COVID-19 UPDATE: April 28, 2020
Dear Histology Colleagues,
The NSH Board of Directors met Tuesday night to discuss options for the 2020 Annual Symposium/Convention this October in Reno, NV. The Board reviewed several COVID-19 Annual Symposium/Convention scenarios, which included financial, legal, and mission-impact considerations. In addition to the multiple scenarios, the Board discussed the best ways to serve our members and the profession. After much discussion, and based on what we know today, the Board decided to proceed as planned with the 2020 Annual Symposium/Convention October 16-21, 2020, in Reno, NV.
We are looking forward to providing the same high-quality education you have come to expect from us annually, including Hands-On Training workshops, general sessions, and our dynamic exhibit hall. Your Board understands many of you will be unable to attend this year due to the fall-out from the pandemic. With that in mind, NSH will offer live-streaming virtual attendance for selective workshops.
We will open registration by June 1, 2020. We will work towards opening registration earlier for NSH members. Our professional association staff is working hard to open exhibitor registration as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience while we prepare registration for you.
We understand the world is changing rapidly and sure does not look like it used to. With that in mind, NSH developed a brief COVID-19 Member Survey to help us identify members’ needs throughout and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take a moment to complete the survey once you receive it via email.
NSH launched its new My Dashboard earlier this month, making it easier than ever to access your CEU certificates, the Journal of Histotechnology, and our social networking sites. We look forward to launching our new learning management system, which integrates into your dashboard on nsh.org.
We shared The Journal of Histotechnology published “Coronavirus disinfection in histopathology.” Given the importance of this timely article by Anthony F. Henwood, we have made it open access, with over 45,000 views to date. Additionally, we continue to update our COVID-19 Resources Page as we receive new, pertinent information.
State histology societies typically hold local meetings throughout the US. For the status of individual conferences, please contact the sponsoring state society directly. Many meetings are posted here on the NSH Calendar.
We continue to monitor guidelines from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other pertinent public health organizations as part of our responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgment.
We will continue to update you as the situation evolves.
We look forward to welcoming you later this year in Reno, NV.
Diane L. Sterchi, MS, HT(ASCP), HTL(ASCP)
National Society for Histotechnology