Autopsy Committee

To help define and monitor the state of the art of autopsy pathology; to improve the performance and reporting of the autopsy; to promote utilization of the autopsy for quality improvement, research, education and public health; to contribute to the continuing education of CAP members and the larger medical community through the creation of surveys, publications, and educational seminars; to provide consultative services to all areas of the College as needed for activities, regulations, and legislation related to the autopsy.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the Current Committee Members and find additional resources and information in the Autopsy Topic Center

Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 3
Length of meetings 1.5 days
Typical meeting days Friday and Saturday
Meeting locations Meeting is usually less than 50 miles from an airport.
Number of conference calls Varies, depending on member and specific assignments
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Members 50+, Editor 70+, Chair 85+
Additional travel or time commitments Attendance at the Council on Scientific Affairs leadership meetings for the chair

Activities of Committee

  • Supports the autopsy pathology Surveys program, which offers pathologists the opportunity to obtain 12.5 hours of continuing medical education (CME)/self-assessment module (SAM) per year. Develops the cases used in this program, and each member submits an average of 1.0 - 1.5 cases per year on the committee.
  • Write chapters in CAP publications.
  • Provide CAP annual meeting seminars when requested by the National Meeting Planning Committee.
  • Review of the autopsy section of the CAP’s laboratory accreditation programs’ Anatomic Pathology Checklist and assist with laboratory accreditation program inquiries.
  • Serve as a resource for CAP members, pathologists, and the public regarding autopsy principles and practice.
  • Work with Council on Scientific Affairs, Forensic Pathology, Neuropathology, as well as other committees.
  • Work with the House of Delegates and the Residents Forum on autopsy training, education and policy issues.

Expertise or Experience

  • Board certified anatomic pathologist.
  • Interest in advancing and promoting autopsy pathology.
  • Knowledge of specific organ systems(s) (desirable).
  • Experience with laboratory inspection and accreditation

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Edit, author, and produce CAP educational offerings.
  • Quality assurance experience.
  • Quality improvement experience.
  • Participation in publications.
  • Contribute content to the annual meeting.
  • Educate CAP members on principles and practices of autopsy pathology.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Promote the autopsy to other pathologists, the medical community, and the public.

Interested in Joining this Committee?

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Christine Bashleben, Staff
325 Waukegan Road
Northfield, Il 60093-2750