ASCP Releases Results of 2014 Vacancy Survey

Published this month in the AJCP, the results of the 2014 vacancy survey are telling. There appears to be an overall increase in the vacancy and retirement rates of Laboratory personnel, but this runs up against the fact that vacancy rates for cytology and cytogenetics departments are relatively low.

Here is a link to the article

The American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2014 Vacancy Survey of Medical Laboratories in the United States

What does this mean for future Cytotechnologists and Cytogeneticists? Will the graduation rates of Cytotechs eventually fall behind the industry's needs? Feel free to comment below, or sound off on twitter or facebook.


Wisconsin Society of Cytology - Links

National Organizations:
American Society for Cytotechnology 
American Society for Cytopathology 
American Society for Clinical Pathology 
College of American Pathologists

Regional Professional Societies:
Illinois Society of Cytology 

Regional Cytology Programs:
University of Wisconsin - Madison Cytotechnology Program
Mayo School of Health Sciences 

Educational Resources:
CELL- Cytology Education Learning Lab    

Scholarship Fund

Wisconsin Society of Cytology - Scholarship
The Wisconsin Society of Cytology will award scholarship monies to students and Professionals who are up to date and active members. The dollar amount awarded varies depending on contributions received. The scholarships require an application process and a review by the board members of the WSC. They are awarded based on financial need, a written essay, and academic performance, microscopic skills, and professionalism demonstrated in the cytotechnology program. Scholarships are presented to the award recipient(s) at the annual business meeting of the Wisconsin Society of Cytology. 

For information regarding the application process please contact our current Scholarship chair here

Wisconsin Society of Cytology -
Make a Donation
The Wisconsin Society of Cytology established a scholarship endowment fund(#1091783) with the Madison Community Foundation in 2008. Tax deductible donations can be made to the WSC Scholarship Fund by making an online credit card donation to the Madison Community Foundation. Just click "Donate Now"

Donate at the Madison Community Foundation

Donations may also be made by mailing a check to
Madison Community Foundation, 111 N. Fairchild Street, Suite 260, Madison, WI 53703. On the memo line please write "Wisconsin Society of Cytology Scholarship Fund". All donations are greatly appreciated.

Make a Pledge
Show your support for the WSC Scholarship program by making a pledge today! No need to donate now -- you can do that later.

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Latest NewsletterWisconsin Society of Cytology - Newsletter
The Wisconsin Society of Cytology Newsletter is published twice each year, usually six to eight weeks before the Spring and Fall Conferences. The WSC Newsletter is intended to update our members of the upcoming meeting information and to keep them abreast of current issues in cytology.

We will always try to have our
Latest Newsletter available.

For the most up to date News regarding the society be sure to check Twitter and Facebook

Wisconsin Society of Cytology - Advertising
Classified advertising is available in the WSC Newsletter. The WSC accepts notices of positions wanted or available and commercial advertisements. There is no charge to members of the WSC for positions wanted. Display ads are ¼ page, $35; ½ page, $70; and full-page, $125.

Ads may be submitted via e-mail as a Word document to our Newsletter Editor. Make checks payable to the Wisconsin Society of Cytology. Send payment for ad to Wisconsin Society of Cytology, 538 East Glenbrook Dr, Pulaski, WI 54162. Further information is available by contacting the WSC Newsletter editor at

Deadline for publication in the August issue is July 1; for the March issue, February 1.

Interesting Cases

Wisconsin Society of Cytology - Interesting Case Presentations

In addition to the Monthly (sometimes weekly) case study. We also accumulate interesting case studies from past meetings. Always a great resource to have on hand.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Pelvic Mass Suspicous for Ovarian Malignancy

Use of Immunohistochemical Staining and Cytomorphological Criteria with Two Metastatic Carcinomas

Archived Meetings

Our Society Strives to post and keep as much of our educational material online for members as possible. Please feel free to browse our available talks and lectures online.

Archived Meeting Lectures

2017 Fall Meeting

Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology: An Update
Tamara Giorgadze, MD, PhD
Director of Pathology and Cytopathology MCW

Janet R Durham, MD
Director of Cytopathology at ACL

2017 Spring Meeting

Digital Pathology 
Kaitlin Sundling, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Interesting Cases (Body Fluids)  
Kaitlin Sundling, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Past Presentations

EBUS-Guided FNA: Doing More with Less
Dr. Jennifer Brainard 
Section Head, Cytopathology 
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
Cleveland Clinic

Challenging Cases in EBUS-Guided FNA: Things are Often Not as They Seem
Dr. Jennifer Brainard 
Section Head, Cytopathology 
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
Cleveland Clinic

Pancreatic Tumors: An Integrated Approach
Mostafa Fraig, MD 
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

As always be sure to watch out sites on Social Media for new and interesting cases

Upcoming Events

MSC/WSC Spring Conference
Virtual Registration Now Available (See Below)

Use the form linked above to register to receive a recording of the event and corresponding CE 
Paypal or Check by Mail will be accepted.

Date Available for Virtual Viewing: Through July of 2023

Registration Deadline: June 24th, 2023

 Videos will be available for one month from the date they are made available.

To gain access to the recordings you must pay via paypal and contact our membership director and links will be send via secure email

   *If paying by PayPal a $5.00 fee will be added to your total
You must communicate with WSC within one month to retrieve your CE certificate

For Additional Updates and Information on this meeting and all of our events, please follow us on social media!


