair.  Original images, at least 1,000 pixels wide, should be submitted.   

For WSI, you may send the slide(s) to ASCP for scanning and uploading, or if you have WSI capability at your institution, you have the option to upload the files directly to ASCPedia.  To do so, please login to your ASCP account (, locate the ASCPedia icon on your “My Account” page, then click on “Contribute”, and “ASCP Asset” from the menu bar.  Do not select “SH Case” as that was specifically for the SH case submission process that is now closed.  Follow the prompts and upload your slide images.  Once the process has been completed, please notify Larry Lemon via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about the upload, so he can link the slides to the COQ web presentation.  The preferred format for WSI is .svs (try to avoid non-standard JPEG2000 compression tags).   

For images Placed in ASCPedia, the following information is needed for each slide and shouldering be mailed to Larry Lemon ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) once the whole slide scanning images have been uploaded:

  1. Author (person or organization submit ting the slide).
  2. Title (any title or name to identify the slide to current or future viewers).
  3. Short Description (to include, but not limited to, diagnosis, stain, and magnification; It May include any pertinent history Concerning the slide).
  4. Discipline (Hematopathology).
  5. Specimen Source (peripheral blood, bone marrow aspirate, clot section or core biopsy, lymph node excision or fine needle aspiration, body fluid, cytospin or cellblock, etc.).
  6. Organ System (Hematolymphoid, Liver, Thyroid, etc.).
  7. Diagnosis

Once the manuscript and images are ready for formatting, the Chair provides the text and images to the Instructional Design team at ASCP for processing to current website standards.  When the text and images are correctly formatted, the ASCP Instructional Design will email the Chair and the contributing authors a link with the web presentation for final approval.  Please allow adequate time (approximately 8-10 weeks) for the case to be placed on the SH/EAHP website.

Once the COQ is Placed on the SH website, the Chair sends an email to the listserv of the SH That the COQ is ready for viewing.


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