Wisconsin Society of Cytology - Membership
Annual membership to the Society begins on January 1st. Dues are just $15 per year. Anyone interested in cytology can become a member regardless of their residency. New members are always welcome!
Apply for membership by printing out the membership application, completely filling out the requested information, and mailing it, along with your check or money order, to the address below.

Membership Application Here! 

Wisconsin Society of Cytology

25 Sherman Terr #2

Madison, WI  53704

You can also Pay Via PayPal 
(1.04$ convenience fee included in this transaction)

Bylaws and Constitution

Wisconsin Society of Cytology - Bylaws and Constitution

WSC Members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our Bylaws and Constitution. Doing so will give you an inside look at how our organization is run and will help you to contribute effectively as a concerned member at meetings.

WSC Bylaws

WSC Constitution


Wisconsin Society of Cytology - History
The idea of forming a state cytology society was conceived by four cytotechnologists in Northern Wisconsin who felt isolated from others in the field. The opportunities available to discuss everyday laboratory problems or learn of new developments in cytology were generally limited to the Annual American Society of Cytology Scientific Meeting.
A pre-organizational meeting was held on January 20, 1968, at Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, where it was decided a regional organization would benefit all who were interested cytology. Numerous letters were written to all existing regional societies requesting copies of their constitution and by-laws and inquiring as to how their societies were organized. By gleaning parts from these various constitutions, which would be applicable to our organization, a constitution was drawn up naming our group the Wisconsin Society of Cytology.
The first organizational meeting was held in Madison at the Quality Courts Motel on April 28, 1968. As the society had no treasury at this point, Dr. O. R. Kelly, Wausau, absorbed the cost of stationery and mailing of invitations to all cytotechnologists and pathologists for this meeting. Dr. S. L. Inhorn, Madison, graciously consented to be the guest speaker. His topic was “Developments in the Cancer Field: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer”. The attendance and response to this first meeting was most encouraging and it was felt the organization was off to a fine start. The officers the first year was: president, John Heinzel; vice-President, Allan Cobb; secretary, Sharon Childs; and treasurer, Edith Smith.
As with any young organization, it has its problems, and ours was no exception. It was soon clear that our constitution was much too binding and not as workable as it could be. A constitution and by-laws committee was established to propose certain minor changes in this document to make it easier for the Executive Committee to implement their duties and to provide for staggered two year term of the officers of the Society. Officers are elected at the Annual Meeting with the committee chairman appointed by the president. With guidance of Dr. David La Fond, Milwaukee, and Robert Rules of Order, this committee drafted a constitution and by-laws to be approved by the membership as the final working document of the Society.
Since 1968 The Wisconsin Society of Cytology has had two meetings per year, one in Spring, the Annual Meeting, and one in Fall at which the business of the Society is conducted and various lectures of interest are given. In the not so distant past a kodachrome slide seminar was conducted once every third meeting where a panel of three pathologists and one cytotechnologist offered their opinions on the cases presented. Members of the Society were encouraged throughout the year to submit interesting cases for this seminar. Through the donations of the American Cancer Society (Milwaukee and Wisconsin Chapters), a set of kodachromes were given to all members of the Wisconsin Society of Cytology to be discussed at the following meeting . These donations were also applied to other educational purposes. The Dane County Cytology Center donations were appropriated to defray the cost of the guest speakers. At that time a newsletter, prepared by the secretary, was published six weeks before each meeting, presenting, in detail, the program of the up-coming meeting and other items of interest to the membership.
The Wisconsin Society of Cytology developed from a mere idea of a few people into a paid membership of 133, of which approximately half are cytotechnologists. Throughout the years, this young organization has been most fortunate to have the interest and support of many pathologists and cytotechnologists who have willingly given of their time and knowledge to further the cause of this organization and invite you to become part of it, too.

Board Members

Wisconsin Society of Cytology - Board Members
The current executive committee of the Wisconsin Society of
Cytology is as follows: 

President : Joshua Faulkes
Past President: Colleen Stowe
Vice president: Traci Arts
Secretary: Vacant 
Treasurer: Lisa Ring 
Membership director: Elizabeth Haas
Scholarship director: Kelly O'Mahar
Newsletter editor: Stephen Berger
Webmaster: Vacant



Exhibitors and Sponsorship

Members and Non-members with partnerships in industries related to Cytology and Pathology are encouraged to participate in all of our meetings. The most meaningful way to do this is to become a member and engage with the membership as an exhibitor at events or through sponsorship of our cause.

Here are some ways you can Participate

·         Network as an exhibitor! …  There’s no better way to meet new potential clients than to visit with them face to face at our conferences.

·         Offer raffle items or door prizes! … This is always a fun and effective way to generate additional interest.  In-house exhibitors may want a sign-up area at your table for more face-time!

·         Sponsor a portion of our meeting!
This is the best way to show our profession that you care. As a not-for-profit, our organization relies on the support of our industry partners. Your financial assistance is truly vital to our mission of providing quality education at an affordable cost.

…If you cannot be there in person…

·         Provide an absentee exhibit! ...We will display your company’s promotional materials for you!

Pricing for exhibitor booths, advertising, sponsorship vary depending on our upcoming event 

Please Contact our current Vice President for pricing information.